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Thursday, September 29, 2011

USCIS proposes rule to process EB-5 immigrant petitions filed between 1995 and 1998

On Sept. 27, 2011, the USCIS announced that it has published a new rule for the processing of certain applications approved between 1995 and 1998 by foreign investors under the fifth preference employment-based immigrant visa classification (EB-5).  The authority of the rule comes from the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act.

The new rule applies to approximately 580 principal immigrant investors who had their Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur (I-526) approved between Jan. 1, 1995, and Aug. 31, 1998.  Their dependents are also covered.

In addition to an approved I-526 petition, these applicants must have also met the following condition prior to Nov. 2, 2002:  Either filed a Form I-485 to attempt to adjust their status, or a Form I-829 to seek to remove their conditional permanent residence status obtained as an alien entrepreneur.

The proposed rule, if adopted, would provide an additional two-year period of time for these immigrant investors to meet the EB-5 investment and job-creation requirements.  Other Eb-5 applicants would not be affected by this new rule.   The public has 60 days to submit comments on this proposal.  The new rule is accessible at www.regulations.gov.

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