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3 Common Misconceptions about the EB-5 Visa – Atlanta Immigration Lawyer Insights

The United States Congress created the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program in 1990 to stimulate economic growth by encouraging foreign investment. There are strict eligibility requirements that an immigrant entrepreneur must meet in order to obtain an EB-5 visa.


There is a myriad of misconceptions about the EB-5 visa program, and a small mistake could lead to a denial of your application by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Charles Kuck is an employment visa immigration attorney in Atlanta who can answer your questions about the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and determine if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Charles Kuck is the past National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the past President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation with Kuck Immigration Partners.

Let’s take a look at three common misconceptions about the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program:

Misconception 1: “I received an EB-5 visa, which guarantees that I will become a lawful permanent resident.”

After you obtain an EB-5 visa, you will only have conditional permanent residency in the United States. However, you must fulfill all the requirements of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program in order to become a lawful permanent resident.

You will then have to submit a Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status. However, if USCIS denies your Form I-829, then you will not become a lawful permanent resident, and your family will face deportation.

Fortunately, there are several ways to fight a denial of Form I-829 in immigration court.  If you are in this situation, contact Kuck Immigration Partners as soon as possible.

Misconception 2: “The U.S. government does not perform background checks on EB-5 investors.”

The U.S. government performs comprehensive background checks an all EB-5 investors. Several government agencies, including the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, and USCIS, will investigate your background, the source of your investment capital, and the potential for your investment to fulfill the requirements of the EB-5 Immigration Investor Program.

Misconception 3: “I do not have $1 million USD, so I cannot qualify for an EB-5 visa.”

In order to obtain an EB-5 visa, you will have to meet the minimum capital investment requirement. Although the general requirement is a $1 million capital investment, a $500,000 investment may qualify if it is made in a Targeted Employment Area.

A Targeted Employment Area is either a rural area or a high unemployment area. A rural area is a region outside a metropolitan area as defined by the Office of Management and Budget, or outside the boundary of a town or city with a population of 20,000 or more according to the decennial census. A high unemployment area is a region that is experiencing an unemployment rate of at least 150 percent the national average rate.

If you have questions about the EB-5 visa program or if USCIS denied your Form I-829, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an employment visa lawyer in Atlanta who will demystify U.S. immigration laws and compassionately represent your interests. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.

¿Qué pruebas necesito para apelar una negación de mi petición I-829? Un Abogado de Inmigración de Atlanta te explica

El programa de visas EB-5 ofrece a los empresarios extranjeros la oportunidad de convertirse en residentes legales permanentes en los Estados Unidos. Un paso importante en este proceso es presentar una petición I-829 para eliminar las condiciones de residencia de inmigrantes.


Lamentablemente, los Servicios de Inmigración y Ciudadanía de EE.UU. a veces niega las peticiones. I-829 esto puede ser devastador para los inmigrantes que ya han comprado una casa, ponen a sus hijos en la escuela y se aclimataron con su nueva comunidad. Si el USCIS rechaza su petición I-829, usted y su familia se enfrentan a la deportación.
Si usted se encuentra en esta situación, es fundamental que usted pueda pelear su caso con un abogado de visa de empleo. Hay varias maneras en que un experimentado abogado de inmigración puede ayudarle a luchar contra la decisión de la  USCIS de negar su petición I-829.
Charles Kuck, abogado de Atlanta de visa de empleo,  ha ayudado a inversores extranjeros obtener la residencia legal permanente después que la USCIS les negó su petición I-829. El Sr. Kuck evaluará su caso, identificará el motivo por el que su petición fue denegada, y ayudaraá a renovar la petición.
Él reunirá amplias pruebas para demostrar por qué su petición renovada debe ser aprobada. Dependiendo de la razón por la cual USCIS negó su petición inicial, el Sr. Kuck puede solicitar una orden de un juez federal que USCIS no debería haber negado su petición I-829 en primer lugar. Llame al 404-816-8611 para programar una consulta en Kuck Immigration Partners.

Evidencia Importante cuando luchan contra el USCIS sobre ” la denegación de su petición I-829”
La evidencia de su abogado de inmigración de USA dependerá de la razón por la que su petición original I-829 fue denegada. Si, por ejemplo, el USCIS incorrectamente alegó que su inversión no creará suficientes empleos, su abogado puede utilizar las siguientes pruebas para demostrar lo que hizo en el hecho de satisfacer este requisito:

• Registros de nóminas;
• Documentos fiscales; y
• Empleados con formas  I-9.
A veces incorrectamente el USCIS afirma que una inversión no satisface los requisitos del programa de visas EB-5. En esta situación, el abogado puede utilizar las siguientes pruebas para demostrar que su inversión califica:
• Declaraciones de impuestos federales y copias de los documentos organizativos de la empresa para demostrar que usted invierte en una nueva empresa comercial; y
• Contratos, extractos bancarios, licencias comerciales, los estados financieros auditados, devoluciones de impuestos estatales o federales, declaraciones fiscales trimestrales, y licencia comercial, facturas para demostrar la inversión sostenida durante dos años.
¿Por qué debería contratar a un abogado de visa de empleo después de la negación de su petición I-829?
El proceso de litigio que sigue a una denegación de la petición I-829 es altamente complejo, y hay varios enfoques para convertirse en un residente permanente legal después de una negación de la petición. Un abogado de inmigración experimentado sabrá enfocar  mejor  su situación.

Su abogado tratará de convencer a un juez de inmigración para anular su negación de petición. Su abogado puede interrogar a los testigos que apoyan la negación de la petición, negociar con los abogados del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional y defender su caso ante el juez de inmigración.

