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Posted in Green Cards, USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 19, 2017 that the agency will begin issuing revamped Permanent Resident Cards (commonly referred to as “green cards”) and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD Cards) as a part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project,  a multi-agency initiative aimed at modernizing security measures through advanced biometrics technologies…. Continue Reading

Posted in Eb-5 Regional Center, I-924, Regional Center, USCIS

USCIS announced on March 21, 2017 the launch of its EB-5 Regional Center Compliance Audit Program (Audit Program). The Regional Center Compliance Audit partially clarifies what USCIS has spoken about in public at stakeholder engagements, which is the eventual use by USCIS of site-visits to verify information submitted in EB-5 petitions. There appears to be… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, USCIS

EB-5投资移民的一个关键要求是需要每个投资人以优势证据(“preponderance of evidence”)表明,他们投资到新商业企业的资金来自合法来源。由于许多国家的货币限制,投资人可能会通过私人资金交换的方式来与第三方互换货币。这种类型的私人货币兑换和在中东流行的“哈瓦拉”系统可能比较相似。 在典型的EB-5货币互换中,投资人将以本地货币转入第三方(实体或自然人)的账户中。然后,第三方再以等额的美元资金转入投资人的海外账户。投资人然后把收到的美元投资到一个新的商业企业。该投资人将妥善记录此货币互换交易,并提交I-526请愿书。通常情况下,投资人并没有提供关于第三方资金来源的任何信息. 直到最近,美国移民局并没有质疑协助货币互换的第三方的资金来源。不过,美国移民局似乎已经改变了内部政策,并已开始对每个使用第三方协助资金交换的案件发出补件要求。该政策似乎针对所有第三方,无论是实体还是自然人。因此,已经提交I-526申请,但未提供文件证明第三方资金来源的投资人应开始考虑,并为可能发出的补件要求做准备。尚未提交I-526申请,但打算使用第三方资金交换方式来将货币转到美国的投资人应考虑收集有关第三方资金来源的文件,这样可能有助于减少收到补件要求的可能性。

Posted in EB-5 Program, USCIS

A crucial requirement of the EB-5 Program is that each individual demonstrate by a preponderance of evidence that the monies invested in a new commercial enterprise were derived from a lawful source. Due to currency restrictions in many foreign countries, individuals may swap currency in a private exchange of funds. This type of private currency… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, I-526, I-924, Immigrant Investor, Immigration, Regional Center, USCIS

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

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

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

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, Visa

Beginning Feb. 16, 2016, USCIS began reissuing receipt notices on Form I-797 to applicants who continue to have pending applications for renewed employment authorization (EAD applications) under certain categories that were originally filed between July 21, 2016 and Jan. 16, 2017. EAD applications that were filed during this window did not fall within the benefits of… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5, USCIS, Visa

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

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, EB-5, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

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

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

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

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

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

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, EB-5, EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, I-526, I-829, I-924, Posts in Chinese

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。

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, EB-5, EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, I-526, I-829, I-924, Immigration, USCIS

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

Posted in EB-5, I-526, I-829, USCIS

USCIS has released its third quarter performance data for the fiscal year 2016 (October through September), including performance data on I-526 Petitions and I-829 Petitions.  USCIS reports generally provide summary data on the number of applications or petitions received, approved, denied and pending. For the third quarter of 2016 (April through June), USCIS approved 1,660… 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 China, Department of State, Eb-5 Regional Center, I-526, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

On Sept. 21, 2016, USCIS confirmed that the Dates for Filing Chart in the October 2016 Visa Bulletin should be used to determine eligibility to file both family-based and employment-based Adjustment of Status (AOS) applications. As we’ve previously reported, the Dates for Filing chart (also referenced as Chart B) of the U.S. Department of State’s… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Visa, Immigration, USCIS, Visa

26 августа 2016 года Иммиграционная Служба США опубликовала сообщение о проекте Закона об Иностранных Предпринимателях, и запросила комментарии общей публики и заинтересованых лиц.. В соответствии с сообщением Иммиграционной Службы США (USCIS), предлагаемый проект закона позволит Департаменту Внутренней Безопасности (DHS) по усмотрению выдавать официальные разрешения на въезд иностранным предпринимателям для осуществления развития вновь-созданных бизнесов в США,… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Project, I-526, I-924, Regional Center, USCIS

One of the purposes of Form I-924 is to file an exemplar for a specific EB-5 investment project. In so doing, a Regional Center seeks a preliminary determination of EB-5 compliance for a project prior to the commencement of I-526 filings by individual investors so as to have greater assurance that investors will not encounter… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, USCIS, Visa

2016年8月26日,美国移民局发布消息称将推出一项针对国际企业家的政策,并提供了一个拟定的方案供公众审阅。 根据移民局公告,该新规则将授予国土安全部独立裁量权,针对每个个案情况向那些在美国新设企业并亲自管理企业为公共利益做出重大贡献的外国企业家发放入境许可。移民局提议 修改其之前根据移民国籍法INA212章节(d)(5)款所制定的行政规章,意图为行政裁量权的行驶以及初创企业家入境许可个案申请的审核提供一个“透明的架构”。 想依据此新规则获得入境许可的移民企业家被要求: *至少持有新设企业15%的股份且积极地参与企业管理 *在之前三年的时间内在美国创立该企业 该企业家还必须证明他或她的企业在就业创造以及业绩增长方面的潜力: *企业获得了至少$345,000来自合格的美国投资者的投资,该投资者要有投资成功的先例; *获得来自联邦、州、或本地政府的奖励或者拨款 对于只满足上述部分条件的企业家,新规则也留有一定的灵活度,允许企业家补充证明其初创企业能够快速发展和就业创造的潜力 在新规则下,合格的企业家可以获得有效期为两年的入境许可,并可以在初创企业获得成功的基础上申请延期 该新规则一旦实施,将会给那些正在饱受移民排期困扰并且不具备E-1、E-2签证资格国家的移民申请人带来希望,比如中国大陆和越南。对新规则的进一步分析也将可能为正在等待签证排期的EB-5投资人带来新的机会。 在Federal Register 公布新规则之后,公众有45天的时间给出自己的反馈意见 在我们全面审核分析新规则内容的过程中,我们也将会进一步地阐明这到底可以为当前的移民申请人带来怎样不同的机遇。

Posted in USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

In October 2015 the Department of State (DOS) visa bulletin saw significant revisions with the addition of a second chart entitled “Dates for Filing.”   The new chart was met with much excitement from foreign nationals who continue to experience significant retrogression as it provided earlier filing dates for adjustment of status applications.  These applications carry… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, EB-5 Investment, Immigrant Investor, USCIS, Visa

On Aug. 26, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking for an International Entrepreneur Rule, and provided an advance version of the proposed rule for public review. According to an announcement from USCIS, the proposed rule will allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to exercise discretion, on a… Continue Reading