Uscis Memo On Establishment Of Ircu For Eb5 Matters

The Uscis Has Released An Inter-Office Memorandum On The Formation Of Investor And Regional Center Unit. Effective The Date Of This Memo, Oversight For Policy And Regulation Development, Field Guidance, Form Design, Case Auditing, And Training Regarding Regional Center Adjudications And Associated Investor Petitions Within The Eb-5 Investor Program, Shall Reside With Prd/Investor And Regional Center Unit (Ircu). Given The Well Documented Past Abuses In The Alien Investor Program, And The Complexity And Sensitivity Of The Issues And Factors Relating To Both Regional Centers As Well As With Individual Alien Investor Cases, There Is A Need For Effective Oversight, Coordination And Uniform Standards Governing All Aspects Of Eb-5 Matters.

Prd/Ircu Will Maintain Liaison And Regularly Consult With Headquarters Service Center Operations (Scops), Field Operations (Ofo), Administrative Appeals Office (Aao), As Well As With The Texas And California Service Centers With Respect To The Immigrant Investor Pilot Program, Regional Centers, I-526 And I-829 Alien Investor Petitions. In Addition, Prd/Ircu Will Work Directly With Both Scops And The Office Of Fraud Detection And National Security (Fdns) To Enhance The Integrity Of The Eb-5 Program.

This Action Is A Major Step In Cis' Establishment Of A Nationwide And Coordinated Adjudicative Alien Investor Eb-5 Program, Which Will Strengthen And Protect The Integrity Of The Program While Promoting The Intent Of Congress To Encourage Investment And Increase Employment Within The United States. The Ircu's Functions And Responsibilities Are As Follows:
  1. Sole Adjudicative Jurisdiction For Regional Center Applications Pursuant To The Immigrant Investor Pilot Program For Purposes Of Approval, Denial And Requests For Evidence (Rfe's).

  2. Monitor And Follow Up On The Actions Of Approved Regional Centers To Ensure Compliance With The Terms, Scope, And Conditions Of Their Approval/Designation Relative To Their Approved Business Plans And Indirect Job Creation Methodologies.

  3. Develop And Propose Eb-5 Program, Policy, And Regulation Changes/Improvements To Uscis Management.

  4. Monitor And Be Responsible For The Policy Coordination Relating To Cis Wide I-526 And Related I-829 Immigrant Investor Cases.

  5. In Coordination With Scops, Conduct Quarterly Evaluations And An Annual Analysis Of Regional Center Activities In Terms Of Number Of Alien Investors, Aggregate Investment Capital, Average Value Of Investments Per Alien Investor, Aggregate Total Of Direct And Indirect Jobs Per Each Regional Center, And Review Total Number Of Alien Investors Petitioning Through Each Regional Center Per Year.

  6. Coordinate With The Scops And Fdns, To Develop Program And Process Integrity Improvements And Assessments For Purposes Of Strengthening Fraud Detection And Preventing Abuses Of The Program By Mala Fide Promoters And Investors.

  7. In Coordination With Scops, Develop And Update Executive Level Review Criteria (Elrc) For Purposes Of Identifying And Selecting I-526 And I-829 Regional Center Affiliated Cases To Review And/Or Adjudicate For Both Audit And &Quot;Special Handling&Quot; To Verify Consistent Application Of Applicable Regulations And Policies, And To Provide Oversight, Guidance And Provide Priority Adjudication Of Sensitive High Visibility Cases.

  8. In Coordination With Scops Conduct Random And Focused Audits And Quality Assurance Reviews Of Individual And Groups Of Both Regional Center Affiliated I-526 And I-829 Cases, And Non-Regional Center Affiliated Cases, In Accordance With Elrc Procedures.

  9. In Coordination With Scops, Conduct Both Regional Center And Eb-5 Regulatory/Policy Training For Cao's And Dao's Adjudicating Individual Eb-5 Alien Petitions As Well As Petitions Affiliated With A Regional Center.

