Deferred Action Plan
Today is the day that the Deferred Action Plan takes effect. The Deferred Action Plan provides young immigrant students with a method of applying for legal status in the United States. The plan has been much talked about in the news lately as the anticipation of the plan’s arrival grew. Now it is here. The following is a link to the article that appeared in today’s New York Daily News by Albor Ruiz:
As always, if you are an undocumented immigrant student who has questions about applying for the deferred action plan, call 516-858-2620 to speak to an Immigration Attorney today!
Investor Visa Options under EB-5
The EB-5 visa is a federal program aimed at immigrant investors. Created by the Immigration Act of 1990, the visa provides immigrants the opportunity to obtain a green card for foreign nationals who invest money in the United States. Individuals who can invest $1,000,000 or at least $500,000 in a targeted employment area while creating or preserving at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers may be granted the EB-5 visa.
A foreign national whose petition is approved will be granted conditional permanent residence valid for two years. The investor must provide evidence documenting the full investment and or jobs created and must be submitted in a timely fashion.
In 1992, Congress created a temporary pilot program designed to stimulate economic activity and job growth, while allowing eligible aliens the opportunity to become lawful permanent residents. Under this program, foreign nationals may invest in a pre-approved regional center, or “economic unit, public or private, which is involved with the promotion of economic growth, including increased export sales, improved regional productivity, job creation, or increased domestic capital investment.” Investments within a regional center provide foreign nationals the added benefit of allowing them to count jobs created both directly and indirectly for purposes of meeting the 10 job creation requirement.
The Startup Visa Act (projected EB-6 visa), introduced in Congress in 2010 and subsequently in 2011, is planning to use unallocated numbers from the EB-5 visa.
The program is limited to 10,000 visas annually. Potential Immigrant Investors are trading a preferred immigration status for a $500,000 investment and job creation in a rural area or a community with high unemployment.
The foreigner must invest the money in a United States enterprise that has received preliminary approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). After a background check, the immigrant makes the investment and applies for a conditional green card, good for two years. If the investment meets program guidelines, the temporary green card is replaced by a permanent one.
The program’s beneficiaries not only include the Immigrant Investor but also economically depressed areas of the United States where there is desperate need of job creation. The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC can assist with the EB-5 visa as well as all other immigration needs.
USCIS Waiver of Filing Fees
In addition to the timelines and stress of dealing with the government, many people find that the costliness of filing fees involved with visas and petitions prohibit them from proceeding with their Immigration issues. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is funded largely by application and petition fees, however they have instituted a few policies which make it possible for certain individuals to have their Immigration Fees waived. A person who seeks to have the fees waived must demonstrate an inability to afford to pay the fees associated with certain applications and forms. The USCIS has created a form I-912 which will waive the fee for benefit services including but not limited to Applications to replace Permanent Resident cards, Applications for Travel Documents and Applications to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. In the case of the latter, Asylum seekers and/or battered or abused spouses may have their fees waived because of their special circumstances. The granting of any fee waiver is at the sole discretion of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) however an immigration attorney may help navigate through this difficult process. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (516) 858-2620!