Victorville gets second intent to terminate notice from USCIS
For the second time in its history the Victorville Regional Center has been issued an intent to terminate notice by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
In its letter, dated August 10, the USCIS said that it determined that the jobs at the Dr. Pepper-Snapple and Plastipak factories could not be attributed by the $30-million wastewater treatment plant that was built by the EB-5 regional center in Victorville, California, according to the San Bernadino Sun.
The EB-5 visa program gives foreign nationals a chance to earn U.S. green cards if they invest $1 million (or in some areas, $500,000) in an American business and that investment leads to the creation or preservation of 10 jobs.
EB-5 regional centers were established to help direct and manage these foreign investments. According to the USCIS they can “any economic unit, public or private, which is involved with the promotion of economic growth, improved regional productivity, job creation, and increased domestic capital investment.”
The center’s chief executive officer Keith Metzler sent the USCIS a detailed economic analysis of how the wastewater plant, which directly employs 12 people, would create 400 jobs at the bottling plants.
However, the USCIS disagreed with Metzler’s assessment.
“It is of note that neither the Dr. Pepper Snapple plant nor the Plastipak plant appear to have a relationship with the wastewater treatment plant other than being parties to agreements to be consumers of the services of the wastewater treatment plant,” according to the USCIS letter.
The letter said that such a relationship does not mean that the wastewater plant created the jobs at the bottling factory.
“It would appear that your regional center asserts that any newly created public or private entity that provides a commodity or service to commercial consumers, such as a wastewater treatment plant, power plant, solid waste disposal center, etc., would in effect be able to claim credit for the jobs created by the commercial consumers of its services,” the letter reads.
The Victorville Regional Center had received its first intent to terminate notice from the USCIS in May, claiming that four of the center’s proposed projects were defunct. According to the news source, in his latest contact with the USCIS said that he requested that a number of the allegedly defunct projects be removed from the EB-5 regional center.