Houston lawyer James Prappas of Jackson Walker LLP, who advises clients on strategic immigration planning and related transactional matters, looks for an increased focus on legal immigration during a Donald Trump presidency:
Mr. Trump will rely less on executive action. Congress will become more involved. The EB-5 program, which permits an individual to invest $500,000 or $1 million, will remain and could be expanded to create more U.S. jobs, he predicts. Mexican companies will establish U.S. operations to increase exports due to the favorable exchange rate. This will increase demand for U.S. work visas. There will be a rise in naturalization applications because of (i) Mr. Trump’s victory; (ii) the Republican Congress; and (iii) the upcoming $45 filing fee increase on Dec. 23 from $595 to $640 per person.
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