Si el juez ordena contra su concesión para remover las condiciones de su residencia, su abogado puede apelar la decisión a la Junta de Apelaciones de Inmigración. Si se le niega, su abogado puede solicitar una revisión de una corte federal de apelaciones.

Si su petición I-829 fue denegada, comuníquese con Charles Kuck y Kuck Immigration Partners. Llame al 404-816-8611 para concertar una consulta con un abogado de inmigración en Atlanta.


3 formas en que las visas de “Interés Nacional” han sido cambiado por USCIS

El USCIS, a través de su Oficina de Apelaciones Administrativas (AAO), ha emitido una decisión precedente, invalidando dos décadas de precedentes sobre cómo se califica para las Exenciones de Interés Nacionales y creando una prueba menos subjetiva en tres partes para aquellos que buscan residencia permanente en esta categoría.
La Ley de Inmigración de 1990 (IMMACT 90) creó las Exenciones de Interés Nacional (NIW, por sus siglas en inglés) para permitir que las personas que caían bajo la segunda categoría de preferencia de inmigración basada en el empleo omitieran el largo y siempre “problemático” proceso de certificación laboral, si podían demostrar que su inmigración a América estaría en el "interés nacional". El Congreso hizo muy poco para explicar acerca de lo que este nuevo término significaba, INS luchó durante mucho para brindar su propia definición y prueba necesaria para esta categoría. Finalmente, en el caso seminal de Matter of New York State Dep't de Transp., 22 I&N Dec. 215 (actuando Assoc. Comm'r 1998), el AAO estableció una serie de criterios relativamente turbios para satisfacer el "interés nacional" de esta categoría. Esa decisión dejó un montón de inconsistencias para la adjudicación, y como resultado, Legacy INS y ahora USCIS han emitido una serie de negaciones y concesiones salvajemente divergentes a individuos con una situación similar.
 
La nueva decisión de la AAO en Materia de Dhanasar, 26 I & N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016) nos ha dado ahora un criterio relativamente claro para cumplir con el estándar de Interés Nacional.
 
1. "El esfuerzo propuesto por el extranjero tiene tanto mérito sustancial como importancia nacional".
 
2, "El extranjero está bien posicionado para avanzar en el esfuerzo propuesto".
 
3. "En conjunto, sería beneficioso para los Estados Unidos renunciar a los requisitos de una oferta de trabajo y por lo tanto de una certificación laboral".

Si estos tres elementos están comprobados, USCIS puede aprobar la exención de intereses nacionales como una cuestión de discreción.

La gran pregunta es, ¿qué significan cada uno de estos criterios?

El primer criterio puede cumplirse mostrando que el trabajo de la persona tiene implicaciones nacionales o incluso globales dentro de un campo particular, como las que resultan de ciertos procesos de fabricación mejorados o avances médicos. La buena noticia es que USCIS está alejándose de la geografía como una definición de "nacional". Aún mejor, la AAO da un ejemplo de cómo un empresario puede calificar para el NIW: "un esfuerzo que tiene un potencial significativo para emplear a trabajadores estadounidenses o tiene otros efectos económicos positivos sustanciales, particularmente en un área económicamente deprimida, por ejemplo, puede muy bien ser entendido como de importancia nacional ", como uno que pueda satisfacer este criterio.

El segundo criterio transfiere el enfoque al extranjero. “Si Tiene el solicitante la educación, habilidades, conocimientos y registros de éxito en esfuerzos relacionados o similares, un modelo o plan para futuras actividades, cualquier progreso hacia el logro de la empresa propuesta, y el interés de clientes potenciales, usuarios, inversionistas u otros Entidades o individuos pertinentes ". El solicitante debe demostrar que está en una buena posición para tener éxito en su plan. Este nuevo criterio es un excelente cambio de la norma actual.

El tercer y último criterio es el cambio más importante y de mayor alcance. El solicitante debe demostrar que "en conjunto, sería beneficioso para los Estados Unidos renunciar a los requisitos de una oferta de trabajo y, por lo tanto, de una certificación laboral". El USCIS evaluará la aplicación utilizando factores tales como "si, a la luz de la naturaleza de las calificaciones o del esfuerzo propuesto del extranjero, sería impráctico para el extranjero obtener una oferta de trabajo o para que el solicitante obtuviera una certificación de trabajo. " Para un empresario, sería poco práctico hacer una certificación de trabajo, ya que poseen la empresa. Y se puede incluso argumentar que "suponiendo que haya otros trabajadores estadounidenses calificados disponibles, los Estados Unidos seguirían beneficiándose de las contribuciones del extranjero y si el interés nacional en las contribuciones del extranjero es lo suficientemente urgente para justificar la renuncia al proceso de certificación laboral. "

Esta decisión es de gran alcance y ahora es mucho más flexible para los solicitantes en adelante para calificar para el EB-2, renuncias de interés nacional que ha estado en el pasado.
 
Si desea obtener más información sobre cómo esta decisión afecta su caso, llame a Charles Kuck y a los abogados de Kuck Immigration Partners para obtener más información y análisis de sus opciones de inmigración.


3 Ways National Interest Waivers have Changed Under Dhanasar!

The USCIS, through its Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has issued a precedent decision, overturning two decades of precedent on how one qualifies for National Interest Waivers and creating a less subjective three part test for those seeking permanent residence in the United States under this category.