  10. Maintains And Updates The Uscis Web Content On The Eb-5 Program And Pilot Program Information.
To Learn More About The Mission And Organizational Structure For Prd/Ircu, Click Here
Name
Email Id
Comments:
Submit

Tips For U.S. Citizens And Permanent Residents Traveling Internationally.
U.S. Citizens And Green Card Holders Vacationing Abroad This Holiday Season Can Make Their Own Travel Easier By Reading The Tips On International Travel Provided By U.S. Customs Border Protection (Cbp) In 'Know Before You Go' Available At Cbp's Web Site.

Dhs To Begin Biometric Exit Pilot As Part Of Usvisit Program
As A Part Of The Border Management System Introduced At Airports And Seaports Earlier This Year, The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced That It Will Pilot And Evaluate Usvisit Automated Biometric Exit Procedures For Foreign Visitors. Biometric Technology - Digital Finger Scans And Digital Photographs - Helps Make Usvisit Simple And Effective.

Uscis Announces Public Meeting On Regional Centers And Eb5 Investor Program
Uscis Has Announced A Public Informational Meeting On The Immigration Investor Pilot Program And Regional Centers On September 17, 2004. Persons Interested In Attending The Meeting Have Been Requested To Email Their Rsvp To Confirm Their Attendance By No Later Than August 30, 2004.

I130 No Longer Accepted At U.S. Consulates
Effective Immediately, The Immediate Relative Petition (I130) Must Be Filed With The Uscis Office Responsible For The Petitioner's Place Of Residence. Consular Offices At U.S. Embassies And Consulates Are No Longer Authorized To Accept I130s, Although They Will Continue To Provide Guidance To American Citizen Petitioners And Their Family Members.

U.S. Department Of Labor Awards $250,000 To Develop Strategic Economic Growth Plans For Western Kentucky
The U.S. Department Of Labor Today Announced A $250,000 Regional Innovation Grant To A Nine-County Area Of Western Kentucky And One County In Tennessee To Establish Plans For Promoting Economic Growth.

Fourth World Migration Report Released By The International Organization For Migration
The Geneva Based International Organization For Migration (Iom) Has Released Its 4Th World Migration Report....

Us Citizen Whose Husband Was Deported
My Husband Was Deported In Jan 2008, We Had Gotten Married But Not Filed Any Paperwork With Immigration. Meanwhile His Work Permit Expired And Was Denied Renewal And A Deportation Order Was Put For Him. Immigration Picked Him Up And He Signed A 10 Year Deportation. I Have Filed For Two Waivers...

A Rendezvous With India: The Journey Continues
This Month We Finalize Our Attorneys' Travelogue Describing Their Journey Through India That We Started In Last Month's Newsletter. As You Probably Already Know, During These Events, The Visapro Legal Team Traveled To Five Different Cities In India To Present Substantive And Comprehensive Information On Business Immigration Issues To A Wideranging Audience.

Dhs Releases National Emergency Communications Plan
The Dhs Have Come Up With The One Of The Most Comprehensive Plans Designed To Drive Measurable And Sustainable Improvements To Operable And Interoperable Emergency Communications Nationwide Over The Next Three Years-The National Emergency Communications Plan (Necp). The Necp Is The Nation's First Strategic Plan To Improve Emergency Response Communications, And Complements Overarching Homeland Security And Emergency Communications Legislation, Strategies And Initiatives. The Necp Emphasizes The Human Element And Cross-Jurisdictional Cooperation.

April 2008 Visa Bulletin: Eb-2 Available For India

&Nbsp;
The April 2008 Visa Bulletin, Released By The U.S. Department Of State (Dos), Finally Shed A Few Rays Of Sunshine On The Eb-2 Applicants From India As The Category Became Available Albeit With A Cut-Off Date Around 2003. The Eb2 Cutoff Dates For China Have Again Moved Forward. Continuing Its Forward Trend From The March Bulletin, Eb-3 Dates Have Moved Forward By A Few Months For All Countries. Even The Unskilled Visa Category Shows Forward Movement After A Long Time. The April Visa Bulletin Will Come Into Effect From April 1, 2008.

