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  • Brazil and EB-5 by the numbers December 19, 2014 By Renata Castro, Project Manager at Exclusive Visas        In recent years I have been repeatedly asked about official numbers for EB-5 pertaining to Brazilian Investors’ I-526 filings. It shouldn’t come as a surprise – as the number of EB-5 offerings increased radically, and the cost (and availability) of raising EB-5 in China became more and more…
  • New USCIS Data Shows Remarkable Growth for EB-5 Program December 17, 2014 IIUSA analysis points to staggering increase in qualified funds raised and projected job creation. As posted in (PRWEB) December 17, 2014The Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the national not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the "Program"), recently released its analysis of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data demonstrating significant…
  • USCIS Invitation: EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Regulatory Changes April 16, 2014 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss future regulatory changes for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.USCIS is beginning work on revised EB-5 regulations. Regulatory revision has been identified as an important step for the…
  • AILA/IIUSA EB-5 Report Highlights Economic Impacts, Security Requirements of EB-5 Program April 1, 2014 As posted by IIUSA / Research/AnalysisOn March 25th, the American Immigration Lawyers Association(AILA), in conjunction with IIUSA, released a report titled “Basic Background About the EB-5 Program”.The four page overview cites the IIUSA-commissioned Economic Impact Study from 2010-2011, which showed the EB-5 Regional Center Program to have supported 28,000 jobs and contribute $2.2 billion to US…
  • CNN Money: Wealthy Chinese May Max Out US Investor Visas March 29, 2014 Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 07:40 AMBy Michelle Smith – as posted on www.moneynews.comSurging interest from wealthy Chinese reportedly could overwhelm the U.S. immigrant investor visa program. The EB-5 visa is issued to foreigners who are willing to invest $500,000 and create 10 U.S. jobs.  A decade ago, the Chinese accounted for only 13 percent of…
  • What You Need to Know About Your Children “Aging Out” March 25, 2014 What happens if my child is less than 21 years old when I apply for EB-5, but over 21 by the time I’m approved?By Fred BurgessAsk just about any EB-5 investor what their main purpose is for pursuing the EB-5 Visa for themselves and their family and you will almost certainly hear: to make sure…
  • USCIS Holds First Stakeholders Meeting of 2014 March 24, 2014 After a year long hiatus USCIS has returned to holding quarterly EB-5 stakeholder meetings inviting those involved in the EB-5 world to participate.  Those attending ranged from attorneys to agents to petitioners. During the engagement, USCIS officials solicited feedback from stakeholders regarding Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur and e-filing in USCIS ELIS.The agenda…
  • USCIS Approves 15 More Regional Centers in January March 10, 2014 Solid Growth of EB-5 Program ContinuesUSCIS approved 15 more regional centers in January to bring the total number to 440 RCs. USCIS also reported that RC applications are being processed in as short as three months. EB-5 opportunities continue to increase as a result of the program’s growing popularity.The new centers are located in California,…
  • IIUSA-Commissioned, Peer-Reviewed Report Shows EB-5 Doubled in 2012 March 3, 2014 A new economic impact study shows that the red-hot EB-5 immigrant investor visa program doubled (from the average annual impact result reported in 2011) in 2012 contributing $3.39 billion to U.S. GDP and supporting over 42,000 U.S. jobs.The study was commissioned by the Association to Invest in USA (IIUSA), the industry professional association that represents organizations that broker…
  • State Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Seeking Information from Approved Regional Centers February 21, 2014 (Source: Daniel B. Lundy) In an unprecedented move, U.S. Senator Tom A. Coburn (Oklahoma), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, has issued letters to a number of approved regional centers seeking information about each one’s participation in the EB-5 program. The letter indicates that a similar letter will…
  • EB-5 Benefits U.S. by $3.4 Billion and 42,000 jobs in 2012 February 15, 2014 A new economic impact study commissioned by the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA) has found that the U.S. EB-5 immigrant investor visa program contributed nearly $3.4 billion to U.S. GDP and supported over 42,000 U.S. jobs during fiscal year 2012. This is more than double the average annual impact result reported in 2011."As the…
  • EB-5 Program Works for Petitioners and Projects – by Design February 14, 2014 By Fred Burgess, President, Exclusive VisasThe EB-5 visa has been a hot debate topic since its inception 23 years ago. Since the debate is loud and primarily focused on the program’s existence it’s hard to get much information on how the program is really working. Our clients ask us all the time about EB-5 success stories.…
  • USCIS Invitation: A Discussion about the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program February 11, 2014 Dear Stakeholder,U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to take part in a teleconference on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.During this engagement, USCIS will introduce the new chief of the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office, provide updates on the program, and…
  • Department of State Requests input on Form DS-260 January 31, 2014 By Renata CastroThe Department of State, issued on January 29, 2014, a 60-day notice period for a proposed information collection, where any interested individual or organization are welcome to submit comments, or suggestions on the current Electronic Application for Immigration Visa and Alien Registration form, or DS-260.This is a particularly important form for EB-5 investors…
  • Industry Leader Ron Klasko Lends Valuable Perspective to EB-5 in 2014 January 21, 2014 Industry Leader and EB-5 Attorney Ron Klasko recently reported that for 2014 USCIS intends to draft EB-5 regulations covering differences between stand alone and Regional Center EB-5s; authority to verify job creation; as well as the authority to deny, terminate or revoke Regional Centers.USCIS will also seek legislative reform this year including expanded authority to…
  • Are EB-5 Investments in USCIS Designated Regional Centers Approved by the U.S. Government? January 16, 2014 By Fred BurgessEB-5 Regional Center Investments carry neither approval nor any judgment of their quality by the U.S. government. The fact that a business is designated a Regional Center (RC) by USCIS does not mean in any way that USCIS, the SEC, or any other U.S. government agency has given any form of approval to…
  • Suspension of Chinese EB-5 likely in 2014 January 14, 2014 If current trends continue as expected, it is likely that all 10,000 EB-5 immigrant investor visas could be issued by mid 2014. Should this occur USCIS will stop processing I-485 petitions until next year (2015). The Association to Invest In the USA (IIUSA), the EB-5 professional organization for Regional Centers, recently released data strongly suggesting…
  • IIUSA Positively Reviews Regional Center Program for 2013 January 11, 2014 IIUSA – the Association to Invest in the USA – the national not-for-profit industry trade association which represents and gathers data about several EB-5 Regional Centers,  recently released its annual review of the EB-5 Regional Center industry for 2013 which also forecasts industry trends for 2014. The review showed an increase in EB-5 visa usage for a…
  • Immigration service’s investment program is a winner, says VP of IIUSA December 28, 2013 By Robert C. Divine, in the Congress Blog Feed "The Hills", republished in its entirety.Senate consideration, and subsequent approval, of USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas’ nomination to a higher position at the Department of Homeland Security gave rise to increasingly hyperbolic innuendo about the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program.  As someone who served in senior positions at…
  • IIUSA issues statement on EB-5 Program Report issued by Inspector General December 27, 2013 IIUSA, the trade organization that represents several EB-5 Regional Centers throughout the United States, has issued a statement in response to the findings made by the Inspector General on the EB-5 program, and addressed to the director of USCIS, Alejandro Mayorkas.To read IIUSA’s response, click here. 
  • Office of Inspector General releases memo on EB-5 December 26, 2013 The office of The Inspector General released a memo addressed to Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, on the IG’s general inquiry into the EB-5 program.The report contains four recommendations aimed at improving the EB-5 Regional Center program.To read the document, click here. 
  • Mayorkas Approved to Leave USCIS for Home Land Security December 17, 2013 This past June President Obama announced the nomination and promotion of USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas to the position of Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The U.S. Senate has confirmed the promotion after nearly six months from the nomination. Mr. Mayorkas served for four years as USCIS Director. His responsibilities included…
  • Regional Center Program Just Keeps on Growing December 5, 2013 Even through Holiday Season Program adds 8 new RCsNovember brings the Thanksgiving holiday and this year another eight EB-5 regional centers. The newly approved USCIS Regional Centers bring the total regional center approvals for 2013 to 185 (for a total of 413 RCs). Allowing for older less active regional centers this year’s RC approvals alone…
  • Florida becoming more and more attractive to Chinese visitors and investors November 26, 2013 By Renata CastroChinese influence is no stranger to several areas of the United States such as New York, San Francisco and Seattle, but recently more areas are putting their best foot forward to attract Chinese visitors, and most importantly, Chinese EB-5 investors.Florida has become an up and coming destination for Chinese visitors looking for some…
  • Regional Centers Top 400 and Counting November 15, 2013 28 new RCs in October USCIS approved another 28 new regional centers in October bringing the total regional center approvals for 2013 to 177 (for a total of 405 RCs). EB-5 opportunities continue to increase as a result of the program’s growing popularity.The new centers are located in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois,…
  • I-RIMS Revitalizes Invalid RIMS II Methodology November 14, 2013 Will the new I-RIMS product affect EB-5 job calculations?The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) decision to no longer produce its Regional Input-output Modeling System II (RIMS II) earlier this year it sent ripples through the professional EB-5 community. The former system was heavily relied upon by many economists to calculate EB-5 Regional Center jobs. The…
  • Florida Medical Systems’ EB-5 offering receives its first I-526 approval November 8, 2013 Approval issued by USCIS within 14 weeks of submission Florida, November 8, 2013:  Florida Medical Systems, a Developer focusing on quality Healthcare Projects in the state of Florida, received its first I-526 approval for their $ 5 million EB-5 capital raise for Riviera Health Resort, an upscale skilled nursing facility located in Coral Gables, Florida, being…
  • SEC Enforces Minor Broker/Dealer Violations October 29, 2013 "Minor violations regarding broker/dealer relationships that are overlooked or ignored can feed bigger ones, and perhaps more importantly, can foster a culture where laws are increasingly treated as toothless guidelines," according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White.In a recent speech addressing SEC enforcement issues Ms. White explained her plan to apply…
  • Does the EB-5 Visa Require Me to Run the Business I Invest In? October 26, 2013 By Fred BurgessYou can either engage in a direct investment in a commercial enterprise or invest in a USCIS approved regional center. The direct EB-5 option does require the investor to be directly responsible for running the company and creating 10 new direct jobs.The Regional Center option (where you invest in a project of an…
  • USCIS Integrates Customer Identity Verification into its System October 25, 2013 United States Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) recently announced the rollout of its new verification tool requiring visa petitioners (including those in the EB-5 category) to submit biometric data – fingerprints and photographs – when appearing at an appointment at a USCIS domestic field office.Fingerprints and photographs of Visa applicants will now be required through the…
  • Move Over Latin America – Asia Becoming Huge Player in South Florida Investment World October 23, 2013 South Florida’s relationship to Latin America for investment is changing. Miami is now on most Asian Investors’ radar. And those same Asians are on Miami’s radar. Interest in Miami in general has elevated in Asia, and the awareness of Miami as an international gateway has grown.According to a recent study by the National Association of…
