The Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. The top Utah immigration lawyers, Wilner & O'Reilly share the most important things you must know if you wish to apply for an EB 5 Investor visa.
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California residents may have read recent media reports about the controversial EB-5 visa program that grants permanent legal residence in the United States to foreign nationals who invest $500,000 or more into an enterprise that creates jobs for Americans. The program has been particularly popular among wealthy Chinese citizens, but it has come under fire from critics who say that it amounts to selling green cards to the wealthy. The criticism of the program has crossed party lines, and Congress is considering a number of changes designed to reduce the likelihood of fraud and ensure that the jobs created are in areas of high unemployment.
Two representatives from California have criticized a recent decision by the State Department to change an immigration policy. The sudden and unexplained policy revision left an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 immigrants unable to apply for green cards as they had expected. According to U.S. Reps. Mike Honda and Zoe Lofgren, the revision has undermined predictability and stability in the immigration system.
Employers in California that are interested in hiring non-U.S. citizens for job positions in the United States will have to consider each candidate's visa eligibility. Identifying candidates who are more likely to be approved for work visas can save a company's human resources department a lot of time and expense.
As many California businesses and foreign employees know, the government limits the number of H-1B visas it will approve each year. This year, approximately 148,000 H-1B applications were denied, leaving some believing they didn't have another alternative. There are several alternate types of employment visas that may be an option, however.
A recent clarification of employment visa requirements may have left some California employers scrambling to meet an August 19 deadline. USCIS determined in April that employers are required to file an amended H-1B petition if a worker under such a visa will move to a different geographical work location. Although a situation arose involving one worker and their employer, USCIS indicated that all employers were responsible for updating their H-1B petitions if workers had been relocated outside of the same metropolitan areas initially used on the petitions.
A California member of the U.S. House of Representatives is one of two sponsors of a bill that would modify the rules and regulations surrounding investment visas. The legislation, termed the Entrepreneurial Business Creating Jobs Act, seeks to add an EB-6 category for foreign individuals who are able to raise money for a business by securing investors.
Residents of California who have received work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program may be affected by court action that took place in Texas on Feb. 16, 2015. A federal court issued an injunction against the expansion of that program, and that nullified all three-year work permits that were sent out to DACA applicants after the injunction. Some permits were issued prior to the injunction but were returned. Because these were re-sent after the injunction, they are also invalid. DACA is a program that was formulated to provide undocumented individuals who came to the U.S. as children an opportunity to remain and work legally.
On June 25, Abercrombie & Fitch settled an immigration discrimination charge by agreeing to pay over $158,000 and submit to two years of federal monitoring. The charge against the clothing retailer, which has several locations in California, was filed by a woman who claims that she was required to present a green card to prove that she was eligible for employment, although similar proof was not required by applicants who were U.S. citizens.