February 2015

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。
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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 FY2008 –  FY2015
Year Received Approved Denied Pending
2008 1,258 642 120 853
2009 1,031 1,265 208 514
2010 1,953 1,369 165 1,125
2011 3,805 1,571 372 3,347
2012 6,041 3,677 957 5,018
2013 6,346 3,699 943 7,131
2014 10,923 4,925 1,169 12,453
2015 (First Quarter) 2,941 1,652 133 13,526


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Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team will sponsor the 2015 Invest in America Summit and Exhibition, the largest USA-themed investment conference and exhibition in China, with attorney Kate Kalmykov serving as Summit Co-Chair. In celebration of the event’s fifth anniversary, the Summit will travel to three Chinese cities. Event dates and locations are:

  • March 14 – 15th, 2015 | Shanghai, China | Main Event  – BOOTHS ALMOST SOLD OUT!
  • March 18, 2015 | Shenzhen, China – BOOTHS SOLD OUT!
  • March 21, 2015 | Beijing, China – BOOTHS SOLD OUT!

Invest in America welcomes U.S. investment projects, regional centers, real estate brokerage firms, franchises, private equity and venture capital companies, financial services, attorneys, CPAs, international trade agencies, government officials, and colleges to participate in exhibitions and presentations. The summit also promises investors and business executives who are eager to learn more about investment and business opportunities in the United States.


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Written by Terry R. Weiss and Matthew S. Johns

In the wake of recent cybersecurity breaches, the SEC and FINRA simultaneously issued reports this week to the securities industry summarizing cybersecurity examination findings and to investors recommending certain precautions to safeguard online investment information.

In its Risk Alert – Cybersecurity Examination Sweep Summary, the SEC describes the results from examinations of more than 100 broker-dealers and investment advisors, the relative split between the two being unspecified. Nevertheless, the findings reveal that the vast majority of broker-dealers and investment advisors have made cybersecurity a priority and implemented appropriate cybersecurity policies and programs. The findings also suggest that broker-dealers have more thorough cybersecurity policies and programs in place than investment advisors.


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