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EB-5 Update EB-5最新消息

By Bernard Wolfsdorf, Esq.

伯纳 沃尔夫律师

    1. Regional Center Reauthorization Extension 区域中心重新授权延期
      It is highly likely Congress will pass an extension shortly before or after the regional center program expires on September 30, 2015.
      国会极有可能在区域中心项目2015年9月30日到期前后通过法案延期。
    2. How long will the extension be for? 延期会有多久?
      The program will most likely be extended for 3 years; however, as the deadline approaches, the possibility of an extension for only 12 months or even 6 months increases.
      区域中心项目很有可能会延期三年。但离到期日越近,延期只有12个月甚至6个月的可能就越大。
    3. Which Bill S1501, HR 3370 or HR 616 will move? S1501, HR 3370HR 616中哪个提案会通过?
      None of the above. Presently three bills have been introduced: 1) Grassley-Leahy Senate Bill S1501, 2) Lofgren-Gutierrez Bill H.R.3370, and 3) Polis-Amodei Bill HR 616.  The bill most likely to move will be a new one to be introduced by Rep. Daryl Issa with Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s support.
      这三个提案都不会通过。目前有三个提案:1)众议院的Grassley和Leahy提案- S1501; 2)众议员 Lofgren和 Gutierrez 提出H.R.3370提案,以及3)由众议员Polis和Amodei提出的 H.R. 616提案。最有可能有进展的是一个新提案,由共和党代表Darrell Issa提出的,并由共和党代表Bob Goodlatte支持。
    4. What will be in the final bill? 最终的法案会是什么样的?
      No-one can be sure, but it is likely we will see an increase in the minimum investment amount to $800,000 for TEA/Rural investments and $1.2M for others. Some “integrity” measures are also likely to be included.
      现在还无法确定。但我们可能会看到高失业率/农村地区的最低投资额要求上涨至80万美金,其他地区最低投资额要求上涨为120万美金。届时还可能会增加有一些确保申请真实可信的措施。
    5. Who will be grandfathered under prior old rules? 哪些申请人可以延用旧的规定? 旧规定溯及哪些申请人?
      Most likely persons filing I-526 petitions before October 1, 2015 will be allowed to do so under the lower investment amount.
      在2015年10月1日之前递交的I-526申请很有可能可以继续适用旧的投资额要求。
    6. Which projects will be grandfathered? 哪些项目可以延用旧的规定?
      S1501 includes projects with approved or pending exemplars. The final bill should also include projects with approved or pending I-526 petitions but it is not clear it will.
      S1501法案包含了已经递交或者获得项目样本文件预批的项目。最终通过的提案应该也包括已经有递交或者获批的I-526申请的项目,但这还不确定。
    7. Will there be new rules for Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs)? 对高失业率地区会有新规定吗?
      None of the proposals include a workable solution so it’s unlikely.
      因为以上提案均未提到,所以不大可能会有新规定。
    8. Conclusion 结论
      There appear to be two likely possibilities: there will be an extension for a few months with no changes, or there will be a 3-year extension with an increase in the minimum investment and some other integrity issues. These predictions are based on discussion and commentary only and do not constitute legal advice.
      目前可能会有两种情形:第一种可能是会先给区域中心项目几个月的延期,期间沿用旧的法律;第二种情况是给区域中心项目3年的延期,同时提高最低投资额,并增加有一些确保申请真实可信的措施。以上这些预测仅基于讨论与评价,并不构成法律建议。

Five Reasons why the EB-5 Immigrant Visa is the Best Option for Chinese Students (Who Can Invest $500,000) EB-5移民签证是(可以投资 50 万美金的)中国学生的最好选择的五个理由

By Bernard Wolfsdorf, Esq

伯纳 沃尔夫律师撰写

While the dream of working in the United States is desired by many, few survive the difficult road to the coveted U.S. green card. When considering all the options on the table, EB-5 is clearly the best for Chinese students who can invest $500,000. Let us explain why:
在美国工作是许多人的梦想,但只有少数人在渴求美国绿卡艰难道路上成功。考虑所有可选方案,EB-5 显然是有能力投资50万美金的中国学生的最好选择。让我们解释为什么:

For one, the popular . . . → Read More: Five Reasons why the EB-5 Immigrant Visa is the Best Option for Chinese Students (Who Can Invest $500,000) EB-5移民签证是(可以投资 50 万美金的)中国学生的最好选择的五个理由

URGENT PRACTICE ADVISORY FOR PREPARATION OF SOURCE OF FUNDS REPORTS 对准备资金来源报告实务的紧急建议

By Bernard Wolfsdorf, Esq
伯纳 沃尔夫律师撰写

Almost all EB-5 applicants have previously completed a form DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application when applying for a U.S. visitor’s visa or work visa. It is critical to keep a copy of the form and to ensure the information provided is accurate.
几乎所有的EB-5申请人之前有为了获得美国旅行签证或者工作签证填写过DS160非移民签证申请表。为了确保提供信息的准确,留一份存档十分关键。
The visa application Form DS-160 requests information regarding present and previous work . . . → Read More: URGENT PRACTICE ADVISORY FOR PREPARATION OF SOURCE OF FUNDS REPORTS 对准备资金来源报告实务的紧急建议

Bring out your EAD!

By Richard Yemm, Esq.

