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F-1 STUDENT VISA AND OPT

Posted by David Gunderson on Sep 25, 2014 5:55:00 PM

Why It's So Important to Graduate in May

When you are in the US on an F visa studying a bachelor’s or master’s degree, the single most important thing to decide is when to graduate. Should you graduate with your friends in May? Or should you try to double up on the class load so that you can graduate in December? If you graduate in December you may save some money on tuition, but you are seriously limiting your immigration options.

Here is the best advice, and you probably will not hear this from your school: graduate in May or July.

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EB-5 Retrogression for China

Posted by David Gunderson on Sep 12, 2014 9:56:00 AM

As expected, on August 23, 2014 the US government announced that that no more EB-5 visas would be available for Chinese nationals through the end of fiscal year 2014. While this is a sign that demand for EB-5 visas in China remains strong, it is likely not an immediate cause for concern among potential EB-5 investors from that country. The fiscal year for the US government ends on September 30, 2014, so on October 1, 2014 a new annual number of EB-5 visas will become available. From a practical perspective, then, an EB-5 investor from China applying now would not feel the effects of any visa availability backlog, or 'retrogression'.

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