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Posted in National Visa Center, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

在2017年6月与7月间,国家签证中心(“NVC”)对大量之前已收到案件审核完毕确认信并在等待安排面试的移民签证案件发布了的新的通知。 值得您注意的是,从2016年10月起,NVC开始根据美国国务院颁布的签证排期表中的申请递件排期表(表B)的截止日,来发送缴费通知和启动移民签证的案件处理。但是这些最新的通知却向之前已经被NVC审理完毕的案子再次发出确认案件由美国移民局转移到了NVC,并要求申请人提交移民签证申请和支持文件的通知。 现在我们已经澄清这些通知是错误的,NVC目前正在更新收到这些错误通知的案件的信息。这些案件是指那些之前已经收到NVC确认案件审核完毕,并且优先日已经在表B截至日期前的案件。我们已经收到确认,在以上情况下收到的NVC错误的通知(告知案件刚被转移到NVC或者再次要求申请人递交申请文件)可以会被忽略。 在NVC审查每个案件的状态后,如果以前接受的任何文件需要重新提交,NVC将向代理人发送通知。除此之外,之前已经完成审核并等待移民签证面试的案件将按之前案件审核完成的日期为准重新返回等待面试的队列,并且NVC会给申请人及其律师/代理人发送新的通知信。 NVC将会在这些受到影响的案件恢复后提供确认,届时,NVC将能够更好地回答有关具体案件状态的详细问题。NVC预计该过程大约需要两周时间。 GT将继续更进,并提供关于NVC进展情况的更新。请订阅此博客以获取更新。

Posted in National Visa Center, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

In June/July 2017, the National Visa Center (NVC) issued notices for a large number of the immigrant visa cases, which had been previously confirmed completed and awaiting interview scheduling by NVC. As a reminder, in October of 2016, NVC began issuing immigrant visa fee bills and processing cases when their priority date became current based on… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of State, EB-5, EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, I-526, Immigrant Visa, Visa, Visa Bulletin

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

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 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 State, Immigrant Visa, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

This week, the Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for September 2016. Given that visa numbers are issued based on the government fiscal year, we expect to see significant movement again in October 2016; for September 2016, the last month of FY2016, there were only minor changes with regard to movement of final action… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of State, Visa Bulletin

This week the Department of State released the August Visa Bulletin, which contains some significant movement in certain employment-based categories. In its July Visa Bulletin, which we wrote about here, the Department advised that it would impose cutoff dates for India and China in the EB-1 category.  In the August Bulletin, the Department has imposed… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, Visa, Visa Bulletin

Charlie Oppenheim is the Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS) where he is responsible for providing analysis and prediction for immigrant preference categories.  After the release of the July 2016 visa bulletin Mr. Oppenheim provided the following information regarding employment-based petitions to AILA: EB-2 and EB-3 – China:… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

This week, the Department of State (DOS) has released the July 2016 Visa Bulletin. We are three months from the end of the fiscal year and the dwindling visa numbers remaining are likely to bring about tepid advancement in many employment-based categories before October. This Bulletin brings several particular items of note relating to the… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, Visa, Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the April 2016 Visa Bulletin, with the Application Final Action Date chart for employment-based applications reflecting some substantial movement. Notably, the 2nd preference category for China-mainland born applicants has moved ahead one month to Sept. 1, 2012, and for India born applicants it has moved ahead a few weeks to… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Visa Bulletin

The March 2016 Visa Bulletin is now available online.  The significant news arises in the EB-3 category with respect to dates for filing visa applications: EB-3 Worldwide is now current. EB-3 China has advanced from Oct. 1, 2013, to May 1, 2015, making the native Chinese EB-3 and EB-5 filing dates identical. Compared to February,… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Visa Bulletin

