12/19/2019 The US Investor EB-5 Visa is a program by which entrepreneurs and their families are eligible to apply for a green card and later for US Citizenship, if they make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States and plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.
Commercial enterprise means any for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of lawful business including, but not limited to: A sole proprietorship, Partnership (whether limited or general), Holding company, Joint venture, Corporation, Business trust, or other entity, which may be publicly or privately owned.
As of November 21, 2019, EB-5 Investor Visa Program was revised for the first time since 1990, the year of its enactment. The revisions serve the modernization purpose and ensure the overall economic security of the United States. Minimal investment is currently at least $900,000 in businesses located within targeted employment areas with high unemployment, referred to as “TEA", otherwise; rural areas. Outside of mentioned-above designated areas, the minimal investment must be at least $1.8 million.
Here are the most significant changes which took place after the most recent revision:
- Providing priority date retention to certain EB-5 investors;
- Increasing the required minimum investment amounts to account for inflation;
- Reforming certain targeted employment area (TEA) designations;
- Clarifying USCIS procedures for the removal of conditions on permanent residence;
- Making other technical and conforming revisions.
04/12/2018 Since the end of January 2018, the Asylum Division is giving priority to the most recently filed affirmative asylum applications when scheduling asylum interviews. According to the USCIS officials "the aim is to deter individuals from using asylum backlogs solely to obtain employment authorization by filing frivolous, fraudulent or otherwise non-meritorious asylum applications. This approach also allows USCIS to decide qualified applications in a more efficient manner". On the other hand, the immigration activists groups argue that "this change will impose even more suffering on the many refugees who have already been waiting, in some cases up to four years, for their asylum interviews".
Applications that were scheduled for an interview, but the interview had to be rescheduled at the applicant’s request or the needs of USCIS have the first priority. Second priority have Applications that have been pending 21 days or less. All other pending affirmative asylum applications will be scheduled for interviews starting with newer filings and working back towards older filings.
In respect to mentioned facts above, if you are currently thinking about starting your Asylum claim, it is very important to find a qualified attorney, who will represent you and your best interests. It is crucial to be well prepared for your following interview and state all proper elements of your Asylum claim. Frivolous claim or improperly filled Asylum Application will with the highest probability result in your removal and deportation proceedings.