Immigration Basics: The E-2 Treaty Investor Program

One of the main goals of US immigration policy is to allow and encourage people from around the world to come to the United States to invest in US businesses. For those who are from a country with which the US has an established treaty of commerce and navigation, the E-2 Treaty Investor classification may be the ideal option. This nonimmigrant classification was set up specifically for individuals who are looking Read More

Australian Investors: How the E-3 Visa Can Help You Immigrate to the USA

If you are an Australian national looking to immigrate to the United States, you’ll have a number of options to consider. If you work in a specialty occupation, one of the most direct options may be to use the E-3 Visa. This is a program that has been set up to help attract the many talented Australian individuals looking to come to the US, and may be the perfect solution for you. Who Qualifies? In order to be Read More

Understanding Immigration: The E-1 Treaty Trader

If you wish to come to the United States to engage in international trade, and you are from a country with which the US has a treaty of commerce and navigation, you may be able to qualify for E-1 “Treaty Trader” status.  This is an excellent option if you are in the business of trading goods, services, international banking, insurance, tourism, technology, or similar ventures. In addition to obtaining E-1 Treaty Read More

The EB-5 Program: Understanding Investment Visas, Part Two

In part one of this series, we explained that the EB-5 Program was set up by the United States government as a way to spur economic growth by attracting foreign investors.  Part one discussed what types of businesses can be invested in, and how much capital must be provided in order to qualify for this type of visa.  In addition to those requirements, there are also several requirements regarding job creation related Read More

The EB-5 Program: Understanding Investment Visas, Part One

The EB-5 Program, more accurately called the Immigrant Investor Visa Program, was established by Congress back in 1990 as a way to help stimulate the economy by attracting foreign investors.  This special visa allows non-citizens to make a sizable monetary investment into new or existing US-based businesses with the goal of creating or saving jobs.  Depending on how much money is invested, the business can be 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 EB-5 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 for those interested in investing and emigrating to the US: 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 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