Termination of U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) Regional Centers 美国移民投资者计划(EB-5)区域中心的终止

The Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) is not a new concept. It is designed to promote immigration and help create jobs. Business owners apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to become EB-5 “regional centers” to attract foreign nationals seeking permanent residency in the United States. Generally speaking, the minimum qualifying investment in the United States is $1 million, and the minimum qualifying investment either within a high-unemployment area or rural area in the United States is $500,000.

Investors should keep in mind that regional center designation does not mean an endorsement from any U.S. government agencies regarding its profitability or business viability. It is known that EB-5 programs are prone to abuse, and USCIS has long been aware of investment fraud targeting foreign investment money. (read more here) USCIS terminates regional centers regularly, and a terminated regional center may not solicit investment. To view the list of the 62 terminated regional centers as of August 31, 2016, click here.

移民投资计划(EB-5)不是一个新概念。它旨在促进移民和帮助创造就业机会。企业主申请美国公民和移民服务局(“USCIS”)成为EB-5“区域中心”,以吸引在美国寻求永久居留权的外国人。一般来说,美国的最低合格投资是100万美元,在美国高失业率或农村地区的最低合格投资是50万美元。

投资者应该记住,区域中心的指定并不意味着任何美国政府机构对其盈利能力或业务可行性的认可。已知EB-5计划容易被滥用,USCIS长期以来一直意识到针对外国投资资金的投资欺诈。 (更多在这里)美国公民及移民服务中心定期终止区域中心,一个终止的区域中心可能不会招揽投资。要查看截至2016年8月31日的62个已终止区域中心的名单,请点击这里

 

Requirements for Military Members Applying for Naturalization to Become a U.S. Citizen 军人申请入籍成为美国公民

Military Naturalization (MAVNI naturalization) information
During either peacetime or during designated periods of hostilities, service members, certain veterans, and certain military family members may be eligible to become citizens of the United States. The general requirements for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen are the same as normal naturalization process. Citizenship may even be granted posthumously.

According to the Immigration and Nationality Act Section 328, a person who has served honorably in the U.S. armed forces for at least one (1) year may be eligible to apply for naturalization, which is sometimes referred to as “peacetime naturalization.” The applicant must be 18 years of age or older, and a lawful permanent resident (LPR).

Similarly, According to Section 329, U.S. armed forces members of any age who serve honorably for any period of time during specifically designated periods of hostilities may be eligible to naturalize. Qualifying military service is honorable active or reserve service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, or service in a National Guard unit.

在和平时期或指定的敌对时期,服务人员,某些退伍军人和某些军事家庭成员可能有资格成为美国公民。成为美国公民的入籍一般要求与正常入籍程序相同。公民身份甚至可以追授。

根据“移民和国籍法”第328条,在美国武装部队服役至少一(1)年的人可能有资格申请入籍,这有时被称为“和平时间入籍”。申请人必须是18岁或以上,以及合法的永久居民(LPR)。同样,根据第329节,任何年龄的美国武装部队成员在特定指定的敌对时期期间任何时间任职,可能有资格入籍。合格军役是美国陆军,海军,海军陆战队,空军,海岸警卫队或在国民警卫部队服役的荣誉活动或预备役。

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Trends and Improvements Section on Study in the States and New Form I-17 Filing Process

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In October 2016, the Department of Homeland Security launched a new Study in the States page. Prospective and current international students on F and M visas can use this page to learn about the process and rules for studying in the United States. The website explains a lot of legal and complicated terms, such as STEM OPT Extensions, designated school officials (DSOs), Employment Authorization Document (EAD), and etc.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) also rolled out a new Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student,” in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The new SEVP implement a 10-day turnaround on all DSO update requests.

 

 

EB-5 Visa Immigrant Investors Programs Extended Through Dec. 9, 2016 签证投资移民程序延期到2016年12月9日

EB-5 investment visa and green cardIt is the start of a new fiscal year (FY 2017), and new visa numbers are released on this month’s visa bulletin, which indicates the statutorily availability of limited visas. Availability of an immigrant visa means that eligible applicants can file Form I-485, Application for Adjustment of Status.