National Interest Waivers (NIW) were created by Congress in the Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT 90) to allow individuals who fell under the second preference category of employment based immigration to skip the lengthy and always problematic "labor certification" process, if they could show that their immigration to America would be "in the National Interest."   Congress did very little explaining about what this new term meant, and Legacy INS struggled for a long time to come up with their own definition and required proof for this category.  Eventually, in the seminal case of Matter of New York State Dep’t of Transp., 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Acting Assoc. Comm’r 1998), the AAO established a series of relatively murky criteria to meet this category's "national interest waiver" exception.  That decision left a lot of wiggle room for inconsistency of adjudication, and as a result, Legacy INS and now USCIS have issued a series of wildly divergent denials and grants to similarly situated individuals.

The AAO's new decision in Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016) has now given us a three relatively clear criterion to meet the standard of National Interest.

1.  "The foreign national’s proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance."

2,  "The foreign national is well positioned to advance the proposed endeavor."

3.  "On balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the requirements of a job offer and thus of a labor certification."

If these three elements are satisfied, USCIS may approve the national interest waiver as a matter of discretion.

The big question is, what do each of these criterion mean?

The first criteria can be met by showing that the person's work has national or even global implications within a particular field, such as those resulting from certain improved manufacturing processes or medical advances. The good news is that USCIS is moving away from geography as a definition of "national."  Even better, the AAO gives an example of how an entrepreneur can qualify for the NIW:  "an endeavor that has significant potential to employ U.S. workers or has other substantial positive economic effects, particularly in an economically depressed area, for instance, may well be understood to have national importance," as one which can satisfy this criteria.

The second criteria shifts the focus to the foreign national.  Does the applicant have the "education, skills, knowledge and record of success in related or similar efforts; a model or plan for future activities; any progress towards achieving the proposed endeavor; and the interest of potential customers, users, investors, or other relevant entities or individuals."  The applicant must show that they are in a good position to succeed in their plan.  This new criteria is an excellent change from the current standard.

The third and final criteria is the most important and far reaching change.  The petitioner must demonstrate that, "on balance, it would be beneficial to the United States to waive the requirements of a job offer and thus of a labor certification."  The USCIS will evaluate the application using such factors as "whether, in light of the nature of the foreign national’s qualifications or proposed endeavor, it would be impractical either for the foreign national to secure a job offer or for the petitioner to obtain a labor certification."   For an entrepreneur, it would be impractical to do a labor certification, as they own the company. And one can even argue that "even assuming that other qualified U.S. workers are available, the United States would still benefit from the foreign national’s contributions; and whether the national interest in the foreign national’s contributions is sufficiently urgent to warrant forgoing the labor certification process."

This decision is far reaching and it is now far more flexible for applicants going forward to qualify for the EB-2, National Interest Waivers than it has been in the past.

If you want more information about how this decision affects your case, call Charles Kuck and the attorneys at Kuck Immigration Partners for more information and analysis of your immigration options.

What Evidence Do I Need to Appeal a Denial of My I-829 Petition? Atlanta Immigration Lawyer Explains

The EB-5 visa program gives foreign entrepreneurs the opportunity to become lawful permanent residents in the United States. An important step in this process is submitting an I-829 petition to remove the conditions of the immigrant’s residency.


Unfortunately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sometimes denies I-829 petitions. This can be devastating for immigrants who have already purchased a home, put their children in school and become acclimated with their new community. If USCIS denies your I-829 petition, you and your family will face deportation.

If you are in this situation, it is critical that you discuss your case with an employment visa lawyer. There are several ways that an experienced immigration attorney can help you fight the USCIS’ decision to deny your I-829 petition.

Charles Kuck is an Atlanta employment visa attorney who has successfully helped foreign investors attain lawful permanent residence after USCIS denied their I-829 petition. Mr. Kuck will evaluate your case, identify the reason why your petition was denied, and help you renew the petition.

He will gather extensive evidence to demonstrate why your renewed petition should be approved. Depending on the reason why USCIS denied your initial petition, Mr. Kuck may seek an order from a federal judge that USCIS should not have denied your I-829 petition in the first place. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation at Kuck Immigration Partners.

Important Evidence When Fighting the USCIS’ Denial of Your I-829 Petition

The evidence your immigration lawyer uses will depend on the reason why your original I-829 petition was denied. If, for example, USCIS incorrectly claimed that your investment did not create enough jobs, your lawyer can use the following evidence to prove that you did in fact satisfy this requirement:

Payroll records;
Tax documents; and
Employee Forms I-9.

Sometimes USCIS incorrectly claims that an investment does not satisfy the requirements of the EB-5 visa program. In this situation, your attorney may use the following evidence to prove that your investment qualifies:

Federal tax returns and copies of the enterprise’s organizational documents to prove that you invested in a new commercial enterprise; and
Contracts, bank statements, business licenses, audited financial statements, state or federal tax returns, quarterly tax statements, and business license invoices to prove that you sustained the investment for two years.

Why You Should Hire an Employment Visa Lawyer after an I-829 Petition Denial

The litigation process that follows an I-829 petition denial is highly complex, and there are several approaches to becoming a lawful permanent resident after a petition denial. An experienced immigration attorney will know which approach best complements your situation.

Your attorney will attempt to convince an immigration judge to overrule your petition denial. Your lawyer can cross-examine witnesses who support the petition denial, negotiate with trial attorneys of the Department of Homeland Security, and advocate your case in front of the immigration judge.

If the judge rules against your grant to remove the conditions of your residency, your attorney can appeal the decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals. If denied there, your lawyer can seek a review from a federal appeals court.

If your I-829 petition was denied, contact  Charles Kuck and Kuck Immigration Partners. Call 404-816-8611 to arrange a consultation with an immigration lawyer in Atlanta.

How Can EB-5 Investors Remove the Temporary Visa Conditions and Live Permanently in the U.S.? Atlanta Immigration Attorney Insights

The EB-5 Fifth Preference visa is available to entrepreneurs who make qualifying investments in a U.S. commercial enterprise or regional center. As outlined by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are several eligibility requirements that a foreign investor must meet to obtain an EB-5 visa.

