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Posted in GT Alert, President Trump's Administration, Travel

On Sept. 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation imposing new limitations on visa issuance and travel to the United States for nationals of eight countries entitled “Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.”  These countries include: Chad, Iran, Libya, North… Continue Reading

Posted in Executive Order, Immigration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Visa

The heavily anticipated new Executive Order (EO), “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” banning nationals from six countries from entering the United States, was signed by President Donald Trump on March 6, 2017 with an effective date 10 days following on March 16, 2017. This new EO revokes and replaces the… 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 China, Posts in Chinese, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Visa

美国海关与边境保护局CBP近期宣布,从2016年11月29日开始,所有持中国护照人士,同时拥有10年期的B1(商务签证)和/或B2(旅游签证)赴美之前必须在签证更新电子系统EVUS上完成注册。拥有B1/B2签证的中国护照持有人士只有完成了EVUS注册才可以入境美国。对那些需要多程转机到达美国的中国护照持有人士,EVUS会在其值机首个航班时完成认证。注册EVUS的费用是8美金,每次EVUS注册有效期为两年.若该中国游客在两年内获得新护照或者新签证,EVUS注册有效期则持续到该中国游客获得新护照或者新签证为止。 我们团队之前已经在2016年2月份的时候就讨论过EVUS。EVUS是针对持10年期商务旅游签证赴美的中国公民的一个在线安全系统。注册EVUS这个新的要求是近期中美两国在互惠基础之上互发10年期旅游签证协议中的一部分。根据CBP官员R. Gil Kerlikowske所述,EVUS是为了“巩固国家安全以及中美两国签发10年签证协议的长久性”。需要了解更多有关EVUS的信息请登录CBP管网。未来估计会有更多的国家需要满足类似的要求,虽然目前CBP还没有列出其他国家。

Posted in China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Visa

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that, beginning Nov. 29, 2016, all Chinese passport holders who carry a 10-year visa B-1 (business visitor) and/or B-2 (tourist visa) must have a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment when traveling to the United States.  Chinese passport holders who currently hold a 10-year B-1/B-2… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, L visa, Visa

The L Visa for Intracompany Transferees is reserved for persons who have been employed by a business entity outside the United States for at least one full year in the preceding three years in an executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge capacity, and who are now being transferred to the United States to serve in an… 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 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 Immigration Reform, Visa

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee considered H.R.5203, the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016, which was introduced May 12, 2016, by Representative Randy Forbes of Virginia. The bill’s purpose, as reported last week in a section-by-section breakdown is to enhance security procedures for the processing of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. The bill… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Visa, Immigration Reform, Legislation, Visa

On May 16, 2016, Representative Will Hurd (R-TX), along with Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX), Candice Miller (R-MI), Peter King (R-NY), John Katko (R-NY), and Martha McSally (R-AZ), introduced H.R. 5253, the “Strong Visa Integrity Secures America Act.” The Homeland Security Committee will consider this bill on June 8, 2016. The bill’s purpose is to improve… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, Legislation, Visa

Today, the House Judiciary Committee will consider H.R.5203, the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016.  The bill is authored by Representative Randy Forbes of Virginia. The bill’s purpose is to enhance security procedures for the processing of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.  We provide a sectional summary of the bill below. Section 2 of… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Immigration, Visa

Greenberg Traurig attorney Kate Kalmykov recently appeared on China Business Network (CBN), China’s largest financial and business informational TV channel with an audience of 600 million viewers within China, Hong Kong and Singapore.  Amongst its many initiatives, CBN partners with the United Nations Development Programme to enhance China’s participation in global dialogue on a variety… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Visa

美国海关边境局近日就电子签证更新系统的若干问题作出了答复Frequently Asked Questions on the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS)。电子签证更新系统(EVUS)是对持有十年赴美商务/旅游(B-1/B-2,B-1,或B-2)类别签证的中国公民实行的安全在线系统。自2016年11月起,持相关签证的旅客在有效签证的基础上,还需要在EVUS系统进行登记注册,才能进入美国境内。 这项新要求是近期中美就十年旅游签证达成的互惠协议中的一部分。更多国家在不久也应该会出台类似规定。 中国公民(包括持有中华人民共和国护照来自台湾、香港、澳门的旅客)访问美国必须在线填写递交相关表格,支付注册费用,并输入基本个人信息。第三方也可以帮助旅客递交表格并支付费用,但旅客对信息的真实准确性需要负责。 这项新规定适用于目前持有签证,及新签证申请者在内的所有访美旅客,在今年十一月系统开始运行后,所有旅客都需要注册EVUS方可使用签证。注册后记录会在两年内有效;或有效期至旅客签证/护照过期日(以最早者为准);旅客需要在访问美国前更新EVUS系统信息。如果旅客未能遵守EVUS规定,旅行计划很有可能会被延迟。 在新系统运行前,获取更多信息请访问美国海关边境局网站www.cbp.gov/EVUS。

Posted in EB-5 Program

On Dec. 2, 2015, a revised discussion draft from both the Senate and the House of Representatives proposing to reform the EB-5 program and extending the program until Sept. 30, 2019, was redistributed amongst a limited group in the Senate and House. The key provisions of the discussion draft are outlined below that will serve to… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor

The United States Conference of Mayors conference hosted their 83rd Annual Meeting on June 19-22, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The EB-5 immigration investor program was included in the adopted resolutions of the organization as listed herein: EB-5 IMMIGRANT INVESTOR PROGRAM WHEREAS, EB-5 is the designation for the fifth employment-based preference immigrant visa category established… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Visa

The Department of State’s (DOS) January Visa Bulletin brings some New Years cheer for China and “All Other Countries” designations indicating that that the EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by nine months for China, from June 1, 2010 to March 1, 2011, and seven months for “All Other Countries,” from November 1, 2012… Continue Reading