August 30, 2018, Recording of Free Community Conference Call (Every Other Thursday)

Citizenship and Naturalization

Immigration Law

Substantial transcription for video

Discussion Topics, Thursday,30 August 2018:

FAQ: H4 EAD based upon a prior employers I 140 approval; effect on I 140 of changing multiple employers; effect on prior I 140 if a subsequent I 140 is approved || Can I join my old employer if the H-1B transfer is denied? Filing green card through future employer || Green card based upon investment – – EB-5 || Effect on green card and naturalization of using public or government benefits || Porting priority date from EB 2 to EB 1

Other: Job titles to be used for naturalization application || How to have a spouse stay in the USA while the green card application is going on || Entering USA on H-1B approval for one employer and H-1B visa of another employer || H-1B transfer back to an approved location || Nunc Pro Tunk approval of H-1B and 212 (d) (3) waivers || EAD delays || Confusion about permanent address used || Green card holder studying abroad || Changing tourist visato a long-term visa || Correcting name errors || Repeat RFE's

Important updates for business and employment-based immigration

In a welcome move, US government is showing some understanding of the economic benefits of business and employment-based immigration.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas have outlined a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts to fuel the nation's economy and stimulate investment by attracting foreign entrepreneurial talent of exceptional ability or who otherwise can create jobs, form startup companies, and invest capital in areas of high unemployment.

Guestbook Entry for Vijay, United States

United States
Hi, I hope everyone at the office are doing well.

I wanted to take this opportunity to write about my experience with in regards to the interaction with Mr. Rajiv Khanna's Law firm. I consulted with Mr. Rajiv and explained my situation to him.

Scenario My case was complicated in nature , in the sense, that my attorney who applied for my GC was fired from my company and when priority date became current, I could not proceed without the I-140 Physical copy which was needed to fill out the various immigration forms. As a applicant caught in between an attorney and my company, I was basically left in the lurch and was told that without I-140 physical copy, I wont be able to apply for my I-485.

After waiting for 10 years in line, this was not what I wanted to hear.

Hence I got in touch with and spoke to Mr. Rajiv. I want to say this, in the first 5 minutes of the conversation, I knew I can apply for the i485 with all the documents that I have and could request I-140 through FOIA. Mr. Rajiv talked to me in such a manner that I got my confidence back which I had lost with my own attorneys from my company.

I was told about the process and Mr Rajiv, explained to me how to deftly (Practically and Kindly) to handle the attorneys of the company to get what I wanted from them without ruffling feathers (AKA Ego's).

I made notes while have the consultation and I executed what I was advised.

The wealth of information and the confidence he gave me are the only reasons why I was able to handle the stress that I was going through that day.

All in All, It worked out and I got what I wanted.

For all of that, I am humbly grateful.

Om Sai Ram, Vijay

EB-5 Investment-Based Green Cards

Question details

I am currently on H1-B and my I-140 has been approved. Because of the delay in I-485 Processing, I was thinking of doing my green card through the EB-5 Category with a $500,000.00 Investment through a Regional Center or a New Commercial Enterprise.

I had a few questions regarding the following:

For EB-5 through Regional Center
1. What is the time frame for Investing the money? Does it vary per Project?
2. What is the general Return of Investment on these Projects? Does it vary per Project?
3. Can we withdraw the Investment earlier if the Project is a failure?
4. How much involvement is necessary/allowed in the management of the Project?
5. When can I start withdrawing the money after I get my Green Card?
6. Is there any agency/firm that evaluates the Regional Centers?

For EB-5 Immigrant Investor through New Commercial Enterprise

7. Do the 10 people have to employed immediately or over a period of 2 years?
8. If I employ 10 people and put in 500,000.00 in a start up business in a rural area or highly unemployed area towards the income for the employees, is the money counted towards investment?