Once a foreign national has been approved for the EB-5 visa, he or she can enter the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident for two years. The investor’s derivative family members will also be allowed to enter the United States for that two-year period.

If the foreign national meets the job creation requirements and other requirements of the EB-5 visa program, then he or she can petition to remove the conditions of his or her visa. If USCIS approves this petition, the immigrant and his or her derivative family members will be able to live and work permanently in the United States.

If you would like to petition for an EB-5 visa or remove the conditions of your EB-5 visa, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an employment visa lawyer in Atlanta who will answer your questions and explain the eligibility requirements.

Mr. Kuck will help you gather the necessary documentation to prove your eligibility and avoid mistakes that would delay your application or lead to a denial. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.

What Form Do I Submit to Remove the Conditions of My EB-5 Visa?

If you would like to remove the conditions of your EB-5 visa, you will have to submit Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions. You must submit this form within the 90-day period immediately before the two-year anniversary of your admission to the United States.

What Documentation Do I Need to Submit with Form I-829?

In order for USCIS to approve your request to remove the conditions of your EB-5 visa, you must submit documentation to prove that you have fulfilled the requirements of the EB-5 visa program. You will have to show that you made a qualifying investment in a new commercial enterprise or regional center.

Your employment visa lawyer will help you gather this evidence, which may include:

Copies of federal tax returns;
Copies of the business’ organizational documents;
Proof that you are in the process of investing or have invested the required amount of funds; and
Proof that your investment was sustained for the two-year period of conditional permanent residence. This evidence may include business invoices, bank statements, business licenses, contracts, financial statements, or copies of state or federal income tax returns or quarterly tax statements.

You must also provide evidence that you fulfilled the job creation or job preservation requirements of the EB-5 visa. If you created jobs, you can use the following documentation as evidence:

Tax documents;
Employee Forms I-9; and
Payroll records.

You can show the same documentation to prove that your investment preserved jobs in a troubled business. You must have preserved at least 10 jobs. If you invested in a regional center, you must show evidence that the investment was made in accordance with the center’s business plan.

If you have questions about the EB-5 visa program, turn to Kuck Immigration Partners for legal advice. Charles Kuck is the former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the former President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney in Atlanta.

How Much Capital Must I Invest to Obtain an EB-5 Visa? Atlanta Immigration Lawyer Insights

The United States Congress introduced the EB-5 visa program in 1990 to stimulate economic growth by encouraging investments from foreign entrepreneurs. The EB-5 visa is available to immigrants who invest in a new commercial enterprise or regional center.


In order to obtain an EB-5 visa, the immigrant must invest at least $1 million in a new commercial enterprise. Alternatively, the immigrant could invest $500,000 in a Targeted Employment Area.

If you would like to petition for an EB-5 visa, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an employment visa attorney in Atlanta who will answer your questions, explain the eligibility requirements of the EB-5 visa, and help you gather the necessary documentation to prove your eligibility. Schedule a consultation today by calling 404-816-8611.

What Is a “Targeted Employment Area?”

As previously stated, the minimum capital investment requirement is only $500,000 if the foreign national invests in a Targeted Employment Area. This is either an area with a high unemployment rate or a rural area.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services defines a rural area as a region that is outside the boundary of a city or town with a population of at least 20,000 based on the decennial census. Alternatively, a region may be considered a rural area if it is located outside of a “metropolitan area” according to the Office of Management and Budget.

A high unemployment area is a region that has an unemployment rate that is at least 150 percent the national average rate.

What Is a “New Commercial Enterprise?”

USCIS defines a new commercial enterprise as a business that:

Was established after Nov. 29, 1990, or
Was established before or on Nov. 29, 1990, and:
o The foreign investor reorganizes or restructures the enterprise to create a new commercial enterprise, or
o The foreign national’s capital investment increases the enterprise’s number of employees or net worth by 40 percent.

What Qualifies as a “Capital Investment?”

The following may be considered capital according to the EB-5 visa program:

Inventory;
Equipment;
Cash;
Cash equivalents;
Tangible property; and
Indebtedness that the foreign investor secures with assets, as long as the investor is primarily and personally liable and the assets of the commercial enterprise are not used to secure the indebtedness.

The value of capital will be determined by the fair-market value in U.S. dollars. Any assets obtained by unlawful means – either directly or indirectly – will not be considered capital. The foreign national cannot use borrowed assets or money as capital for the EB-5 visa program.

If you would like to petition for an EB-5 visa, it is highly advisable that you consult an immigration lawyer. If you do not provide the necessary documentation or make a mistake on your application, then it is likely that your petition will be denied.

Charles Kuck is an immigration lawyer in Atlanta who will answer your questions and guide you through the EB-5 petition process. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.




