On Thursday, May 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in an en banc decision, affirmed a nationwide preliminary injunction on President Trump’s revised travel ban that was issued March 16, 2017, by a U.S. District Court judge in Maryland. President Trump’s new executive order (EO), “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist… Continue Reading
On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) titled “Buy American and Hire American.” The stated purpose of this EO is to protect the American economy by having the U.S. government and agencies focus on purchasing goods made in America, and to also protect American workers. The first part of the EO includes… Continue Reading
Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and two of the group’s attorneys were included in the 2017 Chambers Global Guide. The 2017 guide includes 37 Greenberg Traurig attorneys and 23 practice areas. According to its website, Chambers and Partners selects attorneys and practices for inclusion based on thousands of interviews with practicing lawyers and clients around the… Continue Reading
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
Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice was recently listed by JD Journal as one of New York City’s top immigration law firms. JD Journal is a recognized legal resource, providing legal news and law firm news for attorneys, lawyers, law students, paralegals, law firms, and other legal professionals. Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance… Continue Reading
The Immigrant Investor Program office (IPO) has decided to hold in abeyance I-526 Petitions until the adjudication of an associated Exemplar I-924 Petition, even when an associated I-526 Petition is past posted processing times. This has had a particularly detrimental effect on I-526 Petitions filed prior to Sept. 30, 2015, when there was a surge… Continue Reading
Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team will sponsor and participate as an organizing committee member of the 2017 Invest in America Summit and Exhibition, the largest USA-themed investment conference and exhibition in China, with attorneys Kate Kalmykov and Laura Reiff as VIP speakers. The Summit will travel to four Chinese cities in 2017. Event dates and locations… 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
Laura Reiff provided a briefing on Capitol Hill to new members and staff of the 115th Congress on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Laura discussed the impact on the business of immigration and the need for policy reforms. Please visit the National Immigration Forum for additional information.
It has been reported that President Trump’s administration is likely preparing to effectuate additional changes affecting immigration issues. Specifically, in addition to the Executive Order executed on Jan. 27, 2017, the administration is reportedly working on additional Executive Orders, a released draft of which addresses the availability and use of advance parole, among other issues… Continue Reading
On Jan. 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed two Executive Orders impacting U.S. immigration which are summarized below. Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements This Order addresses the recent surge of immigration by foreign nationals without proper documentation at the United States’ southern border with Mexico. The Order directs the government’s “executive… Continue Reading
This year’s H-1B cap is fast approaching. USCIS will start accepting new H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2018 on April 1, 2017. Although the federal government annually allocates 65,000 H-1B visas to eligible foreign national employees, USCIS receives far more H-1B petitions within the first weeks or even days of April during each fiscal year… 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.
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。
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.”
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
Laura Reiff, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice, was recently recognized as a Law360 2016 Immigration MVP. Three other GT attorneys were also recognized as MVPs: Lori G. Cohen in the Trials category, Paul M. Seby in the Environmental category, and Rick L. Shackelford in the Food & Beverage category. Greenberg Traurig was recognized as one of… Continue Reading
Greenberg Traurig Attorney Jennifer Hermansky was recently selected as one of The Legal Intelligencer’s 2016 ‘Top Women in Law’. The Legal Intelligencer recently interviewed Hermansky to provide insight into her career as an immigration attorney and her success. To read the full interview, click here.
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
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
Will a new administration and Congress mean big changes for your business? Join us for a webinar where Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration and Compliance group will discuss: A recap of campaign promises and the likelihood of their becoming a reality Immigration programs affected during the lame-duck session Immigration legislative priorities for 2017 and beyond 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
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。
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