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Thousands of people have signed petitions asking President Trump to open the doors for easier access for white South Africans to move to the United States.

A situation has been brewing South Africa for over two decades relative to farmlands owned by white farmers. The post-apartheid African National Congress regards the land as having been misappropriated over several hundred years of colonialism. The ANC agenda includes elements of restitution, reform, and redistribution.

Although the originally stated approach was that all land redistribution would be conducted on a willing-seller, willing-buyer basis, the ANC voted on February 27, 2018, to begin a process of expropriation without compensation. This would be akin to the U.S. government reclaiming and redistributing all white-owned land to Native Americans.

Similar attempts to right a perceived wrong in the long-ago past in other countries (see Zimbabwe) have met with disastrous results. Although official expropriation may not be implemented immediately, it would not be unreasonable to expect extremists on either side of the issue to begin taking matters into their own hands. One faction is already using inflammatory terms referring to “white minorities” who are descendants of “criminals who stole our land.” One spokesperson said that the time for reconciliation is over and that he is “not calling for the slaughter of white people – at least for now.”

The petition to President Trump asks him to “take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States.” (Boers, aka Afrikaners, are the descendants of Dutch, German, and Huguenot settlers.) The petitioners are hoping the president will show favor to South African applicants who can be vetted relatively easily as opposed to immigrants from war-torn Somalia.

American Corporate Services, Inc. believes that opportunities exist for South Africans to relocate to the US via the EB-5 investment immigration visa, the L-1 worker transfer visa, or the E-2 treaty investor visa programs before the situation becomes untenable. Our experts can guide hopeful immigrants to the pathway that is best suited for their individual case.

Because homicides of white, South African farmers are already extraordinarily disproportionate, some may have a legitimate case to seek Asylum in the U.S. based on the existing threat levels.

Schedule the consultation with U.S. Immigration attorney to maximize your chances of successful immigration.

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Published in Immigration
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 14:23

Temporary Protected Status News

The Trump administration announced this morning that it has cancel the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of citizens of El Salvador. It is estimated that 200,000 Salvadorians have lived in the United States since 2001 following devastating earthquakes in Central America. The announcement is certain to elevate the issue of U.S. immigration policies in the public eye and to foster the spread of uninformed opinions.

American Corporates Services, Inc. believes in providing accurate information for all who are immigrating, have immigrated, or are considering immigration. Regardless of one’s status in the process, any news that indicates a change or potential change in immigration rules or practice can be unsettling unless properly understood.

Temporary Protected Status is not a path to permanent residency, but they may receive authorization to work while in the U.S.

According to the USCIS,

“The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) if conditions in the country temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, if the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.

USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of a designated country, and eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country, who are already in the United States.

Individuals who are granted TPS can obtain employment authorization.”

The length of Temporary Protected Status is determined based on the situation in the country of origin, not on an individual basis. TPS may be granted for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 18 months. However, DHS may grant extensions as the situation dictates. The TPS for Salvadorians was originally granted in 2001.

The cancellation of the Salvadorian TPS is based solely on the restoration of adequate facilities in their home country. Salvadorian President Sánchez Céren has been aware of the impending cancellation.

A senior DHS official noted that “Damaged schools and hospitals have been reconstructed and repaired. Homes have been rebuilt.”

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen noted that the TPS status is granted only when the home country cannot sustain the return of its residents. The ability of the DHS to return “tens of thousands” of illegal immigrants with the cooperation of the Salvadorian government is further evidence that the TPS status is no longer necessary.

The cancellation includes a grace period, lasting until September 2019, during which

  1. Salvadorians may arrange for their return to El Salvador.
  2. They may seek permanent residency by applying for a Green Card under a different status.
  3. Congress may address the status of the TPS individuals by passing immigration reform.

If you or anyone you know is under TPS and would like more information on a path to a Green Card, please contact us at American Corporate Services, Inc.

Published in Immigration
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 08:50

President Trumps Statement on Immigration

Following the attempted bombing of a New York City subway platform on December 11, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump once again called for immigration reform.

