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

USCIS recently announced the release of a new edition of Form I-526, with the new edition dated 04/10/2017. Starting on June 9, 2017, USCIS will only accept the 04/10/2017 edition.  Until then, investors can use the 12/23/2016 edition. Both editions of Form I-526 are available to download at no cost on the USCIS website. Investors… Continue Reading

Posted in Awards & Recognitions, EB-5, Immigrant Investor, Immigrant Visa

The Business Immigration & Compliance Practice of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer Hermansky has been elevated to shareholder in the Philadelphia office. Hermansky focuses her immigration practice on both employment-based and family-based immigration. Specifically, she focuses her practice on EB-5 immigrant investor visas. She has prepared and filed many immigrant investor… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, I-526, I-924, Immigrant Investor, Immigration, Regional Center, USCIS

The Immigrant Investor Program office (IPO) has decided to hold in abeyance I-526 Petitions until the adjudication of an associated Exemplar I-924 Petition, even when an associated I-526 Petition is past posted processing times. This has had a particularly detrimental effect on I-526 Petitions filed prior to Sept. 30, 2015, when there was a surge… Continue Reading

Posted in Events, Immigrant Investor

Kate Kalmykov and Jennifer Hermansky recently attended the Investment Immigration Summit MENA in Dubai. The Summit is the leading immigration conference in the Middle East, hosting hundreds of immigration agents and consultants, private bankers and wealth managers, law firms and government officials.  Hermansky provided an outlook for EB-5 in 2017.  Kalmykov presented a workshop on L-1… Continue Reading

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, EB-5 Investment, Immigrant Investor, USCIS, Visa

On Aug. 26, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking for an International Entrepreneur Rule, and provided an advance version of the proposed rule for public review. According to an announcement from USCIS, the proposed rule will allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to exercise discretion, on a… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Immigrant Investor

Yesterday, the leading EB-5 Trade Associations/Coalitions sent a letter to the Senate and House Judiciary Committee Leaders and Members expressing support for extending the EB-5 Regional Center Program and recommending concrete changes.  This is a decisive moment for the EB-5 Industry as the key members of the community are all speaking with one voice This… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor, USCIS

The USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) held its first stakeholder engagement of 2016 on Feb. 3. Primarily speaking for USCIS were Nicholas Colucci, Chief of the IPO, Julia Harrison, Deputy Chief of the IPO, and Laurie McKenzie, the new Division Chief of Policy and Performance. Processing Times and Backlog Reduction Issues As has been… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor

EB-5 Investors magazine hosted a conference earlier this week focusing on keeping the  EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program a priority for lawmakers before it expires on September 30. Laura Reiff, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Practice, is the executive director for the EB-5 Investment Coalition and was a panelist at the event. In… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Investor, USCIS

On June 4, 2015, USCIS’ Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) hosted a stakeholder engagement to discuss expenses that are, or are not, includable for job creation under the EB-5 program. This engagement is part of the IPO’s EB-5 interactive series, which covers in depth topics and provides an informative discussion for EB-5 stakeholders. As stated… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Investor

Chinese buyers bought more U.S. homes, for more money, than any other foreign buyers last year, according to a new report released by the National Association of Realtors. The report is based on a survey of realtors about existing home sales to foreigners over the period of April 2014 through March 2015; for purposes of… Continue Reading

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

The United States Conference of Mayors conference hosted their 83rd Annual Meeting on June 19-22, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The EB-5 immigration investor program was included in the adopted resolutions of the organization as listed herein: EB-5 IMMIGRANT INVESTOR PROGRAM WHEREAS, EB-5 is the designation for the fifth employment-based preference immigrant visa category established… 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, 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, 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 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, 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 Immigrant Investor

As previously reported by Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team, the U.S. Department of State recently announced that immigrant visa numbers for Chinese nationals in the EB-5 category will become unavailable through September 30, 2014 which will mark the end of Fiscal Year 2014. To  address this development, Greenberg Traurig and EB5 Investors magazine will host a… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Investor, Immigrant Visa

On August 23rd, 2014, the U.S. Department of State made an announcement that as of that same date, immigrant visa numbers for Chinese nationals in the EB-5 category will become unavailable through September 30, 2014 which will mark the end of Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014).  In line with the predictions made earlier in the year… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor

Last week, Greenberg Traurig EB-5 attorney Laura Reiff spoke at the first of many monthly informational sessions hosted by the city of Miami’s Office of International Business Development. The event began with a press conference with the mayor of Miami in City Hall and was followed by a widely attended informational session focusing on the… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Green Card, Immigrant Investor, Immigrant Visa

Once an EB-5 investor receives permanent residency (whether conditional or unconditional), they must follow certain rules and regulations to ensure they do not lose their permanent residency, including physical presence requirements. Additionally, if an EB-5 investor desires to obtain U.S. citizenship, he or she must meet certain residence and physical present requirements. In order to… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Investor

After the I-526 petition is filed with USCIS, the government will issue a Form I-797, Notice of Action –Receipt Notice.  This document will contain a USCIS assigned Receipt Number.  An investor may then go online to www.uscis.gov and enter their Receipt Number to monitor the progress of the adjudication. Many investors in China, and from… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor

Greenberg Traurig EB-5 attorney Cory Richards recently published an article on EB5 Investors blog entitled “What do the Chinese Real Estate Market and EB-5 have in common?” The article is particularly relevant to Chinese investors who are determining source of funds options for their EB-5 investment. The rapid growth in the real estate market has… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Investor

A primary motivation for many EB-5 investors is acquiring permanent residency status for their children in hopes that they can attend American universities and secure jobs in the United States upon graduating. Under current immigration law, in order for one to qualify as a derivative applicant and be eligible for immigration benefits along with the… Continue Reading