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E-2 Visas May be Available to Israelis by end of 2015

On June 11, 2012, President Obama signed legislation that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for nonimmigrant E-2 treaty investor visas. This was a substantial positive development in the creation of stronger...more

EB-5 Due Diligence Matters

Private placement offerings are an increasingly active part of the securities business. One especially complicated and emerging area of private placements is the EB-5 Investor Visa Regional Center Program. Under the current...more

Proposed Legislation Would Expand EB-5 Visa Program

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has introduced legislation intended to raise the number of EB-5 green cards available to foreign investors while also making permanent the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The Regional Center...more

EB-5 Extended To Mid-December, With Changes on the Horizon

The EB-5 Regional Center program has been extended through December 11, 2015. The program is an employment-based visa vehicle allowing foreign investors and their families to earn U.S. green cards by investing in new...more

The EB-5 Program gains short-term extension in Congress

Congress recently passed a short-term extension to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (commonly known as the EB-5 Program or the Immigration Investor Program) from expiring. The EB-5 program adds versatility to the...more

SEC Charges EB-5 Brokers For Not Registering

Multiple firms involved in the solicitation of investment capital for the Immigrant Investor Program (also known as "EB-5") have recently been charged by the SEC with acting as unregistered brokers. Neither In re Ireeco, LLC,...more

EB-5 Regional Center Program Gets Short-Term Extension from Congress

Congress passed a short-term extension late yesterday to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the EB-5 Program) from expiring. The Continuing Resolution will extend the EB-5 Program (and fund the U.S. government) through...more

Congress Extends EB-5 Regional Center Program

On September 30, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution that includes a temporary extension of the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the “Program”) which was due to sunset on September 30 absent reauthorization. This extension...more

Short-Term Government Funding Measure Extends EB-5 Regional Center Program through December 11, 2015

A looming federal government shutdown has been narrowly averted through the enactment on September 30, 2015 of a continuing resolution that extends funding for federal agencies through December 11, 2015. Included in this...more

Reform on the horizon for the popular EB-5 Program

The 2016 political season has kicked into high gear, sparking lively discussions about major issues affecting the country. Two of the most significant issues being debated among the candidates are the economy and immigration....more

SEC Files Another Fraud Action Based on EB-5 Program

The EB-5 program is supposed to provide a path to a permanent green card. The program was designed to create that path for foreign national who invest specified sums in the U.S. that create jobs – a win win for everyone....more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Entry to New Zealand (Updated)

ENTRY TO NEW ZEALAND - A visa or permit is not required to visit New Zealand if the visitor is an Australian citizen, British citizen, or a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand...more

CFPB issues financial guides for new immigrants

The CFPB recently announced that it has developed “the Newcomer’s Guides to Managing Money to provide recent immigrants with straightforward information about basic money decisions.” According to the CFPB, each guide...more

SEC Files Complaint Against U.S. Company for Ponzi Scheme - Includes EB-5 Investors

On Monday July 6, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") charged Luca International Group, LLC, a San Francisco area oil and gas company, and its affiliated companies ("Luca") and certain of its executives,...more

SEC Charges EB-5 Fund Operators and Finders

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission” or “SEC”) has become increasingly active in enforcing alleged violations of U.S. securities laws arising under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program. EB-5...more

Preview of Potential Changes to EB-5 Immigration Program: Source of Financing for Construction and Hospitality Projects

With the impending expiration of the Immigrant Investor Visa Program, also known as EB-5, in September, bipartisan legislation has been proposed in Congress to renew and improve the Program. The proposed changes could...more

DOS Announces Changes to E Visa Application Processing in Mexico

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the application process to obtain E-1 and E-2 visas, due to recent increases in overall visa applications made through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. The E-1 visa is...more


The proposed Senate Bill reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program would restrict the types of projects that can be funded with EB-5 financing and amount of funds that can be raised with EB-5 financing. The Senate...more


On June 23, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that it had entered into an Offer of Settlement with Ireeco, LLC and Ireeco Limited, finding that their activities constituted a violation of Section...more

SEC Files Offering Fraud Charges Based in Part on EB-5 Program

The EB-5 program, which promises a path to a permanent green card for those who can invest in this country and create jobs, has been involved in a number of SEC enforcement actions, most recently involving unregistered broker...more

SEC Charges Companies with Unregistered Broker-Dealer Activity Related to EB-5 Investment

On June 23, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged two companies with unregistered broker activity related to EB-5 visa investments. SEC alleged that the companies brokered more than $79 million in EB-5...more

SEC Announces Broker-Dealer Enforcement Action - Believed to be First in EB-5 Program

On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") charged two affiliated U.S.-based firms with failing to register as a broker-dealer with the SEC in connection with the firms' solicitation of $79...more

Unregistered Broker Activity in EB-5 Capital Fund Raising SEC Imposes Cease-And-Desist Order

In an important development affecting the EB-5 financial community the SEC has imposed a cease-and-desist order with respect to fund raising activities conducted by two unregistered brokers and related persons in connection...more

SEC Brings First Unregistered Broker Charges Based on EB-5 Program

The EB-5 program was designed to create a path to becoming a permanent residence in the U.S. for certain immigrants while facilitating job creation in the United States. Initiated in 1990, the program gives a foreign...more

Developments on the EB5 Program: the Administration, House and Senate Weigh In

The Regional Center part of the EB-5 immigrant investor program is set to sunset on September 30, 2015. Recent actions by the Obama Administration, the Senate and the House demonstrate this program now has significant...more

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