Saturday, February 4th, 2017

APA E-2 Treaty Investor Remand Victory: All Bright Sanitation v. USCIS

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"In this case, All Bright seeks a determination under the Administrative Procedure Act ("APA"), 5 U.S.C. §706 et seq., that the Government improperly denied its petition for a foreign national to receive United States Non-Immigrant Investor Status pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(15)(E), and certain Federal Regulations, 8 CFR §214.2(e).  All Bright requested that the Agency change the nonimmigrant visa status of its sole owner and shareholder, Simon Geisler, to "E-2 Treaty Investor" from "F-1 Student," the visa classification Geisler previously enjoyed.  The Agency denied All Bright's application principally because it found Geisler, the treaty investor, had not satisfied the requirements of an "investment" under 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(e)(12). The question before the Court is whether the Agency properly determined