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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.