2015年10月的签证排期表涵盖了一些重要变动和相关信息。首先,对已获批准的EB-5区域中心试行项目相关联的I-526申请签证全部显示“不可用”。排期表指出,目前签证数额“不可用”是由于国会对于EB-5区域中心试行项目还未进行复议。排期表进一步指出,在试行项目复核通过后,对除中国以外的其它国家签证数额将更新为“当前”,不会出现积压情况。对于中国的收件截止日期(cutoff date)已经提前到2013年10月8日。需要注意的是,这是美国国务院首次将等待国会复议的EB-5区域中心试行项目签证数额定为“不可用”,以往国务院会针对项目更新信息分别作出指导方针。 另一重要发展,则是国务院创建了两种类别的截止日期(代替了目前系统仅有一类别的截止日期)。 这两类截止日期将会出现在每月的排期表中,包括2015年10月的排期表。第一类截止日期是“最终通知”—目的在于标明裁定身份调整申请和移民签证申请的截止日期。第二类截止日期是针对递交身份调整申请的截止日期。国务院的这项新措施允许在美国境内持有有效临时签证的EB-5获批投资者,在“递交”日期截止前,递交身份调整申请。尽管在“最终通知”日期更新到“当前”之前移民局不会裁定申请,但申请一旦递交,外籍申请人便有资格获得身份调节申请的二级受益,包括在美工作许可文件和“回美证”(即申请绿卡的外籍人士在离开美国一段时间后无需移民签证或非移民签证便可重新返美国的证件)。需要注意的是,虽然由于等待国会复议,“最终通知”类别截止日期目前显示EB-5试行项目签证数额为“不可用”,而对除中国以外的国家,“递交”类别的优先期都显示“当前”,“递交”类别的截止日期显示为2015年5月1号。  

Posted in EB-5 Program, Visa Bulletin

The October 2015 Visa Bulletin includes some important changes and information.  Firstly, visa numbers in connection with approved EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Programs I-526 petitions are marked as unavailable across all countries.  The Visa Bulletin notes that this unavailability is due to the fact that the EB-5 Pilot Programs have not yet been renewed by… Continue Reading

Posted in Posts in Chinese, Visa Bulletin

Following is the Chinese translation of a previously published blog post: 美国国务院(DOS)7月签证公告给中国投资人带来一些好消息,EB-5投资移民签证中国申请人排期前进4个月,从2013年5月1日前进到2013年9月1日。 这一进展对关注查理•奥本海默有关职业移民签证截至日期预测的人来说,有些出乎预料。奥本海默是国务院签证处的主管,他曾预计6月份EB-5截至日期仍将维持在2013年5月1日。 尽管排期日期变化不大,中国大陆出生的EB-5投资人仍应该尽快提交I-526申请,因为排期的变动并不影响I-526 申请的审批。美国国务院根据优先日期或I-526申请提交的日期,确定等候时间。关于排期,您可以更多地阅读我们的博客。

Posted in Retrogression, Visa Bulletin

The Department of State’s (DOS) July Visa Bulletin brings some good news for China indicating that that the EB-5 immigrant visa category will advance by four months for China, from May 1, 2013 to September 1, 2013. This development has come as a bit of a surprise to those of you who follow Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheimer’s, chief… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Retrogression, Visa Bulletin

Each month, the Department of State (DOS) issues a visa bulletin which contains information regarding the availability of immigrant visas. The availability of immigrant visas is subject to numerical caps imposed by Congress, which limit how many foreign nationals may obtain immigrant visas each year. In the employment based green card category Congress allots 140,000… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Posts in Chinese, Retrogression, Visa Bulletin

美国国务院每个月都会公布包含移民签证发放名额信息的签证公告。移民签证名额取决于国会制定的限额,即每年外国人可以获得移民签证的名额上限。在基于雇佣关系的绿卡申请领域,国会每年会发放140,000个移民签证(绿卡)。基于雇佣关系的绿卡申请又分为五个优先领域:  EB-1: 优先工作者(特别杰出的能力,优秀的教授和研究人员,跨国公       司经理或高 管)  EB-2:  拥有高等学历的专业人员和有特殊能力的人才  EB-3:  技术工人,专业人员,以及非技术工人  EB-4:  一些特殊移民包括宗教工作者  EB-5:  投资移民 根据美国法典第8章第1153节的规定,任何一个国家的移民申请人不得超过任何一个领域的总名额的7%。

Posted in Visa Bulletin

The Department of State’s March Visa Bulletin announced only a few modest changes in employment-based visa processing. Most significantly, the EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by six months for “All Other Countries,” with priority dates moving up from Jan. 1, 2014, to June 1, 2014. This brings adjudications under this subcategory… Continue Reading