  • Conservative Americans Group to Address Congressional Republicans in Support of Immigration Reform October 22, 2013 An influential group of conservatives from around the U.S. plans to descend on Washington later this month to meet with Republican Congressional members and make a conservative pitch for a new immigration system. The group of about 300 includes pastors, farmers, police chiefs, and business owners. The fly-in, as it is being billed, was organized by…
  • No expected delays for EB-5 petitions during government shutdown October 2, 2013 By Renata CastroMembers of US Congress can’t seem to come to an agreement when it comes to raising the debt ceiling, and as a result, activities of certain US government employees have been temporarily halted because of the government shutdown.Although USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) is a governmental agency, it has announced that…
  • IIUSA Announces Results of Economic Study, Confirms EB-5 Regional Center Program Leads to U.S. Job Creation, GDP Growth and Tax Revenue September 27, 2013 Chicago, IL (as posted by PRWEB) September 27, 2013The Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the national not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the “Program”), recently commissioned Minnesota IMPLAN Group, Inc. (MiG) to conduct an economic impact study on the EB-5 Program for 2010-2011 and draft the results for peer-review…
  • USCIS Releases new processing times for I-526s September 18, 2013 By Renata CastroUSCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) has recently released an update on the processing times for I-526 petitions. The I-526 form, also known as Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, is the initial petition filed by an EB-5 investor for his or her green card. In the past, USCIS took an average of…
  • What Makes EB-5 Financing Attractive to U.S. Businesses? September 18, 2013 “Every day we get requests from businesses asking exactly how U.S. manufacturers and developers benefit from EB-5 funding as compared to conventional financing,” said Mr. Fred Burgess, President of Exclusive Visas, a South Florida-based EB-5 consulting firm.“And I tell them all the same thing: The program is designed to benefit U.S. Business while providing foreign investors…
  • 24 new Regional Centers approved in August September 11, 2013 136 Regional Centers Approved So Far This Year USCIS approved another 24 new regional centers in August bringing the Total regional center approvals for 2013 to 136 (for a total of 364 RCs). “EB-5 funding continues to grow in popularity as a result of the program’s growing credibility. That’s good for EB-5 petitioners who are given…
  • San Francisco EB-5 Regional Center is approved by USCIS September 9, 2013 Exclusive Visas assists client in successfully becoming an EB-5 Regional Center Weston, September 3, 2013:  San Francisco EB-5 Regional Center, LLC, had its I-924 petition approved by USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) on August 27th, 2013. The San Francisco EB-5 Regional Center was initially approved in the state of California, with geographic coverage of…
  • Faltering Emerging Markets Spark Interest in EB-5 Solution September 6, 2013 Policymakers in the world’s emerging markets including Indonesia, Brazil, and India are working feverishly to halt their currencies’ rapid depreciation against the U.S. dollar by raising interest rates and tightening monetary policy in reaction to anticipated cut backs in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s bond buying programThe world economy is finally shifting and investment is steadily draining out of…
  • EB-5 Probe in Washington Shouldn’t Affect Most Projects August 30, 2013 Current issues in Washington D.C. over the EB-5 program and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas shouldn’t affect efforts to bring foreign investment to the U.S., according to industry insiders.The Associated Press recently reported that Chairman Mayorkas, President Barack Obama’s choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department,…
  • India Reduces Outbound Flow of U.S. Dollars – Could Affect EB-5 Investments August 29, 2013 Struggling to stem the rupee's free fall against the US dollar, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently announced measures expected to bring down the demand for US dollar purchases in India’s domestic currency market by reducing the limit for outbound remittances made by resident individuals from $200,000 to $75,000 a year. The Rupee recently hit an…
  • The 6 Basic Steps to Obtaining Permanent Residency Under EB-5 August 28, 2013 Like every immigration program, the EB-5 program is a complex and intricate process with a lot of paperwork and many deadlines that must be met. Most EB-5 investors choose to work with experienced EB5 consultants and immigration lawyers to help the process go as efficiently as possible. These investor visas require that immigrants invest a…
  • Five Popular or Up-and-Coming EB-5 Investment Opportunity Industries August 27, 2013 The EB-5 immigration program offers an almost unlimited scope for investor immigrants to develop business opportunities in the United States. These investors can start their own US business from scratch if they are willing to invest at least $1 million and create at least 10 full-time jobs for US workers.Most EB-5 visas, however, are granted…
  • Improvements to EB-5 program Job Counting Method Proposed August 26, 2013 In addition to making the EB-5 program permanent Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has proposed a list of improvements to the immigrant Investor program including stronger oversight; better reporting and streamlined reviews of business plans and applications; and redefining full time employment as it relates to the EB-5 job requirement.Currently Each EB-5 petitioner’s investment must result…
  • Joe Sloboda Steps Down from Exclusive Visas to lead Florida Restaurant Franchise Group August 23, 2013 Weston, FL—August 14, 2013— Florida Restaurant Franchise Group (FRFG), which develops and operates successful franchised restaurant concepts in Florida, has named Joe Sloboda as its new president.  Sloboda has stepped down as vice president of Exclusive Visas, a Weston-based consulting firm that specializes in EB-5 investment visas, to manage the growth of the national restaurant…
  • 31 new EB-5 Regional Centers approved in the last two weeks August 14, 2013 112 EB -5 Regional Centers Approved So Far This Year USCIS approved another 31 new EB-5 regional centers in July bringing the Total EB-5 regional center approvals for 2013 to 112 (for a total of 340 RCs). “EB-5 funding continues to grow in popularity as a result of the program’s growing credibility. That’s good for EB-5…
  • Fast-Casual Restaurant Franchises Make Attractive EB-5 Projects August 1, 2013 While many immigrant investors perform their due-diligence focusing on which and what kind of EB-5 investment they will be making many are discovering Fast-Casual Restaurant franchise chains very attractive.Unlike more common offerings such as real estate, hotels, and industry, EB-5 investors are realizing how the burning-hot fast-casual restaurant sector has the ingredients to give the…
  • Experts Recommend Regulating Chinese Entry and Exit Agents July 31, 2013 Those in China wishing to utilize the EB-5 Foreign Investor Visa (on any other U.S. visa for that matter) usually begin by contacting a private immigration agent in China.  While these agents (also known as entry-and-exit-agents) are neither attorneys nor experts in the U.S. immigration system, they have become integral in the process of Chinese…
  • Four More VooDoo BBQ & Grill EB-5 Investors Get Green Cards July 19, 2013 July 16, 2013 – The Florida Restaurant Franchise Group, the VooDoo BBQ & Grill Florida Franchisee and its EB-5 investors had a great day yesterday. Four more investors received approvals from USCIS. “This puts us really close to getting all of our phase 1 investors approved, according to Joe Flechner, President of the Florida Restaurant…
  • International students flock to Florida Universities July 19, 2013 According to the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit leader in research on international exchange opportunities, United States welcomed 764,495 international students during the 2011/2012 school year, which is a record high increase of 5-7% from the year before.Florida is the 7th most popular state for Internationals students, with University of Florida ranking 16th of…
  • USCIS announces Guangzhou Office move July 18, 2013 Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesEffective on July 29, 2013, all USCIS services provided by the USCIS Guangzhou, China office will be relocated to the new U.S. Consulate General Facility in the Zhujiang New Town area of Guangzhou. The last day of operations for the old facility located at Tian Yu Garden is July 12.…
  • Homeland Security Reports Consular Processing Current for EB-5 July 17, 2013 EB-5 processing times have never been consistent. Even before reaching its extreme level of popularity and resulting high numbers of applicants every step of the process has historically been met with different processing times for applicants who are similarly situated, such as those who are from the same country, or who invested in the same…
  • SEC Eliminates Ban on EB-5 Regional Center Advertising and Solicitations July 16, 2013 June 10, 2013 – The ban on general solicitation and general advertising for certain types of private securities offerings – namely EB-5 Regional Centers (RC) – was lifted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week. The new rule was adopted as part of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) act. Currently Regional Center…
  • Six New Regional Centers Approved July 15, 2013 Regional Center Approvals Already Triple Last Year’s Total Growth  USCIS approved another nine new regional centers in June bringing the total regional center approvals for 2013 to 58 (for a total of 309 RCs). “EB-5 funding continues to grow in popularity as a result of the program’s growing credibility. That’s good for EB-5 petitioners who…
  • SEC JOBS Act Would Benefit EB-5 Regional Centers and Investors July 11, 2013 The SEC is taking up the portion of the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act addressing the approval of advertising for securities sales – specifically by EB-5 Regional Centers – to accredited investors.The increased popularity of EB-5 Regional Centers has brought with it extreme scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  The SEC has…
  • Florida sees surge in Chinese tourism July 10, 2013 By Renata CastroApparently Latin Americans will start facing competition as the #1 visitors (and spenders) in the Floridian Tourism Market. According to an article published by the Washington Bureau, Tens of thousands of Chinese frequently come to Florida looking for outlet malls, golf parks, basketball events, water sports and fishing. Although Chinese nationals are also…
  • What’s the Difference between an I-526 Rejection and an I-526 Denial? July 9, 2013 The difference is huge, according to Fred Burgess, President and co-founder of Exclusive Visas, a South Florida EB-5 consultancy. I-526 petitions are typically rejected for structural issues with the petition such as the applicant forgetting to sign and initial the application correctly or not enclosing the proper filing fee in the proper form. “It is…
  • RIMS II no longer accepted by USCIS for job creation calculation July 8, 2013 Due to spending reductions forced by the Sequester, The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced that it will no longer produce the Regional Input-output Modeling System II (RIMS II) that is relied upon by many economists to calculate EB-5 Regional Center jobs. RIMS II is one of the most popular methodologies for calculating EB-5 economic…
  • Entrepreneurial “X” Visa Proposed in Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill July 8, 2013 The Gang of Eight, the bipartisan committee charged with creating the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill has proposed the “X” nonimmigrant visa for (qualified) entrepreneurs in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill now being debated in the Senate. According to a recent Law Logix webinar if passed there would be no limits on the number of X…
  • How does the EB-5 program create jobs for Americans? July 5, 2013 Hundreds of small ventures across the U.S. are finding backers through the EB-5 visa program. The 23-year-old initiative makes 10,000 green cards available to foreigners who invest a minimum of $500,000 in U.S. companies that create or preserve at least 10 jobs in the U.S.The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimates that EB-5 has…
  • Canadian Retirees Seek U.S. Permanent Residency through EB-5 July 3, 2013 Every winter Canadian retirees seeking to escape the harshly cold Canadian winters take part in the mass ritual of traveling to and spending the winter in the warm climates the southern U.S. has to offer. And every spring the same ritual is repeated (oppositely) as those same retirees make the trip home to Canada only…
  • A Nation of Immigrants Prepares to Celebrate the Fourth of July July 2, 2013 All Americans celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July. It is recognized as our Nation’s birthday.From the original settlers to the current generation, America has been defined as a nation of immigrants. It has been immigration – not birthright – that actually binds Americans.In just the last year more than a million immigrants became…
