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

With retrogression looming, it is a good time for a quick primer on priority dates and the information contained on an I-526 petition approval. U.S. federal law caps the number of EB-5 visas that are available each fiscal year at 10,000. When an EB-5 investor files an I-526 Petition, the day his or her I-526… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor, Immigrant Visa

On Jan. 28, 2015, Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO) and Mark Amodei (R-NV) introduced the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015, which seeks to update and permanently authorize the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program. The bipartisan measure follows long-standing calls from numerous groups in the commercial, residential, hospitality, retail, and real estate industries to make… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Speaking Engagement, Uncategorized

Earlier this month, attorneys in Greenberg Traurig’s multi-disciplinary EB-5 group held an “EB-5: Green Card Through Investment” seminar in Miami, Florida, for Venezuelan investors interested in utilizing the EB-5 Program. The day-long seminar covered several topics in connection with the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, including SEC considerations, the immigration process for EB-5 and international tax… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Speaking Engagement

Greenberg Traurig EB-5 attorney Kate Kalmykov recently appeared on The Stoler Report with several EB-5 industry members to discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The Stoler Report-New York’s Business Report is a weekly television show airing in New York City that covers trends and developments in the New York metropolitan area real estate industry. On… Continue Reading

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

Last week, Greenberg Traurig EB-5 attorney Ali Brodie presented to students at Columbia University in New York on the topic of “Post-Graduate Immigration Options with a Focus on the USCIS EB-5 Visa Program.”  EB-5 team members Sylvia Sobczyk and Joanna Jiang also attended the seminar.  The lecture attracted a number of foreign students interested in… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Events

Last week, Greenberg Traurig EB-5 attorney Ali Brodie and Franchise attorney David Oppenheimspoke at the West Coast Franchise Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Ali provided a seminar on EB-5 as a tool for franchise network expansion. She discussed how the EB-5 program affords unique opportunities for franchise companies to raise capital and expand their franchise networks… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, I-526, Immigrant Visa

The Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division of the U.S. Department of State, Charles Oppenheim, reported that the EB-5 immigrant visa category would likely retrogress in July 2015. However, this does contradict his prediction provided to AILA earlier last week of retrogression occurring in May 2015. What is striking about Oppenheim’s announcement was that… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, I-526, Immigrant Visa

As part of an ongoing series of monthly updates provided to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division of the U.S. Department of State, Charles Oppenheim, reported that the EB-5 immigrant visa category could retrogress as early as May 2015. It appears retrogression of the EB-5 immigrant visa… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Events

Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team has partnered with a migration agent to host a EB-5 seminar series in key Latin American markets. The seminar series is structured to provide ample opportunity for regional centers to network, meet and promote projects to investors through migration agents. Greenberg Traurig EB-5 attorneys will present on the legal process involved… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, General

Greenberg Traurig EB-5 attorneys Kate Kalmykov and Laura Reiff were recently featured in the first edition of Immigration Times magazine*. The magazine is published in China and features industry expert articles, immigration Q & A, regional center success stories and more. The magazine exists to provide key updates on EB-5 regulations and policies, educate investors… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Job Creation, EB-5 Program, I-526, I-829

On September 9, 2014 the U.S. State Department (the State Department) issued the October 2014 Visa Bulletin which reflected the EB-5 visa category as “current” for mainland-born Chinese EB-5 investors. However, there is speculation and anticipation that the EB-5 visa for mainland-born Chinese EB-5 investors will become unavailable during the U.S. government’s 2014-2015 fiscal year… Continue Reading

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

Greenberg Traurig EB-5 shareholder Kate Kalmykov and associate Jennifer Hermansky recently attended the Cityscape Global exposition in United Arab Emirates. Cityscape Global is the largest real estate conference in The Middle East and draws more than 280 exhibitors from 27 countries with thousands in attendance from the real estate industry. During the event, Greenberg Traurig… Continue Reading

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

The U.S. State Department (the “State Department”) issued good news for Chinese EB-5 investors today. The October 2014 Visa Bulletin reflected the EB-5 visa is current for mainland-born Chinese EB-5 investors. As we noted in August, the State Department made an announcement that as of August 23, 2014, EB-5 immigrant visa numbers for Chinese nationals… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program

As a follow-up to our webinar on September 3rd regarding potential legislative and administrative action on EB-5 and other immigration relief, the White House has decided to postpone any administrative action until after the November elections. As explained during our webinar, we did believe that such a delay could be precipitated by the political tensions… Continue Reading