The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is following up on its summer announcement that it would undertake policy, operational and outreach efforts to expand employment opportunities.
First, the USCIS has published a document clarifying that entrepreneurs may obtain EB-2 work visas not only by satisfying longstanding requirements for the program, which apply to those who demonstrate exceptional abilities in the arts, sciences or business.
The USCIS is trying to promote awareness that immigrants can also qualify for an EB-2 visa through the grant of National Interest Waivers. These waivers are provided to those who can demonstrate that their business endeavors will be in the best interests of the U.S. (often shown by positive economic impact on the local economy).
Second, the USCIS has started to roll out enhancements to its intake and review process for EB-5 visa applications, which are reserved for immigrant investors who are planning to make capital investments and create jobs in the U.S. These enhancements are expected to expedite the process by, among other things, providing applicants with an opportunity to have an interview before a panel of USCIS experts who can resolve outstanding issues on any application.
Finally, the USCIS is actively seeking input on its performance and how it can improve from stakeholders involved in U.S. visa application programs. For information about participating in USCIS public meetings, go to the pertinent section of the USCIS Website [www.uscis.gov/outreach].
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