  • Breaking News – Director Mayorkas to Leave USCIS for Homeland Security July 1, 2013 June 29, 2013 – President Obama announced he will nominate U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas to be Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).Mr. Mayorkas led the USCIS, overseeing the largest immigration system in the world, as its Director for the past four years. As USCIS’ Director, Mr.…
  • Breaking News! Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform June 28, 2013 June 27, 3013 – The U.S. Senate approved a landmark immigration bill on Thursday that provides millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens should the bill pass in the House of Representatives.The Democratic-controlled Senate passed the bill by a vote of 68-32 in a rare showing of bipartisanship. President Barack Obama, praising the…
  • FINRA EMERGING REGULATORY ISSUES June 26, 2013 New York Compliance Meeting June 26, 2013 On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the FINRA District 10 Quarterly Meeting in New York City; the topic was “Emerging Regulatory Issues”, presented by Sarah Grohl, Director of Emerging Regulatory Issues.  This is the first FINRA meeting that had EB-5 on its agenda.  Of the 2 hour meeting, only…
  • What are the Advantages of the EB-5 Regional Center Program? June 20, 2013 To further encourage foreign investment the US Congress created the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program in 1993 permitting USCIS to designate qualified applicants as Regional Centers.  Private enterprises or regional government agencies with targeted investment programs in defined geographic regions may be designated Regional Centers after demonstrating positive economic impacts – including jobs created – resulting…
  • Miami Postpones its Regional Center Application until July June 19, 2013 June 17, 2013 – The city of Miami will finally submit its application to the USCIS for designation as an EB-5 regional center in July, according to attorney Mikki Canton, who is consulting the city of Miami on the proposal. The application’s submission has been postponed a number of times since last year.  Miami is seeking federal…
  • Senate Begins Debate of Historic Immigration Reform Bill June 12, 2013 June 10, 2013 – The Senate opened floor debate Friday on a bipartisan proposal to overhaul immigration laws, kicking off a process that leaders hope will result in a vote on the comprehensive legislation before July 4.Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who led the Judiciary Committee in hours of markups to consider the bipartisan immigration reform…
  • Early Release of EB-5 Funds Can Benefit Both Investor and Project June 10, 2013 EB-5 investors and EB-5 projects share the same set of goals: Create the ten jobs per investor required by the program to grant the investor permanent residence within 24 months and meet the expected return on investment (usually within 6 years). If these goals are achieved both parties benefit.Since the project has at least five…
  • NES Financial to Launch the Latest Enhancements to Its EB-5 Escrow Solution Suite at IIUSA EB-5 International Investment & Economic Development Forum June 7, 2013 This article was originally distributed via PRWeb and 9and10 news.San Jose, CA (PRWEB) June 04, 2013NES Financial, the market leader in EB-5 escrow administration products, will be a gold sponsor at the 3rd Annual IIUSA EB-5 International Investment & Economic Development Forum from June 19-21 in Las Vegas, NV.NES Financial will also be highlighting the…
  • USCIS Approves More New EB-5 Regional Centers, IIUSA publishes EB-5 Stats for 2013 – so far June 6, 2013 USCIS approved another three new regional centers in May bringing the total regional center approvals for 2013 to 49 (for a total of 303 RCs). “Last year there were only 19 Regional Center approvals for the entire year. This year we are on pace to beat that number by 500 percent and it’s only June,”…
  • IIUSA Tracks EB-5 Numbers, Makes Recommendations to USCIS June 5, 2013 As a matter of course the Association to Invest In USA (IIUSA) collects I-526 receipt numbers to monitor the current backlog as well as to predict upcoming trends. In just the last month, IIUSA collected over 500 receipt numbers for I-526 petitions from its member Regional Centers all over the country. The processing times ranged…
  • EB-5 Adjudications Policy Memorandum June 4, 2013 On May 30th, USCIS  published the final policy memorandum on uscis.gov:  PM-602-0083  EB-5 Adjudications Policy Interim and final policy memos are official USCIS policy documents and effective the date the memos are approved. Visit the Feedback Opportunities on the USICS web page for additional information about the stakeholder comment process or contact them at Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov. Click Here to speak…
  • Stronger Immigration Bill Headed To Senate Floor after Judiciary Committee Amendments June 3, 2013 Since early May, the Senate Judiciary Committee has been marking -up S.744, better known as the Comprehensive Immigration Bill. Debate during the Senate Judiciary Committee meetings was voluminous and intense. The committee considered 301 amendments to the bill and voted to adopt 93 of them.Here is a recap of major Amendments passed in committee: The Cornyn-Leahy…
  • City of Tampa Seeking Regional Center Status May 31, 2013 Tampa is the most recent city to apply to be a Regional Center. A Regional Center is a geographic area designated by the USCIS (through a detailed approval process) as eligible to receive immigrant investor capital. According to a recent Tampa Tribune Article, a regional center under the federal EB-5 immigration program would make Tampa…
  • Breaking News – USCIS EB-5 Adjudication Center Opens in Washington D.C. May 22, 2013 The transition of EB-5 adjudications from California to Washington is in high gear with the new facility housing the EB-5 Adjudication unit in Washington D.C. now open for business. Adjudications of I-924s and EB-5 projects will be handled by newly hired economists – in opposition to the lower skilled USCIS adjudicators that current perform adjudications.…
  • USCIS to discuss EB-5’s new Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) May 21, 2013 On Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern) the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites all stake holders and interested persons in EB-5 to participate in a conversation regarding USCIS ELIS and the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. According to USCIS, Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, will be the first of the…
  • Breaking News – Mystery Substance Sent to U.S. Consulate in China Causes Shutdown May 15, 2013 The US consulate in Guangzhou has closed down its visa service since Tuesday morning after its consular section received a letter that contained suspicious powder, the Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News reported.U.S. officials say an envelope containing an unidentified substance was sent to the U.S. Consulate General in the southern Chinese city, disrupting operations and forcing…
  • What Do I Need to Know About the EB-5 Consular Interview? May 15, 2013 When applying for an EB-5 Visa, many focus on the initial approval of the I-526 petition. And while the approval of the I-526 is critical, it is not the final part of the process before immigrating to the United States. After the I-526 Petition is approved, the next step in the process  is the consular…
  • Should I consider the EB-5 Visa as a Retirement Option? May 14, 2013 Many refer to EB-5 as the Retiree Visa because the EB-5 Regional Center program meets the needs of so many foreigners who want to retire in the U.S. Exclusive Visas regularly consults EB-5 investors who chose this program specifically because of their goal of retiring to the United States.Why the EB-5 Visa and not any…
  • Exclusive Visas to visit Brazil May 13, 2013 The team at Exclusive Visas will be conducting individual meetings in Brazil from May 17th through June 2nd 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, for those interested in learning more about the EB-5 program. Demand for the EB-5 program has grown substantially, as Brazilians increasingly wish to become US residents without dealing with the hurdles, and…
  • What if my EB-5 Petition is denied for “Project” Reasons? May 10, 2013 According to the USCIS, unlike I-526 denial due to Investor issues (ill-gotten funds, OFAC listed, illegal occupation, criminal conviction, etc.)  where it is typically doubtful a second application will be successful, the EB-5 Investor may reapply for another project if the EB-5 applicant’s I-526 petition is denied for "Project" reasons (insufficient job creation, etc). While…
  • Self Prepared EB-5 Petitions Often Denied by USCIS May 8, 2013 Some EB-5 applicants cannot resist preparing their own EB-5 petitions. They research the program on the web, download the required documents from the USCIS site, prepare the application, collect the documentation, and finally submit their work to USCIS.According to the United States Citizens & Immigration Services (USCIS) of the 4,176 applications for conditional permanent residency…
  • Is the EB-5 Visa Program Safe? April 29, 2013 The EB-5 visa program offers permanent U.S. residency to participants granting nearly all the benefits of U.S. citizenship including access to education and the ability to live anywhere in the U.S. While the program itself is sound the investment world can be unpredictable and often uncharted. The EB-5 Regional Center visa requires the petitioner to…
  • Immigration Attorney Anthony Korda Takes Final Step in his own EB-5 Process, Receives U.S. Citizenship April 24, 2013 April 22, 2013 – For former British Barrister, Anthony Korda moving from England to the U.S. with his family via the EB-5 visa has been a five year journey. Mr. Korda’s EB-5 experience began as one of the first investors of the Jay Peak Ski Resort project in Vermont. That journey concluded last Friday when…
  • How the EB5 Visa Program Is Changing in 2013 April 17, 2013 A couple of years ago, hardly anyone had heard of the EB5 Green Card program, which allows immigrant investors to invest a minimum of $500,000 in a US enterprise to receive a two-year conditional Green Card. Today, the number of projects seeking EB5 investors has skyrocketed, and more people are applying for Green Cards under…
  • EB-5 Funds South Florida Franchise Restaurant Expansion April 16, 2013 When traditional sources of financing to fund U.S. franchise restaurant projects dried up in 2007 many business developers and restaurateurs turned the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program for financing. And according to a recent South Florida Sun-Sentinel report, EB-5 financing has become front and center for many restaurant chains expanding into South Florida.According to the report,…
  • Cypriots Expected to Utilize EB-5 in Wake of Economic Bailout April 15, 2013 Cyprus’s economic bailout by the European Union (EU) without the proposed “levy on bank deposits” has done little to quell the anxiety of its citizens who had feared that the government would extract money from their bank accounts to cover the tiny EU island-nation’s debt crises. As part of the deal, Cyprus agreed to shut…
  • Breaking News – Senate Hearing Scheduled On Comprehensive Immigration Reform April 12, 2013 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Ct) has announced his committee will take up comprehensive immigration reform on April 17, 2013. Chairman Leahy, a bold advocate for legal immigration including the EB-5 program, agreed to hold the hearing as soon as the legislation is introduced. He has promised to have unlimited debate and amendments during…
  • Exclusive Visas Success Stories April 11, 2013 Brazilian I-526 Approved in 4 Months Dear Exclusive Visas:It has been a month now since I began my new job – my first job since graduating from college last year. I know there is no way I could have gotten this far without the Exclusive Visas team. I can’t find the words to show Exclusive Visas…
  • French EB-5 Growth Expected as Rich Leave Over 75% Tax Rate April 11, 2013 An exodus of the Gallic super-rich to 'wealth-friendly' nations is occurring in the wake of the French government’s proposed 75-percent tax rate for millionaires. The issue was brought to light last year when French actor and academy award nominee Gerard Depardieu renounced his French citizenship for Russian citizenship in order to avoid the looming French…
  • Status of the EB-5 Program in 2013 April 10, 2013 The popularity of the EB-5 program has increased dramatically since 2007. Then, there were only 11 Regional Centers, but over 220 exist today. Applications for EB-5 visas have increased by 350% since 2007. Because 10,000 EB-5 visas are allocated annually, the EB-5 Program still represents an important opportunity for US real estate and business interests.…
  • AILA Offers Professional Advice on South Korean EB-5 Petitions April 8, 2013 The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently released a statement advising EB-5 professionals on South Korean law – specifically how it meshes with South Korean EB-5 petitions. AILA makes the following recommendations (AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 13010361):Foreign Currency Wire Issue: There is a specific foreign currency provision under South Korean law allowing EB-5 investors to wire…
