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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 Inspector General

On December 12, 2013, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”)  for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) released a long awaited report analyzing the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) administration of the EB-5 Regional Center program. Please see previous posts about the investigation. The report contains four recommendations of which USCIS concurred… Continue Reading

Posted in Inspector General, USCIS

The U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas to be the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security by a straight partisan vote of 54-41.  President Obama also announced the nomination of  Leon Rodriguez to fill his post.  Mr. Rodriguez is currently with the Department of Health and Human Services as the… Continue Reading

Posted in General, Inspector General

On December 16, 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jeh C. Johnson, the former general counsel of the Pentagon, to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a resounding 78-16 vote. (As reported earlier, the confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas to become DHS Deputy Secretary is also expected to move forward after a Senate committee… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Inspector General

As previously discussed this Fall, Inspector General Investigations and whistle-blower driven reviews by Congressional Oversight Committees are very commonplace in Washington, D.C.  The nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas, the current Director of the USCIS at DHS and the presidential nominee to assume the Deputy Secretary position at DHS, now seems to be more complicated than a… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Inspector General, USCIS

Inspector General (IG) investigations and whistle-blower driven reviews by Congressional Oversight committees are not new and are commonplace in the federal bureaucracy of the U.S. The recent publicity surrounding Alejandro Mayorkas (the current Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and presidential nominee to assume the… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Inspector General, Regional Center

1. Faster processing times for EB-5 related petitions across the board. For the better portion of 2012, USCIS has repeatedly stated at EB-5 Stakeholder events that their target processing times for all EB-5 related form types including: · I-924, Applications for Initial Regional Center Designations · I-924, Amendment Applications to Regional Center Designations · I-526,… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Inspector General, Non-Regional Center, Regional Center

In the following message publicized today by the USCIS, Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the creation of a new EB-5 Program office, as well as the implementation of a special review board this month to oversee pending cases that have been recommended for a denial. I am pleased to announce that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, EB-5 Project, Inspector General, Regional Center

As we reported last week, on April 27, 2012, USCIS Director Mayorkas hosted a Conversation engagement with the EB-5 community on the tenant-occupancy economic model. During the call the Director remained firm that the USCIS had not changed its policy with respect to the use of the economic model. He explained that the new guidance… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Inspector General, Regional Center

During the EB-5 conversation with Director Mayorkas today, he indicated that the USCIS is reconsidering the promise they made almost a year ago to introduce Premium Processing for regional center designation applications with shovel ready projects. During a call that was supposed to focus on the tenant occupancy issue, Director Mayorkas indicated that the Service… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Inspector General, Regional Center

Last week, I travelled to the Bahamas to speak at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s EB-5 conference.  Without a doubt, USCIS’ change in position regarding the ability of regional centers to count jobs generated from tenants was a concern for many stakeholders in attendance and was addressed during numerous conference panels.  The new stance on the tenant occupancy economic methodology has… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor, Inspector General

In its efforts to continue to engage the public on EB-5 related issues the USCIS has announced two upcoming engagement sessions. Tomorrow from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST the Service will host “A Conversation with Director Mayorkas.” The session will be an in-depth dialogue with the USCIS Director to discuss policy issues related to the… Continue Reading

Posted in Inspector General, Regional Center

By: Kate Kalmykov USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas invites stakeholders to review and comment on a draft policy memorandum (EB-5 AdjudicationsPolicy.pdf) on the EB-5 program. Greenberg Traurig, LLP will be submitting comments on behalf of our Regional Center clients and individual investors. GT attorneys attended the Director’s teleconference and will be forwarding an Alert assessing the… Continue Reading