EB-5 Visa Program Performance Data Lacking

October 6th, 2014
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Part IV: Evaluating the Success of the EB-5 program This is the last installment of this blog series that addresses the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. Problem: Where’s the data? Although the EB-5 program has many benefits, there appears to be a lack of reliable historical data on the performance of the EB-5 visa program, which makes it difficult if not impossible to evaluate the benefits it has given to individuals, businesses, and cities or regions. The goal of the EB-5 visa program is to… read more

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SEC Interpretations on Reg D May Impact EB-5 program

September 22nd, 2014
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Part III: SEC’s announcement in early August gives immigrant investors pause How does the SEC and EB-5 cross paths? Recently the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations relating to accredited investors (Al Interpretations). Al Interpretations are important because they clarify verification matters that often apply to non US citizen, mainly EB-5 investors. In 2012 the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act required the SEC to adopt rules and measures that amend existing exemptions from registrations… read more

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Improving economic impact via immigrant investment

September 8th, 2014
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Part II: Disconnect reduces economic impact of immigrant investment When utilizing the EB-5 investment program, it is important for the investor to be aware that her investment may not be as impactful as she thought it would be with in a community. The lack of impact is often due to the lack of coordination between the Regional Centers and the economic development agencies, EDA’s, at the city and state level. According to the Brookings Institute report, issued February, 2014, there are no criteria in the… read more

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Investing with regional centers for an EB-5 visa

August 18th, 2014
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Part I: An In-depth Look at the EB-5 Visa Program What’s wrong with investing with a regional center? Like so many things in law, the answer to that deceptively simple question is: it depends.  When regional centers and their various actors function together, an efficiently run system is put into play which helps many immigrant investors to efficiently place their investments into the centers using the E-B5 visa. Regional Centers function as a three-way conversation between the regional center, the USCIS, and the immigrant investor.… read more

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The Basics of the EB-5 Visa

July 28th, 2014
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Welcome to the first in a multi-part blog series examining the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program.  Over the  coming weeks, we’ll look at the EB-5 visa program in depth.  We’ll break it down for you, analyze the pros, cons, and identify some glitches in the program.  We’ll also conduct an analysis of The Brookings Institute’s February 2014 report which had some particularly harsh words for the EB-5 program in its current state. Part I.  The Basics of the EB-5 Visa What is an EB-5 Visa?… read more

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Which investment visa is right for me?

July 7th, 2014
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Are you interested in obtaining an investor visa in the U.S. but confused about which one to get? You are not alone! The three primary options available are: the E-1 (Treaty Trader), the E-2 (Treaty Investor), and the EB-5 (Employment-based, fifth preference) visas. While many more people know about the immigrant EB-5 visa than the non-immigrant E visas, the E visas outnumber EB5s approximately 11 to 1! Let’s review the facts on each. The E-1, Treaty Trader, Visa E1 visas are available to nationals of… read more

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Where can immigrant investors go now that Canada’s program is closed? Come to the United States!

March 12th, 2014
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The Canadian immigrant investor program, which had been on hold since July 2012, was permanently eliminated in the Canadian Federal Budget announced on February 11, 2014. A new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Fund pilot program is in the works but not yet operational. In the meantime, many of the 66,000 applicants – 45,000 of whom are Chinese Immigrant Investors –should consider diverting their investments to the U.S. through the EB-5 Program, an employment-based program that requires significant monetary investment and the creation of jobs in… read more

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Is the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee investigating the EB-5 program?

February 27th, 2014
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The US Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Immigrant Investor Program, a.k.a., the Employment-Based Fifth (EB-5) Preference Program, was created in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. According to reports, the program is very successful having more than $6 billion added to the U.S. economy.  At the same time, others – such as the Brookings Institute, which just released a critical report of the EB-5 program – are concerned with such a powerful program being solely under… read more

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100 Days!

October 15th, 2013
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October 5, 2013, marked 100 days after the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional! This opened the door for American citizens to petition the U.S. government for immigration benefits for their foreign national, same-sex spouses and fiancés. In honor of this milestone, we take a look at how the SCOTUS decision has impacted the lives of same-sex, binational couples. We are very happy to report that some of the swiftest action in implementation… read more

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Deferred Action (DACA): One year later

October 2nd, 2013
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August 15, 2013, marked the one year anniversary of the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program was initiated by the Obama administration with the goal of giving young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children without permission, the opportunity to work and live free from the fear of deportation. So, what have we learned about the program one year later? First, and perhaps most importantly, we know that the success rate for DACA applicants is extremely high;… read more

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