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E-2 vs. EB-5

One of the most common questions I receive is how is the E-2 is different from the EB-5. The E-2 is a non-immigrant investor visa allows an individual to enter and work in the United States based on an investment he or she will be controlling. This visa must be renewed every two years and theoretically there is [...]

By |2016-11-18T23:44:48+00:00May 15th, 2013|Homepage, Immigration, News|0 Comments

Archive of USCIS EB-5 Meeting Materials

As many of you already know, the USCIS hosts a (somewhat) quarterly public conference call to discuss EB-5 related topics with the stakeholder community. And occasionally there will be a one-off call with the USCIS Director or the staff economists. These calls are open to all and a very, very valuable communication tool for people [...]

By |2016-11-18T23:43:22+00:00January 16th, 2013|Homepage, Immigration, News|0 Comments

I-526s are “Officially” Delayed

For the longest time, the USCIS published I-526 processing times in its Quarterly Stakeholder presentation slides.  But the last time they mentioned something in writing was in June 2011 when the slides said that the Target Processing Times for I-526s were 5 months and Actual Times were 5.5 months. Since then, the delays have been [...]

By |2016-11-18T23:42:42+00:00January 8th, 2013|Homepage, Immigration, News|0 Comments

We’re Moving to Washington, DC!

It was announced to the EB-5 community on Monday's call with the USCIS Director Mayorkas that the EB-5 team will be making a move from the current California Service Center to Washington, D.C. In the long run this is supposed to help the EB-5 team become more specialized, etc., but in the short run, this [...]

By |2016-11-18T23:42:00+00:00December 7th, 2012|Homepage, Immigration, News|0 Comments

Guest Post: China’s Regulatory System for EB-5 Agents

Today we have a guest post from a colleague on-the-ground in China. EB-5 REGULATION IN CHINA, By Steven Blayney, Esq* By some estimates, roughly 80% of EB-5 investors in the popular USCIS EB-5 regional center program are from China. Given the importance of Chinese investment to the EB-5 regional center program, it is crucial that [...]

By |2016-11-18T23:41:20+00:00November 26th, 2012|Homepage, Immigration, News|0 Comments

EB-5 Trend Numbers from 2001 to 2012

And, continued from the previous post about the Top Five EB-5 Originating Countries, here are the EB-5 visa numbers from FY2001 (188 visas) to FY2012 (7,641 visa). What a difference ten years makes! (Click on the chart to make it bigger.)The State Dept. numbers refer to people who are overseas and obtain their greencards through [...]

By |2016-11-18T23:40:45+00:00November 17th, 2012|Homepage, Immigration, News|0 Comments

Top Five EB-5 Originating Countries

The IIUSA has compiled EB-5 Visa usage numbers released by the Department of State. (A bit of background. While the gatekeepers of the immigration process is the USCIS under the Department of Homeland Security, the actual visa issuances are under the purview of the Department of State. That is why visa numbers are issued by [...]

By |2016-11-18T23:40:01+00:00November 16th, 2012|Homepage, Immigration, News|0 Comments

Something New: 10/16 Quarterly Meeting

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue? (a/k/a How To Kill Deal Flow.) Something New Generally, quarterly EB-5 Stakeholder Meetings are a regurgitation of most things old. The real benefit often lies in the USCIS’s response to the questions. Still, every once in a while, something new is thrown into the mix. In my [...]

By |2016-11-18T23:39:02+00:00October 23rd, 2012|Homepage, Immigration, News|0 Comments

Direct vs. Regional Center EB-5s Part 2.

This is Part 2 of a two-part blog post addressing the intense debate which was waged on many LinkedIn groups recently. If you are relatively new to EB-5s and need to understand the exact difference between Direct EB-5s and Regional Center EB-5s, please read Part I first. The following are my thoughts on the arguments [...]

By |2016-11-18T23:38:23+00:00October 1st, 2012|Homepage, Immigration, News|0 Comments
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