Seis cambios de Inmigración bajo el Presidente Trump -- lo que anticipamos

Muchos estaban tan asombrados por el triunfo electoral de Trump que no habían reflexionado sobre los cambios específicos que pudo, y probablemente se hará una vez que llegue a la Presidencia el 20 de enero del 2017. Aquí una lista de seis cosas que el presidente Donald Trump, probablemente cambie en la actual política de inmigración:

1. DACA. Acción diferida para los llegados en la infancia, se hizo efectiva a partir del 15 de junio del 2012, y ha proporcionado permisos de trabajo y alivio del temor de la deportación a más de 750,0000 mujeres jóvenes indocumentadas y varones de 15 a 31, que vinieron aquí cuando eran niños y se graduaron en nuestros colegios y universidades. Prácticamente todos ellos trabajan, pagan impuestos, tienen sus propios vehículos, y contribuyen a nuestra sociedad. Es prácticamente seguro que el Presidente Trump finalice este programa el 20 de enero de 2017, como ha prometido hacer. Lo que es incierto es si él permitirá que aquellos con permisos de trabajo visiblemente válidos puedan seguir trabajando hasta el final de su tiempo asignado. Creemos que lo hará, ya que sería la política más fácil de implementar, en lugar de tener que cambiar individualmente cada fecha de caducidad en las bases de datos gubernamentales pertinentes. Todos los destinatarios DACA deberían hablar con un abogado experto en asuntos de inmigración hoy para ver si tiene otras opciones legales para obtener algún tipo de estatus en los Estados Unidos. Recomendamos que, al menos hasta el 1 de diciembre, todos los beneficiarios DACA que hayan recibido tarjetas de trabajo que expiren antes del 1 de mayo del 2017 extiendan sus tarjetas ahora, con la esperanza de que las tarjetas se amplíen y usted pueda seguir trabajando con ellas hasta la expiración. Si no lo ha hecho, también debe considerar obtener un documento de viaje de emergencia para un familiar muy enfermo, si hay uno en su familia, por lo que puede tener una entrada legal en su registro, debería, en el futuro, casarse con un ciudadano estadounidense.

2. DAPA. Acción diferida por responsabilidad parental programa que Obama anunció el 20 de noviembre del 2014, que nunca entró en vigor como consecuencia de una orden de la corte. Este programa fue creado por una política memo y pueden ser eliminados mediante una política memo. El efecto será mínimo, ya que la política nunca se llevó a cabo, pero creó una gran emoción para los 3-4 millones de personas a quienes les hubiera ayudada la vida. Esta política memo seguramente será retirada el 20 de enero del 2017, como Trump ha prometido.

3. Libertad condicional en el lugar ("PIP" o Parole en Plazo). El PIP fue creado por USCIS política memo bajo la administración de Bush y permite a los cónyuges y padres del personal militar activo y retirado presentar una petición a USCIS para permitirles "Entrar" o ser puestos en libertad condicional en los Estados Unidos, permitiendo que la persona pueda obtener la residencia permanente a través de su cónyuge o hijo/a sin tener que salir de los Estados Unidos y estar sujeta al castigo de 10 años de presencia ilegal. Básicamente, esto es un beneficio sólo para aquellos que sirven o que han servido a nuestro país. La palabra en DC es que este programa va a ser eliminado por el triunfo de la administración, pero no sabemos cuándo, nuestro consejo es archivar tales aplicaciones ahora para intentar obtener una aprobación antes de que este programa sea eliminado.

4. TPS. Estatus de protección temporal. Está autorizado por el Presidente para los nacidos en determinados países donde la guerra, un desastre natural, o cualquier otra calamidad prohíba la expulsión a ese país. Actualmente, más de 350.000 personas se encuentran en el TPS. Muchos han tenido TPS más de 15 años. Nueve países que actualmente están bajo el TPS, entre ellos El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Somalia, Siria, y Nicaragua. Existe una fuerte posibilidad, especialmente para los países en los que se produjeron los desastres que causaron la emisión de TPS hace muchos años, o donde se han realizado las reparaciones de infraestructura necesarias, que el TPS ya no se extenderá. Honduras y El Salvador no pudieron tener su TPS renovado tras la caducidad actual en el 2018. La gente en TPS de esos países (y otros países) ahora deben hablar con un abogado experto en asuntos de inmigración para ver si tienen otras opciones de inmigración.
  
5. Discreción fiscal o PD y la "ley de 10 años." PD se basa en una política memo emitido por la administración de Obama en el 2011 y revisadas en el 2014. Establece las normas por las que ICE ha operado en la aprehensión, detención, liberación y enjuiciamiento de los casos de inmigración. Esta política memo ha hecho que algunos abogados estén muy complacientes en el manejo de casos del tribunal de inmigración, prefiriendo tener cierres administrativos (PD) en lugar de luchar casos ganables. Creemos que el memo PD será retirado a finales de enero del 2017, y en su lugar el ICE volverá a los casos de expulsión y deportación contra todos los que encuentren y que los abogados de ICE perseguirán los casos de expulsión en la medida permitida por la ley. Esto significa que las personas que intencionalmente se ponen en un proceso de expulsión para solicitar un permiso de trabajo mediante la presentación de casos de asilo infundados pueden esperar que sus casos estén completamente litigados, frente a un 2% de tasa de aprobación para tales casos. Es triste que tantos sean llevados a la trampa de permisos de trabajo fáciles sin darse cuenta de las consecuencias finales de tal acción.

6. Redadas, Allanamientos y detenciones. Muchas personas están preocupadas de que Trump enviará nuestros "escuadrones de deportación" alrededor de la gente. Francamente, eso no va a suceder. Tales acciones son simplemente inconstitucionales, y cuestan mucho dinero, dinero que el gobierno no tiene. Por supuesto, el ICE seguirá buscando gente con pedidos de expulsión previa, aquellos con detención penal y convicciones, y cualquiera con un DUI en su pasado, ICE detendrá a esas personas y tratará de procesarlas rápidamente para la deportación. Todos, por supuesto, tienen derecho a una audiencia y luchar por su caso, pero después de unas semanas de detención muchas personas desisten y se dan por vencidos. El ICE detiene a personas por esta misma razón, así que, si usted tiene un buen caso, usted tiene que permanecer y luchar contra ella, porque una vez que son deportados, no vuelven durante diez años. Aquí la línea inferior es que no habrá allanamientos de viviendas o vecindarios buscando personas al azar el 20 de enero de 2017, pero ICE seguramente doblará sus esfuerzos para encontrar personas con órdenes de deportación previas e incluso delitos menores en su pasado.

