EB-5 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 by Congress in 1990; and

WHEREAS, Congress established the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program in 1992 to create Regional Centers which aid foreign investors, by directing and professionally managing their investments while concentrating pooled investments in defined distressed economic zones; and

WHEREAS, EB-5 allocates 10,000 visas annually to foreign investors and their families who invest at least $1 million (or $500,000 in a target employment area) which must generate at least 10 jobs; and

WHEREAS, EB-5 has become a vital source of urban redevelopment funds; and

WHEREAS, since 2008 over $8.6 billion has been invested in qualified American projects; and

WHEREAS, that investment has supported over 171,000 American jobs; and
Continue Reading The 83rd U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco Adopts Eb-5 Related Resolution

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 the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program, currently due to expire at the end of Fiscal Year 2015 (Sept. 30, 2015), a permanent feature of U.S. immigration law.

The new legislation, among other goals, aims to improve the EB-5 Program by addressing key administrative and substantive concerns with several key proposals, including:
Continue Reading Congressmen Polis (D-CO) and Amodei (R-NV) Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Permanently Authorize the EB-5 Program