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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, EB-5 Program, I-526, Immigrant Investor, USCIS, Visa

USCIS recently announced the release of a new edition of Form I-526, with the new edition dated 04/10/2017. Starting on June 9, 2017, USCIS will only accept the 04/10/2017 edition.  Until then, investors can use the 12/23/2016 edition. Both editions of Form I-526 are available to download at no cost on the USCIS website. Investors… 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 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, 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 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, USCIS

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。

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

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

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, 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 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 China, Department of State, EB-3, Immigrant Visa, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

After the release of the October Visa Bulletin, Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS), provided his predictions on the future movement in the employment-based green card categories.  They are summarized below: EB-1 China and India In the October bulletin, final action dates for India and… 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。