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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Posted in Immigrant Investor, Securities Law

A fundamental tenet of the federal securities laws is that all purchases or sales of securities must either be registered under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) or qualify for an exemption from registration.  The primary exemption relied upon by issuers seeking investors pursuing a visa under the EB-5 Program is provided by… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor

In response to a Greenberg Traurig inquiry regarding the appropriateness of language concerning citizenship status in pre-employment scenarios, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (“OSC”) has issued a technical assistance letter clarifying the manner and extent to which employers may ask about prospective candidates’ potential need for employment sponsorship. Specifically, the… Continue Reading

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

Greenberg Traurig, LLP will host the eighth event of the 2013 National EB-5 Finance Seminar Tour in Chicago on Tuesday, October 8th. The seminar will expose participants to a unique alternative financing opportunity for projects that lend themselves to the EB-5 immigrant investor program. The seminar includes a panel of attorneys in Greenberg Traurig’s Business… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor, USCIS

Cory Richards recently authored an article on EB5investors.com’s blog entitled “USCIS’ May 30, 2013 Policy Memorandum Effect on Pending Federal Cases”. The article analyzes the recent Policy Memorandum issued by U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), specifically the “material change” issue and its impact on EB-5 immigrant investors as well as pending cases in federal… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Inspector General, USCIS

Inspector General (IG) investigations and whistle-blower driven reviews by Congressional Oversight committees are not new and are commonplace in the federal bureaucracy of the U.S. The recent publicity surrounding Alejandro Mayorkas (the current Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and presidential nominee to assume the… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Securities Law, Speaking Engagement

On Tuesday, Kate Kalmykov served on a panel entitled “How To Use EB-5 Financing In A Credit Restricted Market” at a sold out luncheon with more than 150 attendees at The Harvard Club, hosted by the Mortgage Bankers Association of New York (MBANY). The Real Deal magazine interviewed Kate at the event regarding the EB-5… Continue Reading

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Congress returns to Washington, DC with very few days to accomplish much, and many new reasons or excuses not to “get to”  Immigration Reform. Faced with immediate and pressing issues, such as a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September, the sequester and debt ceiling debate and the impending Syria… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, General, Immigrant Investor, Speaking Engagement

The N Group, a hospitality business solutions company, is hosting “What is EB-5?” on October 10th from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. at The Address hotel in Dubai. The event will highlight various components of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program and provide a forum for networking with EB-5 professionals. Greenberg Traurig is designated counsel to the… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, General, Speaking Engagement

From October 6th -10th Laura Reiff and Kate Kalmykov will be traveling in Dubai to attend EB-5 industry meetings, conferences and events. During the trip, they will represent Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team as an exhibitor at Cityscape Global 2013. The exhibition and conference is the largest international real estate development and investment event in The… Continue Reading

Posted in Regional Center, USCIS

Cory Richards recently authored an article on EB5Investors.com’s blog entitled “Recent Decision from AAO”. The article outlines the Administrative Appeals Office’s (“AAO”) decision to overturn an United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) denial of a Regional Center’s amendment for expansion of both geographic area and industry designation, which came as a surprise to many… Continue Reading