Thinking About Coming to the EB-5 Advocacy Conference? Take a Look at the Highlights From at Last Years Event!

02.02.18 | Archived

Event HeaderThis spring, IIUSA will once again welcome our members and all EB-5 industry stakeholders from around the globe  for the EB-5 Advocacy Conference in our nation’s capital April 22- 24, 2018. Now in its 11th year, it is the EB-5 industry’s premier conference focused on advocating for the EB-5 Program, promoting industry success and driving business development.

We have a host of sponsorship opportunities available for this years event excellent way to reach hundreds of EB-5 stakeholders including attorneys, regional centers and migration agents and attach your brand to the industry leading trade association. New in 2018, we have additional, unique sponsorship opportunities to help you showcase your organization better than ever!

In conjunction with the Advocacy Conference, IIUSA will host our first-ever industry-wide award ceremony to recognize and celebrate member success from the past year. The award ceremony will honor our members who have made the most substantial contributions to the association by creating a strong and vibrant membership and who have had success in the industry by promoting local economic development across the country. Winners will be recognized on April 22, 2018 at a special Industry Achievement Banquet which will be hosted the night prior to the official start of the EB-5 Advocacy Conference.

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What Happened Last Year?

At last years Advocacy Conference attendees heard from industry experts, government officials, and other global thought leaders on panels ranging from investor market diversification, banking considerations in EB-5, litigation and much more. Progress was also made on EB-5 advocacy thanks in large part to our work together as seen by the fact that the Program was extended through September 30, 2017 at the conclusion of the event. The event featured 30+ sponsors, 60+ speakers and over 350 attendees all of whose incredible support enabled IIUSA to deliver a valuable and timely advocacy event for the industry.

2017 Sponsors 

2017 Attendees 

Conference Photo Albums (Committee & Membership Meetings, General Session and Guests of Honor, Networking & Exhibit Hall, Breakout Sessions


Between April 26-28, 2017, IIUSA hosted over 350 industry participants at its 10th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference and 12th Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. The EB-5 Advocacy Conference, hosted each spring by IIUSA, is the premier EB-5 advocacy event focused on providing EB-5 stakeholders with updates on the state of EB-5 legislation and reform efforts, access to expert panels on a wide range of topics and invaluable business development opportunities with industry leaders.

Coincidentally, the conference dates aligned with the most recent EB-5 Regional Center Program re-authorization deadline of April 28, creating an atmosphere with an unusual amount of suspense. With the future of the EB-5 Program in the balance, IIUSA organized a series of panels that elucidated the key issues of the EB-5 reform debate including Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs), minimum investment amounts, set asides and looming proposed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations. The conference programming also included updates from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) Deputy Chief Julia Harrison and panel presentation from former USCIS Director León Rodríguez. To top it off, U.S. Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY, 27th District) addressed conference goers on the broad bipartisan support for the EB-5 Program and extended his goodwill in getting a long-term reauthorization completed.

On Thursday April 27, news began to trickle out that Congress that a continuing resolution (CR) would extend the federal government, including the EB-5 Program, for an additional week (On Monday May 1, a bipartisan omnibus spending deal was filed by Congressional Leadership to fund the government through September 30, 2017, including a clean extension of the EB-5 Regional Center Program through the same date). The mood of the conference shifted from nervous to grateful for another extension of the Regional Center Program and the opportunity to achieve a legislative solution for a long-term reauthorization in the weeks and months ahead…Continue Reading 


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