  • Exclusive Visas to Tour Dubai & India, Meet Individually with Interested Candidates March 29, 2013 March 27, 2013 – Exclusive Visas is proud to announce that it will be traveling to India to hold one-on-one meetings with individuals interested in EB-5.  Exclusive Visas President Fred Burgess, Naganat Guru, and EB-5 Immigration Attorney Anthony Korda will be available to discuss the program and its benefits. The tour will begin in Dubai…
  • “Age-Out” avoided, Exclusive Visas Helps Nigerian Family Achieve its Dream through EB-5 March 27, 2013 Exclusive Visas Success StoryDear Exclusive Visas:My wife and I have always dreamed of living in America with our two daughters. We desired the economic opportunity and the lifestyle it affords. But most importantly we wanted to live in the U.S. so our daughters could attend a U.S. university. Education is very important to us. We…
  • ABC News Nightline Features Twin Peaks in Report March 26, 2013 A recent ABC TV News report features Twin Peaks and its meteoric growth within its billion dollar restaurant category. The report from America’s top television network illustrates how the new breed of eatery is attracting diners while other restaurants continue to lose business and close due to the sagging economy. According to the Report the…
  • VooDoo BBQ & Grill Named #1 Barbecue in S. Florida, Featured on TV March 25, 2013 After only being open for 2 months, VooDoo BBQ & Grill placed FIRST in the WPLG Local 10 Top 10 Best BBQ in South Florida! “To take first means so much to us. Thank you to all our customers who helped spread the word,” said Jack Flechner, President of VooDoo BBQ’s Florida Franchise group. In…
  • Exclusive Visas returns from successful trip to Brazil March 22, 2013 Renata Castro, on behalf of Exclusive Visas, visited a number of prospective EB-5 investors and attorneys in Manaus, Goiânia, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.During this trip, prospective EB-5 investors were presented with quality EB-5 projects across the United States.  The EB-5 program allows foreign nationals to become US legal permanent residents through an investment…
  • SAVE THE DATE: USCIS to hold teleconference on EB-5 in March March 20, 2013 By Renata Castro The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Public Engagement Division and the Office of Transformation Coordination have invited interested individuals to participate in a stakeholder teleconference.                                                 Date:     Thursday, March 28, 2013                                                 Time:     3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST USCIS is moving more and more towards a web-based immigration…
  • Are EB-5 Investments Guaranteed by the U.S. Government? March 12, 2013 Question of the Week The Exclusive Visas Team receives numerous calls every week inquiring about “Guaranteed EB-5 investments.” The answer is always the same: EB-5 investments are NEVER guaranteed – by anybody. Not the U.S. government. Not the Regional Center. Further, there are no guarantees that an investor may ultimately be granted unconditional permanent resident status…
  • Teamsters Labor Union to Offer EB-5 Risk Analysis on Selected Projects March 11, 2013 The unprecedented February, 2013 shutdown of the Intercontinental Regional Center Trust of Chicago by the Securities and Exchange Commission  (SEC) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for allegedly defrauding 250 foreign EB-5 investors of nearly $160 million illustrates just how important high-quality, trustworthy information is when choosing an EB-5 project.The Charges are a welcomed…
  • More Venezuelans Expected to Utilize EB-5 in Wake of Chavez’s Death March 8, 2013 March 5, 2013 – With its political future even more uncertain since President Hugo Chavez’s death, many EB-5 professionals are bracing for a wave of interest from Venezuelans who desire to in establish permanent residency in the United States through the EB-5 program. During his 14 years in office Chavez deeply divided Venezuelans by taking…
  • The Many Ways EB5 Visas Are Obtained March 6, 2013 The immigrant investor has become more important to the United States economy since the worldwide economic downturn in 2008. Since that time more than three-fourths of all EB5 visas ever have been issued. During the downturn, developers needed a new way to raise capital, and the immigrant investor was soon seen as an important partner…
  • Prospect EB-5 Investors from Brazil visit South Florida EB-5 Projects March 1, 2013 Brazilians have become more and more interested in the EB-5 program, being that it is a fast-track towards US legal residency.  Brazilians are no strangers to boosting Florida’s economy. In 2011, over 634,000 Brazilians visited Miami-Dade County alone, spending about $1.345 billion, according to a recent article published by the Miami Herald. Brazilians have snatched…
  • New Processing Fee Implemented by USCIS March 1, 2013 USCIS began collecting a $165 processing fee from foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the United States on Feb. 1, 2013. The fee is required of all EB-5 applicants. The new fee is in addition to other fees charged by Department of State associated with immigrant visa applications.“Any individual who on or after February 1,…
  • Breaking News ” Chinese EB-5 Not to be Cutoff in 2013 – DOS Reverses Expected Quota Retrogression” February 25, 2013 Since last year (2012) the collective EB-5 industry: from agents to clients; from attorneys to consultants have been nervously transfixed on the inevitable Chinese Quota Retrogression (suspension of Chinese EB-5) slated to go into effect sometime this year (2013) when Chinese petitions were expected to reach their maximum limit. This week everyone’s anxiety was relieved…
  • Exclusive Visas’ Client Testimonial February 15, 2013 Exclusive Visas consulted a Canadian citizen who wanted to move to the US to pursue her career. With the help of our team and her attorney she was able to file her I-526 Peittion with USCIS within a month and received I-526 approval within 4 months of submission. Here is her Testimonial: "Dear Exclusive Visas:I am truly enjoying my life in America (and my…
  • USCIS Seeks Stakeholder Feedback in Consolidating New Policies February 15, 2013 Feb. 14, 2012 – After determining that its various EB-5 policy memoranda should be consolidated into a single overarching agency policy memorandum USCIS is seeking stakeholder input on a variety of foundational issues. Today it released the draft memorandum for public comment and input.  The development of the memorandum is to incorporate stakeholder input and…
  • SEC charges Illinois man with fraud in EB-5 visa program February 11, 2013 As posted in the "Business Record" http://www.businessrecord.com/Content/Default/1Click/Article/SEC--charges-Illinois-man-with-fraud-in-EB5-visa-program/-3/248/56453
  • Spanish EB-5 Growth Expected as Spain’s Wealthy Abandon Crumbling Economy February 11, 2013 For most of the last decade, Spain has basked in the warm glow of the EU, where low interest rates fueled a surge in construction and resulted in Spain claiming the world’s highest rate of homeownership. Unfortunately that all ended when the 2008 financial crisis tanked Spain’s economy, increased its deficits, and sent its unemployment…
  • Greater Argentine EB-5 Interest Expected Due to Monetary Policy February 8, 2013 Argentina has suffered a weak economy since 2002.  As a result many wealthy Argentines have left the country, money in hand, for greener pastures. Recently, new monetary policy was put into place to discourage (even greater) capital flight from Argentina. The controversial dollar clamp system limits Argentines access to foreign currency and since last July…
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Could Lead to EB-5 Permanent Reauthorization February 6, 2013 Jan. 29, 2013 – While President Obama laid out the principals of his Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) plan to include smarter enforcement and a pathway to earn citizenship, he also focused on improving the legal immigration system. “Immigrants helped start businesses like Google and Yahoo. They created entire new industries that, in turn, created new…
  • USCIS Public Engagement Reveals New Policy Manual and Goals for 2013 February 5, 2013 Following an agency-wide review of USCIS policies and feedback from thousands of agency employees, customers and stakeholders, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas outlined plans to develop an all inclusive (online) Policy Manual, which will eventually include a section on EB-5, at a Stakeholder’s teleconference held in late 2012.The Policy Manual is to be a comprehensive, centralized,…
  • NES Financial Reports: “Investors are receiving I-526 Approvals as Palm Beach Regional Center Expands VooDoo BBQ & Grill Restaurants through the EB-5 Visa Program” January 30, 2013 NES Financial’s EB-5 escrow administration services streamline investment fund management for development projects San Jose, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2013NES Financial, the nation’s leading provider of escrow administration services to the EB-5 industry, is pleased to announce that the Palm Beach Regional Center has again chosen its EB-5 Subscription Escrow Solution to manage investment funds…
  • Exclusive Visas Featured in INC. Magazine January 29, 2013 VooDoo BBQ and Grill is featured in this month’s issue of Inc. magazine, the leading U.S. business publication for growing businesses.  A huge part of the February 2013 issue is focused on “How to Attract Foreign Money” to the U.S. The feature spotlights VooDoo BBQs Florida Franchisee and President Jack Flechner and his quest to…
  • Another Palm Beach Regional Center (PBRC) Project Receives I-526 Approvals January 26, 2013 “The Magic” tastes better and better by the day. If a successful grand opening to a turnout of over 1,000 hungry customers wasn’t enough to bring bright smiles to the VooDoo ownership and investment group, the news of USCIS approval of the first four I-526 petitions of VooDoo’s EB-5 investors has the group very excited…
  • South Florida Business Journal Cites Exclusive Visas President Fred Burgess on Miami’s Delayed Regional Center Application January 18, 2013 For over a year now, the city of Miami has been preparing its application for USCIS EB-5 regional center designation with the intent to submit the application by Dec. 2012. However, Miami recently postponed the submission date in order to add more industries to its application. “Once the industries submitted on the application are approved,…
  • What does a Regional Center Do? January 15, 2013 Question of the Week   A Regional Center is an area designated by the USCIS as eligible to receive immigrant investor capital. The Regional Center (RC) coordinates and plans EB-5 compliant investment opportunities for EB-5 investor, typically pools a variety of projects, and offers them to EB-5 and non-EB-5 investors (domestic, foreign, and institutional). Regional…
  • Vermont’s Biggest Development Financed by Foreign Investors January 11, 2013 Jay Peak Ski Resort, a ski resort located in northern most Vermont, just a stone's throw from the Canadian border, is experiencing the biggest economic development project in Vermont’s history.Besides expanding the resort the master EB-5 plan now includes a biomedical research firm, a window manufacturing plant, a runway extention at the local airport and rehabilitating…
  • USCIS Publishes Operational Guidance for EB-5 Tenant-Occupancy Cases January 7, 2013 December 20, 2012 -- USCIS published operational guidance on EB-5 adjudications regarding tenant-occupancy and the economic methodology applied by Regional Center applicants to determine jobs created. Since February 2012 USCIS has sought evidence that the projected jobs attributable to prospective tenants (which would occupy the commercial space created by EB-5 capital) would represent newly created…
  • Real Estate Developers are Securing Funding with EB-5 December 27, 2012 For developers, EB-5 offers a track to raise funds by appealing to foreign investors who see residency status as a bonus to investing in US property. With little conventional funding available to developers EB-5 is a way to broaden access to foreign capital while providing lucrative opportunity for international investors. Many projects exceeding $100 million…
  • Investor Visas May Become More Attainable December 26, 2012 Since the Election of Barak Obama in 2008 the Republican and Democratic parties have basically quit working together causing gridlock in the federal government. America has suffered due to both parties not being able to find common ground. However, two senators, Charles Schumer, a Democrat, and Mike Lee, a Republican, have defied that pessimism by…
  • South Korean Interest in EB-5 Rises due to North Korean Missile Launch December 21, 2012 December 12, 2012 -- North and South Korea split along communist and allied lines as a result of WW II agreements between the U.S. and the then Soviet Union. The two Koreas have experienced rocky relations since, to say the least. And since North Korea began developing its nuclear program in the sixties, South Koreans…
  • Other Countries’ Immigrant Investor Programs Pose Little Competition for EB-5 December 20, 2012 The United States is only one of several nations that promote investment-based visas to foreigners willing to invest in their country. Some countries go a step further than EB-5 offering visas for simply buying real estate. In Spain, Portugal, and Ireland where for a minimum investment in real estate foreign investors are granted permanent residency…