Nuestro próximo blog hablará sobre las partes de la ley que no cambiarán de inmediato y de lo que la gente debe ejercer para arreglar su situación migratoria.

Six Changes to Immigration Under President Trump -- What we expect.

Many were so shocked by Trump's election that they had not given thought to the specific changes he could, and likely will make once he becomes President on January 20, 2017.  Here is a list of six things that President Trump is likely to changes in current immigration policy:

1.  DACA.   Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was effective as of June 15, 2012, and has provided a work permit and relief from the fear of deportation to more than 750,0000 undocumented young woman and men from the ages of 15 to 31, who came here as children and graduated from our high schools and colleges. Virtually all of them work, pay taxes, own cars, and contribute to our society.  It is virtually certain that President Trump will terminate this program on January 20, 2017, as he has promised to do. What is uncertain is whether he will allow those with work permits that would remain facially valid to keep working until the end of their allotted time. We believe he will, as it would be the easiest to implement policy, rather than having to individually change each expiration date in the relevant government databases.  All DACA recipients should be talking to an experienced immigration lawyer today to see if they will have any other legal options to obtain some sort of status in the United States. We recommend that, at least until December 1, that all DACA beneficiaries who have work cards expiring before May 1, 2017 file to extend their cards now, with the hope the cards will be extended, and you will be able to continue working on them until expiration. If you have not done so, you should also consider getting an emergency travel document for a very sick relative, if there is one in your family, so you can have a legal entry on your record, should you, in the future, marry a US Citizen.

2.  DAPA.  The Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program that Obama announced on November 20, 2014, which never went into effect as a result of a court order.  This program was created by a policy memo and can be eliminated by a policy memo.  The effect will be minimal since the policy was never carried out, but it did create a great deal of excitement for the 3-4 million people who's lives it would have helped.  This policy memo will certainly be withdrawn on January 20, 2017, as Trump has promised.

3.  Parole in Place ("PIP").  PIP was created by USCIS policy memo under the Bush Administration and allows the spouse and parents of active and retired military personnel to file a petition with the USCIS to allow for them to "enter" or be paroled into the United States, thereby allowing the person to obtain permanent residence through their spouse or child without having to depart the United States and be subject to the 10 year bar for unlawful presence.  Essentially, this is a benefit only to those who serve or who have served our country.  The word in DC is that this program is going to be eliminated by the Trump administration, but we do not know when,  Our advice is to file any such applications now to try to get an approval before this program is eliminated.

4.  TPS.   Temporary Protected Status is authorized by the President to national from certain countries where war, natural disaster, or other such calamity prohibits removal to that country.  Currently more than 350,000 people are on TPS.  Many have had TPS for more that 15 years.  Nine countries currently are under TPS, including El Salvador, Honduras, Syria, Nepal, Somalia, and Nicaragua.  There is a strong possibility, especially for countries where the disasters that caused TPS to be issued occurred many years ago, or where the necessary infrastructure repairs have occurred, that TPS will no longer be extended.  Honduras and El Salvador may not have their TPS renewed after the current expirations in 2018.  People on TPS from those countries (and the other countries as well) should be speaking now to an experienced immigration lawyer to see if they have other immigration options.

5.  Prosecutorial Discretion or PD and the "10 year law."    PD is based upon a policy memo issued by the Obama administration in 2011 and then revised in 2014.  It sets the standards by which ICE has operated in the apprehension, detention, release and prosecution of immigration cases.  This policy memo has made some lawyers very complacent in their handling of immigration court cases, preferring to take administrative closure (PD) rather than fighting winnable cases.  We believe that the PD memo will be withdrawn by the end of January 2017, and in its place ICE will return to pursing removal and deportation cases against everyone they encounter, and that ICE attorneys will pursue removal cases to the fullest extent permitted by the law.  This means that people that intentionally put themselves in removal proceedings to seek a work permit by filing baseless asylum cases can expect to have their cases fully litigated, facing a 2% approval rate for such cases.  It is sad that so many were led into the trap of easy work permits without realizing the ultimate consequences of such an action.

6. Raids and Detention.  Many people are worried that Trump will send our "Deportation Squads" t round people up.  Frankly, that is not going to happen.  Such actions are simply unconstitutional, and cost lots of money, money the government does not have.  Of course, ICE will continue to look for people with prior removal orders, those with criminal arrest and convictions, and anyone with a DUI in their past, ICE will detain those people and try to process them quickly for deportation.  Everyone, of course, is entitled to a hearing and to fight their case, but after a few weeks in detention many people give up and want to leave.  ICE detains people for this very reason, so if you have a good case, you have to stay and fight it, because once you are deported, you are not coming back for ten years.  The bottom line here is that there will NOT be raids of homes or neighborhoods looking for random people on January 20, 2017, BUT ICE will surely double down on their efforts to find people with prior orders of deportation and even minor crimes in their past.

Our next blog will talk about the parts of the law that will not change immediately, and what people should be pursing now to try to fix their immigration status.


MUST Read Decision Regarding I-9 Penalties and Statute of Limitations for Employers!


On October 25, 2016, an administrative law judge with the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Office (“OCAHO”) held that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) waited too long to file allegations against, St. Croix Personnel Services Inc. (“St. Croix”) a personnel services company for incomplete or incorrect I-9 forms for some of its employees.
There is a five year statute of limitations for assessing penalties against an employer who fails to correctly complete an I-9 form.  The issue in the case was when that statute of limitations begins to run.  ICE argued that the errors they discovered on certain I-9 forms were not time-barred because the forms were not initiated correctly and errors not cured until February and March 2012, which was within five years of the complaint being filed in July 2015.

