自2015年4月22日起,由于受排期的影响,国家签证中心和广州领事馆开始取消已经预约的移民签证面试。这大大区别于以往的做法。在过去如果获得了预约面试就会被分配一个移民签证号,因此便不会受排期的影响。近期获得移民签证预约面试的申请人应该及时联系律师和法律代表,以证实预约的面试是否被取消。

收到了面试取消通知的申请人会受到排期的影响。如果预约面试被取消,那么申请人需要每个月到此网站website查看签证公告来确认他们的优先日是否有效。一旦优先日生效,他们可重新申请EB-5移民签证。请点击此处here查看优先日。此外,国务院网站有一个优先日查询“Priority Date Checker”专栏,只要输入信息就可以自动查询相应的截止日期。详细英文信息点击此住here。 详细中文信息点击此处here

对于那些没有子女超龄风险的申请人,取消已预约的签证面试并不会对副申请人产生负面影响。任何已经递交DS-260,或者已经支付签证费的副申请人会受到《儿童状态保护法案》的保护。详情请参见签证办公室公布的信息清单information

此外,我们开始收到EB-5社区发来的通知。通知上说国家签证中心的预约面试通知并未及时寄出,因此导致一些申请人错过了面试。由于国家签证中心在过去九个月中工作并非十分高效,发生这种情况并不奇怪。请到我们的博客了解最新消息。
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Effective today, April 22, 2015, the National Visa Center (NVC) in concert with the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou has begun issuing cancellation notices to individuals with scheduled immigrant visa interviews due to retrogression. This is a departure from the prior practice whereby individuals with scheduled immigrant visa interviews would have already been allocated an immigrant visa number, thus not subjecting them to retrogression. Individuals with recently scheduled immigrant visa interviews should check with their attorneys or legal representatives to ascertain whether a cancellation has occurred.

Individuals who receive a cancellation notice will be affected by retrogression. Accordingly, those individuals will have to review the monthly visa bulletin on this website to ascertain when their priority date is current. Once their priority date is current, they will be able to re-apply for an EB-5 immigrant visa. You can learn all about how to check your priority date here. Additionally the DOS maintains a “Priority Date Checker” which is an interactive form that will automatically populate the cut-off date applicable for you. Further information can be found here in English and here in Mandarin.
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This post was updated April 22, 2015

As you may know, the EB-5 immigrant visa category will retrogress beginning May 2015. Below is a guide to the frequently asked questions we have been receiving since the announcement of retrogression.

1.      What if I have a child who may age-out but my I-526 Petition has been approved? How can I preserve my child’s age for purposes of immigration?

The DOS has issued guidance that the following can freeze a child’s age for the purposes of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA):

  •  Submission of the DS-260;
  • Payment of the visa fee; OR
  • Submission of a DS-230 to the NVC;

It is important to remember each of those activities listed above will freeze a child’s age for CSPA purposes. Thus, the most cost effective and less timely method is payment of the visa fee bill by cashier’s check as soon as an I-526 Petition approval notice is received. As noted immediately below, all applicants who have received approval of their I-526 Petitions before May 1, 2015, will be issued a fee bill (even past the May 1 cut-off date), thereby enabling those applicants with age-out children to freeze their children’s age for purposes of immigration.
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Following is the Chinese translation of a previously published blog post:

鉴于EB-5签证排期倒退迫近,现在就优先日期以及I-526申请批准书上涉及的有关内容做些基本介绍,正是一个合适的时机。美国联邦法律规定,每个财政年度EB-5签证的可用额度上限为10,000 名额. EB-5投资人提交I-526申请后,其I-526申请被美国移民局(USCIS)接收的日期,视为EB-5投资人的“优先日期”。排期倒退是指,签证额度达到上限后,美国国务院(DOS)必须根据过去的优先日期,给签证申请人划定一个截止日期,从而产生的时间滞期。打个形象的比方,EB-5签证好比是排队,EB-5投资人的优先日期就是其在长队中的位置。
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With retrogression looming, it is a good time for a quick primer on priority dates and the information contained on an I-526 petition approval. U.S. federal law caps the number of EB-5 visas that are available each fiscal year at 10,000. When an EB-5 investor files an I-526 Petition, the day his or her I-526 petition is received at USCIS is the EB-5 investor’s “priority date.” Retrogression is the term which denotes the time period when the visa cap is reached and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) must establish a cut off-date for visa applicants based on a priority date in the past. An analogy might be to consider the EB-5 visa category as a queue and an EB-5 Investor’s priority date as his or her place in line in the queue.
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