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USCIS to Issue Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card for Adjustment of Status Applicants

USCIS to Issue Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card for Adjustment of Status Applicants

Feb. 11, 2011

[HOT] How AAO works or functions

Take a look at the below Executive Summary issued by USCIS from a recent teleconference on AAO dated October 20, 2010.

Feb 2, 2011 National Teleconference with USCIS Director Mayorkas

Items of interests:

1. Director Mayorkas said he will be getting personally involved in the review of the EB-5 Program. It appears he is supportive but not yet as knowledgeable about the EB-5 Program.

2. Director Mayorkas also said he spoke with Barbara Velardi and Don Neufeld about setting up some kinds of hearing process for EB-5 issues involving USCIS experts and economists.

[HOT] Current CSC Review & Adjudications of EB-5 Cases

From what we hear, it seems that adjudication at CSC is becoming even more inconsistent. We don't know whether this is due to new examiners, or whether the EB-5 rules and policies have become so complex so that it is very hard for both practitioners and CSC examiner to understand and follow.

USCIS seeking comments on the Dec. 11, 2009 Neufeld Guidance Memo

Very unusual for USCIS to be seeking comments on this important Guidance Memo which it issued 1 year ago.

USCIS Official Blog with EB-5 info

USCIS has an official blog which uploaded some info on EB-5 Program. See below link:

The Changed Canada Investor Immigrant Program

Effective December 1, 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will once again accept applications under the federal Immigrant Investor Program.

[HOT] Another guidance memo on "material change" coming out?

USCIS announced during October 27th 2010 CSC Stakeholders Meeting that:

USCIS Office of Policy and Strategy is currently reviewing the concept of “material change” in the EB-5 context. CSC is awaiting guidance on this and expect in the future. No timeframe was given for when this guidance might come and in what form, though a policy memo was identified as the likely means.

Employment Benefit Act containing EB-5 reform and new startup visa

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) issued the following statement in response to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act introduced in the Senate by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

Makes me wonder why USCIS is not adjudicating I-829 cases liberally when the following is taking place?

Feds moving to dismiss some deportation cases

Critics assail the plan as a bid to create a kind of backdoor 'amnesty'


Aug. 24, 2010, 9:00PM

Seems ASC biometrics notices issuance is being delayed these days

ever since USCIS instituted a lockbox receiving address for EB-5 related filings. USCIS should be more sensitive to not creating additional problems for their customers.

[HOT] Recent EB-5 Seminar in Boston

Said author did not attend but listened to MP3 tapes of various sessions of the above seminar. I thought it would be helpful to share some often-repeated remarks or observations made by EB-5 panel members. I heard panel members often say or express the below opinions or sentiments.

NVC Immigrant Visa Electronic Processing Pilot Project

The above may help speed up the immigrant visa processing for EB-5 IV applicants.