  • Do Construction Jobs Count Toward EB-5 Job Creation? December 19, 2012 Exclusive Visas EB-5 Question of the weekWith nearly all EB-5 projects involving new or additional construction, do construction jobs created as a result of an EB-5 investment count toward the program’s 10-permanent-full-time job creation requirement?It Depends. Until recently, due to their seasonal or intermittent nature all commercial construction jobs related to EB-5 projects were not…
  • What is the I-485 petition? December 14, 2012 The I-485 petition is the foreign national’s personal application to adjust their immigration status to permanent U.S. resident. After approval of the I-526 petition, the I-485 petition permits immigrant investors who already reside in the United States (under a non-immigrant status) to adjust their status to (conditional) permanent resident. This form requires applicants to disclose…
  • What is the I-829 petition? December 12, 2012 The  I-829 petition is the final step of the EB-5 visa process. The form is submitted to the USCIS after the applicant has successfully completed the investment and after conditional permanent residency through Form I-526 has been secured. The petition demonstrates evidence that all EB-5 requirements have been successfully met by the applicant. The  I-829…
  • New EB-5 Program Office and Chief Position Announced at Stakeholder Meeting December 11, 2012 In a recent stakeholder meeting, held on December 3rd,  Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the creation of a new EB-5 program office in Washington DC.  The new office (expected to be up and running within 6 months) will handle adjudications, legislative affairs, identifying fraud, and policy. The expansion is prompted by the USCIS’ commitment to…
  • What is the I-526 petition? December 10, 2012 The I-526 petition is step one of the EB-5 application process. It demonstrates that the EB-5 applicant is in the process of investing, or has already invested the required capital in a suitable EB-5 project. The project must either be part of a new commercial enterprise or run by a USCIS approved EB-5 Regional Center…
  • EB-5 Popularity Explodes, Applications Double in 2012 December 4, 2012 The EB-5 program grew leaps and bounds in popularity during 2012 with 7,641 applications submitted, more than doubling the 3,463 submitted in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of State.Approximately 6,000 applications came from China making it the single largest consumer of EB-5 services in the world this year.  The Immigrant Investor Program is proving to be one of…
  • Growing demand for EB-5 drives USCIS to hire more Immigration Lawyers December 3, 2012 By Renata CastroThe United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, in a move that further indicate that demand for EB-5 based residency petitions has grown exponentially, is currently looking for an Experienced Immigration Attorney to become part of its staff.The selection process, which will be open from November 28 through December 12, 2012, is looking to…
  • Israeli Interest in EB-5 Expected to Rise after Recent Hamas Attack November 30, 2012 Israelis have never immigrated in large numbers to the United States. Because it is a new country and a religious state, its citizens have been extremely loyal and defensive of its security and autonomy choosing to fight for its place in the Middle East and the world rather than leave due to violent conditions. However,…
  • Who Will Run My EB-5 Process from Start to Finish? November 23, 2012 Exclusive Visas EB-5 Question of the Week The EB-5 process involves many players. Agents, economists, attorneys, regional centers, USCIS (as well as others) all play specific roles in the EB-5 process. Additionally, the entire process typically takes five to six years to complete. Combining intense timelines (and deadlines) with the multiple interests of the above professionals…
  • Chinese EB-5 Applications Expected to Rise (Further) Over Communist Party’s Choice of President November 20, 2012 With recent reports of the U.S. being focused on the successful re-election of President Barak Obama the world has seen another great political transition start to take place among China’s leadership.  Xi Jinping, the 59-year-old son of a Communist revolutionary general, was named as the General Secretary of the Communist party and will therefore take…
  • CanAm Enterprises Announces 100% EB-5 Project Repayment November 19, 2012 With recent reports that Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (‘Aker’) repaid its $20 million EB-5 Partnership Loan in full to CanAm’s Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) Regional Center. The Aker project is the 13th CanAm EB-5 project that has successfully repaid its investors principal 100 percent. Aker is a leading U.S. commercial shipyard constructing cruise ships, cargo…
  • Keys to EB-5 Success: Trustworthy Advisement, Expert Planning, Exit Strategy November 19, 2012 Success stories are beginning to funnel in from EB-5 visa holders. For many the program has been every bit the success they planned for when first making application several years ago. They and their families are enjoying the American life-style as permanent residents and they are seeing a return on their $500,000 investment.However, there are…
  • Argentines Expected to Immigrate to U.S. via EB-5 due to Political and Economic Uncertainties November 16, 2012 For most of its history, Argentina has been characterized as a country of immigration. Yet global forces, its economic history, and political and social instability, have slowly transformed Argentina into a country of emigration.Argentina's economic collapse in 2001-2002 saw the first significant wave of Argentines electing to leave the country.  Miserable employment prospects combined with…
  • Exclusive Visas returns from successful meetings in China and India November 15, 2012 Exclusive Visas is proud to announce the successful conclusion of its Up-Close-and-Personal EB-5 Visa tour. Company founders Fred Burgess and Joe Sloboda held meetings discussing the EB-5 program and its benefits with individuals interested in EB-5 throughout China and India. The tour began in Hong Kong on October 16 and culminated in Mumbai, India on…
  • Burger King EB-5 Project Enters China November 5, 2012 Burger King is launching restaurants in China through the direct EB-5 program.  With Chinese investors showing strong interest in name brand and direct EB-5 investment opportunities, and a slowdown in the U.S. fast-food market American fast-food companies are looking to international markets for new customers.Americans already know it and the Chinese are learning fast: more…
  • Fred Burgess introduces panel at IIUSA Conference in Washington, D.C. October 31, 2012 By Renata CastroIIUSA (Association to Invest in USA), held its 5th Annual EB-5 Regional Economic Development Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C., on October 2012. Exclusive Visas proudly sponsored the event. Fred Burgess, managing partner of Exclusive Visas, introduced the speakers for one of the panels held on October 15, under the title: “EB-5 Regional Economic…
  • Foreign investment in South Florida real estate expected to rise October 29, 2012 South Florida Business Journal by Oscar Pedro Musibay, ReporterDate: Friday, October 26, 2012, 6:00am EDTForeign investment has been driving the residential real estate market for the last 18 to 24 months, making the sector’s recovery possible, real estate experts says.And that trend is sure to accelerate as a result of the recent election in Venezuela,…
  • The team at Exclusive Visas arrives in India October 25, 2012 By Renata CastroAfter a series of successful meetings with prospect EB-5 investors and immigration agents in China, Fred Burgess and Joe Sloboda, managing partners at Exclusive Visas, have arrived in India for the second leg of the EB-5 India-China tour 2012.According to Fred Burgess, Esq., “India is a fertile ground for EB-5, given the fact…
  • Retiring to America with EB-5 October 22, 2012 Retiree’s are regularly considering the EB-5 Visa in achieving their goal of retiring and living permanently in the US. Unlike other visa options, EB-5 does not require candidates to directly operate a business. The phone rings almost every day with someone inquiring if EB-5 is appropriate for retirement. Yesterday a woman from China called. She…
  • Brazilian family uses EB-5 as a means of “starting over” October 22, 2012 By Renata Castro The team at Exclusive Visas has recently worked with a family from Brazil that has chosen the United States as the stage for the next chapter in their lives.The family, residents of a large metropolis of the Latin American Country, decided to use EB-5 as an effective means of achieving US permanent…
  • Residência legal nos EUA por meio do EB-5 foi uma decisão acertada para família Venezuelana October 15, 2012 Por Renata CastroA equipe da Exclusive Visas assessorou, recentemente, uma família da Venezuela que queriam se tornar residentes americanos por meio de um investimento EB-5. Com dois dependentes (filhos) com 18 e 20 anos de idade, a família decidiu investir em um projeto na Flórida depois da contratação da Exclusive Visas para serviços de due…
  • Le hace sentido a los Venezolanos en aplicar para la Residencia Permanente en los EE.UU a través del Programa EB-5. October 10, 2012 El equipo de Exclusive Visas recientemente tuvo el placer de asesorar a una familia Venezolana quienes buscaban aplicar para la Residencia Permanente en los EE.UU a través del Programa EB-5.En 1990 el Congreso de los Estados Unidos aprobó la Sección 203 (b) (5) del Acta de Inmigración y Naturalización, cuyo principal objetivo era estimular la…
  • What Forms are required for EB-5? October 8, 2012 The EB-5 visa is a three-step self-petitioning process. There are a variety of Forms that must be submitted by EB-5 investors pursuing permanent residency in the US. They include the I-526 petition, I-485 application or DS-230 application, and I-829 petition.  I-526 Petition The first step of the EB-5 visa application process is the filing of…
  • Becoming US residents for Venezuelan family through EB-5 investment “just made sense” October 5, 2012 By Renata Castro The team at Exclusive Visas has recently worked with a family from Venezuela looking to become US residents through an EB-5 investment. With two children aged 18 and 20, the family decided on a Florida-based project, after retaining Exclusive Visas to provide due diligence services on their different EB-5 project options.When applying…
  • Palm Beach Regional Center : VooDoo BBQ & Grill Sells Out Phase I of their EB-5 Offering September 26, 2012 September 26, 2012The VooDoo BBQ & Grill (Florida Franchisee) is using the federal EB-5 Investment Visa program to partially fund the development of 24 locations throughout the State of Florida.  Phase 1 of these efforts was “sold out” and fully subscribed in just a matter of weeks.  Phase I of these plans includes the construction…
  • Direct EB-5 or EB-5 Regional Center? Which Plan is Right for Me? September 25, 2012 If you are seeking permanent residency in the US and are considering EB-5 it is crucial to understand the two distinct available EB-5 options: Direct EB-5 and Regional Center EB-5. "Direct EB-5" or "Individual EB-5" is a direct investment in a US-based business to be directly managed by the candidate. The candidate must submit their…
  • EB-5 Question of the week – Project’s Previous I-526 approvals September 24, 2012 By Renata CastroEvery week, the team at Exclusive Visas will be selecting a unique question presented by our prospect clients, and that we handpick to be featured on our “Question of the week” column.This week, we were asked the following question:“Have any I-526 petitions been approved for this project? If so/not, why? How does that…
  • 5th Annual IIUSA Regional Economic Development Advocacy Conference September 18, 2012 “ The team at Exclusive Visas will be attending the upcoming 5th Annual IIUSA Regional Economic Development Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. from October 14th to October 16th, 2012. The Association to Invest in USA, or IIUSA, is the national industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The October event will be celebrating the…
  • Beneficios del Programa EB-5 September 18, 2012
  • EB-5 Meeting in Arkansas September 14, 2012 By Renata CastroThe Arkansas Economic Development Commission will be holding an EB-5 Meeting on September 18th, 2012 at the ASU Delta Center for Economic Development (319 University Loop West Jonesboro, AR 72401), from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.Les Lane and Sam Walls III with Arkansas Capital Corporation will be discussing details and qualifications for EB-5…
  • What is the safest EB-5 project? September 11, 2012
  • House of Representatives scheduled to vote on renewal of EB-5 today September 11, 2012 House of Representatives scheduled to vote on renewal of EB-5 today By Renata CastroAccording to Eric Cantor’s website (R-VA), the US House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on the renewal of the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program – S.3245.Congressman Cantor, who is the Majority Leader, also informed that the House of Representatives would…
