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Following is the Chinese translation of a previously published blog: 包括德州总检察长在内的17个州日前在位于德州Brownsville的联邦地区法院提起诉讼, 请求判决奥巴马政府“暂缓遣返”程序违宪,并请求法院发出禁止令。信息来源 目前看来,诉讼瞄准的是奥巴马行政决定中的无证外籍人士,不涉及商业相关的其它行政决定。 随着案件的发展,我们将会继续为您提供分析及相关信息。  

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The Texas Attorney General was joined by 16 other States in asking a Federal District Court in Brownsville, Texas to strike down as unconstitutional the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action program. They are also seeking injunctive relief. It appears that the plaintiffs are targeting that portion of the Administration’s Executive Actions that impact the undocumented foreign… Continue Reading

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奥巴马总统最近宣布了其对移民政策变化的新提议,提议对EB-5投资移民将产生特殊影响。此文章简述这些举措对EB-5的影响。 奥巴马总统访华期间宣布了中国公民将有资格申请有效期为10年的赴美旅游签证。这使得一些国人认为,如果拿到了10年有效签证,通过EB-5获得美国永久居留权将变得不重要。这种理解存在许多误区。首先,虽然中国公民个人有资格申请有效期10年的旅游签证,但并不代表批准的签证就是为期10年。领馆或许仍会选择发放有效期为1年的签证。其次,持旅游签证在美国境内的逗留时间仍为6个月。再次,旅游签证仅限于持签证者在美国旅游,而不能在美国学习或永久生活。所以,如果个人仍希望在美学习或生活,还是要申请EB-5类型签证。接下来,我们讨论奥巴马总统最近在移民改革问题上的行政决定。

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President Obama recently announced proposed changes in immigration policies that impact immigration, with many that may specifically influence the EB-5 Program. The purpose of this article is to outline the measures that could impact EB-5. On the President’s trip to China he announced that Chinese nationals would be eligible to apply for a 10-year tourist… Continue Reading

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Following is a Chinese version of a previously published blog: 2014年11月20日,奥巴马总统发表了社会各界期待已久的移民改革“行政决定”。事项总汇 我们也会持续更新有关信息。奥巴马总统在去年已经表示此行政决定将延迟到中期选举之后。尽管参众两院的共和党领袖对此举措表示强烈反对,并声称奥巴马总统的行为滥用权力且无法律依据,但是,总统行政决定中的计划将通过政策规定的更新、改变和调整而立即实施。决定反对者已经表示将通过诉诸法律程序,削减经费来源以及其他政治途径来阻止决定的执行。我们会继续跟进相关发展和变化。

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On November 20, 2014, President Obama released the long-anticipated “Executive Action” on immigration reform. See here, here and here. We will also post additional materials made available. Late last summer, the President had postponed the release of such action until after the mid-term elections. Despite the cries of overreaching and lack of authority by the Republican leadership in the… Continue Reading

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Representatives Aaron Schock (R-IL) and  Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced H.R. 4659, the EB-5 Act on May 14, 2014.  This bill would permanently authorize the EB-5 Regional Center Program and eliminate per country quotas in the EB-5 category.  This legislation adds to the other legislation already introduced by Representatives Polis and Issa to address legislative defects in the… Continue Reading

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Greenberg Traurig EB-5 Attorney Laura Reiff recently published an article in eb5 investors magazine. The piece is entitled “The Tug of War Between the Hill and the Agency” and focuses on the recently released Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report for the Department of Homeland Security and its potential impact on the EB-5 Regional Center… Continue Reading

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Weeks of ups and downs and high points and low points in the Immigration Reform debate have left the stakeholder community wondering how next to proceed. Last week, Washington Post opinion writer George Will crystalized the issues raised by House Republicans, and addressed the reasons not to move forward. See article here and key items… Continue Reading

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The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (“EWIC”), co-chaired by Greenberg Traurig Business Immigration & Compliance Practice Co-Chair Laura Reiff, issued the below reaction to the release of Republican standards for immigration reform following the annual House Republican retreat held this week. Reaction to the Release of the Republican Standards: IMMIGRATION REFORM IS KEY PRIORITY FOR THE… Continue Reading

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On Tuesday, the President of the United States delivered his 5th State of the Union address, during which he stated: “If we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.” He reiterated his commitment… Continue Reading

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As we begin the second half of the 113th Congress, the question of whether immigration reform is possible is in the forefront of the Obama Administration and federal legislators’ minds. The political environment is tense. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is distrustful of the White House and its agencies. The issues surrounding healthcare reform, the… Continue Reading

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With Nataliya Binshteyn As the country waits for Congress to resolve the government funding and debt ceiling stalemate, immigration reform simmers in the background. This week, a group of Democrats introduced a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, H.R. 15, entitled the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” This is not the much awaited work product… Continue Reading

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Congress returns to Washington, DC with very few days to accomplish much, and many new reasons or excuses not to “get to”  Immigration Reform. Faced with immediate and pressing issues, such as a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September, the sequester and debt ceiling debate and the impending Syria… Continue Reading

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The U.S. House of Representatives left town last week for the long August recess without passing one immigration-related bill. House Republicans made it quite clear that the Senate- passed S. 744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, would never be taken up by the House. To date, the House has five immigration… Continue Reading

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The Office of Science and Technology Policy (“OSTP”) highlighted the need for immigration reform in a recently published blog post. Over 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies, including GE, Ford, Yahoo and Google, were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. According to the OSTP, the recently passed bipartisan Senate bill would enact some of… Continue Reading

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Much has been written about Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) and the need to fix the serious mistakes of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. (For Greenberg Traurig’s blog commentary about recent efforts to pass comprehensive reform, please click here.) The reality is that Congress is stuck in its own political quagmire.  It is a… Continue Reading

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On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Senate approved S.744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Modernization Act,” in a historic 68-to-32 vote that will now send the comprehensive reform bill to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it is expected to face significant opposition from the Republican majority. The legislation is a product of record… Continue Reading

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Jennifer Hermansky has published an analysis of Senator Leahy’s Amendment 2 to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill on EB-5 Visa Blog. Amendment 2 passed in the Senate yesterday despite efforts by Senator Grassley to strike the special rule for alien investors. This amendment brings significant enchantments to the EB-5 Program. To read the full article click here.

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Senator Leahy’s Amendment 2 to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, S. 744 provides that, at the I-829 stage, there is a presumption that 10 indirect jobs have been created per investor if the I-829 petition evidence demonstrates that the investor’s money has been spent in the regional center’s project.  This is significantly different than the… Continue Reading

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GT attorney Kate Kalmykov was recently quoted in Miami Today’s article “Senate pushes EB5 visa’s limits.” The article discusses the proposed changes to the EB-5 immigrant investor program which are part of the comprehensive immigration reform bill, as well as City of Miami’s EB-5 regional center application.

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During his speech on January 29 in Las Vegas, President Obama announced his principles for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. As part of the president’s plan to overhaul the current broken immigration system, he noted the need to make permanent the EB-5 Regional Center Program that is currently set to expire on September 30, 2015. The program was introduced in 1992 and implemented in 1993. Since that time, it has continually been reauthorized by Congress on a temporary basis.