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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

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

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

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

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

EB-5 Alert: U.S. House of Representatives Approves Three-Year Extension of EB-5 Regional Center Program and Sends to President for...

EB-5 Program Regional Centers Have Been Re-authorized until 2015. EB-5 Regional Centers play an important role in raising EB-5 financing for new business development, and there has been some concern among investors and...more

Update on California’s New Targeted Employment Area Procedures for EB-5 Immigrant Investor Financing

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is actively communicating with EB-5 stakeholders to address concerns raised with the new procedures for designating “Targeted Employment Areas.” We met with Brook...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

Beware of EB-5 Investor Scam

Recently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a warning regarding scams associated with the EB-5 investor visa. According to USCIS, scammers target foreign nationals who are seeking to become permanent...more

A View of EB-5 Program Issues from a Top SEC Enforcement Official

As participation in the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) Immigrant Investor Program or “EB-5 program” grows, regulatory interest is showing a commensurate uptick. On November 20, 2013, Associate Director Stephen...more

Broker-Dealer Registration Issues Associated with Development Projects under the EB-5 Program

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (the “EB-5 Program”) administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has been a significant source of capital for various real estate and other development projects...more

How To Develop an EB-5 Immigration Compliant Business Plan

For every Business Owner, Investor & Entrepreneur, the thought of putting together a business plan is very daunting but is often a necessary evil for those who want to succeed. There are a few popular Immigration Visas where...more

How Do You Prove Where the Money Comes From? The Source of Funds Requirement Explained for E-2 & EB-5 Visas

Entrepreneurs and Business Owners who wish to start a new business have two options. First, an E-2 visa is a non-immigrant (not a green card) visa that is available for entrepreneurs, investors and business owners who wish to...more

EB-5 Program Faces Heightened Enforcement Scrutiny

Announcements last week by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) indicate that investments made through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (the EB-5 Program) will be...more

SEC Charges Texas Couple for EB-5 Fraud Scheme

Marco and Bebe Ramirez were recently charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for fraudulently obtaining at least $5 million from foreign investors. The pair raised the funds by falsely promising that their...more

The EB-5 Basics For Investors: A Roadmap to the American Dream

EB-5 investors are eligible for an EB-5 immigrant visa if they have invested the required amount of capital into one of the three following for-profit business types: 1. A new commercial enterprise (NCE); 2. An...more

Want To Create American Jobs? Remove American Barriers To Immigration

While America is often called the land of opportunity, immigration law often serves as a barrier for many business owners and foreign entrepreneurs. In an editorial in The Washington Post, Facebook founder and CEO Mark...more

Summaries of Administrative Appeals Office EB-5 Decisions Posted for 2012

Below are my summaries of the 2012 EB-5 AAO decisions recently posted by USCIS, which can be a accessed from www.uscis.gov > Administrative Decisions and choosing the "Folders" for B7 and K1....more

EB-5 Funding: A Possible Financing Option for Commercial Ventures Undertaken by Colleges and Universities

Universities and colleges seeking to start commercial ventures should consider raising capital through the EB-5 program. If you are a university or college and you are considering building a new student union or a stadium as...more

USCIS Releases New Policy Memorandum For EB-5 Program

Following numerous revisions and opportunities for public comment, on May 30, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a Policy Memorandum for all USCIS employees regarding EB-5 adjudications....more

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