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 upper management at USCIS. Although the report does highlight communications that have been deemed inappropriate by members of the immigration bar and stakeholder community, it doesn’t make substantive recommendations or criticisms about the program itself.
It is incumbent upon us all to work within existing processes and procedures as we advocate for important reforms. Please see Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 Insights blog post about appropriate ways to request expedited review for pending cases.
We hope this serves as an important lesson to the community as a whole.