  • IIUSA delivers 375+ Signatory Letter to Leadership of the US House of Representatives September 11, 2012 IIUSA delivers 375+ Signatory Letter to Leadership of the US House of Representatives advocating for the immediate reauthorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot ProgramBy Renata CastroIIUSA (Association to Invest in the USA), a trade organization in the EB-5 Industry, has recently delivered a signatory letter with over 375 signatures from around the United States,…
  • The Difference Between Equity and Loan Based Programs August 29, 2012
  • United States Diplomatic Mission to Brazil Announces Visa Statistics for July 2012 August 21, 2012 By Renata CastroThe United States Diplomatic Mission to Brazil announced on August 10th, 2012 that it processed a total of 81,737 visa applications in July 2012. This number evidenced a 24% increase in comparison to July 2011. The statistics are available here.Although these numbers cover all of the visas (Immigrant and non-immigrant) processed by the…
  • Senate unanimously passes 3 year reauthorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program August 3, 2012 On August 2nd, 2012, the US Senate unanimously voted for the reauthorization of the highly successful EB-5 Regional Center Program, and three other programs included in S.3245 – E-verify and the reauthorization of J-1 and Religious worker visas. (For a copy of S.3245, click here).Although the bill as introduced proposed a permanent reauthorization of the…
  • How much money is required to invest in EB-5? August 1, 2012
  • Highlights of USCIS Stakeholders’ call held on July 26, 2012 July 27, 2012 USCIS held an EB-5 Stakeholders’ call on July 26th 2012, where a number of pressing issues were addressed by a USCIS attorney who was present on the call. Highlights of the call:I-924 Application for Regional Center under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program Applicants of I-924 petitions that were denied will be given an opportunity to…
  • Exclusive Visas To Visit Brazil July 25, 2012       Exclusive Visas to visit Brazil  Strategic Meetings with prospective investors and thought leaders to be held in Rio and Sao PauloWeston, July 25, 2012:  Exclusive Visas has announced that a visit to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro has been scheduled for the week of August 11th through August 18th, 2012. The Exclusive Visas…
  • USCIS Director Announces New EB-5 Program Office July 20, 2012 USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announces new EB-5 program officeSource: USCISMessage from the DirectorI am pleased to announce that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be creating a new office to oversee our administration of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program.The EB-5 program has spurred the creation of tens of thousands of new jobs and the…
  • Exclusive Visas to hold Seminars for EB-5 investors in Brazil July 16, 2012 The team at Exclusive Visas is excited to announce its schedule for the upcoming EB-5 tour in Brazil. São PauloAugust 13th and 14thIntercontinental Hotel Alameda Santos, 1123 - Jardim Paulista  São Paulo, BrazilRio de JaneiroAugust 15th and 16thDowntownUCAM – Universidade Cândido MendesRua da Assembléia, 10  Centro, Rio de Janeiro August 17th Barra da TijucaRegus do BrasilAv. Luís…
  • Exclusive Visas Has New Phone Number in Brazil July 13, 2012 Exclusive Visas has a new contact number in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The team of consultants at Exclusive Visas, authorities in EB-5 due diligence, can now be reached at    55 11 3323 7479. Renata Castro, project manager with Exclusive Visas, is a Brazilian national, fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. The goal of adding this new contact outlet…
  • Debo Liquidar Mi Negocio en Mi Pais? July 6, 2012
  • Fourth of July – Celebrate Independence! July 3, 2012 At Exclusive Visas we feel very fortunate and can’t help but talk about the love that goes into what we do every day. Day in and day out we speak to several EB-5 investors from countries such as India, Brazil, Nigeria, China, Vietnam, to name a few of the nationalities we have assisted in the…
  • The Difference Between The Conditional and Permanent Green Card June 27, 2012
  • Exclusive Visas Visits EB-5 Project in Birmingham, AL. June 27, 2012 On June 20th 2012, Fred Burgess, Managing Partner at Exclusive Visas and Renata Castro, Project Manager at Exclusive Visas, escorted a group of prospect Brazilian Investors on a visit to the Princeton Baptist Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. The project, which is currently being offered under the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program as part of Sunbelt…
  • EB-5 Investor Webinar – Key Steps Of The EB-5 Process June 21, 2012 Exclusive Visas will start offering Webinars to foreign investors looking to learn more about EB-5 and its benefits. This Webinar will take the investor through the different steps of the EB-5 petition, time frames and other aspects of the EB-5 process. See dates The concise and objective curriculum gives the investors the knowledge to make better…
  • Key Points To Look For On An EB-5 Project June 20, 2012
  • The Choice Of Advisers Is Often As Important As Choice of Attorney June 20, 2012 As an Immigration Attorney, focused on EB-5 cases, I am often asked by Clients to recommend particular projects. I explain that, as an Immigration Attorney, I am neither qualified nor able to provide such investment advice and that my Clients should ensure that they consult with other professionals – Investment Advisers, Accountants, CPA’s etc. However,…
  • En Cuanto Tiempo Me Otorgan La Residencia Permanente? June 14, 2012
  • Direct vs. Indirect Jobs in the EB-5 Visa Program June 8, 2012  One significant issue that you as an EB-5 Investor will need to consider when researching the EB-5 Visa Program is Job Creation. Under the EB-5 Program each foreign investor is required to invest $1 million or $500,000 (if the EB-5 Project is located in a “TEA”) and to create and preserve at least 10 full-time…
  • Exclusive Visas returns from successful meetings in Brazil and Argentina June 6, 2012 By Renata CastroFred Burgess, Joe Sloboda and Renata Castro have returned from a very successful round of meetings with prospective EB-5 investors and decision makers held in São Paulo, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Brazilian economy is the world’s 6th largest by nominal GDP and the 7th largest in purchasing power parity, being one…
  • EB-5 as a funding alternative for US businesses June 6, 2012 By Renata CastroDue to the great success of Exclusive Visas’ first round of webinars geared towards US businesses looking to learn more about capturing foreign capital under the EB-5 (Visa for Jobs) program, new dates have been released.The curriculum, designed to take business owners, project managers, finance professionals, and entrepreneurs from the basics of what…
  • From Mexico With Hope May 24, 2012 On one of our recent trips to Mexico in promoting the benefits of the EB-5 Investor Visa Program we met with several families interested in obtaining Permanent US Residency.  One family from Monterrey, Mexico wanted to relocate to Houston, Texas as quickly as possible because of concerns over recent incidents of violence and a concern…
  • Exclusive Visas to Visit Brazil and Argentina May 23, 2012 EB-5 Investor interest has grown exponentially in the regionWeston, May 10, 2012:  Exclusive Visas announced today that Joe Sloboda (Managing Partner) and Renata Castro (Project Manager) will be visiting Brazil and Argentina between May 28th and June 2nd, 2012,  in response to the substantial increase in demand from prospect EB-5 Investors looking to become US…
  • Observations from the USCIS EB-5 Stakeholder meeting on May 1, 2012 May 10, 2012 Last week I had the pleasure of being asked to participate as a guest speaker at the IIUSA Conference on the EB5 Visa.  I found the conference to be one of the most informative events of the year related to the EB5 program, especially considering it was attended by many of the most influential and…
  • Newspaper ad played a key role in this family’s pathway to their US Residency May 9, 2012 Recently we were contacted by a married couple from Dehli, India who saw an advertisement in a local newspaper that caught their eye for what was promised to be a “fast and easy way to immigrate to the United States”.  Being a bit skeptical they started to do some research online and verify the details…
  • A Couple from Denmark to Retire in the Warmth of the U.S. through EB-5 Visa April 23, 2012 A family from Denmark enjoyed the warm climate of the southern United States and wanted to escape the frigid winter months for many years. They had already purchased real estate in Central Florida and used the home as a vacation property. During one of their trips to the U.S. they heard of the EB-5 Program…
  • Number of visas issued to Brazilians increases by 62% April 19, 2012 By Renata Castro The United States Embassy has released numbers that show that the interest of Brazilians in entering the US has not only grown exponentially, but also that the US government is welcoming the influx. The numbers show that 115,269 visas were issued in March 2012, 62% more than in March 2011. Given the…
  • Family from India chose EB-5 Program after seeing EB-5 advertisement April 17, 2012 Recently we were contacted by a married couple from Delhi, India who saw an advertisement in a local newspaper that caught their eye for what was promised to be a “fast and easy way to immigrate to the United States”. Being a bit skeptical they started to do some research online and to verify the…
  • The EB-5 Visa Opens the Door of Opportunities to a Single Mother April 4, 2012 A single mother, who contacted Exclusive Visas via phone, was considering emigrating from China with her child. She always hoped of being a businesswoman and entrepreneur and thought she had a better chance of achieving her goals in the United States. The mother thought the EB-5 Investor Visa suited her perfectly and continued to deepen…
  • Chinese Family Selected EB-5 Program for the Future of Their Children April 2, 2012 A married couple from China wanted to give their children the best opportunities they could. The parents previously met with our team during one of our recent trips to China. The couple decided they would move their family from China to the United States under the EB-5 Visa Program because it offered everything they wanted…
  • Chinese Businessman Reaches His Goal March 29, 2012 A Chinese businessman was referred to us by one of his trusted business associates in China. His goal was to establish his business venture in the U.S. and felt that the EB-5 Investor Visa matched what he was looking for since it offers a permanent solution compared to other visas that are available. He contacted…
  • Is EB-5 the luxury version of desert coyotes? March 27, 2012 By: Renata CastroIt used to be that only poor immigrants looking for some backdoor way to enter the US were the ones taken advantage of by ruthless crossers. In exchange for a hefty sum of money, these individuals were sold the “American Dream”. Another day, another dollar. The coyotes have become more sophisticated. They now…
  • Florida low unemployment numbers could be a direct reflection of EB-5 funding March 22, 2012 BY: RENATA CASTROReleased today, Florida unemployment numbers showed considerable improvement from its last release. At a rate of 9.6%, it has reached its lowest levels since March 2009. In the same timeframe, Florida has seen a boom of approved EB-5 regional centers, seeking to capture funds from foreign investors looking to become US residents through…
  • Exclusive Visas on the Tenant Occupancy Issue March 15, 2012 The current topic of discourse in the EB-5 realm seems to be that of the tenant occupancy issue. The USCIS has received some applications that appear to contain specious information and these applications do not constitute a reasonable economic method. In response to such applications, the USCIS may determine some portions of the application to…
  • Why Should I Hire an EB-5 Consultant? February 15, 2012   The road to obtaining an EB-5 Visa can be at times perplexing. This process can, at first, be tedious but all the detailed work will pay off in the future in the form of a permanent green card or even U.S. citizenship later on. In order to make sense of all the prerequisites, a…
  • USCIS Releases Latest Statistics on I-829 Petitions February 14, 2012 Based on the statistics published by the Office of Public Engagement – USCIS, during their Stakeholders Engagement conference held on January 23rd, 2012, we bring data that shows the most recent trends in the EB-5 industry. The information provided is related to the approvals of the I-829 petitions which are filed with USCIS for the…
  • Just because I am an EB-5 Regional Center Investor, must I necessarily make a bad bargain? January 3, 2012 Managing the Expectations of an (EB-5) Investor   Immigration Attorneys are not investment advisers and we (should) take great pains to shield ourselves from liability in this regard. Even those of us brave enough to practice ‘EB-5 law’, frequently tell our clients that we do not (and should not) recommend Regional Centers or their projects.…
  • Foreign nationals arrive in Southwest Florida for a price, creating jobs December 21, 2011      Author: BEN WOLFORD - Naples Daily | 17 Dec 2011 PORT CHARLOTTE — Along a weedy, forgotten waterfront, Allen Heise is investing more than $40 million to build an upscale marina, complete with a rooftop heliport. Once built, it will be a glamorous and lonely centerpiece in an area he says is "gonna hit."His waterfront renaissance, with its…
