On Dec. 14, the Office of Management and Budget Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB) published the biennial Unified Agenda. A long-standing outgrowth of previous regulatory reform efforts, the Unified Agenda offers the public the “current thinking” of federal agencies on upcoming Agency regulatory priorities. Of importance to the immigration community, DHS USCIS posed… Continue Reading
The U.S. Mission in Turkey has resumed limited processing of nonimmigrant visas following the earlier suspension of nonimmigrant visa services in all U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey back on Oct. 8, 2017. The U.S. Mission in Turkey will process nonimmigrant visas on a limited basis with a reduced number of appointments in both Ankara and… Continue Reading
For over a decade, filing an extension of nonimmigrant status in visa categories such as the H-1B was a fairly routine process for cases involving the same employer and same underlying facts. This changed yesterday. As part of the Trump Administration’s Buy American, Hire American: Putting American Workers First initiative, USCIS rescinded a long-standing policy… Continue Reading
The U.S. Embassy announced it was suspending all nonimmigrant visa services in all U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey. Turkey responded within a few hours of the U.S. Embassy’s announcement by saying it would no longer issue visas to U.S. citizens, including the physical “sticker” visas at border posts as well as the online Turkish electronic… Continue Reading
On Oct. 8, 2017, the White House released the promised Immigration Principles & Policies (Principles & Policies) which outline the Trump Administration’s position on immigration. This document is broken into three parts: 1) Border Security, 2) Interior Enforcement, and 3) Merit-Based Immigration. A summary of each part is broken down below.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced that starting August 23 all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be temporarily suspended. The mission announced that it would recommence services in Moscow on Sept. 1, but visa operations at all other U.S. consular locations in Russia would remain on hold. All visa… Continue Reading
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。
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
Kate Kalmykov participated in a press conference that discussed common issues facing nationals of China who apply for EB-5 visas. Specifically, she discussed how the current visa backlog may affect EB-5 visa applications moving forward and the legislative outlook for 2017.
Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Kate Kalmykov was recently quoted in The Jerusalem Post’s article, “Trumps Visa Policy May Harm Israeli Hi-Tech Innovators.” In the article, Kalmykov addresses Israeli hi-tech companies options for visas when looking to relocate employees to the United States. To read the full article, click here.
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
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
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
It has been reported that President Trump’s administration is likely preparing to effectuate additional changes affecting immigration issues. Specifically, in addition to the Executive Order executed on Jan. 27, 2017, the administration is reportedly working on additional Executive Orders, a released draft of which addresses the availability and use of advance parole, among other issues… Continue Reading
On Jan. 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed two Executive Orders impacting U.S. immigration which are summarized below. Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements This Order addresses the recent surge of immigration by foreign nationals without proper documentation at the United States’ southern border with Mexico. The Order directs the government’s “executive… Continue Reading
On Jan. 24, 2017, Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Feinstein (D-CA), the Chair and Ranking Committee members of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced bill S. 232 to terminate the EB-5 Visa Program and to reallocate the employment creation visas to the other employment-based visa classifications. The bill would eliminate both the direct and regional center program… Continue Reading
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
In much anticipated news for both the United States and Israeli companies and entrepreneurs, Israeli nationals will soon become eligible for the E-2 Treaty Investor visas. The Israeli authorities have announced that the procedures and rules for the B-5 investor visa for U.S. citizens are expected to be released in March 2017. One of the vital… Continue Reading
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
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
On Oct. 14, 2016, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the EB-5 Investment Coalition, and the Real Estate Roundtable hosted a briefing on the EB-5 Investment Program on Capitol Hill, with the objective of discussing and informing House and Senate staff members on the inner workings of the program and the potential impact the Dec. 9,… Continue Reading
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。
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
许多中国大陆出生的EB-5投资者最近注意到，他们不再能够访问国家签证中心（NVC）的在线平台。 此在线平台的功能包括移民签证费账单的支付，移民签证（DS-260）的申请，以及其他功能。 国家签证中心已确认将使用每月签证公告的申请递件排期表（“表B”）来启动案件处理。10月份的签证排期公告显示，对于中国大陆出生的EB-5投资者，表B当前优先日的截止日期是2014年6月14日或更早。因此，国家签证中心表示不会处理优先日晚于10月签证排期公告中表B截止日期的案件。 这种在处理中国大陆出生的EB-5投资者的移民签证申请上的改变导致许多人无法继续进行在处理方式变更之前开始的DS-260申请，以及无法支付移民签证费用帐单，完成DS-260申请，或从国家签证中心收到确认DS-260申请的所有相关文件已被接收的通知。根据国家签证中心的指示，在今年10月，只有那些优先日期为2014年6月14日或更早的中国大陆出生申请人能够在被国家签证中心通知后继续移民签证处理程序。另外，每个月国家签证中心将通知那些优先日在签证排期表表B截止日期之前的申请人。重要的是，对于以前已经提交给国家签证中心但优先日在排期表表B截止日期之后而不能进行处理的案件，国家签证中心表示将给申请人发出确认收到申请和材料的通知。 此外，国务院证实，正在努力使其在线平台现代化，并指出目标是在2017年春天，建立一个全新的门户网站. 此网站包括所有目前可用的独立的在线功能，如签证费用账单支付，DS-260提交，案件状态查询，以及许多其他功能。