미국 투자이민 변호사와 상담을 원하십니까? 미국 투자이민 프로그램은 법과 규정을 떠나서 빠르게 변경될 수 있는 미이민국 (USCIS 와 California Service Center) 내부 정책과 미국 투자이민 industry 의 움직임을 잘 파악해야 하는 분야입니다. 이 분야에 경험이 많은 미국 투자이민 전문변호사와 상담을 하고 싶으신 분은 왼쪽 위에서 상담 신청을 하시면 됩니다. 본인 성함, 연락처와 현거주 도시를 알려주시고, 상담 내용을 간단히 적어주시면 됩니다. 한국에 계셔도 미국 투자이민법만 다루는 미국변호사와 상담이 가능합니다.


I-551 temporary stamps evidencing CPR status

For Internal Research Purpose. Until I-829 has been approved or there has been a final order of removal after I-829 denial, EB-5 investor and family members can obtain I-551 temporary stamps evidencing CPR status.

[Q] Can a LP be formed to purchase bonds issued by a city for its infrastructure project?

One difference I see is that where a LP is formed to make a commercial loan to a city agency for its infrastructure project, there is a precedent (Izumii case), but for purchasing bonds, there is no precedent case. We would not be surprised if this issue is revisited by USCIS in future.

[HOT] What is a "pre-approval" for an EB-5 project?

It is a procedure allowed by USCIS whereby a regional center submits, in a form of an amendment to the regional center designation -- I have no idea why USCIS should consider a new project as an amendment of the designated RC when all one is asking is to confirm that the proposed EB-5 project falls within the parameters of the approved RC designation and complies with the EB-5 law -- for a pre-approval of a particular EB-5 project the regional center will embark on in a very near future. This procedure was set up by USCIS to give some consistency and shorten adjudication time frames for I-526 petitions filed in connection with a particular EB-5 project.

[HOT] Another article on Katigbak and Izummi

Written by Joseph P. Whalen, a former government employee who is familiar with the INA.

http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,1228-whalen.shtm

[HOT] A good opinion article on the state of EB-5 project pre-approval procedure

The below is an honest opinion article written by another EB-5 practitioner.

http://www.nationofimmigrators.com/investor-immigration/guest-immigratio...

Most EB-5 practitioners would agree with what the author says. The article points out very troubling concerns, such as:

1. USCIS not working together internally.

2. CSC not consistent in policies.

3. CSC unable to shorten the I-526 processing.

[HOT] Future USCIS EB-5 Teleconference scheduled for 2012

USCIS has released the schedule for 2012 EB-5 Teleconferences as follows:

http://eb-5center.com/files/2012_EB-5_Teleconferences_Scheduled.pdf

According to many EB-5 practitioners, these teleconferences are not that helpful. Also, EB-5 practitioners agree that CSC does not appear to follow what USCIS says in these teleconferences. Lastly, USCIS picks out only those agenda questions they want to answer; in other words, USCIS avoids tough questions, or their answers are too general in nature.

[HOT] NY Times article on EB-5 issue of TEA

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/nyregion/new-york-developers-take-adva...

One knowledgeable EB-5 practitioner made several good points regarding the above article which we would like to share:

1. What is wrong with "gerrymandering" when the the law permits states to make TEA determinations, and states are certainly free to certify TEA based on a "gerrymandered" map. The article would have been more informative if the article could show why or how the TEA designation was unlawful.

2. The article implies that New Yorkers are fully employed, while people in Vermont are living in the street. That is false. There are plenty of places in NYC, including and especially in central areas, where unemployment figures are high.

[HOT] Judge delays the State Center EB-5 linked development project in Baltimore

See:

http://thedailyrecord.com/2011/12/16/judge-dismisses-state-center-counte...

Whether the judge's ruling delays or causes a problem for the project really depends on the nature of the lawsuit and whether the lawsuit is asking for an order to stop any construction from taking place. What we are saying is that it really depends on whether the lawsuit has any merit.

[Q] Can you get an advance from credit cards and come up with EB-5 funds?

[Q] I have several options for gathering the funds needed to invest for the EB-5. I wanted to know if I can use advances from credit cards to make it happen?

No. Review the definition of "capital" which excludes unsecured (personally-owned properties) loan.

CBP Entry Issues

For internal research purpose. Restricted access.

[HOT] NAICS link

http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/sssd/naics/naicsrch?chart=2007

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is becoming more relevant in EB-5 RC designations and job-calculation methodologies. Incorrect or inappropriate NAICS will lead to denials. Of course, USCIS will decide what is incorrect or inappropriate NAICS.

Returning LPRs Info

For internal research purposes only on how returning LPRs are to be treated under INA, regulations, case law and policies in various factual contexts.

- Application for entry

- Abandon LPR status: factors and how to prevent

[HOT] Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs Excel Educationally -- Report Finds

http://immigrationimpact.com/2011/11/29/children-of-immigrant-entreprene...

I am not sure I totally agree that the above conclusion should be drawn from the report -- I think a more apt conclusion that should be drawn is that some children of immigrant entrepreneurs excel educationally -- but nevertheless, the reports serves to point out important point.

[HOT] Apparently Alabama doesn't mind arresting foreign workers in NIV status

Alabama tries to attract foreign investment by saying it is one of the most business friendly states, but look what's happening now:

http://ailaleadershipblog.org/2011/12/01/the-definition-of-insanity

Apparently, Alabama wants foreign investment but doesn't mind arresting their workers in non-immigrant visa status. Time to inform Honda, Hyundai and Kia -- all international companies doing business and hiring U.S. workers residing in Alabama -- that they are not welcome.