美参议院通过了延期EB-5三年的法案

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内容提要:美国参议院通过了本将于9月30日到期的授予外国投资者绿卡的法案再延期三年的决定

 

据美国《CQ TODAY》报道,上周四,美国参议院通过了本将于930到期的授予外国投资者绿卡的法案再延期三年的决定。此次修订的法案(S 3245)由司法部主席Patrick J.LeahyD-Vt. 以及共和党人Charles E.Grassley发起,并获得了一致同意。该法案包括了EB-5以及E-Verify,同时对宗教工作者和医学毕业生的临时签证也同样有效至2015930

 

EB-5的名额上限为10000人,包括投资者的直系家属。目前尚未达到这一数字,但方案已越来越受到欢迎。Leahy一直长期倡导EB-5区域中心方案,GrassleyE-Verify的强力支持者。

 

新闻原文

 

CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS – IMMIGRATION

Aug. 2, 2012 – 10:40 p.m.

Senate Passes Extension of Expiring Visa Programs 

By Elham Khatami and David Harrison, CQ Staff

 

The Senate on Thursday passed a three-year renewal of a program that grants green cards to foreign investors and the government’s electronic workplace verification program, which are due to expire in September.

 

The amended version of the bill (S 3245), sponsored by Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., and Republican Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, was advanced by unanimous consent. The bill also would reauthorize two temporary visa programs for religious workers and medical graduates until Sept. 30, 2015.

 

A substitute amendment by Leahy and Grassley, adopted by unanimous consent, would extend for three years the E-verify program, the workplace verification system that uses online Social Security databases to determine whether a job applicant is a legal immigrant. Employers currently use E-Verify voluntarily, but Republicans have been trying unsuccessfully to make the program mandatory.

 

The amended bill also would extend for three years the EB-5 immigrant investor regional center program which grants legal permanent residency to foreigners who invest at least $500,000 and who create at least 10 jobs in the United States, both directly and indirectly, within two years of arriving in the nation.

 

The program is capped at 10,000 visas, including those given to an investor’s immediate family. It has yet to reach that level, although the program’s popularity is growing.

 

Leahy has been a longtime advocate for the EB-5 regional center program, which has helped two Vermont ski resorts, and he introduced a bill (S 642) last year that would make the program permanent. Grassley, on the other hand, is a strong backer of E-Verify.

 

As amended, the bill would clarify that none of the bill’s provisions could be construed as authorizing the planning or development of a national identification card.

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