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Using the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act for Minor Investors in EB-5 Investment Funds

The USCIS stated in a stakeholder call on July 28, 2016 that minors can be primary applicants on I-526 petitions for visas under the EB-5 Program, but bear the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that they...more

EB-5 Securities Law Roundtable Offers Technical Language Resource to Lawmakers

Check out what’s new in the EB-5 world, where a team of securities lawyers are at work offering to help lawmakers understand complex legal provisions of proposed EB-5 integrity legislation. The group is called the EB-5...more

NASAA Publishes Fraud Alert for EB-5 Investors

Recently, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), which is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection, published an investor advisory for potential investors in EB-5...more

Three Immigration Lawyers Sanctioned by the SEC for Brokering EB-5 Investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just published three new decisions in connection with administrative proceedings against two well known immigration lawyers, as well as against a third lawyer. One party has...more

A Primer on EB-5 and Key Issues in its Renewal

What is the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program? The EB-5 immigrant investment visa program provides a “fast track” to obtain permanent U.S. residency (a “green card”) to qualified foreign investors who satisfy...more

Prevailing in an Era of Regulatory Enforcement – Balancing Risk and Compliance [Expect Focus – Vol. II, July 2016]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker SECURITIES - - FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture - SEC Seeks Fund Responses to Distribution-In-Guise Guidance...more

EB-5 Program Update – SEC Orders $3.2 Million in Disgorgement Against Unregistered Broker-Dealers

So you want to use the government’s EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (“EB-5 Program”) to raise cash? Be aware that the SEC will be looking over your shoulder to determine whether you are acting as an unregistered broker-dealer...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has Provided a Breeding Ground for Securities Fraud - Back in 1990, Congress created the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) EB-5...more

Foreign Investor Visas Enter the Political Fray

Investment is the lifeblood of any economy. This is true whether that investment is in the form of building a business, or buying property. As the global economy evolves, an increasing number of international investors are...more

FINRA and the SEC Issue 2016 Examination Priorities Targeting EB-5 Program

Earlier this month, both the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) included the EB-5 Immigrant Investor...more

SEC Issues 2016 Examination Priorities Targeting EB-5 Program

On January 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced its examination priorities for this year. Cybersecurity, municipal advisors and the protection...more

EB-5 Immigrant Visa program extension signed into law — without any changes. EB-5 financing continues for new development...

Hotel lawyer with great news for developers: the EB-5 immigrant visa financing program has been renewed — approved by Congress and signed by the President. It is being continued without change through September 30, 2016....more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Investment Management Division Director Address to Investment Company Institute - Division Director David Grim addressed the ICI on December 16, 2015. In his remarks, Grim noted 2015 was the 75th...more

SEC Nabs Immigration Lawyers Acting as Unregistered Brokers, Orders Fines and Disgorgement

In 2012, we wrote about the risky business of immigration lawyers accepting finder’s fees for selling limited partnership interests in EB-5 deals. For the past several years, securities law violations have been part and...more

The Death of EB-5 Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Earlier this year we discussed the uncertain future of the EB-5 Visa Program, one of the most successful inbound investment programs of recent years, as evidenced by the $5.2 billion dollars the program has generated in the...more

Limiting Securities Litigation Risks in EB-5 Offerings: What Regional Centers and Issuers Need to Know

The flurry of federal suits filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the past few months against several companies and individuals for alleged fraud and false statements in soliciting foreign investors...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

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

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

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

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

EB-5 ALERT: SEC ORDER AGAINST IREECO FOR ACTING AS AN UNREGISTERED BROKER FOR EB-5 INVESTMENT TRANSACTIONS PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR...

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

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