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Posted in EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Regional Center, State Department, USCIS, Visa, Visa Bulletin

On September 22, 2016, USCIS determined that for October 2016, Adjustment of Status applicants in family-based and employment-based categories will be able to utilize the Dates of Filing Visa Applications chart (otherwise known as Chart B) of the monthly State Department Visa Bulletin, with the exception of several employment-based categories.  USCIS instructed that those applying for… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Legislation, Regional Center

The most recent continuing resolution (CR) authorized the EB-5 Regional Center Program through Dec. 9, 2016.  The House and Senate passed the measure on Sept. 28, and the President signed the bill into law on Sept. 29 (H.R.5325; P.L. 114-223). On Oct. 3, 2016, at the request of an unknown Member or Members of Congress,… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Eb-5 Regional Center, Regional Center, Visa

On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, the Senate Majority Leader filed legislation to fund the Federal Government through Dec. 9.  In addition to continuing the government’s funding into December, the bill contains a “clean” extension for the EB-5 Regional Center Program through Dec. 9, 2016, with no changes to the current law other than the date… Continue Reading

Posted in China, Department of State, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, Regional Center, Visa

国家签证中心,就已安排的移民面谈一事,联系了通过区域中心投资的EB-5移民签证申请人,告知他们,虽然目前为止已安排的移民签证面谈仍预计正常进行,申请人的面谈面临被取消的可能。由于即将到来的 9月30日区域中心项目的暂定截止日期,国家签证中心表示国务院将只有在国会将区域中心项目延期到9月30日之后才能继续发放移民签证。 如果已经安排的面谈时间超出区域中心项目的延期之外,面谈将会被取消,并且只能在国会继续延长该项目的情况下才能重新安排面试。如果项目获得延期,在今年10月的国务院签证公告中,EB-5类别的签证配额将会是”current”(有名额的),签证名额受到积压的地区除外,比如中国内地。 国会目前正在考虑EB-5区域中心项目延期的相关条款。需要更多有关区域中心项目继续授权和延期的最新动态,请订阅此博客。

Posted in China, Department of State, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, Regional Center, Visa

The National Visa Center (NVC) has reached out to EB-5 immigrant visa applicants who have invested via Regional Centers regarding their scheduled interview appointments, letting them know that while at this time they are expected to appear for their interviews, the interviews may be subject to cancellation. In anticipation of the EB-5 pilot program’s upcoming… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Project, I-526, I-924, Regional Center, USCIS

One of the purposes of Form I-924 is to file an exemplar for a specific EB-5 investment project. In so doing, a Regional Center seeks a preliminary determination of EB-5 compliance for a project prior to the commencement of I-526 filings by individual investors so as to have greater assurance that investors will not encounter… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, I-526, I-829, I-924, Regional Center, USCIS

At its July 28, 2016 stakeholder engagement, USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) Chief Nicholas Colucci focused his opening remarks on USCIS’s efforts to enhance the IPO’s adjudication capabilities, the office’s commitment to conducting program oversight and promoting program integrity, and the role of the designated regional center in maintaining program integrity. Before delving into a… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Regional Center

With the looming September 30, 2015 expiration date fast approaching, leading EB-5 stakeholders including The Real Estate Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the EB-5 Investment Coalition drafted a letter outlining the key principles for EB-5 reform and reauthorization of the EB-5 regional center investment program to Congressional Leaders.  To view the letter, please… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Regional Center, USCIS

As previously reported, since January 2015 USCIS has maintained a webpage listing the EB-5 Regional Centers that have had their designations terminated. As of June 4, 2015, USCIS has terminated 34 Regional Centers. A Regional Center’s participation in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program can be terminated by USCIS for several reasons under the regulations found… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Regional Center

On Sept. 28, 2012, just two days shy of its expiration, the EB-5 Regional Center Program was extended for three years when President Obama signed S.3245 into law.  The bill was sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy, and cosponsored by Senators Grassley, Kohl, Hatch, Rubio, Schumer, Lee, Conrad, and Collins.  It had no short title, listed… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Regional Center

EB-5 Investment Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Effort on Reform Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced bi-partisan legislation to extend and  improve the job-creating immigrant investor visa program, known as EB-5, which is set to expire in September.  The American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act… Continue Reading

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 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 I-924, Regional Center

In order to demonstrate continued eligibility for the Regional Center designation, the Regional Center must file Form I-924A (Supplement to Form I-924A) and supporting documentation between September 30th and December 29th of the fiscal year. Thus, all Regional Centers who were designated on or before September 30, 2014, will need to submit their Form I-924As… Continue Reading

Posted in Regional Center

International law firm Greenberg Traurig  today announced that firm client City of Miami received approval for designation as an EB-5 Regional Center for Foreign Investment under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services immigrant investment visa program. The City of Miami Regional Center will be one of the few government-owned and managed regional centers in the United States…. Continue Reading

Posted in Regional Center

Developers should keep in mind that there is a distinction between how EB-5 funds can be spent versus what expenses can be modeled by an economist in a regional center case. EB-5 money can be spent on items that may not be “qualifying” for job creation purposes, and thus, not modeled for jobs by the… Continue Reading

Posted in Regional Center

Cory Richards recently authored an article on EB5investors.com’s blog entitled “Shining Light on TEA Designation”. The article outlines the requirements that determine if a location for a Regional Center is considered a targeted employment area (“TEA”). This is of particular interest to investors as a TEA designation decreases the minimum qualifying investment amount from $1… Continue Reading

Posted in Regional Center

For regional centers and project companies, jobs created through construction represent a path of least resistance for obtaining approval for I-924 applications, I-526 petitions and I-829 petitions by USCIS.  The reason is two-fold: (1) projects usually meet or exceed the construction budget and the jobs are thereby deemed created at the I-829 stage; and (2)… Continue Reading

Posted in I-924, Regional Center

GT would like to remind our regional center clients to submit their I-924A annual compliance filings on or before December 29, 2013.  The I-924A is used to demonstrate a Regional Center’s continued eligibility for the Regional Center designation granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Each designated Regional Center must file the… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor, Regional Center, Speaking Engagement

Greenberg Traurig, LLP will host the eighth event of the 2013 National EB-5 Finance Seminar Tour in Chicago on Tuesday, October 8th. The seminar will expose participants to a unique alternative financing opportunity for projects that lend themselves to the EB-5 immigrant investor program. The seminar includes a panel of attorneys in Greenberg Traurig’s Business… Continue Reading

Posted in Regional Center, USCIS

Cory Richards recently authored an article on EB5Investors.com’s blog entitled “Recent Decision from AAO”. The article outlines the Administrative Appeals Office’s (“AAO”) decision to overturn an United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) denial of a Regional Center’s amendment for expansion of both geographic area and industry designation, which came as a surprise to many… Continue Reading