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Representatives of the Trump transition team and key members of the House of Representatives leadership agreed that a Continuing Resolution through March 31, 2017, will continue to fund the U.S. government.  It is likely that this will be the vehicle for a short-term EB-5 program extension.  House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers stated Nov. 17: “The… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5, EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Events, Immigrant Visa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Visa, Webinar

On November 10, 2016, Laura Foote Reiff, Bob Maples, and Rebecca Schechter presented an Immigration Post-Election Update webinar highlighting some of the anticipated key changes to U.S. immigration policy (click here to listen to the webinar).  President-elect Donald Trump will likely begin the change on current U.S. immigration policy as soon as he takes office. … Continue Reading

Posted in Department of State, EB-5, EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, I-526, Immigrant Visa, Visa, Visa Bulletin

On Oct. 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued an unclassified cable on the Continuing Resolution signed into law on Sept. 29, 2016 that extends several important immigration programs, including the EB-5 Regional Center program. The cable explains that the EB-5 Regional Center program (immigrant visa categories R51 and I51) now is set… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

投资美国协会(IIUSA)EB-5大会于2016年10月10日至11日在加州洛杉矶举行。参与会议的发言嘉宾包括国务院签证办公室主任 Charlie Oppenheim先生。Charlie Oppenheim先生在会议上讨论了中国大陆出生的EB-5投资者的优先日的变动。 具体来说,Oppenheim先生表示,2016年12月签证排期表中最终裁定日排期表 (表A)截止日会推进到2014年3月22日。另外上周发布的 2016年11月签证排期表中表A的截止日也略微前进到了2014年3月8日。正如我们以前报告的,国家签证中心预计将与大陆出生的EB-5移民签证申请人联系,以便根据每月签证排期表中的申请递件排期表(表B)的截止日,目前仍是2014年6月15日,来启动启动移民签证的案件处理。  值得注意的 是,移民局宣布,在2016年11月,EB-5类别调整身份的申请人必须使用最终裁定日排期表(表A)的截止日期来确定是否能递交调整身份申请。除了EB-5外其他职业移民类别的调整身份申请人则可以根据表B的截止日期来递交调整身份申请。 此外,在最近一次与美国移民律师协会(AILA)国务院联络委员会的会议上,国务院对受案件积压的EB-5投资者就另一个重要问题进行了澄清。具体来说,国务院重申,在最终确定投资人的子女是否可以根据“儿童身份保护法”(CSPA)受到超龄保护而随同父母一起移民时,递交调整身份的日期将根据排期表的最终裁定日(表A)来计算。因此,提交移民签证申请表格(DS-260)或支付移民签证费帐单本身不会,也不能保证投资人子女的年龄不会超龄,也不能保证投资人子女可以随同投资人取得永久居民身份。相反,投资人子女的年龄的计算方式是在根据表A 有配额的情况下(I-526优先日在表A的截止日期之前)冻结子女年龄,再减去I-526申请到批准的案件审批时间。根据国务院的澄清,提交DS-260表格或支付签证费用将被认为可以证明投资人子女 “寻求”他们的移民签证。值得注意的是,上述国务院的指示适用于根据排期表表B中当前优先日期提交的DS-260申请和签证费用的支付。上述指示并未涉及I-526申请批准后不久但优先日不在表B的截止日期之内情况下递交的DS-260申请和签证费用的支付。很有可能,在上述两种情况下,只要在根据排期表表A有签证配额内的(1)一年之内提交DS-260申请或签证费用的支付,就将会认定投资人的子女或配偶满足“寻求”移民签证的要求。我们将在移民局以及国务院发布新的指示后,对此重要法律问题提供进一步澄清。  

Posted in EB-5 Program, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

The Invest in the USA (IIUSA) EB-5 Conference, which took place on Oct. 10-11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, featured Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division of the U.S. Department of State as one of its speakers. Mr. Oppenheim discussed the movement of priority dates for the mainland China born EB-5… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Regional Center, State Department, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

On September 22, 2016, USCIS determined that for October 2016, Adjustment of Status applicants in family-based and employment-based categories will be able to utilize the Dates of Filing Visa Applications chart (otherwise known as Chart B) of the monthly State Department Visa Bulletin, with the exception of several employment-based categories.  USCIS instructed that those applying for… Continue Reading