Employment Based Categories

Categories

Worldwide

China

India

Mexico

Philippines

1St

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

2Nd

Current

12-01-03

12-01-03

Current

Current

3Rd

07-01-05

02-08-03

10-01-01

10-01-01

07-01-05

Unskilled

03-01-02

03-01-02

03-01-02

03-01-02

03-01-02

4Th

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

Religious

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

5Th

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-1 (Priority Workers)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-2 (Advanced Degrees Holders Or Persons Of Exceptional Ability)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-3 (Skilled Workers, Professionals, And Other Workers)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-4 (Special Immigrants)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-5 (Immigrant Investors)

Family Based Categories

Categories

Worldwide

China

India

Mexico

Philippines

1St

02-22-02

02-22-02

02-22-02

07-08-92

03-01-93

2A

05-08-03

05-08-03

05-08-03

05-01-02

05-08-03

2B

03-22-99

03-22-99

03-22-99

04-01-92

02-01-97

3Rd

05-22-00

05-22-00

05-22-00

07-22-92

04-01-91

4Th

07-22-97

12-15-96

11-22-96

12-01-94

02-22-86

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 1 (Unmarried Sons And Daughters Of Citizens)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 2A (Spouses &Amp; Children)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 2B (Unmarried Sons And Daughters)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 3 (Married Sons And Daughters Of Citizens)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 4 (Brothers And Sisters Of Adult Citizens)

Predictions

According To The Bulletin, Eb-2 Numbers Have Been Made Available For India This April As The Dos Felt That The Current Demand For Visa Slots Has Comparatively Slowed Down. Consequently, It All Depends On How Many Applications Are Made In April, As To Whether The Category Will Remain Available The Coming Months.

President Nominates Michael Chertoff As Dhs Secretary
The President Has Announced The Nomination Of Judge Michael Chertoff To Be The Secretary Of Homeland Security. Michael Chertoff Has Been A Judge On The United States Court Of Appeals For The Third Circuit. His Nomination Must Be Approved By The Senate.

Cbp Recommends Travelers To Prepare For Busy Weekend
The U.S. Customs And Border Protection In Buffalo, N.Y. Is Reminding Travelers Planning Trips Across The Border Into The United States To Make Sure They Have The Proper Documents And To Anticipate Heavy Traffic. During March, The Easter Holiday Observance And Spring Break Occur During The Same Timeframe And Could Result In Heavy Traffic Entering The United States. Cbp Officials Want To Remind The Traveling Public That There Are A Number Of Steps That Can Be Taken To Facilitate Their Arrival Into The United States.

Uscis Modifies Application For Temporary Protected Status Previous Versions Of Form I821 Will Be Accepted Until June 26, 2008
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That It Has Revised The Application For Temporary Protected Status (Form I821). The Agency Is Publishing A Notice In Today's Federal Register To Inform The Public That The New Form Becomes Effective On June 27, 2008.

Uscis Launches Online Service To Check Status Of Foia Requests
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Recently Launched The Online Foia Request Status Check Service Providing Customers A Quick And Secure Way To Check The Status Of Requests They Have Made Under The Freedom Of Information Act (Foia).

Apply For Third Country Visa At The Border
Foreign Nationals, Or Third Country Nationals (Tcn), Often Prefer To Travel To Canada Or Mexico To Apply For Nonimmigrant Visas Because Of The Obvious Convenience.

Canada Welcomes Bhutanese Refugees

Some 100,000 Bhutanese Refugees Of Ethnic Nepalese Descent Have Been Living In Refugee Camps Run By The United Nations Since The Early 1990'S, Having Been Forced To Leave Bhutan And Live In Exile.

