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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Posted in General

On July 24, 2013, the Immigration Policy Center (IPC), the research and policy branch of the American Immigration Council (AIC), released fact sheets highlighting the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators in ten states, namely Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan,North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio. The organization’s research shows that immigrant entrepreneurs are playing a key role in revitalizing state economies through innovation,… Continue Reading

Posted in USCIS

The USCIS has moved the Guangzhou field office to the new U.S. Consulate General facility in the Zhujiang New Town area. Beginning today, all USCIS will be provided at this location. The exact address is as follows: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services U.S. Consulate General Entrance at Huaxia Road near Zhujiang New Town Metro Station… Continue Reading

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform, EB-5 Program, Immigrant Visa

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (“OSTP”) highlighted the need for immigration reform in a recently published blog post. Over 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies, including GE, Ford, Yahoo and Google, were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. According to the OSTP, the recently passed bipartisan Senate bill would enact some of… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Securities Law

AILA recently updated their executive summary of the USCIS EB-5 Engagement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The two page document contains a summary of the highlights from the important April 3, 2013, teleconference with the USCIS and SEC. The SEC noted that the definition of a “security” is broad and most EB-5 investments… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program

Laura Reiff recently published an article on EB-5Investors.com entitled “A Quick Overview of EB-5 Trends and Events: What Recent History Tells Us and Predictions for the Years to Come”. The article outlines the history of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and the impact of recent developments in this area on future changes, priorities, and more…. Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Speaking Engagement

Greenberg Traurig had the most representatives of any law firm at the EB5Investors.com 2013 Southern California conference. The EB-5 conference took place Monday, July 15, at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, California. The conference is the premier EB-5 stakeholder and dealmaker conference each year. In addition to the organizers, our own… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Speaking Engagement

Attorney Kate Kalmykov was recently interviewed on Vietnamese-focused television station VIETFACE TV (VFTV). VFTV is a U.S.-based business that broadcasts 24 hours a day, including news, entertainment, talk shows, documentaries, reality programming and community programming. In the interview, Kalmykov discussed recent trends and developments of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Images from the interview are… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Securities Law

Yesterday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a new rule to implement a Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act requirement that would eliminate the ban on general solicitation and general advertising for certain types of private securities offerings. GT Immigration attorney Nataliya Binshteyn published an article on EB5Investors.com outlining its significant impact on… Continue Reading

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Much has been written about Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) and the need to fix the serious mistakes of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. (For Greenberg Traurig’s blog commentary about recent efforts to pass comprehensive reform, please click here.) The reality is that Congress is stuck in its own political quagmire.  It is a… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor

Investment in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a pathway to United States citizenship that is increasing in popularity. This illustration outlines a ten step process for a direct investment, including necessary documentation, processing times and benchmarks. These steps – from your business plan to developing the I-829 template – are important to understand when… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Securities Law

This morning, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted 4 to 1 to lift an 80-year-old ban on advertisements of private offerings. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (“JOBS Act”) required the SEC to amend Rule 506 of Regulation D to permit general solicitation and advertising in private placements as long as all… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Securities Law

Tomorrow, July 10th, the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold an Open Meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the SEC Headquarters Auditorium Room L-002 located at 100 F Street NE in Washington, D.C. to discuss the JOBS Act. Subject matters include: Consideration to adopt amendments to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor, Regional Center

Kate Kalmykov and James Cormie recently published an article on EB-5Investors.com outlining the announcement that the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will no longer produce the Regional Input-output Modeling System II (RIMS II) that many economists rely on when calculating Regional Center jobs. This update introduces new economic methodologies for EB-5 economists when estimating the… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Investor, Regional Center, Securities Law, Speaking Engagement

Greenberg Traurig, LLP will host the sixth event of the 2013 National EB-5 Finance Seminar Tour in Denver on Wednesday, July 31st. The seminar will expose participants to a unique alternative financing opportunity for projects that lend themselves to the EB-5 immigrant investor program. A panel of attorneys in Greenberg Traurig’s Immigration & Compliance Practice… Continue Reading