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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Happy Constitution & Citizenship Day (and Week)!

September 17th, 2013
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That’s right: today is Constitution and Citizenship Day (and week)!  On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed but it wasn’t  until June 21, 1788, that is became effective, when the Constitution was ratified by nine of the then-existing 13 states.  Our Constitution created the framework for the then-unique three, co-equal branches of government, which was a great departure from the system in place in England at the time.  With the majority of American society frustrated with the lack of Congress’ movement on many… read more

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Valuing US Citizenship

September 3rd, 2013
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A little over a month ago, I asked my paralegal intern if she wanted to attend an oath ceremony for those becoming U.S. citizens.  She did and afterward, she shared with me her thoughts.  I asked her to write them down so she could share them with you. As a natural born citizen of the United States, I often take for granted the rights and benefits afforded to me as a result of my citizenship. This became painfully clear to me as I witnessed my… read more

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DOMA’s unconstitutionality: One more step toward marriage equality

July 3rd, 2013
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On June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a landmark decision striking down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In United States v. Windsor, the 5-4 Court held that Section 3 of DOMA violated the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This particular section of DOMA defined marriage as a union between one woman and one man and was limited to federal law. This decision, unfortunately, does not make same-sex marriages legal in all fifty states;… read more

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