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The EB-5 Visa Program: the Rebirth of the Immigration Investor Program

This is a good news story for once. But, of course, since the father of this soupcon of good news is our government, it’s almost unintended. From the ashes of the economic recession of 2008 came the rebirth of the...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

Hotelier Roadmap to EB-5 Financing for New Hotel Construction, Expansion or Renovation: Ten Steps to a Successful EB-5 Offering

The EB-5 investor visa program allows non-U.S. persons to invest $500,000 (or $1,000,000) in a business that is expected to create at least 10 new permanent jobs per investor, and to obtain a conditional visa upon review and...more

Coming to America (for Business) - Using the L1 Visa as an Alternative to EB 5

Overview - As a long term veteran of the financial services industry, I have learned that in many cases, people do not “buy” a product or service but instead are “sold”” the product or service that the advisor is...more

(US) The EB-5 Visa Program: A Popular Real Estate Financing Program's Reauthorization Is Uncertain

The EB-5 Visa Program has become an increasingly popular vehicle for real estate project financing in the United States. Last year, for the first time in the Program’s history, the annual supply of EB-5 immigrant investor...more

Bye Bye Brazil – Considerações Tributárias no Planejamento de Investimento Brasileiro dentro dos Estados Unidos - Parte 1

Sou advogado tributário americano. Me formei na academia militar do exército americano em West Point, Nova Iorque. Me graduei em Espanhol e Português. Meus professores eram um tentente coronel do exercito brasileiro formado...more

Banks and the EB-5 Program: Look Before You Leap

Many Washington banks have been asked to serve either as lender for an EB-5 project or as escrow holder to receive EB-5 customer deposits. While the benefits of serving in such roles, especially for a large real estate...more

Bye Bye Brazil!- Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part I – Income Tax Considerations

Overview - I have mentioned in prior articles that I was a Spanish and Portuguese major as an undergraduate. During the time that I was attending law school at the University of Miami, the early 1990’s, the Brazilians...more

China EB-5 Backlogs Expected during FY2015

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

Ill-equipped or Ill-researched? A letter to the editor of Fortune Magazine

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

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

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

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

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 Alert: California’s New Targeted Employment Area Procedures Impose New Barriers on California’s Ability to Compete for EB-5...

California has adopted new policies that will deny EB-5 financing to many projects. On April 30, 2012, the California Department of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency released a bombshell that will have substantial...more

Concurrent EB-5 Offerings In The United States And Abroad

Until recently, U.S. offerors and others had to make offerings of EB-5 project investments solely offshore in order to benefit from Regulation S, an exclusion from registration requirements. The offerors had to exclude...more

EB-5 Questions and Answers Series – What is the EB-5 Program?

Also known as “EB-5,” the Immigrant Investor Program was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Under the pilot immigration program, first...more

FINRA Provides Guidance on the Applicability of the Suitability Rule to Broker-Dealers Marketing Private Placements in the EB-5...

In an interpretive letter to a broker-dealer dated August 26, 2013, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) interpreted the suitability requirements under Rule 2111 for recommendations to foreign nationals making...more

Who Qualifies as an EB-5 Investor?

The EB-5 investor visa is a business-based immigration tool for foreign nationals with significant investments in the United States. Created as part of the Immigration Act of 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job...more

EB-5 Issuers May Commence General Solicitation for Rule 506 Offerings on September 23, 2013

The final rules for eliminating the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in Rule 506 offerings will become effective on September 23, 2013, which is 60 days after the July 24, 2013 date they were...more

Is immigrant investment right for your project?

What do Marriott, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, American Life Insurance Company and Jay Peak Ski Resort know that you don’t know? They have discovered a way to access substantial amounts of equity...more

The Chicago Regional Center: A Lesson in Due Diligence

In the wake of the Security and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against Anthoo R. Sethi, founder of the Chicago based EB-5 regional center who defrauded 250 foreign investors, many are now questioning the EB-5 program. What...more

USCIS Proposes Changes to EB-5 Policy for Foreign Investors

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) published on Feb. 14, 2013, a revised draft of a proposed policy memo concerning the Immigrant Investor Program (otherwise known as the EB-5 visa program). This...more

E-2 Treaty Investor Visa – A Great Visa Option For Those Who Wish To Start A Small Business In The United States – Top E-2 Visa...

An E-2 Visa is a Visa Classification that is available for foreign nationals who wish to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business. The business can be large or small and an E-2 Visa is a great Visa...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS releases draft EB5 policy memo

Our Valentine from USCIS this year was the release of a draft EB5 policy memo. EB5 is the “million dollar investment/10 jobs” category. It does not always require $1 million ($500,000 in rural areas or designated high...more

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