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Posted in Department of Homeland Security, EB-5, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, EB-5 Industry stakeholder groups, EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Job Creation, EB-5 Legislation, EB-5 Modernization Rule, EB-5 Processing Times, EB-5 Program, EB-5 Project, I-526, I-829, I-924, Uncategorized

After years of delay the Obama-era EB-5 immigration regulations were published on July 24, 2019. You can find a copy of the regulations at this link. You can also find a summary of them here. The regulations only apply to those who file their I-526 Petitions on or after Nov. 21, 2019. Without further ado,… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, EB-5 Legislation, Immigrant Investor, Immigrant Visa, Immigration, Immigration Law, Immigration Reform, President Trump's Administration, Tax Considerations, Visa

This is the fourth post in a series that discusses how EB-5 investors and their dependents can maintain eligibility for permanent residence and I-829 Petition approval. This blog focuses on criminal issues and tax issues. President Trump’s Executive Order, along with a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implementation memorandum, prioritizes removable aliens who: Have been convicted… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, EB-5 Legislation, EB-5 Program, Immigrant Investor, Immigration, Immigration Law, Immigration Reform, President Trump's Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protections, USCIS

As we previously reported, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum entitled “Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens”[1] on June 28, 2018.  This Policy Memorandum was issued in response to President Trump’s Executive Order (EO), “Enhancing Public… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Legislation, EB-5 Program, USCIS

On June 30, USCIS released its Annual Report 2017 to Congress on matters relating to its mission – “Congress charged us with the duty to aid applicants and their sponsors who are experiencing difficulties applying for immigration benefits with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In addition, Congress bestowed on us the responsibility of identifying… 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 Immigration Reform, Visa

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee considered H.R.5203, the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016, which was introduced May 12, 2016, by Representative Randy Forbes of Virginia. The bill’s purpose, as reported last week in a section-by-section breakdown is to enhance security procedures for the processing of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. The bill… Continue Reading

Posted in Immigrant Visa, Immigration Reform, Legislation, Visa

On May 16, 2016, Representative Will Hurd (R-TX), along with Representatives Michael McCaul (R-TX), Candice Miller (R-MI), Peter King (R-NY), John Katko (R-NY), and Martha McSally (R-AZ), introduced H.R. 5253, the “Strong Visa Integrity Secures America Act.” The Homeland Security Committee will consider this bill on June 8, 2016. The bill’s purpose is to improve… Continue Reading

Posted in Events

The EB-5 Investment Coalition will be hosting a legislative workshop in Washington, D.C. from April 12 to April 14, 2016, in order to continue the Coalition’s efforts to build the path to long-term EB-5 Regional Center Program Reauthorization.  The legislative workshop will include interactive and thoughtful roundtable discussions with experts in the EB-5 industry who will confront some… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Investment, EB-5 Program, Immigration

The first hearing of the second session of the 114th Congress on the topic of EB-5 was held in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 2, 2016. Witnesses included Nicholas Colucci, Chief, Office of Immigrant Investor Program, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Stephen L. Cohen, Associate Director, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange… Continue Reading

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Following is the Chinese translation of a previously published blog: 包括德州总检察长在内的17个州日前在位于德州Brownsville的联邦地区法院提起诉讼, 请求判决奥巴马政府“暂缓遣返”程序违宪,并请求法院发出禁止令。信息来源 目前看来,诉讼瞄准的是奥巴马行政决定中的无证外籍人士,不涉及商业相关的其它行政决定。 随着案件的发展,我们将会继续为您提供分析及相关信息。  

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform, EB-5 Investment

奥巴马总统最近宣布了其对移民政策变化的新提议,提议对EB-5投资移民将产生特殊影响。此文章简述这些举措对EB-5的影响。 奥巴马总统访华期间宣布了中国公民将有资格申请有效期为10年的赴美旅游签证。这使得一些国人认为,如果拿到了10年有效签证,通过EB-5获得美国永久居留权将变得不重要。这种理解存在许多误区。首先,虽然中国公民个人有资格申请有效期10年的旅游签证,但并不代表批准的签证就是为期10年。领馆或许仍会选择发放有效期为1年的签证。其次,持旅游签证在美国境内的逗留时间仍为6个月。再次,旅游签证仅限于持签证者在美国旅游,而不能在美国学习或永久生活。所以,如果个人仍希望在美学习或生活,还是要申请EB-5类型签证。接下来,我们讨论奥巴马总统最近在移民改革问题上的行政决定。

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform, EB-5 Investment

President Obama recently announced proposed changes in immigration policies that impact immigration, with many that may specifically influence the EB-5 Program. The purpose of this article is to outline the measures that could impact EB-5. On the President’s trip to China he announced that Chinese nationals would be eligible to apply for a 10-year tourist… Continue Reading

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Following is a Chinese version of a previously published blog: 2014年11月20日,奥巴马总统发表了社会各界期待已久的移民改革“行政决定”。事项总汇 我们也会持续更新有关信息。奥巴马总统在去年已经表示此行政决定将延迟到中期选举之后。尽管参众两院的共和党领袖对此举措表示强烈反对,并声称奥巴马总统的行为滥用权力且无法律依据,但是,总统行政决定中的计划将通过政策规定的更新、改变和调整而立即实施。决定反对者已经表示将通过诉诸法律程序,削减经费来源以及其他政治途径来阻止决定的执行。我们会继续跟进相关发展和变化。

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On November 20, 2014, President Obama released the long-anticipated “Executive Action” on immigration reform. See here, here and here. We will also post additional materials made available. Late last summer, the President had postponed the release of such action until after the mid-term elections. Despite the cries of overreaching and lack of authority by the Republican leadership in the… Continue Reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Please join Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice for a webinar entitled Executive Action on Immigration Reform: Now What? Due to the nature of this development, GT will offer two opportunities to participate in this webinar. Friday, November 21st | 1:00 – 2:30pm ET Monday, November 24th | 1:00 – 2:30pm ET Topics include: What Executive… Continue Reading

Posted in EB-5 Program

As a follow-up to our webinar on September 3rd regarding potential legislative and administrative action on EB-5 and other immigration relief, the White House has decided to postpone any administrative action until after the November elections. As explained during our webinar, we did believe that such a delay could be precipitated by the political tensions… Continue Reading

Posted in Speaking Engagement

Earlier this month, several members from Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team attended EB5 Investors magazine’s Las Vegas EB-5 Conference featuring keynote speaker Congressman Jared Polis, Chair of the NewDem Coalition’s Immigration Task Force. At the conference, EB-5 attorney Laura Reiff moderated a panel discussion entitled ” EB-5 Program Advocacy: How the Program Could Change in 2014… Continue Reading

Posted in Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (“EWIC”), co-chaired by Greenberg Traurig Business Immigration & Compliance Practice Co-Chair Laura Reiff, issued the below reaction to the release of Republican standards for immigration reform following the annual House Republican retreat held this week. Reaction to the Release of the Republican Standards: IMMIGRATION REFORM IS KEY PRIORITY FOR THE… Continue Reading

Posted in Speaking Engagement

This week, attorney Ali Brodie spoke at the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association (CHLA) Annual Conference and Trade Show on “Immigration Update, Intro to EB-5 & Tips on Keeping ICE off your Tailgate”. The conference focused on the economy of Colorado and boasted more than 500 in attendance with speakers and representatives from a wide… Continue Reading

Posted in Marketing, Speaking Engagement

Kate Kalmykov recently spoke at the United States Chamber of Commerce “Reforming Immigration for a Better America” Immigration Summit on April 26th. The summit included remarks by President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thomas J. Donohue, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC,) and Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Ted Poe… Continue Reading