On April 27th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sent a message to EB-5 Stakeholders encouraging the use of its “Idea Community” online crowdsourcing tool for comment on potential EB-5 regulatory and policy changes. Visit the Idea Community. Below is the message in full.Dear Stakeholder,
As mentioned at the EB-5 listening session on April 25, USCIS is considering potential EB-5 regulatory and policy changes and want to hear from you, our stakeholders. That’s why we hosted the listening session to begin receiving your individual feedback. We want to continue to hear your thoughts and ideas. Specifically, we would like to hear your individual thoughts on the following four topics:
- Minimum investment amounts;
- The TEA designation process;
- The regional center designation process, including, but not limited to, the exemplar process and the designation of the geographic scope of a regional center; and
- Indirect job creation methodologies.
As you may know, minimum investment amounts have remained constant since 1991. We would like your feedback on whether these amounts ($1 million or $500,000) should increase and, if so, the methodology and process by which you believe an increase would be most effective.
We’d also like your thoughts on targeted employment areas (or “TEAs”) and the TEA designation process. We are specifically seeking your feedback on how the process currently works for you and, if improvements can be made, your input for improving it.
Another topic on which we are seeking feedback is the regional center designation process, including, but not limited to, the exemplar process and the designation of the geographic scope of a regional center. We are seeking stakeholder feedback on how the process currently works for you and, if improvements can be made, your input for improving it.
Finally, we’d like to hear from you on indirect job creation methodologies.
We are using the USCIS Idea Community, an online crowdsourcing tool, as one method for you to submit your individual feedback and input on these four topics. Please note that we are only seeking individual input. We are not seeking group or consensus advice. Participating in the USCIS Idea Community is easy. All you need is an active email address. You can create a profile and submit ideas.
You can visit the USCIS Idea Community to submit your ideas on the four topics listed above until May 11, 2016.
See you in the USCIS Idea Community!