According to USCIS, President Obama’s new law H.R. 5325 extends the EB-5 Regional Center Program until Dec. 9, 2016. EB-5 was contained in last year’s Omnibus appropriations bill, it is automatically extended by a Continuing Resolution for its duration. USCIS has updated the program information on its October 2016 Visa Bulletin page. USCIS has announced that for October 2016, individuals seeking to file EB-5 adjustment of status applications must use the Final Action (FA) Dates chart.

在新的财政年度(FY2017)的开始之际,本月的签证公告公布了新的签证号码。新的移民签证意味着合资格的申请人可提交I-485身份调整申请表。
据美国移民局,奥巴马总统的新法律H.R.5325延期了EB-5区域中心项目直到12月9日,2016年。鉴于去年的综合拨款法案,EB-5区域中心会自动延期。移民局已经更新了其2016年10月的签证公告上的日期。移民局宣布,十月份,个人寻求提交EB-5的调整状态必须使用的最终动作(FA)日期表。

USCIS Increases Validity of Work Permits to Two Years for Asylum Applicants 移民局提高庇护申请者工卡的有效期到两年

Effective October 5, 2016U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased the validity period for initial or renewal Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) for asylum applicants from one (1) year to two (2) years. Applicants with pending asylum claims file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, under category (c)(8). This change applies to all (c)(8)-based applications that are pending as of October 5, 2016 and all such applications filed on or after October 5, 2016.

从2016年10月5日开始,美国移民服务局(USCIS)延长了对未决的庇护申请者的初始或延期的就业授权文件(EAD)。从现在起,未决的庇护申请者的一年工卡有两年的有效期。庇护申请人提交I-765,就业许可申请,根据类别(c)(8)。所有(c)(8)为基础的未决的工卡申请,在2016年10日当日或之后提出的所有此类应用程序的应用程序都符合这个新的规定。

New Bill Could Halt Naturalization Until Fingerprints Digitization Completes 新法案可能停止公民入籍除非指纹完成电子化

In early September, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report (OIG-16-130), finding “USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity.” The problem resulted from the unavailability of the applicants’ digital fingerprint record in DHS and FBI’s repositories. It further found U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a large number of fingerprints of aliens with final orders or who are criminals that have not been digitized. OIG recommended all agencies involved to speed up the process of uploading fingerprints.

On September 28, 2016, John Culberson [R-TX7], the Representative from Texas,  introduced a bill (H.R. 6198-114the Congress) to freeze naturalizations until DHS “completes the digitization of all remaining paper-based fingerprint records.” The bill currently has seven (7) Republican co-sponsors and is referred to the House Judicial Committee.

If passes, the Bill will halt naturalization until all fingerprints are uploaded. As of now, Govtrack gives the Bill 1% chance of being enacted.

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OIG Report

2016年九月初,国土安全办公室的监察部门(OIG)发布的一份报告(OIG-16-130),发现“美国移民局授予至少858有递解令或者犯罪前科的人美国公民身份。” 这个问题是由于在美国国土安全部和美国联邦调查局申请人的电子指纹记录资料库中的不齐全。这份报告进一步发现,美国移民和海关执法局(ICE)有大批量递解令在身或者犯罪前科的外国人的指纹还没有电子档案。 OIG建议所有机构加快上传指纹的过程。

2016年9月28日,德克萨斯州的共和党代表约翰·Culberson ,提出一项法案(H.R. 6198-114届国会),直到国土安全办公室“完成所有剩余的纸质指纹记录的电子化,” 公民入籍将被冻结。该法案目前有七(7)位共和党成员支持,并提交给众议院司法委员会。

如果通过这项法律通过的话,直到所有指纹上传为止,公民入籍将被冻结。截至目前,Govtrack觉得这个法案有1%的机会通过。