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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Posted in Immigrant Visa

Immigrant entrepreneurs and investors have always been at the core of the American economy.  Immigrant-founded companies have generated billions of dollars in revenues and contributed intellectual property leading to significant socio-economic advancements within the United States.  Foreign-born entrepreneurs are a critical component to the advancement of the U.S. emerging technology space and it is important… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Visa, Inspector General, USCIS

The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Report regarding the “Investigation into Employee Complaints about Management of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ EB-5 Program” was released March 24, 2015. This report follows a long investigation and inquiries by several congressional offices about the appropriateness of the communications between certain stakeholders in the EB-5 program and… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor

The EB-5 program is currently at risk of expiring Sept. 30, 2015.  Congress needs to act immediately to reauthorize this program which has a proven record for stimulating the economy and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. On March 23, 2015, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) released a statement explaining the merits of the EB-5 program and the… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Retrogression, Visa Bulletin

Each month, the Department of State (DOS) issues a visa bulletin which contains information regarding the availability of immigrant visas. The availability of immigrant visas is subject to numerical caps imposed by Congress, which limit how many foreign nationals may obtain immigrant visas each year. In the employment based green card category Congress allots 140,000… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Posts in Chinese, Retrogression, Visa Bulletin

美国国务院每个月都会公布包含移民签证发放名额信息的签证公告。移民签证名额取决于国会制定的限额,即每年外国人可以获得移民签证的名额上限。在基于雇佣关系的绿卡申请领域,国会每年会发放140,000个移民签证(绿卡)。基于雇佣关系的绿卡申请又分为五个优先领域:  EB-1: 优先工作者(特别杰出的能力,优秀的教授和研究人员,跨国公       司经理或高 管)  EB-2:  拥有高等学历的专业人员和有特殊能力的人才  EB-3:  技术工人,专业人员,以及非技术工人  EB-4:  一些特殊移民包括宗教工作者  EB-5:  投资移民 根据美国法典第8章第1153节的规定,任何一个国家的移民申请人不得超过任何一个领域的总名额的7%。

Posted in Regional Center

As many of you are aware, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center pilot program is scheduled to expire in September. In early February 2015, Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Mark Amodei (R-NV) introduced the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015.  The bill would update and permanently authorize the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program. In… Continue Reading

Posted in Events

Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team attended the 2015 Invest in America Summit events in Shanghai from March 14-16 to kick off the largest U.S.-themed investment conference and exhibition in China. In celebration of the event’s fifth anniversary, the Summit will travel to three Chinese cities: Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing. Invest in America welcomed U.S. investment projects,… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Job Creation, EB-5 Program, EB-5 Project

Myth 1:  Buy a Green Card – The EB-5 program was established to help high-net-worth individuals buy a green card. Fact:  The EB-5 program is a highly regulated employment-based permanent residence application that takes years to complete.  The initial application requires detailed proof of investment in a qualified project.  It also requires evidence of an… Continue Reading

Posted in Events

On March 7-8, 2015 Greenberg Traurig, LLP served as co-hosts of the third annual U.S. Investment Immigration Forum (USIIF) in Shenzhen, China.  The event brought together over 70 migration agents, regional centers and attorneys to discuss the latest updates in EB-5 including the issues in source of funds processing for Chinese nationals, status of the… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, Events

Earlier this week Greenberg Traurig hosted a two day seminar in our Mexico City office located in the heart of downtown.  Mexican investors interested in the EB-5 visa program for themselves and their families attended to learn about the I-526 process, timing of receiving the green card, and the non-immigrant visa options they can avail themselves… Continue Reading