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8 Jul, 2019

“Opportunity Zones – Pending IRS Regulations Poised to Facilitate Investments”

July 8th, 2019|Categories: Dept of Treasury, Economic Impact, Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis|

by Scot Patrick O'Brien, Office Managing Partner, Akerman LLP; Alexandre M. Denault, Partner (Tax Practice Group), Akerman LLP  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law on December 22, 2017 created a new capital gains deferral and exemption for [...]

25 Jun, 2019

Submit an Article Proposal for the Next Edition of IIUSA’s Regional Center Business Journal

June 25th, 2019|Categories: Benefits, Membership, Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis|

The premier education and business journal of the EB-5 Regional Center Industry IIUSA's Editorial Committee is currently accepting article submission proposals for the next edition of the Regional Center Business Journal (RCBJ). The committee is always searching for new and unique article [...]

24 Jun, 2019

“Regional Center Compliance Obligations: A Closer Look”

June 24th, 2019|Categories: Government Affairs, Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)|

by David Morris, Managing Director, DC Regional Center The opportunity to operate an EB-5 regional center (“RC”) is a privilege. Status as a designated RC is granted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) only after approval of a [...]

20 Jun, 2019

“OFAC, Escrow Agreements and the Value of Patience: A Look at Investments from Iran”

June 20th, 2019|Categories: Dept of Treasury, Government Affairs, Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis|

by Erin Corber, Attorney, Trow & Rahal PC The exponential increase in the number of investors seeking green cards through use of the EB-5 investment program over the last decade has created thousands of jobs for U.S. workers, injected billions [...]

17 May, 2019

Read the Latest Edition of IIUSA’s Regional Center Business Journal

May 17th, 2019|Categories: Economic Impact, Financial Services, Government Affairs, Immigration Law, Membership, Regional Center Business Journal, Research / Analysis, Securities Law|

The EB-5 Industry's Premier Business and Education Publication Earlier this month, IIUSA published the 2019 Q1-2 edition of the Regional Center Business Journal (RCBJ). Printed in conjunction with the 12th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference, the articles in this RCBJ address [...]

21 Jan, 2019

“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 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 [...]

27 Dec, 2018

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

“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 [...]

6 Dec, 2018

“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 [...]

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