  • Rules Stretched as Green Cards Go to Investors December 21, 2011            Author: PATRICK MCGEEHAN and KIRK SEMPLE - The New York Times | 18 Dec 2011 Affluent foreigners are rushing to take advantage of a federal immigration program that offers them the chance to obtain a green card in return for investing in construction projects in the United States. With credit tight, the program has unexpectedly…
  • The Outcome of Fall EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers Conference October 24, 2011 SAN ANTONIO, TX - October 20-21, 2011 the Exclusive Visas team attended the Fall EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers Conference hosted by American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in San Antonio, Texas. The seminars provided immigration attorneys, regional centers and other attendees the opportunity to hear from EB-5 experts, immigration attorneys and economists pertaining to navigating…
  • Is the EB-5 Visa better than an H1-B Visa? September 16, 2011 While it is hard to say whether or not the EB-5 visa is better or worse than the H1-B visa, there are a number of key differences.First, the demand for H1-Bs is much higher than the EB-5, making them harder to obtain.  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached its H1-B petition cap…
  • The Implementation of Enhancements to the EB-5 Program Has Begun September 13, 2011 Beginning today, USCIS starts implementing some of the earlier proposed enhancements to the EB-5 program. According to USCIS website, Form I-924 applicants (Regional Center Application) will be able to communicate directly with USCIS adjudicators via e-mail. It will streamline the process and quickly raise and resolve issues and questions that arise during the adjudication process.The…
  • Is the EB-5 Visa a Good Option for Retirement? September 9, 2011 Because the EB-5 Regional Center program meets the needs of many foreigners who want to retire in the U.S., many refer to the program as the “Retiree Visa”. We have consulted several EB-5 investors who chose this program specifically because they wanted to retire in the United States.Why the EB-5 Visa and not any other…
  • Top of Chinese wealthy’s wish list? To leave China September 7, 2011 Author: LOUISE WATT - Associated Press | AP, 7 Sep 2011BEIJING (AP) — Chinese millionaire Su builds skyscrapers in Beijing and is one of the people powering China's economy on its path to becoming the world's biggest.He sits at the top of a country — economy booming, influence spreading, military swelling — widely expected to dominate the…
  • How should I choose an EB-5 immigration attorney? August 31, 2011 When selecting an EB-5 immigration attorney, there are a number of key points that one must consider.  One of the largest issues is whether or not a particular attorney is biased in his/her recommendation.  It is not uncommon for EB-5 immigration lawyers to advise regional centers in addition to immigrants. In order to find an EB-5…
  • What to consider when choosing an EB-5 Project for your EB-5 Visa? August 30, 2011 Today there are over 150 USCIS approved Regional Centers. Some of them have active projects, others – don’t. Very often foreign nationals have to conduct a lot of research to identify available EB-5 projects and analyze the terms and conditions they offer to the EB-5 investors.It is very important to choose the right EB-5 project…
  • Can the EB-5 Visa benefit a student who wants to stay and study in the USA? August 29, 2011 People from all around the world come to the United States to pursue their education. The students visa (F-1) allows foreign citizens to enter the United States for the purpose of pursuing a degree as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, academic high school, elementary school, or other academic institution or in a language training…
  • Do you need to apply for your EB-5 Visa before you child turns 21 years old? August 24, 2011 If you plan to immigrate via an EB-5 visa along with your family, you must plan to begin the process well before any of your children turn 21 years old.  The US Government considers a ‘child’ as someone who is under the age of 21 and who is not married. If a child of the…
  • With so many Regional Centers being approved does this make the EB5 visa safer? August 23, 2011 Over the past few years, the number of approved Regional Centers has grown rapidly. According to the report that was released by USCIS after the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Stakeholder Meeting on June, 30 there are 147 approved EB-5 Regional Centers (RCs), operating in 39 states, including the District of Columbia and Guam. As of…
  • Is There an EB-5 Bubble in China? August 4, 2011 While the Chinese currently make up the majority of EB-5 investors, are we on the verge of an EB-5 bubble in China?  Many EB-5 projects erroneously believe that China is the only place to secure investors, which is absolutely not the case.  Marketing a project in China can be double the cost of marketing in…
  • USCIS Proposed Enhancements to EB-5 Visa Processing August 2, 2011 Created by Congress in 1990, the EB-5 investor program stimulates the U.S. economy through foreign capital investment that results in job creation, formation of startup companies and attracting capital to the areas of high unemployment and rural areas. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), as of June 30, 2011, it is…
  • Should I research the EB-5 Regional Center or the EB-5 Project? July 26, 2011 The main concern for most investors on the early stage of the EB-5 Program process is to make a right investment choice. This choice will directly influence foreign investor’s ability to obtain green card and get their money back. When making their choice investors rely on different factors. Most of them are choosing the Regional…
  • The Latest Statistics for the EB-5 Visa (June 2011 Stakeholder Meeting) July 19, 2011 According to the report that was released by USCIS after the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Stakeholder Meeting on June, 30 there are 147 approved EB-5 Regional Centers (RCs), operating in 39 states, including the District of Columbia and Guam.Throughout the last year (2010) there were a total of 1,885 EB-5 visas issued. USCIS estimates that…
  • What is most important to an EB-5 Investor? June 13, 2011 Over the years of consulting to more than 100 successful EB-5 applicants from 22 different countries it is amazing to see that the same three concerns are raised by almost every client we consult.  Making the decision to invest $500,000 USD into a company located thousands of miles from your home can be a very…
  • How can I find out the truth about the EB-5 Investor Visa? May 31, 2011 There is plenty of information on-line regarding the EB-5 investor visa program. However, authors of hundreds of articles on the EB-5 program are not always providing correct or impartial advice.  This definitely makes it difficult for foreign nationals to understand how the complex EB-5 process actually works and what risks should be avoided. The good…
  • How to immigrate to America without a sponsor? May 30, 2011 Immigration to the United States of America remains to be very popular with people from all over the world who want to start their new life in America. However, many of these people, who wish to immigrate, often face difficulties when trying to accomplish the goal of residency. Foreigners have only so many options to…
  • How Do I Know if My EB-5 Consultant is Independent? May 23, 2011 Consultants have played a great role for many foreign investors seeking to obtain a green card through the EB-5 investment visa program.  Many applicants as well as Immigration Attorneys can find the EB-5 program to be rather complicated because of its many requirements.  Therefore, most EB-5 investors prefer to consult an EB-5 expert before making…
  • The Latest Statistics for the EB-5 Visa May 17, 2011 According to the report that was released by USCIS after the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Stakeholder Meeting in California on March 17, there were 125 approved EB-5 Regional Centers (RCs), operating in 36 states, including the District of Columbia and Guam. However, according to the USCIS website, as of today this number has increased up…
  • Misrepresentation of the EB-5 Investor Green Card May 10, 2011 The EB-5 Program has been rapidly growing and day by day we see more businesses applying for EB-5 Regional Center designation and more consultants entering the market promoting the EB-5 Program claiming to be “experts”. It is scary to see how many of these NEW consultants are misrepresenting the program in order to rapidly sign…
  • Is my Immigration Lawyer qualified to help me choose an EB-5 Regional Center? May 9, 2011 The EB-5 Program can be overwhelming and with almost 150 designated EB-5 Regional Centers to choose from the process can become quite confusing when attempting to gather information on a Regional Center.  Not to mention trying to decipher their offering documents and understanding some legal terms that may be unfamiliar to you. It is understandable…
  • Who usually applies for an EB-5 Visa? May 4, 2011 On an almost daily basis our office gets contacted by people from around the world who are looking to immigrate to the United States in the hopes of obtaining Permanent Residency.  Some of these people may already live in the United States under another Visa such as an L1, H1-B, E2 or perhaps even an…
  • How long does it take to get an EB-5 Visa? May 2, 2011 This is one of the most common questions asked by our EB-5 clients; it is an important question for them since some of these foreign investors will need to take care of some of their personal issues in their home country prior to moving to the United States. It can take approximately six to nine…
  • The EB-5 Regional Center Program; is it A Safe Program to Invest In? April 28, 2011  Almost every potential EB-5 investor has asked us if it is truly safe to invest in the EB-5 Regional Center Program. This question may be one of the most important questions for foreign investor, given that they will be investing US$500,000 or US$1,000,000 in said approved Regional Center and there is no guarantee that the…
  • Exclusive Visas Success in Russia Promoting EB-5 Investment Program March 25, 2011 Alongside countries like China, India, and Korea; Russia is attracting more and more interest as an EB-5 market. However, immigration from Russia to the United States is still not at levels similar to China and India.Despite the infancy of the Russian EB-5 market, the Exclusive Visas’ team decided to pay a visit to this mysterious…
  • Do Russian Investors Qualify for EB-5 Visas to USA? March 24, 2011 Russia is attracting more and more interest as an EB-5 market and we are seeing the number of EB-5 applicants grow year over year from Russia. However, immigration from Russia to the United States is still negligible. This can be explained by existing conditions in the market: already open economy that is still overcoming consequences…
  • What is the Total Cost to an Investor for a EB-5 Visa? March 18, 2011 Very often investors get confused with the total amount of money they have to come up with in order to obtain their green card through investment. Generally, most of them realize that the USA investor visa requires $1,000,000 investment or $500,000 if the EB-5 investment is made in the project located in a Targeted Employment…
  • What EB-5 Regional Centers Have Approved I-829s? March 1, 2011 Every EB-5 investor is looking for a safe project to invest in. Very often we are asked if there are Regional Centers that have I-829s approved. It is not surprising why investors pay so much attention to this fact.  Various EB-5 Regional Centers, when marketing their projects claim that they either already have I-829 approvals,…
  • Washington Regional Center receives EB-5 approval February 28, 2011 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently approved the Washington state EB-5 Regional Center, which will give foreign nationals an opportunity to invest in local projects in exchange for U.S. green card eligibility, the South Sound Business Examiner reports.Through the federal EB-5 visa program, which was established during the 1990s, foreign nationals can obtain…
  • Connecticut mayor pushes EB-5 visa program February 24, 2011 Calling foreign investment a priority for his administration, Norwich, Connecticut Mayor Peter Nystrom is looking to capitalize on the federal EB-5 visa program to secure such funding for local businesses, the Norwich Bulletin reports.Through the EB-5 visa program, foreign nationals have an opportunity to gain U.S. green card eligibility by making an investment of $1…
  • Saipan governor to follow up with USCIS on EB-5 regional center proposal February 23, 2011 Benigno R. Fitial, the governor of Saipan, which is the largest island of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), said recently that he plans to follow up with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on obtaining EB-5 regional center status for the islands, the Saipan Tribune reports.Fitial said that the private…
  • City of Victorville refunds $500,000 to EB-5 investor February 22, 2011 The city of Victorville, California, which has seen its EB-5 visa program terminated by the federal government, recently refunded $500,000 to an Asian investor who loaned the money through the program, the Victorville Daily Press reports.According to the news provider, the city also recently approved the spending of $50,000 to continue the appeal of the…
