This month, Simone Williams, Managing Attorney of Williams Global Law, was elected as a Board Member of the DC Chamber of Commerce (DCC). With over 1,700 members, the DC Chamber of Commerce has been an avid advocate, support, and resource or the small, medium, and large businesses in Washington DC for the past 75 years. Congratulations to Ms. Williams on her new role with the DCC!
The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has brought into effect the changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, as of November 21, 2019. The new rule includes a rise in the standard minimum investment amount from $1 million to $1.8 million and an increase in the minimum investment amount in a targeted employment area (TEA) from $500,000 to $900,000. According to the agency, the increase in amounts is to account for the rise in inflation. The new rul
Last month, Ms. Williams participated in a historic trade mission to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with DC Mayor, Muriel BowserM, DC Council members, members of the DC Chamber of Commerce and leaders of the DC business community. The trip included renewal of the sister city agreement between the District of Columbia and Addis Ababa; meetings with Prime Minister of Ethiopia, President of Ethiopia, mayor of Addis Ababa, mayor of Lailebela, U.S. Ambassador of Ethiopia, and Ethiopia A
The USCIS has issued an update declaring the agency`s intention to start a new system for the H-1B cap filing season. This new system would require petitioning employers to complete an electronic pre-registration. The USCIS would, then, select the cases eligible to be filed and provide employers with a defined time period to file the H-1B petition. Although the agency is still on the development phase of the new system, this process represents a significant change in procedur
There has been an across-the-board 21% overall increase for certain immigration applications proposed by USCIS a couple of weeks ago. The agency says the hikes are needed to cover operational costs and to pay for better vetting of applicants. However, analysts worry that the increases will keep eligible immigrants from being able to complete the immigration process. Especially, considering that the proposal also limits availability of some fee waivers. Jason Boyd, policy cou
Members of Congress announced that a deal had been reached to extend federal government funding for one month, until December 20. Initially, the temporary funding bill that the government is operating under, went until November 21, 2019. Other immigration programs would also be part of the extension. These include the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, the Conrad 30 J-1 waiver program, the E-Verify program, and the special religious workers' program.