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Timing is Everything

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In immigration news, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 that it has resumed its premium processing program for all H-1B visa petitions. USCIS had previously suspended...more

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 Delays Implementation of “International Entrepreneur Rule”

This week, the Trump Administration stated it would postpone the implementation of the “International Entrepreneur Rule,” an Obama policy designed to facilitate immigrant entrepreneurs coming to the United States to help fund...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

Mexico’s Presence in Miami Is Here to Stay

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The image of Mexicans in Florida is usually framed around the immigration debate raging in our country currently. But the Mexican influence and presence in Florida goes far beyond migrant workers picking crops in Homestead...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

Extended Again: No Policy Changes for EB-5, For Now

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has received yet another extension, this time through September 30, 2017. The Program has been similarly extended, with no change in policy, on multiple occasions since its previously...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

Government Funding Bill Released; EB-5 Program Intact Through September

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As reported by Ballard Spahr in previous Alerts, many members of Congress have proposed and considered several reform measures to the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program, known as "EB-5," over the past several years....more

ManattJones Global Strategies - April 2017

CEO’s Executive Summary: While a series of high-level meetings and public statements helped to reduce bilateral tensions last month, confused signals on the Administration’s intentions with respect to NAFTA renegotiations and...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

Bigger Investments Proposed for EB-5 Projects; Investors Scramble to Beat Deadline

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we have previously reported, many members of Congress have proposed and considered several reforms to the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program known as "EB-5" over the past several years. The reforms included making the...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) When You Depart the United States – Cash...

Moving forward in our series of separating fact from fiction, we address the question whether Customs and Border Protection (CBP) plays any role when a passenger, even a United States citizen departs the United States....more

USCIS Finalizes International Entrepreneur Rule

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finalized the International Entrepreneur Rule. This rule was proposed last summer by the Obama Administration, after Congress failed to pass any...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

Update: EB-5 Program Receives Another Short-Term Extension

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

On December 9, 2016, as part of federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through April 28, 2017. The Program has been similarly extended, with no change in policy, on...more

EB-5 Program Gets Temporary Extension; USCIS Issues New EB-5 Policy Manual

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has been extended through April 28, 2017, following the passage of a continuing resolution (CR) by Congress that narrowly avoided a government shutdown. The CR provides continued funding...more

Significant Increases to EB-5 Program Filing Fees Effective on December 23, 2016

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has increased fees by an average of 21 percent for certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications, including the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5)....more

Britain’s High Court Rules on Brexit

by Cozen O'Connor on

On November 3rd, Britain’s High Court ruled that before the country can leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May must first get approval from Parliament before the process can begin. The Prime Minister had...more

Update: EB-5 Regional Center Program Receives Short-Term Extension

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

On September 29, 2016, as part of recently enacted federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through December 9, 2016. The Program has been similarly extended, with no...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Legislature Revises De Minimis Exemption of Finance Lenders Law - Real estate projects that utilize federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing recently received a reprieve from a state licensing...more

EB-5 Program Extended by Continuing Resolution to December 9 Without Changes

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) has been extended through December 9, 2016, following the recent signing of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown. The EB-5 Program provides a...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

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