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EB-5 Regional Center Industry News & Analysis

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15 Mar, 2019
  • Court Decision

IIUSA Member Analysis: Zhang v. USCIS: What It Is and What It Means for EB-5 Petitioners

March 15th, 2019|Categories: Government Affairs, Immigration Law, Research / Analysis, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

By Rana Jazayerli, Partner, Klingner Jazayerli LLP On November 30, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Zhang, et al. v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, et al., No. 15-cv-995 (D.C. Nov. [...]

8 Mar, 2019
  • 829 featured

IIUSA Data Report: Form I-829 Q4 2018 Statistics and Analysis

March 8th, 2019|Categories: Government Affairs, Immigration Law, Research / Analysis, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

Earlier this month, USCIS published data on Q4 2018 (September-December) I-526 and I-829 adjudication trends. IIUSA was pleased to publish our analysis on Form I-526 last week (read here) and we are happy to highlight our analysis on Form I-829 [...]

1 Mar, 2019
  • Data q4 featured

IIUSA Data Report: Form I-526 Q4 2018 Statistics and Analysis

March 1st, 2019|Categories: Government Affairs, Research / Analysis, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), Uncategorized|

Earlier this month, USCIS published data on Q4 2018 (September-December) I-526 adjudication trends and IIUSA is pleased to publish our most recent analysis. The in-depth analysis focuses on the significant economic contribution EB-5 is making, the impact of the efforts [...]

8 Feb, 2019
  • USCIS Extends Idea Community Deadline

Legislation Introduced to Eliminate Per-Country Limits to Employment-Based Visas

February 8th, 2019|Categories: Government Affairs, Research / Analysis, Statements|

On February 7, 2019, Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) and Ken Buck (R-CO-04) introduced H.R. 1044 ‘Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019.’ The bill will amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to eliminate the per-country caps to all employment-based [...]

31 Jan, 2019
  • RCBJ

“Hiring Professional Money Managers to Lower and Diversify Project Risk Should be a Must for Investors”

January 31st, 2019|Categories: Financial Services, Research / Analysis|

by Abteen Vaziri, Managing Director, Brevet Capital Management  One of the first questions that EB-5 investors are coached into asking regional center operators is whether the project operator has any I-526 approvals, I-829 approvals, or any project paybacks. These lines [...]

21 Jan, 2019
  • RCBJ

“Investment Amount Increases for the U.S. EB-5 Visa: The Likely Economic Consequences in Today’s Marketplace”

January 21st, 2019|Categories: Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis|

by Scott W Barnhart, PhD;  Associate Professor of Finance Florida Atlantic University and President, Barnhart Economic Services, LLC Recent proposals for increasing the minimum investment amount for the U.S. EB-5 visa from the current $500,000 and $1,000,000 amounts for TEA [...]

7 Jan, 2019
  • Third Party

“Third Party Currency Swaps: Considerations for RFE’s”

January 7th, 2019|Categories: Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis|

by Jennifer Hermansky, Shareholder Greenburg Traurig  Various countries have set internal currency controls that restrict the amount of foreign currency that can be purchased each year by an individual, including countries which originate a significant amount of EB-5 investors, such [...]

2 Jan, 2019
  • Dubai featured

All the Lucrative Opportunities You are Missing if You Skip the IIUSA Global Banquet Series in Dubai this February

January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Events, Immigration Law, Membership, Overseas, Research / Analysis|

By Abbas Hashmi, Global Business Development Director, Hongkun USA  Without a doubt, convincing wealthy individuals across the Gulf Cooperation Council to invest in U.S. regional centers is a unique challenge. This region is my niche and core focus, so I have [...]

27 Dec, 2018
  • RCBJ

Opportunity Zone Investments: A New Source of Capital for New and Existing EB-5 Projects

December 27th, 2018|Categories: Economic Impact, Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis|

by Reid Thomas, Executive Vice President, NES Financial; Catherine Debono Holmes, Partner, Jeffer Mangel Butler & Mitchell; and Kelly Alton, General Counsel, NES Financial  EB-5 capital raising has slowed due to visa backlogs, increasing the need for additional sources of [...]

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 [...]