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U.S. District Court for Northern District of California Enjoins Trump Administration from Implementing New Asylum Restrictions

On July 24, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule in the Federal Register making significant changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The final rule is scheduled to take effect on November 21, 2019.
This final rule makes the following major revisions to the EB-5 program:
Increases the required minimum investment amounts;
Revises the standards for certain targeted employment area (TEA) designations;
Grants DHS authority to designate high unemployment TEAs;
Clarifies USCIS procedures for the removal of conditions on permanent residence; and
Provides priority date retention to certain EB-5 investors

USCIS Publishes Final Regulation Making Significant Changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

On July 24, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule in the Federal Register making significant changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The final rule is scheduled to take effect on November 21, 2019.
This final rule makes the following major revisions to the EB-5 program:
Increases the required minimum investment amounts;
Revises the standards for certain targeted employment area (TEA) designations;
Grants DHS authority to designate high unemployment TEAs;
Clarifies USCIS procedures for the removal of conditions on permanent residence; and
Provides priority date retention to certain EB-5 investors.

USCIS Class Action Member Identification Notice

USCIS announced that a class was certified in Zhang v. USCIS that includes any individual with a Form I-526 that was or will be denied on the sole basis of investing loan proceeds that were not secured by the individual’s own assets. The notice includes details on how to contact USCIS to identify yourself if you believe you are a potential class member.

USCIS Updates Policy Manual Guidance on Geographic Area of a Regional Center

USCIS issued a Policy Alert updating guidance in its Policy Manual regarding a regional center’s geographic area, requests to expand it, and how such requests impact the filing of Forms I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur.

Visa Programs Extended Through December 9

USCIS announced that it has updated the information for the EB-5 Regional Center (EB-5) and EB-4 Non-Minister Special Immigrant Religious Worker (SR visa) programs in its Adjustment of Status Filing Charts for the October 2016 Visa Bulletin, after President Obama signed Public Law 114-223 on September 29, 2016. DOS also issued a cable on the extension of the EB-5, SR visa, and Conrad State 30 programs. Public Law 114-223 extended these three visa programs, as well as the E-Verify program, until December 9, 2016

EB-5 Program in question.

Forbes reports on the current state of the EB-5 investor immigrant program and reauthorization efforts, stating “it seems doubtful that anything more ambitious than a short-term extension of the existing EB-5 program will be passed before the September 30th expiration date. The only problem with a short-term extension is that it will place the fate of any renewal of the program right in the middle of the 2016 Congressional elections and the Presidential campaign.”

EB-5 China Cut-Off

Effective May, 1, 2015, only Chinese-born EB-5 applicants with priority dates before May 1, 2013,

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