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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Posted in China, Posts in Chinese, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Visa

美国海关与边境保护局CBP近期宣布,从2016年11月29日开始,所有持中国护照人士,同时拥有10年期的B1(商务签证)和/或B2(旅游签证)赴美之前必须在签证更新电子系统EVUS上完成注册。拥有B1/B2签证的中国护照持有人士只有完成了EVUS注册才可以入境美国。对那些需要多程转机到达美国的中国护照持有人士,EVUS会在其值机首个航班时完成认证。注册EVUS的费用是8美金,每次EVUS注册有效期为两年.若该中国游客在两年内获得新护照或者新签证,EVUS注册有效期则持续到该中国游客获得新护照或者新签证为止。 我们团队之前已经在2016年2月份的时候就讨论过EVUS。EVUS是针对持10年期商务旅游签证赴美的中国公民的一个在线安全系统。注册EVUS这个新的要求是近期中美两国在互惠基础之上互发10年期旅游签证协议中的一部分。根据CBP官员R. Gil Kerlikowske所述,EVUS是为了“巩固国家安全以及中美两国签发10年签证协议的长久性”。需要了解更多有关EVUS的信息请登录CBP管网。未来估计会有更多的国家需要满足类似的要求,虽然目前CBP还没有列出其他国家。

Posted in China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Visa

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that, beginning Nov. 29, 2016, all Chinese passport holders who carry a 10-year visa B-1 (business visitor) and/or B-2 (tourist visa) must have a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment when traveling to the United States.  Chinese passport holders who currently hold a 10-year B-1/B-2… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5, EB-5 Legislation, Legislation

Today, September 28, both the House and Senate have approved short-term federal spending legislation that contains an extension for the EB-5 Regional Center Program.  The legislation extends the EB-5 Regional Center Program through December 9, 2016, with no changes to program policy. In December, following the federal elections, the Congress is expected to reconvene for… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Department of State, Eb-5 Regional Center, I-526, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

On Sept. 21, 2016, USCIS confirmed that the Dates for Filing Chart in the October 2016 Visa Bulletin should be used to determine eligibility to file both family-based and employment-based Adjustment of Status (AOS) applications. As we’ve previously reported, the Dates for Filing chart (also referenced as Chart B) of the U.S. Department of State’s… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Regional Center, Visa

On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, the Senate Majority Leader filed legislation to fund the Federal Government through Dec. 9.  In addition to continuing the government’s funding into December, the bill contains a “clean” extension for the EB-5 Regional Center Program through Dec. 9, 2016, with no changes to the current law other than the date… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Department of State, EB-3, Immigrant Visa, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

After the release of the October Visa Bulletin, Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS), provided his predictions on the future movement in the employment-based green card categories.  They are summarized below: EB-1 China and India In the October bulletin, final action dates for India and… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Department of State, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, Regional Center, Visa

国家签证中心,就已安排的移民面谈一事,联系了通过区域中心投资的EB-5移民签证申请人,告知他们,虽然目前为止已安排的移民签证面谈仍预计正常进行,申请人的面谈面临被取消的可能。由于即将到来的 9月30日区域中心项目的暂定截止日期,国家签证中心表示国务院将只有在国会将区域中心项目延期到9月30日之后才能继续发放移民签证。 如果已经安排的面谈时间超出区域中心项目的延期之外,面谈将会被取消,并且只能在国会继续延长该项目的情况下才能重新安排面试。如果项目获得延期,在今年10月的国务院签证公告中,EB-5类别的签证配额将会是”current”(有名额的),签证名额受到积压的地区除外,比如中国内地。 国会目前正在考虑EB-5区域中心项目延期的相关条款。需要更多有关区域中心项目继续授权和延期的最新动态,请订阅此博客。

Posted in China, Department of State, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, Regional Center, Visa

The National Visa Center (NVC) has reached out to EB-5 immigrant visa applicants who have invested via Regional Centers regarding their scheduled interview appointments, letting them know that while at this time they are expected to appear for their interviews, the interviews may be subject to cancellation. In anticipation of the EB-5 pilot program’s upcoming… Continue Reading

Posted in China, EB-5 Investment, Immigrant Visa

美国国务部已经使用完到2016年财年底,即2016年9月30日之前,所有给出生在中国内地的EB-5投资人的签证名额。因此,国家签证中心现已暂停受理出生于中国内地的已获批I-526申请的受益人的移民签证申请。预计会在2016年10月1日恢复受理。在此期间,申请人将不能支付移民签证费用和完成或访问移民签证DS-260申请。 美国移民和国籍法案的第203条限制了可用于每个类别移民签证的名额,其中大约10,000个名额拨给EB-5投资移民类别。这个总数是进一步受制于每个国家的限制,其中给出生于中国内地的EB-5投资者的签证名额已经受到积压。到2016年9月13日为止,国家签证中心已经告知在当前法律的限制下,在本财年,分配给在中国内地出生的EB-5投资人的名额已经告罄。本财年将会在2016年9月30日结束。 美国国务院宣布如果他们确定其他国家将不会使用2016财年余下的签证名额,他们仍可能会提供这些额外的签证名额给中国内地出生的申请人。在此期间,国家签证中心已经向那些受暂停影响的申请人通过邮递和电子邮件发送通知和解释这个情况。国务院已要求受到暂停影响的申请人只在需要改变联系方式或签证资格的情况下才联系国家签证中心。 欲了解更多信息,请订阅这个博客,GT律所将继续提供更新。

