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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (“EWIC”), co-chaired by Greenberg Traurig Business Immigration & Compliance Practice Co-Chair Laura Reiff, issued the below reaction to the release of Republican standards for immigration reform following the annual House Republican retreat held this week. Reaction to the Release of the Republican Standards: IMMIGRATION REFORM IS KEY PRIORITY FOR THE… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program

Greenberg Traurig EB-5 Attorney Kate Kalmykov has co-authored a chapter in the 2014 American Immigration Lawyers (AILA) Midyear/Winter CLE Conference Strategies in Advising and Processing Entrepreneur & Investor Visas Handbook. The chapter entitled “Current Issues in Stand-Alone and Regional Center-Based EB-5 Petitions” was co-authored with Nicolai Hinrichsen and Bernard Wolfsdorf, and examines both stand-alone and… Continue Reading

Posted in Speaking Engagement

Greenberg Traurig has been selected to serve as the United States co-host for the U.S. Investment Immigration Forum 2014 Conference in Shenzhen, China. The conference is scheduled for March 17– 19th at the Ming Wah Int’l Convention Centre, and promises to attract  EB-5 industry leaders from around the globe, including regional center representatives, U.S. immigration… Continue Reading

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On Tuesday, the President of the United States delivered his 5th State of the Union address, during which he stated: “If we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.” He reiterated his commitment… Continue Reading

Posted in Marketing

On February 18th in Mexico City, Greenberg Traurig, S.C. will host a seminar that 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 EB-5 team, including Immigration and Tax attorneys, will detail the program’s criteria and benefits…. Continue Reading

Posted in Regional Center

Developers should keep in mind that there is a distinction between how EB-5 funds can be spent versus what expenses can be modeled by an economist in a regional center case. EB-5 money can be spent on items that may not be “qualifying” for job creation purposes, and thus, not modeled for jobs by the… Continue Reading

Posted in Securities Law

The Greenberg Traurig Securities Litigation Practice recently published an alert entitled “FINRA Welcomes in the New Year with its 2014 Priorities Letter for Broker-Dealers,” authored by Andy Clark and Terry Weiss. The alert outlines the recently released Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter from FINRA, which reveals its intended areas of exam focus for 2014 and… Continue Reading

Posted in Regional Center

Cory Richards recently authored an article on EB5investors.com’s blog entitled “Shining Light on TEA Designation”. The article outlines the requirements that determine if a location for a Regional Center is considered a targeted employment area (“TEA”). This is of particular interest to investors as a TEA designation decreases the minimum qualifying investment amount from $1… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Speaking Engagement

GT Immigration attorney Kate Kalmykov will serve as a co-panelist at the 2014 AILA Midyear/Winter CLE Conference: Strategies in Advising and Processing Entrepreneur & Investor Visas on January 24, 2014. The “EB-5 Essentials Panel” includes Bernard Wolfsdorf, AILA Past President, and Nicolai Hinrichsen, Partner in the Immigration Department of Miller Mayer, and will examine both stand-alone and… Continue Reading

Posted in Regional Center

For regional centers and project companies, jobs created through construction represent a path of least resistance for obtaining approval for I-924 applications, I-526 petitions and I-829 petitions by USCIS.  The reason is two-fold: (1) projects usually meet or exceed the construction budget and the jobs are thereby deemed created at the I-829 stage; and (2)… Continue Reading

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

As we begin the second half of the 113th Congress, the question of whether immigration reform is possible is in the forefront of the Obama Administration and federal legislators’ minds. The political environment is tense. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is distrustful of the White House and its agencies. The issues surrounding healthcare reform, the… Continue Reading