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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

In recent weeks, Governor LePage and the Department of Health and Human Services have disagreed with Attorney General Janet Mills regarding the Administration’s ability to influence whether municipalities distribute General...more

An Executive Summary and Overview of the EB-5 Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by...more

Capital Thinking: International

Iraq/Syria Crisis - Early last week, on Tuesday, President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of approximately 275 U.S. military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in...more

FinCEN Advisory Addresses Risks Presented By Citizenship-by-Investment Program

On May 20, FinCEN issued Advisory FIN-2014-A004, warning financial institutions about the risk of illicit financial activity conducted by individuals with passports from St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN), which allows individuals to...more

Nonimmigrant Business Visa Chart

The chart linked here provides some introductory information regarding the different visa categories compiled by Williams Mullen’s Immigration Practice Group. Please see full chart below for more information....more

Michigan Becomes Second State Approved EB-5 Regional Center

The State of Michigan announced last week that it received approval by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to operate a government run EB-5 regional center. The regional center will be the second state-run...more

EB-5 Visas: a Source of Funding for US Businesses but not Without Risk

China’s wealthy investors are known for seeking secure havens for their money overseas. In addition to being considered a secure environment for their money, the US offers the EB-5 program providing the investor and his or...more

Banker Beware: EB-5 Programs Can Be Fraught With Peril

The EB-5 visa, created by Section 203(b)(5) of the United State's (U.S.) Immigration Act of 1990, was established to attract foreign capital and create U.S. jobs by providing a method of obtaining a Green Card for foreign...more

UPDATE: Developments in the Ukraine and Impact on Investments

On Sunday, Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine. The EU and U.S., which consider Sunday’s referendum in Crimea to be illegal, retaliated with sanctions. The nature of these is set out below as a further update to the Alert...more

Update on Economic Sanctions Triggered in Reaction to the Crisis in Ukraine

On March 17, the European Union and United States took further actions with respect to the Ukraine situation, as follows...more

American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2014

Over the last several months, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has been working closely with lawmakers on important legislation updating and refining the EB-5 program. Late last week, as a result of these efforts, Rep. Jared...more

The Gloves are Off: U.S. Sanctions Block Aggressors in Crimea

In response to Russia’s military presence in the Crimean region of Ukraine, President Obama issued an Executive Order (“EO”) on March 6, 2014, authorizing the blocking of property of individuals and entities involved in the...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine"

On March 6, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order “blocking property of certain persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine” (“the Order”), designed to address the extraordinary threats to democratic processes...more

EB-5 Financing for U.S. Developers and Businesses

Interest in the EB-5 financing program has increased exponentially in the past year and is being explored by many developers and businesses in the United States as an alternative to traditional financing sources....more

Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program Ends, Increases U.S. Opportunities

Earlier this month, Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2014 announced that the country would be ending its Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). The Canadian government made the decision to end the program in order to eliminate a...more

FAQs about EB-5 Regional Center Requirements

The EB-5 investor visa is a business-based immigration option for foreign nationals with significant investments in the United States. What is the EB-5 investor program? The EB-5 visa was created as part of the...more

Analysis: The State of the Union in 2014

INTRODUCTION - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 113th Congress. In setting forth his priorities for the remainder of the year, he...more

Getting a Green Card Subjects Noncitizens to U.S. Foreign Bank Account Reporting Requirements

A resident or citizen of a country other than the United States who obtains lawful permanent resident status in the United States, often referred to as a “green card,” becomes a resident of the United States for U.S. income...more

How to Find the Right Regional Center and Negotiate the Terms of an EB-5 Financing for your Hotel Project

Why EB-5 financing is important to hotel developers now: Financing for new hotel development is still in short supply, even for experienced hotel developers. As a result, many hotel developers are exploring the EB-5 financing...more

A practical guide to compliance with U.S. securities broker-dealer laws for regional centers and project developers using EB-5...

Are regional centers really required to register as broker-dealers under U.S. securities laws? Recent articles have suggested that every United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)-approved regional...more

EB-5 and the Tenant Occupancy Issue as Applied to Hotel Employees

Since the release of its “Tenant Occupancy” Notice on February 17, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has begun issuing Requests for Evidence on pending regional center applications and exemplar...more

California’s New Rule for Private Fund Advisers will Result in Significant New Requirements and Restrictions for Many California...

On August 27, 2012, the California Department of Corporations adopted a new Rule 206.204.9, which was intended to encourage capital investment in private investment funds by providing an exemption from investment adviser...more

EB-5 Financing for Hotel Development: Use of Hotel Industry Standards for Determining Job Creation from New Guest Expenditures

USCIS has challenged EB-5 financing for hotel projects that rely on guest expenditures. Since 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued multiple Requests for Evidence (RFE) challenging the...more

Protecting the Integrity of the EB-5 Investment Market Through the Adoption and Use of Due Diligence Best Practices

EB-5 stakeholders must act to protect the integrity of the EB-5 investment market in the wake of the SEC fraud complaint against the International Regional Center Trust of Chicago, LLC. The EB-5 immigrant investor program...more

Advising Business Owners Seeking Financing Through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program

Business owners throughout the United States are still finding it difficult to finance development and expansion of their business, almost three years after the start of the Great Recession in September 2008, and weak job...more

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