Our firm was excited to hear Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new plans to help immigrants not only find work, but start their own businesses, too. The mayor believes the initiatives will make Chicago the most immigration-friendly city in the world.
On May 30, 2011, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a state version of the DREAM Act in a move to help the children of undocumented Illinois residents to afford college.
As of May 20, 2011, qualified Iranian applicants for visas in the F, J, and M categories for non-sensitive, non-technical fields of study and research, and their dependents, will be eligible to receive two-year, multiple-entry visas. This is an increase in the current visa validity of three months, single entry.
Issues of inadmissibility can render a foreign national ineligible for a visa, a green card or even make him/her ineligible to become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen. One such event is a criminal conviction or the admission of having committed a crime.
- Eb-5 Visa for Immigrant Investors is a United State visa created by the Immigration Act of 1990 and oversight of this program is done under the auspices of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- The EB-5 Regional Center Investment Program was created in 1993.
- Pilot Program is due to sunset on September 30, 2012.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the U.S. EB-5 Investor Immigration Program?
A: The 1990 Immigration Act (the “Act”) created an employment creation immigrant investor visa program to be administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). The EB-5 Visa permits foreign nationals to receive conditional resident status in the United States in exchange for making a capital investment in the U.S. that will benefit the economy. Each investment needs to create or save ten full-time jobs for U.S. workers. The minimum amount of investment is $1,000,000, but that minimum amount is reduced to $500,000.00 if the investment is made in a high unemployment area or qualifying rural region.
You must be a PERMANENT Resident not a SOMETIMES Resident
It is an all too common situation — a person finally obtains Legal Permanent Resident status in the United States only to find they still have business or family concerns, which require them to leave the United States for an extended period of time. If you find yourself in a similar situation, please take note of the following.
The United States implemented the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program, also known as “special registration”, as a counterterrorism tool in the wake of September 11, 2001, to keep track of certain non-immigrants and prevent terrorist attacks.