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EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program: Stakeholder Engagement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Wednesday, April 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the EB-5 program.

This engagement is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance dialogue with our stakeholders in the EB-5 program.
During the first part of this engagement, we will provide EB-5 program updates. The second part will be a question-and-answer session. We invite you to ask non-case specific questions or provide feedback on the EB-5 program.

To register for this session, please follow the steps below:
 

  •  Visit our registration page to confirm your participation
  •  Enter your email address and select “Submit”
  • Select “Subscriber Preferences”
  • Select the “Event Registration” tab
  • Be sure to provide your full name and organization
  • Complete the questions and select “Submit”

Once we process your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details.

To submit non-case specific questions before the teleconference, please:
 

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, or if you have not received a confirmation email within two business days after you register, please email us at Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.

Note to Media: This engagement is not for press purposes. Please contact the USCIS Press Office at (202) 272-1200 for any media inquiries.

We look forward to engaging with you!

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Updated Policy Memorandum on L-1B Visa Petition Adjudications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement on Thursday, April 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. (Eastern) regarding an updated policy memorandum. The policy memorandum involves the L-1B nonimmigrant visa classification for foreign workers with specialized knowledge.

On March 24, 2015 , USCIS Director León Rodríguez announced the release of the policy memorandum, which will be posted for a 45-day public feedback period . It will go into effect on August 31, 2015. It provides guidance to USCIS officers in adjudicating petitions filed by multinational companies seeking to temporarily transfer employees who possess “specialized knowledge” from their foreign operations to their operations in the United States.

The updated policy memorandum clarifies for adjudicators how L-1B petitioners may demonstrate that an employee possesses specialized knowledge. Employees classified as L-1B nonimmigrants may work in any industry and serve in any type of position, so long as the position requires specialized knowledge, and the specific position is covered by an approved L-1B petition. Officers make the adjudications on a case-by-case assessment, based on the totality of the circumstances and a preponderance of the evidence presented.

Issuing a final policy memorandum on L-1B adjudications is one of the executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in November 2014. Release of the memorandum is part of the Administration’s initiatives to modernize, improve and clarify visa programs to grow the U.S. economy and create jobs.
During this teleconference, USCIS representatives will present this updated policy and answer stakeholder questions.

To Register for This Session:

Please visit our registration page to RSVP. Be sure to provide your full name and, if applicable, the name of your organization.

When you register, please follow these steps:

  •  Enter your email address and choose “Submit”
  •  Choose “Subscriber Preferences”
  • Select the “Event Registration” tab
  • Answer the questions and choose “Submit”


Once we process your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with more details.

If you have questions about the registration process, or if you do not receive a confirmation email within two business days after you register, please email us at Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.

Note to Media: This engagement is not for press purposes. Please contact the USCIS Press Office at (202) 272-1200 for any media inquiries.

We look forward to engaging with you!
 

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Workload Transfer within Service Center Operations

USCIS recently made two operational changes to balance our overall workload.

Workload Realignment

USCIS recently began transferring some Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, cases filed by lawful permanent residents for their eligible family members from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center.

If your case was transferred, USCIS will send you a notice listing the transfer date and where your case will be processed. Your original receipt number will not change and this will not delay the processing of your cases except for the additional time needed to transfer the file.

Effective March 27, 2015, USCIS will transfer the adjudication of some cases to balance our overall workload. The affected cases include those filed with the following forms:

  • I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
  • I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
  • I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (employment and asylum-based only)
  • I-821D/I-765, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals/ Application for Employment Authorization (initial and renewal requests)

The filing location and instructions for these forms will not change. Please continue to file the forms at the address noted on the form instructions and on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov.

How to Track the Status of Your Case

You can check your case status at Case Status Online by entering your receipt number. You can also sign up to receive automatic case status updates by email.

You can ask us about the status of your case if you do not receive a decision within the published processing time. You may submit an inquiry using e-Request or call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283. For TDD hearing-impaired assistance, please call 1-800-767-1833. When asking about your case status, tell us your original receipt number and also say that your case was transferred to a new location.

If we send you any notice (such as a request for evidence), please read the notice carefully and follow the instructions provided.

If you move while your case is pending, you must inform USCIS of your address change. You may do so online or by calling the NCSC. It is important that you notify us of any address change as soon as possible, so that you continue to receive notifications from USCIS.

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USCIS Posts Updated L-1B Adjudications Policy for Public Feedback

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez today announced the release of an updated policy memorandum on the L-1B nonimmigrant visa classification for workers with specialized knowledge. The memorandum, which clarifies for USCIS officers how L-1B petitioners may demonstrate that an employee has specialized knowledge, will be posted on-line for a 45-day public feedback period.  The memorandum will go into effect on August 31, 2015. 

“This policy memorandum, once it goes into effect, will help companies in the United States better use the skills of talented employees in the global marketplace,” said Rodríguez. “These changes maintain the integrity of the L-1B program while recognizing the fluid dynamics of the 21st century business world. We listened to the concerns of our partners to develop this policy and look forward to the public’s feedback.”

Issuing a final policy memorandum on L-1B adjudications is one of the executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in November 2014. Release of the memorandum is part of the Administration’s effort to modernize, improve and clarify visa programs to grow the U.S. economy and create jobs.

