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EB-5 Regional Center Industry News & Analysis

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18 Oct, 2017
  • Nov Visa

U.S. Department of State Issues November Visa Bulletin: Final Action Date for Mainland China Advances Two Weeks

October 18th, 2017|Categories: Dept of State (DOS), Government Affairs, Immigration Law|

Earlier this week, U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs released the Visa Bulletin for the month of November 2017 (View PDF). The bulletin revealed a cutoff date of July 01, 2014 for Mainland-China born visa applicants, moving [...]

16 Oct, 2017
  • WH Featured

President Trump Sends Letter to House and Senate Leaders Outlining Immigration Principles – Including Merit-Based Immigration System

October 16th, 2017|Categories: Government Affairs, Immigration Law, White House|

Earlier this month, President Trump sent a letter to the House and Senate Leadership announcing his administration's priorities for reforming the nation's immigration system. The letter states that "Immigration reform must create more jobs, higher wages, and greater security for [...]

3 Oct, 2017
  • blog

IIUSA Data Report: Average Processing Times for Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) through July 31, 2017

October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Research / Analysis, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

As of July 31, 2017, USCIS is processing the I-526 petitions that it received before November 22, 2015 (unchanged from the previous month); the I-829 petitions that USCIS received before April 1, 2015 (advanced by 2.5 months); and the I-924 applications [...]

25 Sep, 2017
  • JUly RCBJ Featured

“The Advent of the EB-5 Broker Dealer”

September 25th, 2017|Categories: Immigration Law, Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis, Uncategorized|

by Michael Fitzpatrick. Principal, Baker Tilly Capital, LLC and Clem Turner, Partner, Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP What is a broker-dealer? Broker-dealers serve an important role in U.S. financial markets to ensure integrity and transparency. Broker-dealers are registered with the [...]

15 Sep, 2017
  • Visa Bulletin Featured

U.S. Department of State Issues October Visa Bulletin: Final Action Date for Mainland China Advances One Week

September 15th, 2017|Categories: Dept of State (DOS), Government Affairs, Immigration Law|

Earlier this week, U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs released the Visa Bulletin for the month of October 2017 (View PDF).  The bulletin revealed a cutoff date of June 22, 2014 for Mainland-China born visa applicants, moving [...]

6 Sep, 2017
  • JUly RCBJ Featured

“Trends in Proposed Legislation Suggest Very Strict Definitions of TEAs in the Future”

September 6th, 2017|Categories: Research / Analysis, Targeted Employed Areas (TEA)|

By Maggie Mullane, Economist, Impact DataSource In the previous publication, several large issues regarding Targeted Employment Areas (“TEAs”) from the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) January-proposed regulations were presented and discussed. Since that time, revisions have continued to be under [...]

1 Sep, 2017
  • Visa Bulletin Featured

USCIS to Expand In-Person Interview Requirements for Employment Based Visa Applicants

September 1st, 2017|Categories: Government Affairs, Immigration Law, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

Earlier this week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning October 1, 2017 it will be expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. These [...]

29 Aug, 2017
  • Convergence Featured

“Is the Convergence of EB-5 Capital with Traditional Private Equity the Next Big Thing?”

August 29th, 2017|Categories: Financial Services, Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis|

by Reid Thomas, NES Financial The EB-5 industry has lived in relative obscurity for most of its history. The employment-based fifth preference category that was first created in 1990 as part of an initiative to produce U.S. jobs was barely [...]

23 Aug, 2017
  • State TEA Featured

“How Reliable is That State TEA Certification Letter?”

August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Government Affairs, Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis, Targeted Employed Areas (TEA)|

By Elizabeth Peng, Partner, Peng & Weber, PLLC; Cletus Weber, Partner, Peng & Weber, PLLC; Tina Lee Senior Associate Attorney, Peng & Weber, PLLC The current EB-5 statute and regulations set the minimum investment amount for EB-5 immigration at $1,000,000, which may be [...]

17 Aug, 2017
  • RCBJ

Regional Center Terminations and Impacts on Immigrant Families

August 17th, 2017|Categories: Government Affairs, Immigration Law, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

by Lincoln Stone, Partner, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP; Michele Franchett, Partner, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP; David Strashnoy, Attorney, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP We know from the pleas of immigrant families that not everything is Zen when it comes to regional center (RC) [...]