Immigration for Athletes, Artists and Entertainers: Understanding the ‘O’ Visa

As an athlete, an artist, or an entertainer, gaining access to the United States is often critical for your career advancement. Unfortunately, the immigration process can be confusing and time consuming. In this blog entry we are going to shed some light on the “O” Visa - which is generally the best option for performers and artists like you. The O Visa is set up specifically for individuals who have Read More

EB-5 Visa Program Performance Data Lacking

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 Read More

SEC Interpretations on Reg D May Impact EB-5 program

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 Read More

Improving economic impact via immigrant investment

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. Read More

Investing with regional centers for an EB-5 visa

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. Read More

The Basics of the EB-5 Visa

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 Read More

Which investment visa is right for me?

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 Read More

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

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 Read More

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

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 Read More

100 Days!

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 Read More