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New Design for EAD Cards

October 25, 2011 1 comment

To deter counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication launched a new design for EAD (Employment Authorization Document) Cards. EAD cards currently in circulation are still effective and do not need to be replaced until the expiration date.

The change of the design does not change  the process to apply for EAD Card. To see the new design please visit USCIS webpage.

Entrepreneur Immigration: Obama Jobs Council Report

October 12, 2011 5 comments

One of the problem facing a lot of foreign young entrepreneur who wishes to relocate to/remain in US is that there is no visa that is directly set up for them. The EB5 investor visa threshold is too high for these new startups, and one cannot sponsor himself/herself for H1B visa. While forming a corporation or partnership and file H1b and EB2/EB3 visa through that entity is an option, it involves finding trustworthy partners and giving up one’s control of the company. Due to these restraints and obstacles a lot of young startups give up the idea of relocating to US. This not only negatively impact US economy by discouraging up-and-coming businesses from coming to US but also take away new employment opportunities for US citizens.

The Obama Jobs Council acknowledges this issue and address it by calling for eased immigration rules for high-skilled foreigners, including automatic work permits or provisional visas to all foreign students after they earn science, technology, engineering or math degrees from U.S. colleges or universities. The report states “when it comes to driving jobcreation and increasing American competitiveness, separating the highly skilled worker component is critical. We therefore call upon Congress to pass reforms aimed directly at allowing the most promising foreign-born entrepreneurs to remain in or relocate to the United States.”

 

Premium Process EB-5

August 23, 2011 1 comment

Premium processing of EB-5, investor visa, will be available shortly. On Aug. 2, 2011, Department of Homeland Security released a statement stating that the implementation of the USCIS proposals to streamline the EB-5 application process will begin “within 30 days”. By choosing to pay an additional fee for premium processing, applicant will have their application processed within 15 calender days. This is especially useful in cases where Request For Evidence (“RFE”) is issued by USCIS because the RFE will have to be processed within 15 days as well. This not only provide a speedier application process, it gives the applicant a better timeline to plan their schedule accordingly. The other “fundamental enhancements” proposed by USCIS also includes “implementing direct lines of communication between the applicants and USCIS and providing applicants with the opportunity for an interview before a USCIS panel of experts to resolve outstanding issues in an application.”

Green Card Tracker (EB Petitions)

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

I found this useful website that let green card applicants estimate how many applications is before their own. The link is pretty self-explanatory and is helpful for applicants with pending applications.

 

Green Card: Approval Rate of EB1 and EB2

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

As one can imagine, EB1 with its higher level of scrutiny has a much lower rate of acceptance than EB2. It may also be surprising how high the acceptance rate for EB2 visa actually is (around 90%). Another interesting stat to note is the sharp decrease in the number of application submitted in 2010. Below are the statistics published by USCIS on Feb. 28 2011 (E-11 is EB1 visa and E-12 is EB2 visa:

Table A: I-140 E-11 Approval/Denial by Fiscal Year 2005 to 2010

Fiscal Year Approvals Denials Approval Rate Denial Rate
2005 791 647 55% 45%
2006 1,646 1,032 61% 39%
2007 2,236 2,313 49% 51%
2008 2,329 2,667 47% 53%
2009 4,337 3,053 59% 41%
2010 3,200 1,998 62% 38%

Table B: I-140 E-12 Approval/Denial by Fiscal Year 2005 to 2010

Fiscal Year Approvals Denials Approval Rate Denial Rate
2005 5,042 340 94% 6%
2006 2,991 146 95% 5%
2007 2,459 283 90% 10%
2008 2,148 172 93% 7%
2009 3,893 300 93% 7%
2010 3,140 306 91% 9%
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