The Business Immigration & Compliance Practice of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer Hermansky has been elevated to shareholder in the Philadelphia office. Hermansky focuses her immigration practice on both employment-based and family-based immigration. Specifically, she focuses her practice on EB-5 immigrant investor visas. She has prepared and filed many immigrant investor… Continue Reading
Kate Kalmykov recently presented at the 2017 Invest in America Summit in Shenzhen, China. Kalmykov’s panel discussion “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Under New Immigration Policies” provided an overview of the basics of EB-5 and what to expect in the coming year.
On March 3, 2017, the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) held an EB-5 Stakeholder Engagement in which several important updates to the program were provided. “Unofficial” Statistics for Fiscal Year 2017 From October to December 2016, USCIS saw a surge in petition filings, likely due to an upcoming sunset in the EB-5 regional center… Continue Reading
Kate Kalmykov and Jennifer Hermansky recently attended the Investment Immigration Summit MENA in Dubai. The Summit is the leading immigration conference in the Middle East, hosting hundreds of immigration agents and consultants, private bankers and wealth managers, law firms and government officials. Hermansky provided an outlook for EB-5 in 2017. Kalmykov presented a workshop on L-1… Continue Reading
Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team would like to thank our clients, colleagues and fellow EB-5 industry members for another successful year. We look forward to working with each of you in 2017. Happy New Year!
On Jan. 24, 2017, Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Feinstein (D-CA), the Chair and Ranking Committee members of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced bill S. 232 to terminate the EB-5 Visa Program and to reallocate the employment creation visas to the other employment-based visa classifications. The bill would eliminate both the direct and regional center program… Continue Reading
Greenberg Traurig attorney, Nataliya Rymer, was recently cited in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking to amend the current EB-5 regulations, which was published in the Federal Register pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act. Rymer’s article U.S. Department of State Announces EB-5 Visas for China Unavailable Until October 1, 2014, which appeared in the National… Continue Reading
On January 13, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Making (“NPRM”) seeking to amend the current EB-5 regulations. As required by the Administrative Procedure Act, DHS has published the NPRM in the Federal Register for notice to the public and has given the public a three (3) month… Continue Reading
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to be published on January 13, 2017 to amend the regulations in relation to the employment-based, fifth preference (EB-5) immigrant investor classification and associated regional centers. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to modernize the EB-5 program. DHS will accept comments… Continue Reading
On Jan. 9, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a notice that, as of Jan. 6, it had completed its review a proposed rulemaking that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had drafted to make changes to the current regulations as they relate to the EB-5… Continue Reading
In this Law360 article, Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Laura Reiff discusses immigration legislation and regulations to watch in 2017. Reiff addresses the Legal Workforce Act, requiring employers to use E-Verify, the BRIDGE Act, and EB-5. To read the full article, click here.
On Dec. 20, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requested that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review a proposed rule making that would make changes to the current regulations as it relates to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The title of this rule is “Improvement… Continue Reading
在今年5月4日，美国国土安全部在联邦公报(Federal Register)上公布了拟定的新收费提案，征求公众意见。请查看我们之前的博客。该拟定的新收费提案于今年10月24日作为最终案通过，并将在本月(12月)晚些时候正式生效。 从今年12月23日起，递交给美国移民局的多项移民申请，非移民申请，身份调整申请和入籍申请的费用都会上涨。一些常见申请费上调项目请参见下表： 移民局的申请费用将平均上涨21％。然而，从上表可以看出，EB-5类别相关的申请费用上调最高，I-526和I-924的升幅都超过100％，并且推出了新的3,035美元的I-924A表格的申请费用。 EB-5区域中心需要每年提交一份I-924A表格（今年，2016年12月29日），或根据要求证明其继续资格指定，以前没有与此申报相关的费用。 美国移民局自2010年11月以来没有调整过申请费用表。由于移民局的运转的资金完全来源于申请费用，移民局强调费用上调是必要的，以用来支付日益增加的财政开支和人力成本，包括案件审核，欺诈检测，国家安全和客户服务相关的成本。我们希望，随着这些改进也将加快移民局的案件审理时间。 我们建议申请人提前将所有即将提交的文件提交给美国移民局;所有申请必须在2016年12月21日之前寄出，因为2016年12月22日是USCIS接受当前申请费的最后日期。自2016年12月23日起，移民局将拒绝那些没有提供上调后的申请费的申请。
Greenberg Traurig EB-5 团队感谢我们的客户，同事和投资移民行业的各位同仁带给我们成就丰硕的2016年。我们期待和您携手并进新的一年。
Đội Ngũ EB-5 tại Greenberg Traurig chân thành cảm ơn tất cả các khách hàng, đồng nghiệp, và các thành viên trong ngành cho một năm 2016 thành công và một năm mới với nhiều thành tựu.”
Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team thanks our clients, colleagues and fellow EB-5 industry members for a successful 2016 and looks forward to the new year ahead.
On May 4, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register inviting public comment on a proposed increase in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fee Schedule, which we previously wrote about. This proposed rule was subsequently adopted as final on Oct. 24, 2016, and… Continue Reading
美国众议院已经递交了一份可以维持政府运作到2017年4月28日的持续决议案。 与九月末将EB-5区域中心项目以及另外三个移民项目延期的持续决议案类似，本次持续决议案一旦通过，将使得上述移民项目再一次被原封不动地顺延至4月28日。在此期间立法机构对EB-5区域中心项目的延期不附带任何项目的政策变化。 我们预计此项持续决议案将会在本周晚些时候被众议院通过，之后也将被参议院通过。 在上周，行业领导、司法委员会的主席以及资深议员曾试图在最后时刻推出一个EB-5全面改革的草案。但最终似乎因为没有足够的时间无法达成共识。 之后的几个月非常重要，我们需要团结在一起努力促成EB-5项目的改革。我们将密切关注移民局极其可能在1月份推出的新规章。此外，也需要与即将新上任的行政机构在立法以及规章改革事项上一起合作。
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have passed the Continuing Resolution (CR) legislation to keep the government open through April 28, 2017. As with the CR in late September that extended the EB-5 Regional Center program and the other three immigration programs, this CR will create a clean extension through April 28. The legislation extends… Continue Reading
The F-1 student visa is a nonimmigrant visa issued to foreign nationals with intent to reside in the United States only temporarily pursuant to their studies. Generally, the student must have a residence abroad that they have no intention of abandoning. The filing of an I-526 Petition, however, reflects a foreign national’s intent to immigrate… Continue Reading
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Fall Unified Agenda, updating the Improvement of the Employment Creation Immigrant Regulations. DHS has now moved the stage of rulemaking from “long-term actions” to “proposed rule stage.” This new release also changes the date of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) from “to be determined” to January… Continue Reading
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
Greenberg Traurig attorneys attended and presented at the ABA 39th Annual Forum on Franchising in Miami Florida. The ABA provides this forum to study and discuss the legal aspects of franchising. Kate Kalmykov presented on EB-5 Investors as a Vehicle for Franchise Network Expansion. Kalmykov’s recent white paper addresses the use of EB-5 franchises. To… Continue Reading
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