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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, 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 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 Immigrant Visa, Immigration Reform, Legislation, Visa

On May 16, 2016, Representative Will Hurd (R-TX), along with Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX), Candice Miller (R-MI), Peter King (R-NY), John Katko (R-NY), and Martha McSally (R-AZ), introduced H.R. 5253, the “Strong Visa Integrity Secures America Act.” The Homeland Security Committee will consider this bill on June 8, 2016. The bill’s purpose is to improve… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, Legislation, Visa

Today, the House Judiciary Committee will consider H.R.5203, the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016.  The bill is authored by Representative Randy Forbes of Virginia. The bill’s purpose is to enhance security procedures for the processing of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.  We provide a sectional summary of the bill below. Section 2 of… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Legislation

Ngày 15 tháng 12, 2015, một ngày trước khi chương trình EB-5 hết hạn theo dự định (ngày 16 tháng 12), cấp cao trong Thượng Nghị Viện (“TNV”) và Hạ Nghị Viện (“HNV”) nghị định gia hạn chương trình EB-5 đến 30 tháng 9 năm 2016. Luật định chi tiết về phần mở rộng cho… Continue Reading

Posted in Eb-5 Regional Center, Legislation

On October 1, 2015, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona introduced S. 2115 the “Targeted Employment Areas Improvement Act.”  The legislation proposes to amend Section 203(b)(5)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act as follows: Reserves 5,000 visas under the annual cap for investments made in targeted employment areas Provides that an area designated as a targeted… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Legislation

昨天美国国会通过了联邦政府预算临时拨款议案,其中包括对EB-5区域中心计划短期延续至2015年12月11日。我们在9月14日曾写过对EB-5区域中心项目重新授权的前景预测。点击查看文章详情 今天国会通过的持续决议(continuing resolution)包含EB-5项目, 也同时包含E-Verify, the Conrad-30 Waiver项目,和非神职宗教工作者 (Non-Minister Religious Worker) 签证项目。这项持续决议将会暂时延续上述四项项目至2015年12月11日。议案113章规定了拨款时限,113章明确写出延续EB-5项目。 近几个月来,许多人都为EB-5区域中心去留问题颇感担忧。因为国会准备对EB-5进行改革,所以9月30日成为了一个通过区域中心投资移民申请者递交文件的硬性截止日期。因为复杂的立法过程可变因素很多,I-526投资者申请和范例申请(exemplar petition)一样,加速赶在9月30日“过期”前递交材料,也是合理的考虑。 但EB-5利益相关者目前需要考虑的一个重要问题是,为什么9月30日之前被定为截止日期。比如,国会从未就是否“让区域中心过期而不再授权”这个可能性有过任何正式讨论。从国会立法者提出的议案来看,EB-5区域中心最终会进行改革。在接下来的几个月中,利益相关者需要用这个机会,对于如何能使改革有效进行,以何种方式支持就业岗位创造,及哪些产业将会加入等问题,进行意见交流。 现在国会已经明确暂时延续EB-5项目至12月初,我们仅希望实质性改革和合理的过渡日期尽快相继出台。这样能使投资者、区域中心和通过投资创造就业岗位的项目能够在可预料 、稳定的情况下顺利进行。  

Posted in EB-5 Program, Legislation

Today the U.S. Congress passed a government funding bill containing a short-term extension of the EB-5 Regional Center Program through December 11, 2015.  We wrote previously about the EB-5 Regional Center Program’s prospects for reauthorization in a post on September 14.  The bill, known as a continuing resolution, contains an extension for the EB-5 Program along with extensions… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Legislation

Today, leaders in the United States Senate unveiled legislation to fund the Federal Government through December 11, 2015 that contains an extension for the EB-5 Regional Center Program.  The bill, known as a continuing resolution, contains an extension for the EB-5 Program along with extensions for E-Verify, the Conrad-30 Waiver Program, and the Non-Minister Religious… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Legislation

目前,国会参议、众议两院的民主党、共和党成员正就EB-5区域中心重新授权项目进行商议,但在本文发表时,两党还未达成一致意见。参众两院必须在今年9月30日之前就确切文字达成共识,更全面的区域中心重新授权项目改革才能获得通过。但是,基于目前两院仅有不到10天的时间来解决此议案,改革面临挑战。最可能发生的情况就是区域中心重新授权项目会和其它三项移民相关议案一起获得暂时性延长。此暂时性延长将会作为持续决议(Continuing Resolution )的一部分获得较短的延长期。持续决议是在2015年9月30日政府财政年度结束前维持政府重要组成部分运作的临时性决案,国会通常使用持续决议直到正式拨款议案下发为止。现在看来,持续决议甚至是否能及时通过以来阻止政府关闭都是一个待解决的问题。总体来说,2015年9月30日仍为EB-5项目的重要截止日期。

Posted in EB-5 Program, Legislation

Democratic and Republican Negotiators in the House and Senate are working through the EB-5 Regional Center Program’s reauthorization and have not reached consensus as of this writing. The House and the Senate must agree on language and pass that identical language in both Chambers prior to September 30, 2015 in order to effectuate the desired… Continue Reading