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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 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

DHS Funded for One More Week; Shutdown Temporarily Averted

Republican leaders and both branches of Congress failed Friday to come to a long-term agreement to provide fiscal year funding for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and provide confidence that a DHS shutdown will be...more

USCIS to Run Out of Funds February 27th

On February 4, 2015 the Senate held a vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but the vote failed. This was the second vote on DHS funding, which will run out on February 27, 2015....more

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Process

The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act currently allocates 10,000 “EB-5” immigrant visas per year to qualified individuals seeking Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status - also known as a “green card” - on the basis of...more

Iran, Syria Sanctions Strengthened by New U.S. Law

While the United States has long maintained sanctions on Iran and has expanded those sanctions several times recently, none of those recent actions has had such a direct impact on U.S. companies as the Iran Threat Reduction...more

IRS: Interest Paid to Nonresident Aliens to Be Reported

Information regarding nonresident alien deposits in the United States could be provided to foreign governments as of January 2013, raising concern among non-U.S. residents holding deposits in the United States....more

Congress Acts to Expand U.S.- Israeli Investments

On Friday, June 8, 2012, President Obama signed into law H.R. 3992, which permits otherwise eligible Israeli nationals to receive E-2 non-immigrant visas to the United States as investors. Both the Senate and the House...more

Major Changes Announced for Mexico E-1 and E-2 Visa Processing

Effective July 1, all E visa adjudications in Mexico will be centralized in three visa posts and all supporting documents must be presented in a standardized format. ...more

EB-5 Sunset Provisions Unsettles Investors and Entrepreneurs

The EB-5 Regional Center Investor Program will sunset on September 30, 2012. Congress is expected to reauthorize the program, but we could be waiting until the end of September before a vote on the issue. This will certainly...more

EB-5 – A Call to Foreign Investors From U.S. Developers and Business Owners

The EB-5 program, a pathway to U.S. citizenship for foreign investors via the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (“USCIS”) Immigrant Investor Program, has been a vehicle for domestic economic stimulation and...more

VISIT USA Act Will Give Foreign Investors in Florida Real Estate a US Visa With $500K+ Purchase

Florida should become even more alluring to foreign investors and international real estate buyers if the United States Congress passes the proposed “Visa Improvements to Stimulate International Tourism to the United States...more

Russian Legal Update - Third Quarter 2011

In This Issue: p1 The UK Bribery Act (2010): The Impact on Russian Companies and Russian Business Generally p3 Russian Foreign Strategic Investments Law: A Step Forward on the Way to Liberalisation or a Decorative...more

FBAR Violation Puts Green Card Holder’s At Risk

Green Card holders face risk of non-renewal or revocation of their Green Card (permanent residence status) if they failed to file a Report of Foreign Bank Account (FBAR). This may come has headline news to some permanent...more

Pension Alert - August 2011

Topics in this Alert: - Auto-Enrolment and NEST — Page 1 - Age Discrimination – Default Retirement Age Abolished — Page 2 - Bribery Act 2010 — Page 3 - Early Access Off the Table — Page 3 - DC Contracting Out —...more

EB-5 (Job Creation) Investor Green Card Pursuit, Regional Center Approach & TEA Designation Information

Under Section 203(b)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 10,000 immigrant visas per year are available to qualified individual investors (and accompanying spouse & minor children) seeking to obtain permanent resident...more

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