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14 Jan, 2019
  • Visa Bulletin Featured

February Visa Bulletin: EB-5 Visa Category Remains “Unauthorized” Due to Shutdown

January 14th, 2019|Categories: Congress, Dept of State (DOS), Government Affairs|

U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs has published the February 2019 Visa Bulletin (View PDF). The EB-5 Regional Center category has been listed as “U” meaning unauthorized for issuance. As such the EB-5 visa category is currently [...]

3 Jan, 2019
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A Year in Review: From Your EB-5 Industry Trade Association

January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Congress, Government Affairs, Membership, Milestones, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

This past year gave IIUSA and the EB-5 community a challenge or two! Between Capitol Hill, the Administration, and even IIUSA’s staff changes, it seemed opportunity seldom knocked. I believe, however, that challenges are always best met…with a smile. Milton [...]

24 Dec, 2018
  • USCIS Extends Idea Community Deadline

Impact of Government Shutdown on USCIS Operations

December 24th, 2018|Categories: Congress, Government Affairs, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

As announced on Friday, House and Senate lawmakers adjourned without reaching a deal to fund portions of the federal government. As a result a partial government shutdown began at midnight 12/22. The following federal departments will are impacted by the partial [...]

18 Dec, 2018
  • RCBJ

“Analyzing the Recent Trend of EB-5 Expedited Processing”

December 18th, 2018|Categories: Government Affairs|

By Joseph Barnett, Partner, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP Time is of the essence, especially in EB-5 petition and application processing. Despite the Immigrant Investor Program Office’s (“IPO’s”) increase in staff and the re-organization of its adjudication teams for more efficient processing [...]

14 Dec, 2018
  • Visa Bulletin Featured

January Visa Bulletin: EB-5 Visa Category “Unauthorized” for Issuance

December 14th, 2018|Categories: Dept of State (DOS), Government Affairs|

U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs has published the January 2019 Visa Bulletin (View PDF). The EB-5 Regional Center category has been listed as “U” meaning unauthorized for issuance. The continuing resolution that was signed on December 7, 2018 [...]

10 Dec, 2018
  • Compliance Reviews Featured

“Regional Center Compliance Reviews”

December 10th, 2018|Categories: Government Affairs, Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

by Lincoln Stone, Partner, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP; Susan Pilcher, Senior Attorney, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP; Elsie Hui Arias, Partner, , Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP The USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (“IPO”) has commenced its long-anticipated program of regional [...]

7 Dec, 2018
  • Capitol Featured

Advocacy Alert: EB-5 Gets Clean Extension Until Dec. 21

December 7th, 2018|Categories: Congress, Government Affairs|

Today, December 7, 2018, President Trump signed a stopgap spending bill, avoiding a government shutdown and giving the EB-5 Program a short-term extension until December 21. IIUSA is active on Capitol Hill and will continue to visit offices and advocate [...]

6 Dec, 2018
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“Is the Investment Truly at Risk? How Call Options Could Result in I-526 Petition Denials”

December 6th, 2018|Categories: Government Affairs, Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

by Ozzie Torres, Shareholder, Torres Law PA  In an ever-changing EB-5 investor program wrought with complexities and USCIS surprises, there has always been an unwavering tenet: the investment must remain at-risk. Unfortunately, USCIS continued its practice of unilaterally changing the [...]

4 Dec, 2018
  • Capitol Featured

Contact Congress Ahead of the EB-5 Program Reauthorization Deadline

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Congress, Government Affairs|

CALL TO ACTION To ensure widespread support of EB-5 Regional Center Program's reauthorization, we encourage you to contact your congressional delegation today to tell them that EB-5 is working in their state and district. With the easy to use tools [...]

27 Nov, 2018
  • USCIS Extends Idea Community Deadline

New USCIS Data Page Consolidates Data into an Easily Navigable Resource

November 27th, 2018|Categories: Government Affairs, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has consolidated immigration and citizenship data previously housed throughout its website onto a single easy to navigate page. The agency also provided users a a document to better help explore [...]