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

The most recent continuing resolution (CR) authorized the EB-5 Regional Center Program through Dec. 9, 2016.  The House and Senate passed the measure on Sept. 28, and the President signed the bill into law on Sept. 29 (H.R.5325; P.L. 114-223). On Oct. 3, 2016, at the request of an unknown Member or Members of Congress,… 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 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 Program, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, Targeted Employment Area

There are currently many different investment immigration programs offered by countries around the world, all of which offer their own unique benefits. Two popular programs are the EB-5 Visa Program in the United States and the Quebec Investment Immigration Program (QIIP) offered in Canada. The following comparison provides an in-depth look at the parameters of… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, I-526, I-829, I-924, Regional Center, USCIS

At its July 28, 2016 stakeholder engagement, USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) Chief Nicholas Colucci focused his opening remarks on USCIS’s efforts to enhance the IPO’s adjudication capabilities, the office’s commitment to conducting program oversight and promoting program integrity, and the role of the designated regional center in maintaining program integrity. Before delving into a… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program, Immigration, USCIS

Due to the complex intersection of real estate, corporate, securities and immigration law (among others), an investment in a company under the EB-5 Program can be a complicated affair. One of the reasons an EB-5 investment is complicated has to do with U.S. governmental regulatory bodies with potential oversight over an EB-5 investment. The following… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program, Immigration

In the United States, there are very strict laws in place to protect investors.  These laws are administered by a governmental agency known as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  The mission of this agency is to regulate the U.S. markets, protect investors from fraud, ensure fair, systematic, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Events, Firm News

Greenberg Traurig attorney, Laura Reiff, recently presented at the Wailian 2016 Overseas Investment Seminars in  Qingdao and Guangzhou, China. Among the hundreds of attendees and distinguished presenters was former Ambassador Gary Locke. During this two-day conference, Reiff provided an analysis and predictions for potential changes to and the extension of the EB-5 program.

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Immigrant Investor

Yesterday, the leading EB-5 Trade Associations/Coalitions sent a letter to the Senate and House Judiciary Committee Leaders and Members expressing support for extending the EB-5 Regional Center Program and recommending concrete changes.  This is a decisive moment for the EB-5 Industry as the key members of the community are all speaking with one voice This… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, EB-5 Program, Immigration, USCIS

Per the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) § 286(m), 8 U.S.C. 1356(m), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the authority to charge fees for immigration adjudication and naturalization services at a level to “ensure recover of the full costs of providing all such services, including the costs of similar services provided without charge to… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

This week, the Department of State (DOS) has released the July 2016 Visa Bulletin. We are three months from the end of the fiscal year and the dwindling visa numbers remaining are likely to bring about tepid advancement in many employment-based categories before October. This Bulletin brings several particular items of note relating to the… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program

Since its inception as part of the Immigration Act of 1990, the EB-5 program has had a $1,000,000 threshold capital investment requirement, with that minimum decreased to $500,000 for projects in targeted employment areas. Last year, legislation was introduced and circulated on Capitol Hill that would raise this investment amount in varying proposals and conditions…. Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program

Beginning on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, EB-5 investors with approved I-526 petitions will be able to contact the National Visa Center’s (NVC) newly created EB-5 Investor Assistance Desk. Customers with visa processing questions can send their inquiries to the following email address: NVCeb5@state.gov. Inquiries will be answered by a team of professionals at the NVC… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Visa Bulletin

The March 2016 Visa Bulletin is now available online.  The significant news arises in the EB-3 category with respect to dates for filing visa applications: EB-3 Worldwide is now current. EB-3 China has advanced from Oct. 1, 2013, to May 1, 2015, making the native Chinese EB-3 and EB-5 filing dates identical. Compared to February,… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Job Creation, EB-5 Program

On Feb. 2, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing of the year regarding the EB-5 Program. The Committee took testimony from Chief of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Immigrant Investor Program Office, Nicholas Colucci, and the Associate Director, Division of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Stephen L. Cohen. Mr…. Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor, USCIS

The USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) held its first stakeholder engagement of 2016 on Feb. 3. Primarily speaking for USCIS were Nicholas Colucci, Chief of the IPO, Julia Harrison, Deputy Chief of the IPO, and Laurie McKenzie, the new Division Chief of Policy and Performance. Processing Times and Backlog Reduction Issues As has been… Continue Reading