GUINEA / LIBERIA / SIERRA LEONE: TPS Extended to Nov 21, 2016
(News and views from IBLF staff and attorneys)
Service in the US military provides a path to citizenship for temporary residents or non-immigrants present in the United States who meet certain criteria, and who are willing to so serve a period of active duty. In a recent memo issued July 30, 2015, the US Navy has commenced a pilot program seeking such recruits with special language skills, including Arabic, Korean, Swahili, Farsi, Pashtu, Punjabi and Urdu.
A copy of this memo, which includes the applicaton, is available here .
Nepalese nationals who are in the United States and meet certain criteria are eligible for Temporary Protected Status, permitting temporary legal status and work authorization since June 24, 2015, due to the ravages of the earthquake in Nepal. However, the application period is about to expire and will do so on December 21, 2015. USCIS recently issued a reminder to those who might be eligible to apply before the period expires.
All details are available on the USCIS website at:
Question Detail: I would like to sell my business. Would the EB-5 program be a good market for this? Are EB-5 investors interested in buying stand-alone existing businesses? Would regional centers also be interested in buying an existing business for EB-5 purposes?
Question Detail: My friend is a U.S. citizen who owns a thriving business in Texas. He wants to expand the company to an office in Los Angeles. We are thinking this would be a good opportunity for me to invest and apply for EB-5 at the same time. Will a new location of an existing company be eligible for EB-5 investment? What if some of the employees relocate to Los Angeles? Can we count their new jobs towards my EB-5 job requirement?
Question Detail: I have a permanent U.S. green card (earned from EB-5), but I have been living outside of the United States since December 2009. Am I still considered a U.S. permanent resident? If not, would I be eligible to immediately reapply for permanent residency through the EB-5 program? Would my previous EB-5 application disqualify me?
Question Detail: What happens if the main applicant on the I-526 petition dies before the petition is approved? Can the spouse be substituted in place of the main EB-5 applicant?
Question Detail: I am the owner of a Brazilian company and I founded another based in Chicago in 2005. I have had ups and downs with the U.S. business and had up to five full-time employees. Currently I have one full time and one part time employee. Our gross revenue is in the 500,000 to $1 million per year. I applied for the L-1 visa and was rejected, and appealed and was rejected again. Will the fact that I have had two L-1 visa rejections affect my EB-5 eligibility if I apply? What requirements will I have to meet if I apply for the EB-5 visa?