EB-5: USCIS Releases Data on Program Usage

USCIS has released EB-5 program statistics for fiscal year (“FY”) 2010 and Q1 through Q2 of FY 2011, showing a marked increase in program usage. As of June 30, 2011, USCIS reports that there are 147 approved Regional Centers operating in 39 states and 83 pending Regional Center proposals. In all of 2010, there were …

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State Department Warns U.S. Citizens of Violence in Chihuahua, Mexico

U.S. citizens traveling abroad in or near the state of Chihuahua, Mexico have been warned to remain vigilant for threats of violence after Mexican authorities captured key members of a cartel in the city of Juarez. One of those captured, Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, is a former police officer who has admitted to ordering the …

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Former USCIS Employee Sentenced for Bribery and Fraud

In August 2011 a USCIS supervisor and his son, both convicted of federal corruption charges, were sentenced to five years and four years in prison, respectively. The USCIS supervisor, Fernando Jacobs, 72 years old, had been found guilty of conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud, and visa fraud. He was also fined $30,000. His son, 44-year-old Patrick …

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