The policy memorandum consolidates previous guidance and provides updated guidance to USCIS officers in adjudicating petitions filed by employers seeking to transfer employees to the United States. Employees who work in any industry and serve in any type of position may be classified as L-1B nonimmigrants, so long as the position described in the L-1B petition requires specialized knowledge. 

Officers make the adjudications on a case-by-case assessment, based on the totality of the circumstances and a preponderance of the evidence presented.

For more information on USCIS policies and programs, visit uscis.gov. Follow us on Facebook (/uscis), Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

 

 

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I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

Purpose of Form

Use Form I-407 to let us know that you have decided voluntarily to abandon your status as a lawful permanent resident of the United States. We will then update your records to show that you are no longer an LPR.

Number of Pages

Form 2; Instructions 3

Edition Date

2/26/2015

Where to File

In a location with a USCIS international field office: Submit Form I-407 in person or by mail to that office. Find locations at www.uscis.gov/international.

In other locations: Mail Form I-407 to the nearest USCIS international field office or submit it in person at a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. You may also submit Form I-407 to a Customs and Border Protection officer at a U.S. port of entry.

Filing Fee

There is no filing fee.

Special Instructions

  • There are eight spaces for your A-number. If your A-number is only seven digits, place a zero (0) as the first digit.
  • If the lawful permanent resident is under 18 years old, the minor’s parents, custodial parents or legal guardians must sign and consent to submitting Form I-407.
  • If there is only one legal parent, that parent can sign Form I-407. However, that parent must submit proof:
    • 1) Of having sole legal custody; or,
    • 2) Showing that any other parent has either died or had his or her parental rights legally terminated.
  • A guardian must submit documentation showing that the guardian has legal custody or other authority to sign for the minor.
  • The Department of Homeland Security is required to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with the names of individuals who choose to abandon their LPR status. If you file this form with us, we will provide only your name and the filing date to the IRS. (Internal Revenue Code section 6039G(d)(3))
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New Version of Form I-407 Now Available

USCIS has published a new edition of USCIS Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Status (OMB No. 1615-0130). You can download the form on our website.

You may begin using the revised Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status today. The current edition is dated 02/26/2015, and we will not accept previous form editions.

About Form I-407

 Form I-407 allows you to formally record with USCIS your decision to voluntarily abandon your status as a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States. Use of the form also ensures you are informed of the right to a hearing before an immigration judge and that you have knowingly, willingly, and affirmatively waived that right. There is no filing fee.

The Department of Homeland Security is required to provide to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the names of individuals who choose to abandon their LPR status. If you file this form with us, we will provide only your name and the filing date to the IRS.

Where to File

In a location with a USCIS international field office: Submit Form I-407 in person or by mail to that office. Find locations at International Immigration Offices.

In other locations: Mail Form I-407 to the nearest USCIS international field office or submit it in person at a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. You may also submit Form I-407 to a Customs and Border Protection officer at a U.S. port of entry.

To learn more about where to file, visit www.uscis.gov/i-407.

 

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Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in coordination with the U.S. Department of State (DOS), invites you to participate in a teleconference on Tuesday, March 31, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to learn more about the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program. The program provides certain children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras  with a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are undertaking to the United States.

The CAM program began accepting applications from qualifying parents in the U.S. for their children on December 1, 2014. Only certain qualifying parents who are legally present in the U.S. are eligible to file for their children. Each qualified child must be unmarried, under the age of 21, and residing in El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras. In certain cases, the in-country parent of the qualifying child may also qualify for access if the in-country parent is the legal spouse of the qualifying parent in the U.S.

During this teleconference, representative from USCIS and DOS will provide an overview of the CAM program and answer questions.

To Join the Session by Phone
On the day of the session, please use the information below to join the teleconference. We recommend that you call 10-15 minutes before the start time.

Toll-free call-in number: 1-888-606-7035

Passcode: CAM

Note to Media: This engagement is not for press purposes. Please contact the USCIS Press Office at (202) 272-1200 for any media inquiries.

If you have any questions, please email us at Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.


We look forward to engaging with you!
 

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District Court Grants DOL Motion Concerning H-2B Program

On March 18, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida granted a motion filed by the Department of Labor (DOL) effectively permitting DOL to restart its issuance of temporary labor certifications under the H-2B visa program through April 15, 2015. 

On March 4, the Court vacated DOL’s 2008 H-2B regulations on the grounds that DOL lacks authority to issue regulations in the H-2B program.  DOL and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are working expeditiously to promulgate a rule by next month to minimize future interruption to the H-2B program. 

Effective immediately, DOL will begin processing labor certification applications under the 2008 rule and will continue to do so through April 15th, in accordance with the stay granted by the court.  DHS has resumed processing of H-2B petitions but will continue to suspend premium processing until further notice.

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USCIS Resumes H-2B Adjudications; Premium Processing Remains Suspended

Today, March 17, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will resume adjudications of H-2B petitions, but will continue to suspend premium processing until further notice. 

Monday, March 16, 2015 the Department of Labor (DOL) filed an unopposed motion to stay the March 4 order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Perez v. Perez until April 15.  That order vacated DOL's H-2B regulations on the grounds that DOL had no authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act to issue them. 

DHS suspended H-2B adjudications while it reviewed the decision. As stated in the motion, DHS will resume adjudicating H-2B petitions based on temporary labor certifications issued by the Department of Labor. 

To fill the regulatory gap, DOL and DHS announced on Friday, March 13, that they intend to issue a joint interim final rule by April 30, 2015. 

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