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Trump Administration Plans to Ax the International Entrepreneur Rule

by Barley Snyder on

Last week the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would delay—and very likely withdraw—the International Entrepreneur Rule, a set of immigration regulations proposed by the Obama administration....more

Reinvestment of EB-5 Funds in a New Project Can Maintain the "At-Risk" Requirement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

One of the more popular topics among EB-5 project owners and practitioners in recent years is the requirement that investors' funds remain "at risk" as a bona fide "investment." Complications arise regarding maintenance of...more

Trump Administration Blocks Final Rule Creating Legal Immigration Status for Startup Entrepreneurs

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Trump Administration has delayed the effective date of an Obama Administration rule that would have provided a legal immigration status for foreign entrepreneurs. The rule, originally announced in January 2017, was...more

Dear Congress: Your District Needs a New E-4 Visa for Promising Entrepreneurs

Procedural History - In August 2016, the Department of Homeland Security proposed an “International Entrepreneur” parole rule that would allow qualifying foreign entrepreneurs to develop and grow their start-up companies...more

EB-5 Visa Program: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Concerns over the EB-5 “Gold” visa have been revived since Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner’s sister pitched the prospect of EB-5 immigration visas to Chinese investors. While the program may appear an easy path to...more

Getting Ready for Change in the EB-5 Ecosystem

As we head into the summer, there is no certainty that we will see changes to the EB-5 Program. Lawmakers may simply not act, which may result in EB-5 being included in Continuing Resolutions alongside other immigration...more

Brexit: The EU's Negotiating Directives

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has published draft objectives for the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, focused on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and a continuing role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Late last week, financial services company Raymond James agreed to resolve allegations of conspiring with the owner of several VT ski resorts (and others) in a Ponzi scheme targeting foreign investors through the EB-5...more

BREXIT – IT’S REALLY HAPPENING – From Parliament in London

Barely thirty minutes after Prime Minister Theresa May commenced her address to Parliament at noon yesterday, Tim Barrow, the UK’s representative to the EU, hand delivered its Article 50 Notice to Donald Trusk, the President...more

China's Stringent New Rules on Yuan Transfers Could Hinder EB-5 Fundraising

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Chinese government has enacted new rules severely limiting foreign currency transfers out of China. The scope of the limitations are not clear but the Xinhua News Agency reported that Chinese banks advised their customers...more

Brexit Bulletin: Leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union

by Dechert LLP on

The Prime Minister has set out key principles for the government’s policy on Brexit, which indicate that the UK will not remain fully in the EU Single Market or the Customs Union, but will be negotiating a bespoke trade deal...more

International Entrepreneurs New Proposed Work Authorization for Founders of Start-Up’s And a Comparison to Other Visa Options

On August 31, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an “International Entrepreneur” (I.E.) rule that would allow qualifying foreign investors to develop and grow their start-up companies in the United...more

The Brexit

by King & Spalding on

The result of yesterday's vote of the UK electorate is in favour of the UK leaving the European Union. This is merely the first step in a very long road (up to two years) which begins with the UK serving notice of its...more

The UK has voted to leave the EU: What now?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The British public have voted that the UK should leave the EU. The EU Referendum vote (the Leave Vote) does not by itself result in an automatic UK exit from the EU. The EU Treaty provides for a framework for a...more

Brexit Broker; UK Leader Strikes a Deal (Maybe)

by K&L Gates LLP on

This policy insight highlights some of the key political issues relating to the United Kingdom’s (UK) imminent referendum to decide whether to withdraw from the European Union (EU). After weeks of discussions and...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

Proposed Legislation Would Expand EB-5 Visa Program

by Ronald Shapiro on

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has introduced legislation intended to raise the number of EB-5 green cards available to foreign investors while also making permanent the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The Regional Center...more

SEC Charges EB-5 Brokers For Not Registering

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

DOS Announces Changes to E Visa Application Processing in Mexico

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the application process to obtain E-1 and E-2 visas, due to recent increases in overall visa applications made through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. The E-1 visa is...more

Unregistered Broker Activity in EB-5 Capital Fund Raising SEC Imposes Cease-And-Desist Order

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

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

Developments on the EB5 Program: the Administration, House and Senate Weigh In

by Akerman LLP on

The Regional Center part of the EB-5 immigrant investor program is set to sunset on September 30, 2015. Recent actions by the Obama Administration, the Senate and the House demonstrate this program now has significant...more

USCIS Issues Statement on the Use of Loans as EB-5 Capital

On April 22, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held an EB-5 Stakeholder Engagement to discuss various issues relating to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program....more

Hiring Without Employment Law Headaches: Five Tips for Employers

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On Friday, I had the opportunity to speak to the Human Resource Association of Greater New Haven. My sincere thanks to them for the invitation. The group asked me to talk about various legal traps employers face in the...more

Five Key Issues Confronting Financial Services Industry Employers

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers in the financial services industry are faced with a growing number of employment law challenges. Whistleblower complaints are on the rise as regulatory agencies become more aggressive in their efforts to encourage...more

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