During a stakeholders telephone call on July 13, 2015, USCIS advised that plain-clothed USCIS officers will begin conducting home visits in order to retrieve approximately 2,500 three-year employment authorization documents (EADs) that were erroneously mailed out to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) after the February 2015 Texas v. U.S. District Court . . . → Read More: Bring out your EAD!

E-1 & E-2 Visa Processing Changes in Mexico – New Centralized Processing Locations

By Avi Friedman, Esq.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City recently announced major changes to the E visa application process.  According to the Embassy, increases in overall visa applications created challenges in efficiently processing E visa applications in Mexico City.

As of July 07, 2015, all E Visa applications in Mexico will be processed as follows:

E-1 treaty trader visa . . . → Read More: E-1 & E-2 Visa Processing Changes in Mexico – New Centralized Processing Locations

TO SURRENDER YOUR GREEN CARD OR NOT, THAT IS THE QUESTION

By Richard Yemm, Esq.

Are you considering surrendering your green card?  If so, the USCIS now allows you to abandon your U.S. lawful permanent residence by mail. Simply mail your signed I-407 along with your green card and any other issued USCIS booklets/cards (if applicable) via regular mail (DHS/USCIS Mexico City, P.O. Box 9000, Brownsville, TX 78520 USA) . . . → Read More: TO SURRENDER YOUR GREEN CARD OR NOT, THAT IS THE QUESTION

CHINA EB-5 CUTOFF ADVANCES 4 MONTHS TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 –WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AND WHAT TO EXPECT?
中国EB-5签证排期前进四个月 — 如何看待?有何期待?

By Bernard Wolfsdorf, Esq.
作者:伯纳德 沃尔夫斯多夫,律师

The U.S. Department of State has published the July 2015 visa bulletin with a new Chinese EB-5 cutoff date of September 1, 2013. Beginning in July, Chinese EB-5 applicants with petitions filed before September 1, 2013 may be scheduled for final interviews, or if in the U.S. lawfully, may apply for adjustment . . . → Read More: CHINA EB-5 CUTOFF ADVANCES 4 MONTHS TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 –WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AND WHAT TO EXPECT?
中国EB-5签证排期前进四个月 — 如何看待?有何期待?

EB-5项目延期法案出台 最低投资金额涨至80万美金 涨幅高达60%

作者:伯纳德 沃尔夫斯多夫,律师

2015年美国创造就业和促进外资改革法草案目前出台,草案中将区域中心项目延长至2020年9月30日。
法案的提出者,参议院司法委员会主席Charles Grassley查尔斯 · 格拉斯利 (爱荷华州共和党) 和参议院司法委员会成员Patrick Leahy帕特里克 · 莱希 (佛蒙特州民主党) ,建议将EB-5项目中TEA目标就业地区的最低投资金额增加至80万元美元,其他地区的投资金额增加至120万美元,并将根据消费者价格指数,每五年调整一次EB-5投资金额。增加后的投资金额非常有可能在上述法案通过后立刻生效,除非在法案生效时投资项目已经有样本(exemplar)正在审批中或者已经被预先批准。
我们建议项目方立即开始申请样本 (exemplar) 预批,否则他们的投资人会受到投资金额要求上涨的影响。所有项目也将会被要求申请样本(exemplar)预先批准。
申请项目样本预批的处理时间可大幅减至4个月,如果支付加急处理费会更快; I-526申请的平均处理时间将为5个月,I-829解除绿卡条件申请的平均处理时间将为6个月。  最为重要的是,优先日期为当前有名额的国家的申请人可以同时递交I-526申请和I-485转身份申请。从目前的排期情况来看,除了中国大陆之外国家出生的申请人可以同时递交I-526 和I-485 申请,即可在90天之内获得工作许可和回美证。政府申请费可能也会有所调整。
资金来源证明必须包括项目管理费的来源并提供 7 年的税表。赠与的来源必须是申请人的配偶、 父母、 子女、 兄弟姐妹或(外)祖父母。可能会规定贷款必须用投资人自己的资产做抵押,并由信誉良好的银行发放。

该提案将从根本上改变EB-5项目,对区域中心将实行更严格的监管。对于创造就业的计算和TEA目标就业区的规定也有所改变,TEA目标就业区的认定可以获得两年批准,每两年需要更新一次。新商业企业 . . . → Read More: EB-5项目延期法案出台 最低投资金额涨至80万美金 涨幅高达60%

EB-5 Program Extension Bill Introduced with 60% Minimum Investment Increase to $800,000

By Bernard Wolfsdorf, Esq.

The American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act of 2015 has been introduced to extend the Regional Center program until September 30, 2020.
The bill’s co-sponsors, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), have proposed increasing the minimum investment in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) . . . → Read More: EB-5 Program Extension Bill Introduced with 60% Minimum Investment Increase to $800,000

BERNIE’S TOP 5 EB-5 HOT TOPICS 伯纳德五大EB-5热门话题

By Bernard Wolfsdorf, Esq.

由Bernard Wolfsdorf律师撰写

I just returned from my third trip to China this year.

我刚从今年的第三次中国之旅回来。

Here are 5 observations regarding the EB-5 program.

以下是我有关EB-5项目的5点见闻。

Demand for permanent residency under the EB-5 program remains strong as news of the inevitable minimum investment amount increase sinks in. In the first 7 months of Fiscal Year 2015, 88.56% of investors came from . . . → Read More: BERNIE’S TOP 5 EB-5 HOT TOPICS 伯纳德五大EB-5热门话题