Alternatively, St. Croix argued that because the last of the eight employees was hired in October 2007, the statute of limitations for any and all I-9 errors ran out by October 2012.  The judge agreed with St. Croix and found that “[t]imeliness verification failures constitute an exception to the general rule that paperwork violations can be cured”, meaning that timeliness failures are frozen in time and cannot be cured once the statue of limitations passes. See USA v. St. Croix Personnel Services Inc., case number 15A00070.  ICE sought $16,690 in penalties, but the judge reduced the penalty to $5,450, because by St. Croix’s own admission they failed to ensure the forms for eight employees were properly filled out. 

This is a very important decision for employers because an employer cannot be penalized for failing to timely initiate the filing of an I-9 form when the employee was hired more than five years ago.  Though, it is important keep in mind a few basics regarding I-9 forms.  First, the employer can still be penalized for an improperly completed I-9 form.  Second and not relevant to this case, always keep in mind that an employer is obligated by law to keep an employee’s I-9 on file for at least three years after the date of hire and for at least one year after the date of termination, whichever is greater.  Once the time has passed, be sure to discard those the company is no longer required to keep on file because penalties can still be assessed for those I-9s.  Third, if ICE ever shows up at your business and demands to review the company’s I-9s, you are afforded three business days before you are obligated to turn over the documents.  In that time, be sure to contact your immigration attorney so the case is handled properly in an effort to reduce any penalties that may be assessed.

Please contact Danielle M. Claffey at 404.949.8151, or by email at dclaffey@immigration.net with any questions.

¿Quién puede calificar para la visa de Primera Preferencia EB-1?

El programa de visa EB-1 permite a los inmigrantes altamente calificados convertirse en residentes permanentes legales en los Estados Unidos. Estas visas están disponibles para investigadores o profesores destacados, tienen habilidades extraordinarias, o gerentes de multinacionales o ejecutivos. A fin de obtener una visa EB-1, los inmigrantes deben proporcionar amplias pruebas para demostrar que cumplen con los estrictos requisitos de elegibilidad del programa.

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Si usted o un miembro de su familia está interesado en aplicar para una visa de Primera Preferencia EB-1, contáctese con Kuck Inmigración Partners. Charles Kuck es abogado de visas de trabajo en Atlanta que dará respuesta a sus preguntas, le explicará las leyes de inmigración de Estados Unidos, y le ayudará a reunir las pruebas necesarias para solicitar una visa EB-1. Llame al 404-816-8611 para programar una consulta de hoy.

Siga leyendo para aprender acerca de las tres categorías de inmigrantes que pueden calificar para una visa EB-1:


¿Quién califica para la visa EB-1?

Como se ha señalado anteriormente, existen tres categorías de inmigrantes que pueden calificar para la visa EB-1:

• profesores o investigadores destacados;
• personas con habilidad extraordinaria; y
• gerentes multinacionales o ejecutivos.


Investigadores o profesores destacados

inmigrantes que se han ganado el reconocimiento internacional por sus logros académicos pueden calificar para la visa EB-1. Los solicitantes deben haber pasado tres años investigando o tener una formación en una determinada área académica. También deben entrar en los Estados Unidos con la intención de llevar a cabo una enseñanza o aplicar a un puesto de investigación comparable a una universidad u otra institución de educación superior.


Los inmigrantes con habilidad extraordinaria

Las visas EB-1 están disponibles también para los inmigrantes que demuestren habilidades extraordinarias en los negocios, los deportes y las artes o las ciencias, o la educación. Los solicitantes deben demostrar que sus logros son reconocidos en su campo, proporcionando una extensa documentación.


Ejecutivos de multinacionales o gerentes,

Usted puede ser elegible para una visa EB-1 si es un ejecutivo o gerente multinacional. Para calificar, usted debe haber sido empleado de una corporación o empresa durante al menos un año dentro de los tres años previos a su petición.

Como el Servicios de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos explica, los solicitantes elegibles deben haber obtenido una posición de ejecutivo o gerente con esa misma empresa, o con una filial o subsidiaria de ese empleador. Los solicitantes también deben tener la intención de continuar sus servicios para la empresa u organización cuando ingresan a los Estados Unidos.

¿Debo contratar a un abogado para que me ayude con mi solicitud de la visa de trabajo EB-1?
Un pequeño error en el proceso de solicitud de la visa EB-1 podría retrasar su aprobación o provocar una negación de su petición. Como tal, es aconsejable que consulte con un abogado de inmigración antes de presentar su solicitud. Su abogado evaluará su solicitud de errores y le ayudarán a reunir la documentación necesaria para probar su elegibilidad.
Si usted tiene preguntas acerca de la visa EB-1, contacte a Kuck Inmigración Partners. Charles Kuck es un abogado de visas de trabajo en Atlanta, quien evaluará su situación y proporcionará orientación jurídica integral. Reserve una cita hoy llamando al 404-816-8611.


Who Can Qualify for the EB-1 First Preference Visa?

The EB-1 visa program allows highly skilled immigrants to become lawful permanent residents in the United States. These visas are available to immigrants who are outstanding researchers or professors, have extraordinary abilities, or are multinational managers or executives. In order to obtain an EB-1 visa, immigrants must provide extensive evidence to prove they meet the program’s strict eligibility requirements.



If you or a family member is interested in applying for an EB-1 First Preference visa, turn to contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an employment visa lawyer in Atlanta who will answer your questions, explain U.S. immigration laws, and help you gather the necessary evidence to apply for an EB-1 visa. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.

