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On Saturday, August 23, 2014, the Department of State dramatically announced that EB-5 visas (for immigrant investors) were no longer available for the remainder of the fiscal year for individuals from mainland China. This...more
The government’s EB-5 program is supposed to be a win win for everyone. For immigrants seeking admission to the United States it is supposed to provide a path to citizenship if the requirements, centered on the investment of...more
This article is the second in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws....more
On August 23, 2014, the State Department announced that the employment based fifth-preference category (EB-5) is unavailable for Chinese nationals for the remainder of FY2014, through September 30, 2014, due to the large...more
This article is the first in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws....more
According to the U.S. Department of State, effective Saturday, August 23, 2014, the China Employment Fifth (EB-5) preference category has become "Unavailable" for the remainder of the fiscal year 2014. This action is...more
On August 23, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the EB-5 visa category for Chinese nationals will be unavailable in the upcoming September 2014 Visa Bulletin because the maximum number of EB-5 visas for...more
Legalisation allows release from liability and legitimises the turnover of property.
The Law on Amnesty of Kazakhstan Citizens, Repatriates (Oralmans), and Individuals Having Kazakhstan Permanent Residence Permit in...more
With all the current and planned building projects taking place in South Florida, it seems the recent real estate crash has largely been forgotten. However, the collapse still haunts traditional lending institutions, many of...more
There’s an irony in Fortune Magazine’s July 24, 2014, article “The dark, disturbing world of the visa-for-sale program.” The article accuses foreign EB-5 investors of being “ill-equipped (or disinclined) to assess the...more
In This Issue:
- Corporate: Register of Shareholders
- Investment Partnership
- Dual Citizenship
- Economic Partnership
- Excerpt from Corporate: Register of Shareholders:
On 31 July 2014 the...more
Why is there so much buzz about EB-5 financing?
In the last five years, EB-5 financing has become extremely popular in development circles and is being widely used by mainstream, institutional players including...more
As we have reported previously in recent years the United States has intensified its efforts to force United States persons to disclose assets they hold and income they earn abroad. Two prominent examples of these efforts are...more
How should hotel developers go after EB-5 financing?
Although the EB-5 immigrant visa program has been around since 1990, the current trend of using this as a source of financing for hotel development began only three...more
What does it mean to establish “preferred” status? What does it take?
The preferred status of a developer and project with respect to EB-5 financing has certain elements are more or less inherent in the project and...more
In seeking to access EB-5 financing, our developer clients have asked a lot of questions, but most of them can really be summed up in the following 5 questions:
1. Will EB-5 work for me on my project?
2. How much...more
Competition for EB-5 Financing is Strong.
Demand for EB-5 financing among U.S. real estate developers is at record high levels, and demand for high quality EB-5 investments in China remains strong. Marketing agents in...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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