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
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 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
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
Businesses looking to obtain capital and financing for projects in the United States often think of bank loans or securities offerings, but the EB-5 investor program is a little-known investment vehicle that is a viable...more
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Foreign nationals who wish to start their businesses in America often find themselves trying to navigate the complicated regulatory scheme that includes immigration law, SEC rules associated with raising capital, and...more
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
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
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
The EB-5 investor visa is a business-based immigration option for foreign nationals with significant investments in the United States. Get the answers to some FAQs regarding the EB-5 investor visa. ...more
The EB-5 Immigrant (Green Card) Investor Visa requires that you invest either $1,000,000 in a city settings, or $500,000 in rural settings, and in return, the U.S. Government will give you, your spouse and your children a...more
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
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);
FINRA has clarified that its Suitability Rule applies to broker dealers' assessment of EB-5 transactions, but that the broker can and should assess the immigration benefit among the economic interests of the investor.
At the end of August, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) issued an interpretive guidance letter to a registered broker dealer (BD), Trustmont Financial Group, Inc. (Trustmont). Trustmont had sought...more
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