USCIS Implements New Interpreter Policy – Form G-1256 Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview Must be Signed

USCIS Policy Memorandum: The Role and Use of Interpreters in Domestic Field Office Interviews, will be implemented starting May 1, 2017.

USCIS is introducing a “Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview” form (Form G-1256). The “Declaration for Interpreted USCIS Interview” informs the interviewee about the importance of using a competent interpreter, and includes an attestation that all parties understand the guidelines that apply to interpretation, including that the interpreter must accurately, literally, and fully interpret for both the interviewee and the interviewer/officer. USCIS requires that the interpreter provide consecutive interpretation to ensure that the interpretation is as close to verbatim as possible.

Form G-1256 must be signed by both the interviewee and the interpreter at the beginning of the interview. The Declaration form reminds the interviewee that the use of an interpreter may expose the interpreter to the confidential information discussed at the time of the interview. It also requires the interpreter to agree to not disclose or share any of the information discussed or learned as a result of serving as the interpreter during the interview.

Attorneys may not serve in their roles as an attorney, accredited representative, or associated representative for the party to the case while simultaneously serving as an interpreter for the interviewee. Further, witnesses are restricted from serving as interpreters, unless the officer determines that there is an exception for good cause.

USCIS Report on 2015 H-1B Workers Shows Increased Number in Filing But Decreased Rate of Approval

In fiscal year 2015 (Oct 1, 2014 – Sept 31, 2015), USCIS received 348,699 H-1B petitions, a combination of initial employment, concurrent employment, requests for extension, and amended petitions. Among them, 39% were for initial employment. FY 2015 represents a 9% increase in filing form 2014. However, USCIS approved 275, 317 of all the petitions, a 13% decrease from the previous year.

USCIS also reported that 71% of all H-1B Beneficiaries (a total of 195,347) were India nationals, and the workers from the People’s Republic of China represent the second biggest group – 10% (a total of 26,669) of all beneficiaries. Workers with bachelor’s and master’s degrees made up 45% and 44% of all H-1B beneficiaries respectively. The majority of them were employed in computer-related areas with a median salary of $79,000 a year.

Read the full report here: 17022809

“Bar Removal of Immigrants Who Dream and Grow the Economy” or the “BRIDGE Act” Introduces Provisional Protected Presence

Bar Removal of Immigrants Who Dream and Grow the Economy

We have seen a lot of legislations and executive orders being introduced in the past few weeks that are not so immigrant-friendly. Non-U.S. citizen are particularly worried about their future in this country. Among the concerned and confused are the 750,000 participants of the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

On January 12, 2017, the Senate and the House of Representatives separately introduced a bill called “Bar Removal of Immigrants Who Dream and Grow the Economy” or the “BRIDGE Act” [S. 128] (17021434) and [H.R. 496] (17021433). The BRIDGE Act authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to grant provisional protected presence for three (3) years. Provisional protected presence is granted if the alien—

(1) was born after June 15, 1981;

(2) entered the United States before attaining 16 years of age;

(3) continuously resided in the United States between June 15, 2007, and the date on which the alien files an application under this section;

(4) was physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and on the date on which the alien files an application under this section;

(5) was unlawfully present in the United States on June 15, 2012;

(6) on the date on which the alien files an application for provisional protected presence—

  • (A) is enrolled in school or in an education program assisting students in obtaining a regular high school diploma or its recognized equivalent under State law, or in passing a general educational development exam or other State-authorized exam;
  • (B) has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school;
  • (C) has obtained a general educational development certificate; or
  • (D) is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;

(7) has not been convicted of—

  • (A) a felony;
  • (B) a significant misdemeanor; or
  • (C) three or more misdemeanors not occurring on the same date and not arising out of the same act, omission, or scheme of misconduct; and

(8) does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or a threat to public safety.

Provisional protected presence looks extremely similar to DACA (except for a few word changes). A person qualifies for DACA is he or she:

(1) Was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;

(2) Came to the United States before reaching 16th birthday;

(3) Has continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;

(4) Was physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;

(5) Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;

(6) Is currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and;

(7) Has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

If granted Provisional protected presence, the alien is not considered to be unlawfully present in the United States.

USCIS Workload Transfer and Filing Location Changes

A portion of the Forms I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, filed by applicants with pending asylum applications went from the Nebraska Service Center and the Texas Service Center to the Potomac Service Center. It should not affect the processing time.

In addition, starting January 19, 2017, you must file your Form I-140 and Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, at the addresses listed below.

The beneficiary will work in…

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) First- Class and Priority Mail Express deliveries

For overnight/courier deliveries (non-USPS)USPS

Maryland, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania

Premium Processing
USCIS Texas Service Center P.O. Box 279030
Dallas, TX 75227-9030

Premium Processing
USCIS Texas Service Center 4141 N Saint Augustine Dr. Dallas, TX 75227-4818

Tennessee

Premium Processing
USCIS Nebraska Service Center P.O. Box 87103
Lincoln, NE 68501-7103

Premium Processing USCIS Nebraska Service Center
850 S. Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

USCIS Releases New Form Versions, Effective Immediately

On December 23, 2016, USCIS posted many new form versions without any prior notice. Affected forms include the following: I-90, I-102, I-129, I-129CW, I-129F, I-130, I-131, I-131A, I-140, I-191, I-192, I-212, I-290B, I-360, I-485, I-485 Supplement A, I-525, I-539, I-600, I-600A, I-601, I-601A, I-612, I-690, I-694, I-698, I-751, I-765, I-800, I-800A, I-817, I-824, I-910, I-924, I-924A, I-929, I-942, I-942P, N-300, N-336, N-400, N-470, N-600, and N-600K. The forms all have an effective date of December 23, 2016.