Posted in EB-5 Job Creation, Eb-5 Regional Center

As the Sept. 30, 2016, sunset date approaches for the EB-5 Regional Center program, the EB-5 industry has come together with a unified voice calling for the program to be extended with appropriate reforms.  On Sept. 7, 2016, a letter was circulated to the Members of the Judiciary Committees of the U.S. Senate and House… Continue Reading

Posted in China, EB-5 Investment, Immigrant Visa

The U.S. Department of State has now used the number of immigrant visas available for the Mainland-China-born EB-5 investors for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2016, which is set to conclude Sept. 30, 2016.  Therefore, the National Visa Center (NVC) has temporarily suspended processing of immigrant visa applications for the Mainland China-born beneficiaries of approved… Continue Reading

Posted in Awards & Recognitions

The Legal Intelligencer’s editorial staff selected the top 25 attorneys across Pennsylvania for the 2016 Top Women in Law recognition. This year, Greenberg Traurig attorney Jennifer Hermansky was recognized and included on the list.  The attorneys listed were selected for their notable achievements in the practice of law.  To read the full article, click here…. Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Visa, Immigration, USCIS, Visa

26 августа 2016 года Иммиграционная Служба США опубликовала сообщение о проекте Закона об Иностранных Предпринимателях, и запросила комментарии общей публики и заинтересованых лиц.. В соответствии с сообщением Иммиграционной Службы США (USCIS), предлагаемый проект закона позволит Департаменту Внутренней Безопасности (DHS) по усмотрению выдавать официальные разрешения на въезд иностранным предпринимателям для осуществления развития вновь-созданных бизнесов в США,… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, L visa, Visa

The L Visa for Intracompany Transferees is reserved for persons who have been employed by a business entity outside the United States for at least one full year in the preceding three years in an executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge capacity, and who are now being transferred to the United States to serve in an… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Project, I-526, I-924, Regional Center, USCIS

One of the purposes of Form I-924 is to file an exemplar for a specific EB-5 investment project. In so doing, a Regional Center seeks a preliminary determination of EB-5 compliance for a project prior to the commencement of I-526 filings by individual investors so as to have greater assurance that investors will not encounter… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigration, Immigration Law, Immigration Reform, Legislation

Immigration Policy is broken.  We all agree.  How should we fix it and why haven’t we been able to fix it over the last two decades?   There is a multifaceted answer to this question, but Congress has been unable to agree on how to deal with the policy changes.  We have had numerous attempts and… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, USCIS, Visa

2016年8月26日,美国移民局发布消息称将推出一项针对国际企业家的政策,并提供了一个拟定的方案供公众审阅。 根据移民局公告,该新规则将授予国土安全部独立裁量权,针对每个个案情况向那些在美国新设企业并亲自管理企业为公共利益做出重大贡献的外国企业家发放入境许可。移民局提议 修改其之前根据移民国籍法INA212章节(d)(5)款所制定的行政规章,意图为行政裁量权的行驶以及初创企业家入境许可个案申请的审核提供一个“透明的架构”。 想依据此新规则获得入境许可的移民企业家被要求: *至少持有新设企业15%的股份且积极地参与企业管理 *在之前三年的时间内在美国创立该企业 该企业家还必须证明他或她的企业在就业创造以及业绩增长方面的潜力: *企业获得了至少$345,000来自合格的美国投资者的投资,该投资者要有投资成功的先例; *获得来自联邦、州、或本地政府的奖励或者拨款 对于只满足上述部分条件的企业家,新规则也留有一定的灵活度,允许企业家补充证明其初创企业能够快速发展和就业创造的潜力 在新规则下,合格的企业家可以获得有效期为两年的入境许可,并可以在初创企业获得成功的基础上申请延期 该新规则一旦实施,将会给那些正在饱受移民排期困扰并且不具备E-1、E-2签证资格国家的移民申请人带来希望,比如中国大陆和越南。对新规则的进一步分析也将可能为正在等待签证排期的EB-5投资人带来新的机会。 在Federal Register 公布新规则之后,公众有45天的时间给出自己的反馈意见 在我们全面审核分析新规则内容的过程中,我们也将会进一步地阐明这到底可以为当前的移民申请人带来怎样不同的机遇。