1. Applied for EB-5 Investor Investment in 2017, and With The Line So Long, What Else Can I Do To Immigrate? I Am Major Owner of a Company in China.
I and my family have been trying to emigrate to the U. S. from China through EB-5 investment, and our case was finally filed (I-526) in November 2017. Now we understand that it will be many more years – probably at least 10 more – before we are allowed to finally immigrate. Is there another way for us now? I am the major owner of a company in China that does the equivalent of $8 million (USD) business per year and we have over 300 workers. Our entire family has B-1/B-2 10 year visas.
Mr. Lee Answers,
You may wish to consider immigration under the EB-1C category for multinational managers or executives if you have or if will have a related U. S. company which will be a viable affiliate or subsidiary or headquarters operation. The company can have the relationship with you or your China company since you are the major owner. This path would take approximately 2 years at present. At least 50% of the shares of either the U. S. or China operation must be held by the counterpart company in the other country. You would have to demonstrate the viability of companies in China and the U. S. In addition, you would have to demonstrate that you or your wife (if she is to be the sponsored manager or executive) has had one year experience out of the past 3 as an executive or manager in the China company. Under U. S. law, you could start your own business, but if starting small, you would have to give a comprehensive business plan on how the business is going to grow. Growing your own U. S. business to the point that it can support an application for your green card might take years. Only if you start big in terms of investment and numbers of employees might you be able to soon apply for the green card. Acquiring a viable existing U. S. company might be a move to consider in this direction.
2. What Are The Chances of Being Approved If Applying For H-1B Visa With a Small Tutoring Company?
I have a bachelor degree in mathematics and am studying for my Masters degree which will not complete for another year. A tutoring service run by a family friend is interested in sponsoring me for H-1B to tutor math and physics. This would be a part-time job. The company has one full-time employee, a few tutors who are subcontracted, and I would be the first part-time employee. What are my chances of success in getting H-1B in this situation?
Mr. Lee Answers,
U.S.C.I.S. has become stricter in its adjudication of H-1B’s with a reported increase in denials of 41% from the 3rd to the 4th quarter of FY 2017 (9 months into the Trump presidency). Later figures are not available. The size of an organization appears to carry much weight with U.S.C.I.S., and larger companies get the benefit of the doubt in H-1B adjudications. In small companies of this size, questions abound such as whether the alien will be doing all professional work or perhaps some clerical or other nonprofessional work because of the company’s small size and whether the company has enough work to keep the individual occupied in professional work. You might probably be better off finding a larger sponsoring organization if such can be found.
3. How Should My Son Answer the DS-160 Question of Whether an Immigrant Visa Petition Has Been Filed for Him Where It Was Filed For Me And He Was Only Listed As a Member of My Family?
My U. S. citizen brother filed a petition for me in 2009 and we will likely have to wait another 4 years according to the lawyer before we can immigrate. My son is finishing high school and we want him to study in the U. S. Looking at the American non-immigration visa form, DS-160, it asks whether he has ever had an immigration visa petition filed on his behalf. We do not want him to lie, but want him to have the best chance of getting the visa. My brother filed for me, not for my son, and my son is only on the petition as a member of the family. Can he answer “no” to the question or must he answer “yes”?
Mr. Lee Answers,
According to the Department of State, your son can answer either yes or no. It has amended its consular manual to say that someone who is the spouse or child of the principal beneficiary of a petition will not be making a misrepresentation by answering no to the question. Consular officers many times expect the answer yes, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association has taken the position that such a person may respond yes or no to the question, with neither response resulting in a finding of material misrepresentation.
4. Can I Leave on Advance Parole If I Have Already Received a Notice of Intent to Deny My Adjustment of Status Application?
I filed my I-485 adjustment of status application in 2016 based upon a labor certification by my employer. At the time of interview in October 2018, there were questions concerning my employer and my past qualifying experience. I have advance parole to leave the country, but do not know if I should use it at this time. I want to go back to China to visit my mother who is old.
Mr. Lee Answers,
Your situation would pose risk, and I would not recommend that you go out on advance parole. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in this region has made known recently that while a notice of intent to deny would likely have no effect on your reentry under parole, CBP would not parole an individual whose adjustment of status application had been denied by the time that he or she is trying to reenter the country. In that situation, CBP would look to see if the I-485 was denied on criminal charges. Based on its initial review, it might decide to defer the inspection for 30 or 60 days to consult with U.S.C.I.S. and determine the nature of the denial while the individual addresses the denial with U.S.C.I.S. It would likely continue the deferred inspection if the applicant was making progress with U.S.C.I.S. to resolve the issue.