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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Posted in General

Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice and several attorneys were included in the 2014 Chambers USA Guide. The 2014 guide includes more than 180 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… Continue Reading

Posted in Regional Center

International law firm Greenberg Traurig  today announced that firm client City of Miami received approval for designation as an EB-5 Regional Center for Foreign Investment under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services immigrant investment visa program. The City of Miami Regional Center will be one of the few government-owned and managed regional centers in the United States…. Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program

Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice announced today its role in the formation of The EB-5 Immigration Coalition together with Pathways EB-5, The National Association of Homebuilders and The Real Estate Round Table. The Coalition is a broad-based organization of businesses and trade associations with the shared mission to support and promote the continuation… Continue Reading

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Representatives Aaron Schock (R-IL) and  Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced H.R. 4659, the EB-5 Act on May 14, 2014.  This bill would permanently authorize the EB-5 Regional Center Program and eliminate per country quotas in the EB-5 category.  This legislation adds to the other legislation already introduced by Representatives Polis and Issa to address legislative defects in the… Continue Reading

Posted in USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites Stakeholders to participate in a new online tool called the USCIS Idea Community, where they can share ideas and opinions related to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.  Stakeholders can visit the Idea Community until May 8 to provide ideas and feedback on potential regulatory changes and the future… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program

We previously blogged that in responding to RFEs and NOIDs on a Form I-526 or I-924, it appears that traceable mail, including FedEx and UPS deliveries, are delivered first to an office of the National Security Council in Capitol Heights, MD for screening before being forwarded to USCIS in Washington, DC.  We have received communication… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program

With the move of the EB-5 Program Office from the California Service Center to USCIS Headquarters, several petitions, including Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, and Form I-924, Application for Regional Center Designation, are now adjudicated in Washington, DC.    Requests for Evidence (“RFEs”) and Notices of Intent to Deny (“NOIDs”) issued by the… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, I-526, I-924

As of February 2014, the Investor Program Office in Washington D.C. will be adjudicating all I-924 and I-526 petitions.  Overseeing this transition is Mr. Nicholas Colucci, the EB-5 Program Director.  The Investor Program Office in Washington D.C. is hoping to have approximately 100 staff by September 30, 2014 and Mr. Colucci has expressed optimism that… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program

On April 23, 2014, Nicolas Colucci, EB-5 Program Director, and Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, hosted an USCIS EB-5 Stakeholder Teleconference. Unfortunately, the teleconference was limited to only viewpoints and suggestions from stakeholders, and no substantive case questions or issues were answered by Mr…. Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program

After an EB-5 Investor receives an I-526 Petition approval, they will either file a Form I-485, Adjustment of Status, or apply for an immigrant visa abroad. EB-5 Investors who receive an immigrant visa abroad will enter the U.S. to activate their conditional permanent residency. Once an overseas EB-5 investor enters the U.S., they will receive… Continue Reading