In addition, applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include the new fees.

微商微店会属于非法就业吗?

美国移民法律上来说,“就业”一词通常是指个人提供服务或劳动,并为这些服务支付报酬的关系。如果没有工作授权,接受任何服务的报酬可能导致违反签证状态。

移民上诉委员会认为自雇也是“就业”。因此,经营业务是违反非移民类签证的身份,比如是旅游签证,学生签证等等。另外来说,如果在在美国在外国公司工作,也是不允许的 – 任何在美国完成的工作,即使对于外国公司,即使支付给外国银行账户,仍然在美国被视为“就业”,必须要有授业文件。这样来说的话,在美国境内的微商微店都可能触犯非法就业。

在没有工作授权的情况下,持非移民性签证的人可能可以在美国当志愿者或者被动地投资在美国。临时签证持有人可以管理自己的投资,如股票和物业,甚至可以购买正在经营的业务,只要他/她不提供任何劳动或服务,并且不积极经营业务。但是,每个签证都是为特定目的签发的,而且签证持有人预计将花大部分时间从事签发签证的活动。如果没有工作授权,投资管理,和志愿服务应该仍然是临时签证持有人在美国的经验的外围组成部分。

未经授权的雇佣:1)可能违反了非移民签证身份; 2)可能导致逮捕,并可能从美国递解出境; 3)将导致拒绝延长或改变签证; 4)可能在几年后发现签证申请人犯有签证欺诈行为,从而无法转变绿卡; 5)如果加上在I-9表格上对美国公民身份作假,可以导致永久不可受理公民申请递解出境,没有豁免可用。

雇主应该尽快做准备迎接新一财年的H-1B季节!

H-1B季节即将到来!雇主应立即开始识别目前和未来的员工以及需要赞助新的H -1B请愿书.

H-1B季节即将到来!美国公民和移民服务(“USCIS”)将于2017年4月1日,星期六, 开始接受新的H-1B申请。因此,雇主应立即开始识别目前和未来的员工以及需要赞助新的H -1B请愿书。我们事务所敦促雇主在2018财年的最早日期向USCIS提交H-1B申请。USCIS向“专业职业”服务的外国工人签发H-1B签证。专业职业需要理论和实际应用一组高度专业化的知识,由工人在至少相当于本领域的学士学位。

该规约规定每年可以在10月1日至9月30日的任何一个财政年度颁发6.5万个新H-1B签证的配额。此外,每个会计年度还有一个单独的2万个H-1B签证配额为毕业生提供美国高级学位课程。也就是说一共有85,000张H-1B签证。由于年度配额在提交的第一天(4月1日,在财政年度开始前六个月)的日子内达到,在最近几年一致的基础上,所有请求被放入随机的计算机彩票系统。只有在彩票中选择的那些请愿才会被裁决。

考虑到经济的逐步改善,今年的H-1B需求将和往年一样,如果不是更加困难。可能超过一半的雇主提出的H-1B申请被拒绝,由于随意彩票系统。受影响的外国人如果没有选择申请,将无法在下一个财政年度之前获得H-1B签证,并可能被要求放弃与雇主的就业,甚至离开美国。在这种情况下,雇主将需要查看受影响员工的替代签证。

如果你有需要的话,欢迎你随时联系我的事务所。

USCIS Announced New Fee Schedule for Immigration Benefit Applications and Petitions 移民福利申请和请愿的新费用表

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is mostly funded by the fees, and it announced a final rule, 81 FR 73292, adjusting the fees for immigration applications by a “weighted average of 21 percent increase.” The new fees will be effective Dec. 23, 2016. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23 must include the new fees or USCIS will not be able to accept them.

美国公民和移民服务(USCIS)宣布了最终规则,81 FR 73292,调整移民申请的费用。新费用平均增长21%. 新费用将于十二月23号生效,2016年12月23日或之后邮戳或申请的申请和申请必须包括新费用或USCIS将不能接受。

For example, fee for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, will increase of $45, from $595 to $640. Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, and N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate, will have increased fees of $1,170 from $550 or $600. A new fee of $3,035 is required for Form I-924A, Annual Certification of Regional Center.

例如,N-400表格申请入籍的费用将从$595增加到$640,增加$45。 N-600表格,公民资格证书及N-600K申请公民资格及发出证明书,将由$550元或$600元增加到$1,170元的费用。 I-924A表,区域中心年度认证需要新的费用$ 3,035。

USCIS new fee schedule

USCIS new fee schedule

View PDF here: 2016-25328

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

 

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。