Student Visa While I-130 Pending
Hello Everybody I Have A Couple Of Questions.... My Mother Filed An I-130 For Me In Summer 2006 When I Was Under 21...Ive Turned 21 A Couple Of Months Ago...How Should Inform Uscis About This? And From What Ive Found Here And There The O21 Unmarried Child Is The First Prefrence...Does This...

Uscis Salutes America&Cedil;S Newest Citizens
The Uscis Hosted Two Special Naturalization Ceremonies In Iraq And Kuwait This Week Under Which 235 Military Service Members From 54 Countries Became The Newest Citizens Of The United States. Uscis Immigration Officials Volunteer To Travel To Combat Theaters To Conduct Naturalization Interviews And Hold Citizenship Ceremonies For Members Of The U.S. Military. Their Tireless Work, In Several Cases Up Until The Last Possible Moment, Ensured That 192 Service Members Recited The Oath Of Allegiance During A Ceremony At Camp Victory In Baghdad, Iraq. Later In The Week, Uscis Officials Also Naturalized 20 Service Members At Camp Arifjan In Kuwait.

April 2008 Visa Bulletin: Eb-2 Available For India

&Nbsp;
The April 2008 Visa Bulletin, Released By The U.S. Department Of State (Dos), Finally Shed A Few Rays Of Sunshine On The Eb-2 Applicants From India As The Category Became Available Albeit With A Cut-Off Date Around 2003. The Eb2 Cutoff Dates For China Have Again Moved Forward. Continuing Its Forward Trend From The March Bulletin, Eb-3 Dates Have Moved Forward By A Few Months For All Countries. Even The Unskilled Visa Category Shows Forward Movement After A Long Time. The April Visa Bulletin Will Come Into Effect From April 1, 2008.

Employment Based Categories

Categories

Worldwide

China

India

Mexico

Philippines

1St

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

2Nd

Current

12-01-03

12-01-03

Current

Current

3Rd

07-01-05

02-08-03

10-01-01

10-01-01

07-01-05

Unskilled

03-01-02

03-01-02

03-01-02

03-01-02

03-01-02

4Th

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

Religious

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

5Th

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-1 (Priority Workers)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-2 (Advanced Degrees Holders Or Persons Of Exceptional Ability)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-3 (Skilled Workers, Professionals, And Other Workers)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-4 (Special Immigrants)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-5 (Immigrant Investors)

Family Based Categories

Categories

Worldwide

China

India

Mexico

Philippines

1St

02-22-02

02-22-02

02-22-02

07-08-92

03-01-93

2A

05-08-03

05-08-03

05-08-03

05-01-02

05-08-03

2B

03-22-99

03-22-99

03-22-99

04-01-92

02-01-97

3Rd

05-22-00

05-22-00

05-22-00

07-22-92

04-01-91

4Th

07-22-97

12-15-96

11-22-96

12-01-94

02-22-86

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 1 (Unmarried Sons And Daughters Of Citizens)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 2A (Spouses &Amp; Children)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 2B (Unmarried Sons And Daughters)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 3 (Married Sons And Daughters Of Citizens)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 4 (Brothers And Sisters Of Adult Citizens)

Predictions

According To The Bulletin, Eb-2 Numbers Have Been Made Available For India This April As The Dos Felt That The Current Demand For Visa Slots Has Comparatively Slowed Down. Consequently, It All Depends On How Many Applications Are Made In April, As To Whether The Category Will Remain Available The Coming Months.

Australian Resident's Rush To Become Citizens Before The Going Gets Tough
Australian Immigration News Australian Resident's Rush To Become Citizens Before The Going Gets Tough The Australian Government's Plans To Make It Tougher To Become An Australian Citizen Have Prompted A Surge In Applications From People Trying To Beat Its Introduction In September . There Is A Surge In Applications To Become Australian Citizens Has People Hope To Avoid [...]