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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Posted in EB-5 Program, I-526, Immigrant Investor, Immigrant Visa, Retrogression, USCIS

Following is the Chinese translation of a previously published blog post: 鉴于EB-5签证排期倒退迫近,现在就优先日期以及I-526申请批准书上涉及的有关内容做些基本介绍,正是一个合适的时机。美国联邦法律规定,每个财政年度EB-5签证的可用额度上限为10,000 名额. EB-5投资人提交I-526申请后,其I-526申请被美国移民局(USCIS)接收的日期,视为EB-5投资人的“优先日期”。排期倒退是指,签证额度达到上限后,美国国务院(DOS)必须根据过去的优先日期,给签证申请人划定一个截止日期,从而产生的时间滞期。打个形象的比方,EB-5签证好比是排队,EB-5投资人的优先日期就是其在长队中的位置。

Posted in EB-5 Program, Regional Center

As many of you are aware, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center pilot program is scheduled to expire in September.  In recent years, there has been a surge in the use of EB-5 funds as an expanding layer in the capital stack to help finance real estate, infrastructure, and other development projects/businesses. In early February… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Visa, Speaking Engagement

Last week, Greenberg Traurig EB-5 attorney Kate Kalmykov presented to students at the University of Michigan on the topic of “Post-Graduate Immigration Options with a Focus on the USCIS EB-5 Visa Program.”  The lecture attracted a number of foreign students interested in learning about the various non-immigrant visa and immigrant visa options – with a… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, I-526, I-829, USCIS

On Feb. 18, 2015, USCIS released performance statistics on I-526 and I-829 EB-5 related petitions. The following charts provide the case status as broken down by petitions received, approved, denied, or pending from fiscal year 2008 through the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 (October through December 2014): USCIS statistics on I-526 EB-5 petitions for… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, I-526, I-829, I-924, Immigrant Investor, Uncategorized, USCIS

USCIS updated its processing times for the Immigrant Investor Program Office on Feb. 11, 2015. Unfortunately, the news is not welcome. Processing times ticked up slightly to 14 months for I-526 Petitions, 11.4 months for I-829 Petitions and 11.1 months for I-924 Applications. The I-924 Application processing time has risen a full seven months from a low… Continue Reading

Posted in Visa Bulletin

The Department of State’s March Visa Bulletin announced only a few modest changes in employment-based visa processing. Most significantly, the EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by six months for “All Other Countries,” with priority dates moving up from Jan. 1, 2014, to June 1, 2014. This brings adjudications under this subcategory… Continue Reading

Posted in Events, General

Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team will sponsor the 2015 Invest in America Summit and Exhibition, the largest USA-themed investment conference and exhibition in China, with attorney Kate Kalmykov serving as Summit Co-Chair. In celebration of the event’s fifth anniversary, the Summit will travel to three Chinese cities. Event dates and locations are: March 14 – 15th, 2015… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program, Events

Last week, Greenberg Traurig EB-5 attorney Ali Brodie and Franchise & Distribution attorneys David Oppenheim and Alan Greenfield, spoke in Houston, Texas, at the Franchise Expo South sponsored by the International Franchise Association. Ali provided a seminar on the EB-5 investor program as a tool for franchise network expansion. She discussed how the EB-5 program… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program

Matt Galati, an associate in Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Practice, wrote an article for EB5 Investors regarding India loosening currency restrictions, making it easier for the EB-5 investment funds to be transferred out of the country. Read the full article here.

Posted in Securities Law

Written by Terry R. Weiss and Matthew S. Johns In the wake of recent cybersecurity breaches, the SEC and FINRA simultaneously issued reports this week to the securities industry summarizing cybersecurity examination findings and to investors recommending certain precautions to safeguard online investment information. In its Risk Alert – Cybersecurity Examination Sweep Summary, the SEC… Continue Reading