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US Immigration News Briefing

30 December 2020

EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended to June 30, 2021

On December 21, 2020, the US Congress approved a package of bills included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, which also extends the EB-5 Regional Center program until June 30, 2021.

Extension of the duration of the EB-5 Regional Centers program has been discussed for several years. The Investment Immigration Promotion Association IIUSA is working with the government to end the short-term renewal cycle. Finally, in December this year, a bill was introduced in the Senate that, if passed, could significantly extend the duration of the EB-5 Regional Center program.

Schedule for scheduling U.S. visa interviews outside of Russia

As of December 23, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Russia still has no interviews for any nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, and there is no information on resumption dates for interviews.

However, many Russians received US visas outside of the country even before the US Embassy and Consulates in Russia stopped interviews, so we have collected up-to-date information on which cities to schedule an interview in at the moment.

Approximate schedule for scheduling US visa interviews outside of Russia:

Abu Dhabi 05.05.21
Dubai 07/01/21
Nicosia 02.02.21
Kiev 26.05.21
Warsaw 02/18/21
Brussels 09.02.21
Jerusalem 05/03/21
Tel Aviv 05/12/21
Madrid 04.01.21
Rome 08/05/21
Ankara 10/14/21
Athens 06.01.21
Paris 10.03.21

US immigration policy and the new president: what to expect?

According to an analysis by the National Endowment for American Policy (NFAP), by 2021, Donald Trump will cut legal immigration by 49% since he was elected president. Reducing legal immigration affects, among other things, the country’s future workforce and economic growth. Therefore, there is reason to believe that for the new US President Joe Biden, the abolition of this policy may be a very important part of the immigration program.

What changes can you expect in the near future?

In June 2020, due to the pandemic, Trump extended until the end of the year the restrictions on a large number of foreign citizens who do not have an immigrant visa and are outside the United States, including those who applied for visas EB2, EB3, EB1c, etc. The court ruled that this restriction was unlawful, but the Trump administration appealed, and if the restriction is lifted by the new president, there will be no need to review the court decision.

In October 2020, Trump significantly limited the possibilities of entering the United States under the H1B (work visa) category, which has become practically inaccessible, it is likely that this ban will also become one of the most important for the new president to review.

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