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Posted in Awards & Recognitions

Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and three of the group’s attorneys were included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide. The 2015 guide includes more than 190 Greenberg Traurig attorneys and more than 30 practice areas across various markets in the United States.

According to its website, Chambers and Partners selects attorneys and practices for inclusion based on thousands of interviews with practicing lawyers and clients around the world. The Business Immigration & Compliance Practice received recognition in the Nationwide, District of Columbia and New York markets, earning “Band 1” in District of Columbia for the ninth consecutive year. Immigration attorneys Laura Foote Reiff, Martha Schoonover and Kate Kalmykov were ranked in the Immigration category for their markets and/or nationwide. Continue Reading

Posted in General

International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has been named as one of America’s top corporate law firms in the 2015 Annual Law and the Boardroom Study conducted by NYSE Governance Services and FTI Consulting, Inc.

“America’s Best Corporate Law Firms” reflects the views of more than 500 participating directors and general counsel of publically traded companies, who between February and April 2015, participated in the survey and weighed in on current governance and legal matters. The top 25 law firms, based on number of votes received, are included in the ranking.

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Posted in EB-5 Program, Events

Greenberg Traurig attorneys, Kate Kalmykov and Sylvia Sobczyk, attended a recent immigration-related exhibition in Qatar.  As part of Greenberg Traurig’s tour of the Middle East, Kalmykov and Sobczyk were available to discuss immigration related questions with the thousands of participants at the exhibition.  Among the various topics discussed, Kalmykov and Sobczyk provided insights on the EB-5 program and how investors can obtain a green card through investment in the United States.

Kate Kalmykov and Sylvia Sobczyk meet with the attendees at the recent exhibition in Qatar to discuss various immigration matters.

Kate Kalmykov and Sylvia Sobczyk meet with the attendees at the recent exhibition in Qatar to discuss various immigration matters.

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Posted in Events

Greenberg Traurig attorneys, Bruce C. Rosetto and Batya Goodman, presented at the NES Financial EB-5 Innovation Summit held in Houston, Texas, on May 12, 2015.  The summit included a series of seminars discussing important trends in the EB-5 industry, and this particular conference featured presentations by leaders from across the EB-5 industry.

The conference covered real-world experiences of ensuring project success at every stage of the EB-5 process, from initial Regional Center setup to end-of-project timelines. Rosetto and Goodman focused their presentation on current trends and issues related to EB-5 capital raising from a securities law perspective.

Posted in Events
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Greenberg Traurig Attorney Ali Brodie discusses the EB-5 program and the use of it in Colorado.

Greenberg Traurig Attorney Ali Brodie recently presented at the Council of Development and Finance Agencies (CDFA) 2015 Colorado Financing Roundtable Conference in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Brodie spoke on a panel titled “Making the Most of EB-5 in Colorado.”  As a co-panelist, she provided an overview of the EB-5 program and its significance as a financing tool for regional economic development.  She commented on the use of the program in Colorado and offered insight on the potential for utilizing the EB-5 program for future development projects in Colorado.  The conference featured economic development finance thought-leaders and experts from across the state of Colorado and was both attended and supported by dozens of Colorado development finance leaders.

The conference was sponsored by the CDFA in partnership with the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) and the Colorado Housing and Finance Agency (CHFA) with the endorsement by the Colorado Office Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).  The CDFA is a national association boasting a membership of the country’s leading public, private, and non-profit development entities, with a focus on connecting development finance professionals to promote the advancement of development finance interests.

Posted in Events

Greenberg Traurig attorneys, Jennifer Hermansky and Matthew Galati, attended a recent immigration related exhibition in Abu Dhabi.  With thousands of guests participating in the exhibition, Hermansky and Galati were available to answer questions regarding immigration matters.

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Jennifer Hermansky and Matthew Galati provided attendees with insight on various immigration matters.

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Matthew Galati discussed the EB-5 program and how investors can obtain a green card through investment in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

Posted in EB-5 Program

Representatives Mark Amodei (R-NV) and Jared Polis (D-CO), sponsors of H.R. 616, the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act, held a legislative briefing yesterday, with the support of the EB-5 Investment Coalition, discussing the importance of the EB-5 program, focusing on the job growth and economic development it brings to the United States.  Laura Foote Reiff, Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, along with Jeff Campion, CEO of Pathways EB-5, Inc.; David Cohen, Shareholder of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Reid Thomas, Executive Vice President of NES Financial; and Jeffrey D. DeBoer, President and CEO of The Real Estate Roundtable, addressed concerns regarding job creation, national security, economic development, and the variety of projects generated by the program.

Capitol Hill Briefing on H.R. 616

Pictured at the table, from left, are Laura Foote Reiff, Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Jeff Campion, CEO of Pathways EB-5, Inc.; David Cohen, Shareholder of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; and Reid Thomas, Executive Vice President of NES Financial.

 

 

Posted in Retrogression

自2015年4月22日起,由于受排期的影响,国家签证中心和广州领事馆开始取消已经预约的移民签证面试。这大大区别于以往的做法。在过去如果获得了预约面试就会被分配一个移民签证号,因此便不会受排期的影响。近期获得移民签证预约面试的申请人应该及时联系律师和法律代表,以证实预约的面试是否被取消。

收到了面试取消通知的申请人会受到排期的影响。如果预约面试被取消,那么申请人需要每个月到此网站website查看签证公告来确认他们的优先日是否有效。一旦优先日生效,他们可重新申请EB-5移民签证。请点击此处here查看优先日。此外,国务院网站有一个优先日查询“Priority Date Checker”专栏,只要输入信息就可以自动查询相应的截止日期。详细英文信息点击此住here。 详细中文信息点击此处here

对于那些没有子女超龄风险的申请人,取消已预约的签证面试并不会对副申请人产生负面影响。任何已经递交DS-260,或者已经支付签证费的副申请人会受到《儿童状态保护法案》的保护。详情请参见签证办公室公布的信息清单information

此外,我们开始收到EB-5社区发来的通知。通知上说国家签证中心的预约面试通知并未及时寄出,因此导致一些申请人错过了面试。由于国家签证中心在过去九个月中工作并非十分高效,发生这种情况并不奇怪。请到我们的博客了解最新消息。

Posted in Retrogression

Effective today, April 22, 2015, the National Visa Center (NVC) in concert with the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou has begun issuing cancellation notices to individuals with scheduled immigrant visa interviews due to retrogression. This is a departure from the prior practice whereby individuals with scheduled immigrant visa interviews would have already been allocated an immigrant visa number, thus not subjecting them to retrogression. Individuals with recently scheduled immigrant visa interviews should check with their attorneys or legal representatives to ascertain whether a cancellation has occurred.

Individuals who receive a cancellation notice will be affected by retrogression. Accordingly, those individuals will have to review the monthly visa bulletin on this website to ascertain when their priority date is current. Once their priority date is current, they will be able to re-apply for an EB-5 immigrant visa. You can learn all about how to check your priority date here. Additionally the DOS maintains a “Priority Date Checker” which is an interactive form that will automatically populate the cut-off date applicable for you. Further information can be found here in English and here in Mandarin. Continue Reading