Misunderstanding the president’s statement may cause unnecessary concern for some foreign nationals who wish to immigrate to the United States. The purpose of this article is to help put those fears to rest.

The Heart of the President’s December 11th Statement

The core of Monday’s statement was that “America must fix its lax immigration system.” The president called on Congress to “act on my Administration’s other proposals to enhance domestic security” to “improve our immigration system.”

A complete copy of the president’s statement is available from the White House Press Office.

The Heart of the President’s Immigration Policy

President Trump ran on a campaign of “Make America Great Again.” His immigration policy was summarized in three points.

  • Secure America’s borders.
  • Enforce our laws.
  • “Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages, and security for all Americans.”

The Heart of the Matter for Foreign Nationals Wanting to Immigrate

Everything that the Administration is asking should be comforting, not alarming, to foreign nationals. The aim is to improve conditions within the country and with the country’s immigration program.

Despite arguments to the contrary, the EB-5 program, for example, was designed to create jobs for Americans and spur American economic growth. The other employment-based visas are intended to bring foreign nationals with specialized skill sets that will be used to promote the U.S. economy.

In FY 2012 and FY 2013, the EB-5 program contributed $5.8 billion to the American economy.

  • EB-5 investments represented 35% of the total investment spending in the U.S. during that period.
  • EB-5 investments created an estimated 174,000 jobs for qualified U.S. workers during the same period.

Because the EB-5 Immigration Investment Visa program is generating the results the Trump Administration wants, the danger of its elimination is probably highly overrated. The Administration’s other objectives of making the country more secure go to the heart of why many immigrants wish to come to America. It is a safe place to live, to learn, to work, and to invest.

American Corporate Services, Inc. does not endorse political agendas. We do, however, promote lawful and rational immigration and the use of it to enhance both our economy and the benefits of freedom and justice for all who reside in the U.S.

America is a country built on immigration and built by immigrants. The current administration is focusing on growing the U.S. economy. They know that cannot be done by keeping immigrants out, but by attracting the right immigrants so that they, too, can prosper and enjoy the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Published in Immigration
Friday, 15 September 2017 10:08

Congress to Weigh EB-5 Options

In our most recent article, we reported that President Trump had signed HR 601 into law on September 8, 2017. The law is a bundle of legislative spending bills that includes continuing to maintain appropriations for government operations, as they currently exist. Although the bill is not ostensibly about EB-5, the Investor Visa program is covered by the continuing resolution, which is now law.

Congress will have to busy itself over the next three months to deal with both funding government programs in general and considering EB-5 as a stand-alone item.

As we see it, Congress has several options.

Passing an omnibus bill that, like HR 601 continues to fund government programs as they are.

Passing a spending reform bill, which might or might not affect the EB-5 visa program.

Passing legislation to reform parts of the EB-5 program. The reforms would then be included in the omnibus bill.

Letting the EB-5 program sunset on December 8th.

Considering the administration’s emphasis on the economy, we believe that Congress is unlikely to allow the EB-5 Regional Center program to end. Although there is a strong push from some members of Congress to reform EB-5, given the typical pace of the legislature, we believe that the most likely short-term scenario will be the first listed above.

Specifically, the following excerpt from H.R. 601 Division D Section 106 applies to EB-5 and all other currently funded programs.

Unless otherwise provided for in this Act or in the applicable appropriations Act for fiscal year 2018, appropriations and funds made available and authority granted pursuant to this Act shall be available until whichever of the following first occurs:

  1. the enactment into law of an appropriation for any project or activity provided for in this Act;
  2. the enactment into law of the applicable appropriations Act for fiscal year 2018 without any provision for such project or activity; or
  3. December 8, 2017.

The language in Section 106 is a good reminder that “extended to December 8” doesn’t mean “guaranteed to remain unchanged until December 8.” Congress will reportedly turn its attention to immigration issues in the next couple months, and they could come up with legislation before December that affects multiple visa categories including EB-5.

Congress will have to act on the EB-5 program once again by December 8th at the latest. Look for our next article, which will explain the options that Congress will have.

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