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Posted in Eb-5 Regional Center, Events, I-829

Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Kate Kalmykov and Jennifer Hermansky will participate as presenters at the 2017 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) EB-5 Investors Summit, Dec. 8-9, 2017, in Las Vegas.  Kalmykov’s panel “Regional Center Investments: Understanding The Deal And The Capital Stack,” will address the Regional Center and NCE roles, differences between loan and equity project… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Regional Center

Congress is poised to extend the EB-5 Regional Center Program through Sept. 30, 2017, without any changes. The House Appropriations Committee submitted a proposal on Continuing Appropriations in the early morning of May 1, 2017.  We expect the Omnibus Appropriation bill to proceed to House Rules Tuesday, May 2, with a vote on the House floor… 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, 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, 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 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, EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Events, Immigrant Visa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Visa, Webinar

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

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, 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 EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Regional Center, Visa

On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, the Senate Majority Leader filed legislation to fund the Federal Government through Dec. 9.  In addition to continuing the government’s funding into December, the bill contains a “clean” extension for the EB-5 Regional Center Program through Dec. 9, 2016, with no changes to the current law other than the date… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Job Creation, Eb-5 Regional Center

As the Sept. 30, 2016, sunset date approaches for the EB-5 Regional Center program, the EB-5 industry has come together with a unified voice calling for the program to be extended with appropriate reforms.  On Sept. 7, 2016, a letter was circulated to the Members of the Judiciary Committees of the U.S. Senate and House… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Immigrant Investor

Yesterday, the leading EB-5 Trade Associations/Coalitions sent a letter to the Senate and House Judiciary Committee Leaders and Members expressing support for extending the EB-5 Regional Center Program and recommending concrete changes.  This is a decisive moment for the EB-5 Industry as the key members of the community are all speaking with one voice This… Continue Reading

Posted in Eb-5 Regional Center, Government Accountability Office (GAO), USCIS

On Feb. 10, 2016, Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Mark Amodei (R-NV)  introduced H.R. 4530, the EB-5 Integrity Act of 2016. This bill is a companion bill to the EB-5 Integrity Act of 2015, S.2415, which we covered in December following its introduction by Sen. Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Cornyn (R-TX), and Sen. Schumer (D-NY). At… Continue Reading

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

On December 17, 2015, two days after Senate and House leadership recommended a “clean” extension of the EB-5 program until September 30, 2016, Senator Flake (R-AZ), with Senator Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Schumer (D-NY), introduced S.2415, the “EB-5 Integrity Act of 2015.”  This is the first new piece of EB-5 reform legislation introduced since the… Continue Reading

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

美国时间2015年12月15日,即12月16日EB-5临时法案过期的前一天,国会参众两院领导建议EB-5项目法案获延期到2016年9月30日。延期的细节内容将会涵盖在预计星期五通过的多项法案议案中。这个“无条件延期”意味着EB-5项目法案将无改变,包括最低投资数额,对目标就业区的定义等等。移民局也会继续接收并处理所有I-924,I-526和I-829的申请递交,直到新的改革议案获得通过,或到2016年9月30日项目法案过期日为止。 拥有EB-5业界重量级成员支持的EB-5投资联盟(The EB-5 Investment Coalition)一直在为倡导EB-5项目孜孜不倦地努力着,并致力推荐更有利于EB-5业界的改革措施。在过去的几年中,议员们向参众两院提出过五项改革EB-5项目的法案,对于如何改革和改进EB-5项目各方面都有不同呼声。当EB-5项目在2015年9月30日面临过期时,政府财政拨款的 “临时决议”使得EB-5得到延期至2015年12月11日。在2015年11月,参众两院委员会讨论拓展国会在2015年6月出台的S.1501法案的稿件在EB-5业界广泛传送。EB-5业界成员,包括EB-5投资联盟成员,对讨论中的稿件进行了反馈和评论,意在倡导整体性和加强执行措施的同时使EB-5项目法案能够继续运行。在EB-5投资联盟和其成员——包括地产圆桌论坛(Real Estate Roundtable)和美国商会(Chamber of Commerce) 的不懈努力下,虽然有广泛的谈判并对重要改动达成了一致意见,但仍需要进行许多改变使法案继续运转。非常清楚的一点是,在讨论中的稿件需要更进一步的磋商、意见建议和更深入的学习,EB-5投资联盟及其成员意识到法案在各方面都需要进一步工作,所以向参众两院发出了信函,要求对EB-5项目法案完整延期一年。 在12月16日截止日期临近时,参众两院领导人倾听到EB-5业界的呼声,也意识到法案需要更进一步工作,由此,EB-5项目法案和其它面临过期的移民项目法案(R-1宗教工作人士签证,J-1类医疗工作者康拉德30计划,和E-Verify项目法案)将会在多项议题决议案中获得延期至2016年9月30日。 EB-5投资联盟成员Laura Foote Reiff女士和Jeff Campion先生认可国会领导者孜孜不倦的工作成果:我们感谢在国会的捍卫者们;参议院和众议院的领导者、参议院和众议院法律委员会的主席和主要成员们。我们特别向确保我们的声音被倾听的参议员Cornyn, Flake, 和Schumer,以及众议员Pete Sessions致以谢意”。 接下来的10个月中对EB-5业界的成员至关重要,我们需要和国会紧密工作,以确保有意义的改革获得实施,从而保障所有利益相关者。EB-5投资联盟也将会继续和其成员一起努力确保所有权益得到体现。

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

On Dec. 15, 2015, one day prior to the expiration of the EB-5 program on Dec. 16, House and Senate leadership have recommended that the EB-5 program be extended until Sept. 30, 2016. The language for extension will be included as part of the larger omnibus appropriations bill that is anticipated to be passed on… Continue Reading

Posted in Eb-5 Regional Center

参议员Rand Paul在10月1日国会议题中提出了“投资我们的社区法案”(Invest in Our Communities Act, S.2122)。这项议案中包括了“使EB-5区域中心项目永久化”这样广泛受到欢迎的改革方针。我们列出主要几点内容: 随行家庭成员(配偶和子女)将不再计入EB-5签证数额中 移除EB-5国家配额制度 为EB-5类别签证增加数量,由此签证总数分配数额将增加 要求移民局在递交申请后的180天之内作出裁定。所有证据补充要求必须在收到申请的30天内发出,裁决必须在收到补充的证据30天内作出 提供一系列的完善方案,其中包括: 区域中心经营者必须有5年之内清晰明确的运营记录 区域中心负责人必须为美国公民或合法永久居民 区域中心不能由外国政府持有或调控 不遵守美国证券法相关规定可令区域中心被吊销或终止运行 在此法案实行两年之内,需向参议院和众议院的司法委员会上交报告,详细列出以完成和待完成的计划;该计划是否已经获得联邦财政支持;是否出现市场需求超过签证数量分配。 保护“儿童”的申请状态,例如如果一份申请终止,如果其家长在一年之内发出另一份申请,且如果该“儿童”还没有结婚,那么此申请人仍旧被视为“儿童” 在国土安全局以自由裁量权吊销或终止某一位申请人的申请时,须为其在行政法官面前提供听证,并备好该申请人的所有材料及事实。国土安全局需要以具有分量的优势证据(preponderance of the evidence)来证明吊销或终止该申请是有效的。 此提案将使现行的项目中许多部分作出变更,并将对项目提供更加完善的方案。目前在114届国会中已提出的四项完整议案。我们未列出参议员Flake提出的议案,因为该议案主要集中于目标就业区改革问题。