Read on to learn about the three categories of immigrants who may qualify for an EB-1 visa:

Who Qualifies for the EB-1 Visa?

As previously stated, there are three categories of immigrants who may qualify for the EB-1 visa:

·         Outstanding researchers or professors;
·         People with extraordinary ability; and
·         Multinational managers or executives.

Outstanding Researchers or Professors

Immigrants who have earned international recognition for their academic achievements may qualify for EB-1 visas. Applicants must have spent three years researching or training in a particular academic area. They must also enter the United States with the intention to pursue a tenure track teaching or fill a comparable research position at a university or another higher-education institution.

Immigrants with Extraordinary Ability

EB-1 visas are also available to immigrants who demonstrate extraordinary ability in business, athletics, the arts or sciences, or education. Applicants must prove that their achievements are recognized within their field by providing extensive documentation.

Multinational Executives or Managers

You may be eligible for an EB-1 visa if you are a multinational manager or executive. In order to qualify, you must have been employed by a corporation or firm for at least one year within the three years leading up to your petition.

As U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services explains, eligible applicants must have held an executive or managerial position with that employer, or with an affiliate or subsidiary of that employer. Applicants must also have the intention to continue services for that firm or organization when they enter the United States.

Should I Hire an Employment Visa Attorney to Help with My EB-1 Visa Application?

A small mistake on the EB-1 visa application process could delay your approval or lead to a denial of your petition. As such, it is advisable that you consult an immigration attorney before submitting your application. Your lawyer will evaluate your application for errors and help you gather the necessary documentation to prove your eligibility.


If you have questions about the EB-1 visa, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an employment visa lawyer in Atlanta who will evaluate your situation and provide comprehensive legal guidance. Schedule a consultation today by calling 404-816-8611.

Feeling Lucky? It’s Lottery Time!

If you didn’t already know, the immigration diversity green card lottery program is going on, right now!  Unlike the Hunger Games scenario, in the green card lottery you will want to hear your name called because if it is, you and your family could be on the fast track to a green card in the U.S.  The diversity lottery (as it is called in short) is a program put into place by the U.S. government to encourage diversity and give countries with typically low rates of immigration an equal chance to come to the U.S.  Each year 55,000 visas a granted through the lottery.  If you qualify, you should apply!
The requirements are as follows:

11        Must have a high school education or equivalent (two years of work experience in the last five            years in a job that requires at least two year of training or experience).
22     May not have been born in any of the following countries:
a.   Bangladesh
b.      Brazil
c.      Canada
d.      China
e.      Colombia
f.       DR
g.      El Salvador
h.      Haiti
i.       India
j.       Jamaica
k.      Mexico
l.       Nigeria
m.    Pakistan
n.      Peru
o.     Philippines
p.      South Korea
q.      UK
r.       Vietnam


If you think you qualify, you must apply by November 7, 2016.  You can do so by going to the website www.dvlottery.state.gov and following the application instructions.  Please note that if you have been in the U.S. unlawfully or are currently in the U.S. without status, you are not likely eligible.  If you have questions about eligibility, please contact Kuck Immigration Partners at 404-816-8611 to discuss.  If you have not already applied, please do so!  You have nothing to lose.  May the odds be ever in your favor!

What Makes a Person “Inadmissible” to the United States?

There are many ways that a person can be barred from entering the United States.  Whenever a person attempts to enter the country, applies for a visa or adjust his or her immigrant status, or naturalizes, he or she will be evaluated for “admissibility” to the United States.

If Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finds that a person is inadmissible, then he or she cannot enter the country. If that person is in the United States, then he or she may be required to go through removal proceedings.

There are many reasons why a person might be found inadmissible to the United States. Examples include:

·         The person has admitted to committing a crime or has been convicted of a crime;
·         The person abuses or is addicted to drugs;
·         The person does not have the proper vaccinations;
·         The person has a mental or physical disorder that could cause harm to him- or herself or others;
·         The person has a communicable disease such as tuberculosis;
·         The person is a drug trafficker;
·         The person has previously violated US immigration laws;
·         The person participated in Nazi persecution;
·         The person is suspected of terrorist related activities
·         The person is a spy or terrorist; or
·         The person is likely to depend on government assistance.

If you or a family member was found inadmissible to the United States, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Depending on the reason for the inadmissibility, there may be a petition available that would allow you or your family member to immigrate. Call 404-816-8611 to discuss your case with a green card lawyer in Atlanta.

What Crimes Would Prevent a Person from Obtaining a Green Card?

There are several crimes that would make a person ineligible to obtain a green card. Sometimes a conviction is not necessary to find the applicant inadmissible.



Here are a few examples of such crimes:

·         Crime of moral turpitude (theft, assault, bribery, shoplifting, etc);
·         Controlled substance violation (simple drug possession or greater drug related offenses);
·         Being convicted of two crimes for which the applicant served at least five years total in prison;
·         Drug trafficking;
·         Prostitution or the importation of prostitutes;
·         Violations of religious freedom if the applicant served as a government official in a foreign country;
·         Human trafficking;
·         Committing an aggravated felony; or
·         Money laundering.

Options for People Who Were Found Inadmissible to the United States

Just because Customs and Border Protection or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services found you or your loved one inadmissible does not mean that you are without options. For example, if you have a communicable disease that is curable or that was incorrectly diagnosed, then you may be able to overcome your inadmissibility. In some cases, the U.S. government makes a mistake and wrongfully finds a person inadmissible.

If CBP or USCIS found that you or your family member was inadmissible, turn to Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an immigration attorney in Atlanta who will evaluate your case and explain your legal options.


Mr. Kuck is the past National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the past President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). Schedule a consultation today by calling 404-816-8611.

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