GUIDANCE

Comprehensive Government Funding Bill Includes Language Extending EB-5 Program to September 30, 2017

The final paragraph of the TEXT OF THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO SENATE AMENDMENT NUMBERED 1 TO H.R. 244, THE HONORING INVESTMENTS IN RECRUITING AND EMPLOYING AMERICAN VETERANS ACT OF 2017, Page 734 substitutes "September 30, 2015" with "September 30, 2017".    It remains possible that Congress could pass EB-5 legislation before September 30, 2017.  

DOS Emergency Alert: Executive Order on Visas

As a result of the Executive Order on immigration, Department of State has temporarily stopped scheduling immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as well as cancelled currently scheduled visa appointments, for those individuals who are nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

This Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals from any country with a valid U.S. visa in a passport of an unrestricted country.  Embassies and Consulates around the world will continue to process visa applications and issue nonimmigrant and immigrant visas to otherwise eligible visa applicants who apply with a passport from an unrestricted country, even if they hold dual nationality from one of the seven restricted countries.

Travel Warning for Nationals of Certain Countries in Anticipation of Executive Order

An Executive Order titled “PROTECTING THE NATION FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS BY FOREIGN NATIONALS” relating to visa issuance, screening procedures, and refugees, will most likely be issued this week.

Among other provisions, if implemented as written, would "suspend" the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry of nationals from certain designated countries for 30 days from the date of the order. Designated countries are tied to the Visa Waiver provisions of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act and if implemented without change, would include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Additional countries could be included.

For those country nationals who might be affected by the Executive Order, it may be advisable to refrain from traveling outside of the United States if they are already present in the U.S., or try to return to the United States as soon as possible if they are outside of the country.

 

USCIS Provides an Updated M-1053 - E-Verify User Manual

USCIS provides an updated M-1053, E-Verify User Manual for Corporate Administrators which provides guidance on E-Verify processes and outlines the rules and responsibilities for corporate administrators enrolled in E-Verify.

U.S. SENATE MOVES TO EXTEND EB-5 PROGRAM AS IS

The Senate is moving forward with an extension of the EB-5 immigrant investor program as is and reforms to the program appear unlikely.

 

The provision to extend the program is included in the continuing resolution, a short-term budget bill that allows the government to keep running until early December.

EB-5 visa program may expire on Sept. 30 if Congress doesn’t take action

The investor visa program, EB-5, is set to expire on September 30, unless Congress can temporarily extend it, or reform it to cut down the loopholes and eliminate the numerous cases of fraud that surface with the program.

Visa Bulletin (August 2016)

This Bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers during August 2016 for: “Application Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center.

USCIS Issues Draft Guidance On Use Of Interpreters

The Policy Memorandum provides guidance on the role and use of interpreters who appear before the USCIS.