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[HOT] What are some of the packet preparation procedures for EB-5 petitions, including I-526 and I-829s?


Regarding tabs, USCIS issued a useful instruction as follows:

Question 1: The perennial question regarding tabs versus colored dividers has resurfaced. We would appreciate your thoughts on best practice in terms of both the lockbox, and direct filings at the Service Center. The USCIS website indicates that tabs should be placed on the bottom of the packet; however, during a recent stakeholder meeting, USCIS indicated that such tabs would be removed and that USCIS preferred colored paper instead (AILA Doc. No. 12031666).

Question 1a: Please clarify whether USCIS prefers tabs or colored paper.
Response 1a: For direct filings with the Service Center, we prefer that applicants submit documentary evidence using bottom tabs. For filings with the lockbox, it is preferred that colored paper dividers be used. The lockbox process involves scanning each page in the package, which means disassembling packages (except I-140 tabbed supporting documents, which will not be disassembled or scanned. For premium filed I-140 documents filed directly with the Service Center, tabs may be used.)

Can the establishment of a New Car dealership qualify for EB5 investor Visas?

Yes if the jobs requirement is met. A new car dealership probably would be able to create more than 10 full-time jobs.

"While USCIS is raising the standards on EB-5 program in the US, in China Guangdong exit-entry authority has initiated an investigation review on a major emigration agency. Chinese investor clients of a Guangdong based licensed emigration service firm filed complaints on the ground of "fraud and defrauding Chinese investors" against the emigration broker. It is reported by the industry insider that the emigration agency has received over a dozen I-829 denials on EB-5 projects the firm represented. A number of key executives have left the firm due to constant threats from clients. to The firm has been requested by the authority to reduce its EB-5 promotional activities in the province. Shanghai Exit Entry Service Association (immigration trade group) is also taking measures to ensure quality services to Chinese EB-5 investors. For more information about latest trends of Chinese investors market, contact us today."

I don't see how I-829 denials can be equated with the "fraud and defrauding Chinese investors".

eb5attorney wrote: "I don't see how I-829 denials can be equated with the "fraud and defrauding Chinese investors". "

Comment: I agree. But it appears that some Chinese investors don't see it that way, which is interesting.

What's fascinating about the posting (if true?) (taken from the Brian Su website) is that it appears that some rich Chinese investors in an EB-5 regional center project who didn't get their I-829s approved both complained to the local police department in China about fraud while at the same time calling up the immigration agency in China to make death threats. And..get this...the local Guangdong police department's response to all this was to tell the Chinese immigration agent to tone down the EB-5 advertising. The principal staff at the immigration agency kept working on it up until they started getting death threats. Nuts....