  • Retail and office complex in California planning to use EB-5 funding February 21, 2011 The southern California community of Murrieta is planning to use the federal EB-5 visa program to secure funding for its $12 million retail and office space complex called the Olivewood Project, 10News.com reports.Bruce Coleman, Murrieta's director of economic development, said that almost half of the project's funding will come from foreign investment from a number…
  • University Hospitals projects in Cleveland could receive EB-5 funding February 18, 2011 The Cleveland, Ohio International Fund, which has a proven track record of attracting foreign investment for projects such as the Flats East Bank, is planning to utilize the federal EB-5 visa program for funding for the expansion of University Hospitals in Cleveland.The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the hospital system is putting the finishing touches…
  • Another hotel development in Milwaukee could utilize EB-5 funding February 17, 2011 While the new Marriott Hotel in downtown Milwaukee will be receiving significant funding through the federal EB-5 visa program, another property that could be developed into a new hotel may also utilize the program, the Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee reports.The city of West Allis is expected to complete the demolition of a restaurant and…
  • Potential international apparel center in New Jersey would utilize EB-5 funding February 15, 2011 A new international apparel center may finally be constructed on a vacant piece of land in eastern Secaucus, New Jersey, according to the Hudson Reporter.The development, which was reportedly conceived by businessman Tommy Lee, would potentially include a 600,000-square-foot international trading facility, a new Extended Stay America Hotel and an on-site parking lot, according to…
  • Project counting on EB-5 funding in Washington state falls apart February 14, 2011 A contract between the city of Federal Way, Washington, and Twin Development to construct a high-rise project in the downtown area has dissolved, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.The announcement was reportedly made by city officials after the purchase and sale agreement had been subjected to seven extensions over the span of three years, the news…
  • New minority advisory council member pushes EB-5 visa program February 9, 2011 Purnima Voria, the founder and CEO of the Denver-based National United States India Chamber of Commerce, was recently named to a new National Advisory Council for Minority Business Enterprises, reports Rediff Business, an India-based news site. Voria, who was appointed to the new position by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, said that utilizing the federal EB-5 visa…
  • Incumbent alderman candidate in Chicago pushing expansion of EB-5 visa program February 8, 2011 Facing two challengers in the race for alderman of Chicago's 25th ward, incumbent candidate Alderman Daniel Solis is looking to expand the federal EB-5 visa program in order to boost the city's financial health, reports Gazette Chicago.Many of the suggestions that Solis has reportedly offered during his campaign are ways to enable the city to…
  • Businesses looking to make EB-5 visa program permanent February 7, 2011 A new proposal backed by the Association to Invest in USA is seeking to make the federal EB-5 visa program permanent, the Business Journal of Milwaukee reports.Under the EB-5 visa program, foreigners can obtain U.S. green card eligibility by making an investment of $1 million (or $500,000 in some areas) in an American company or…
  • New Hofbrauhaus in Milwauke plans to utilize EB-5 funding February 4, 2011 A new Hofbrauhaus restaurant and beer garden that is planning to utilize the EB-5 visa program for some of its funding recently agreed to lease space from a different Pabst building than was originally proposed, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Cincinnati Restaurant Group, which operates a Hofbrauhaus in Newport, Kentucky, under license from the Munich, Germany…
  • More developers turning to EB-5 visa program for construction funding February 2, 2011 With banks offering very little in the way of funding for construction projects, a number of developers across the country are looking to the federal EB-5 visa program to secure financial assistance from foreign investors, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.According to the news provider, the use of the program nearly…
  • New York county receives EB-5 approval January 31, 2011 Businesses in Jefferson County, New York, are now eligible to accept funding from foreign investors to add or maintain jobs through the federal EB-5 visa program, the Watertown Daily Times reports.The county recently received EB-5 approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to become part of expanded territory under the Upstate New York…
  • Entrepreneurs from China utilizing the EB-5 visa program January 24, 2011 Over the past few years, many families from China have emigrated to the U.S. mainly to take advantage of the educational system, the Beijing Review reports.Many of these wealthy Chinese have emigrated to America thanks to the EB-5 visa program, which allows foreign investors to obtain U.S. green card eligibility. Foreigners can obtain such eligibility…
  • Illinois sports complex planning to utilize EB-5 visa program avoids setback January 20, 2011 An important piece of land for a potential sports complex in Lakewood, Illinois, barely avoided the auction block recently, the Northwest Herald reports.The 38-acre piece of land that McHenry County Sportsplex LLC is hoping to purchase had been in foreclosure and was scheduled for a sheriff's sale on January 13, according to the news provider.…
  • Milwaukee Marriott given approval without requirement of setback January 19, 2011 The $50 million Marriott Hotel that is planned for downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has received approval from the Common Council that does not include a setback requirement that developers had said would kill the project, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.According to the news provider, the council voted 13-2 to approve the appeal of the setback, which…
  • USCIS debates price of wastewater treatment plant in Victorville, California January 19, 2011 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reportedly questioning the price tag of the wastewater treatment plant in Victorville, California, following the city's appeal of the agency's decision to end the local EB-5 visa program, reports the Victorville Daily Press.According to the news provider, the USCIS is questioning documents that show three different totals…
  • Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont attracts foreign investors through EB-5 visa program January 18, 2011 While a number of businesses in the Jay area of Vermont have struggled to bring in money, Jay Peak ski resort has been able to secure significant funding from foreign investors, NPR reports."We've raised almost $200 million of equity capital to transform Jay Peak from a winter-only ski resort to a true 52-week-a-year resort facility,"…
  • Brookings Institution suggests increasing availability of EB-5 visa program January 14, 2011 The Brookings Institution, a non-profit public policy organization in Washington D.C., suggested in a recent policy brief that the federal EB-5 visa program should be made more available to foreign investors.Through the EB-5 visa program, foreign nationals can obtain U.S. green card eligibility by investing $1 million (or $500,000 in some areas) in an American…
  • Wenzhou to allow overseas investments on a trial basis January 14, 2011 WENZHOU City, east China's Zhejiang Province, has launched a scheme under which individuals will be allowed to invest overseas on a trial basis to encourage capital outflows amid high inflation and rising foreign exchange reserves.Residents in Wenzhou can invest up to US$3 million overseas in any single investment or spend no more than US$200 million…
  • Hybrid Kinetic Motors plans to utilize EB-5 visa program January 13, 2011 HK Motors, a California-based subsidiary of Hybrid Kinetic Group Ltd. of Hong Kong, is planning to begin producing automobiles in Baldwin County, Alabama, in 2013, the Press-Register reports.The cars built at the facility would reportedly run mostly on compressed natural gas, with electric batteries and a small gas tank serving as backups, the news provider…
  • California development corporation lists investment through EB-5 visa program as goal January 12, 2011 At the recent Needles, California Economic Development Corporation meeting, president Brad Hoover invited a number of business owners to share their thoughts and opinions on attracting business to the area, the Mohave Daily News reports."They're not talkers," he said. "They're doers."At the meeting, Hoover explained that it was important for the Needles community to emphasize…
  • EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program January 11, 2011 Foreign nationals seeking potential residency in the United States have numerous immigration programs at their disposal, however one of the fastest ways that is becoming the most preferred method of immigration is the EB-5 investor visa program.Approved in 1990, the EB-5 immigrant investor program provides the foreign investor, the investor’s spouse and any of their…
  • New Vermont governor says utilizing EB-5 program is a priority January 7, 2011 Governor Peter Shumlin took office recently as Vermont's 81st governor and said that one of his major goals was to better utilize the federal EB-5 visa program, the Burlington Free Press reports.Shumlin, 54, was sworn in by Chief Justice Paul Reiber in a House chamber that included a number of state leaders as well as…
  • Harbourside project attracting foreign investors through EB-5 visa program January 3, 2011 Nick Mastroianni, the developer of the waterfront Harbourside project in Jupiter, Florida, is utilizing the federal EB-5 visa program in order to generate revenue, according to a recent article in the Palm Beach Post.Mastroianni told the news provider that since American banks are not lending money, he has traveled to South Korea and China to…
  • South Dakota governor lauds construction at beef processing plant December 30, 2010 South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds says the resumption of construction at a multimillion-dollar beef processing plant near Aberdeen could have positive effects on the state as a whole, the Daily Republic reports.The governor said that the announcement that construction on the $70 million plant will resume is important as the owners of the facility expect…
  • How to utilize the EB-5 visa program by investing in a troubled business December 29, 2010 One of the ways for foreign nationals to obtain U.S. green card eligibility through the federal EB-5 visa program is to invest in a troubled business, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).In order to qualify in this instance, foreign nationals must invest in a business that has existed for at least two…
  • Governor of U.S. commonwealth pushes EB-5 visa program December 28, 2010 Benigno R. Fitial, the governor of Saipan, the largest island of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), wants the island to focus on attracting foreign investments through the federal EB-5 visa program.Through the EB-5 visa program, foreign nationals can obtain U.S. green card eligibility by making an investment of $1 million (or…
  • Harbourside project wins approval for public financing December 22, 2010 The potential for up to $350,000 in annual public financing for up to 15 years was recently approved for the $150 million Harbourside marina/restaurant/hotel project that the developer says could create 2,000 jobs, the Palm Beach Post reports."This is a big step. Without the town's support, getting financing would be tougher," said Nick Mastroianni, managing…
  • Final approval vote on annual financing for Harbourside scheduled December 21, 2010 A vote on final approval to spend up to $350,000 a year for public financing for the $150 million Harbourside project in Florida has been scheduled for December 21 at 6:30 p.m., the Palm Beach Post reports.The vote will be taken before the Community Redevelopment Agency, according to the news provider. Another planned aspect of…
  • Rich Chinese opt for a life abroad December 21, 2010 Zhou Qun, who moved to Germany eight years ago, has every reason to distance herself from the stereotyped, and often incorrect, image of traditional Chinese immigrants.First, the 28-year-old Chinese woman has no blood-and-sweat story of toiling in a foreign restaurant. She owns a company that makes millions of dollars every year by selling stylish clothes…
  • Visa deal funding realty, investors get homeland December 21, 2010 By Yudislaidy Fernandez   At a time international investors are drawn to Miami's real estate bargains, the government's EB-5 visa program is an attractive vehicle for them to invest here in exchange for US residency.   Exclusive Visas, an EB-5 consulting firm based in Weston, is advising developers of several projects that would boost the local economy and create…
  • Washington Realtor attends business conference that discusses EB-5 visa program December 20, 2010 Mallina Wilson of Home4Investment Team at Keller Williams Western Realty in Bellingham, Washington, recently attended the International Real Estate Federation business conference in Seattle, the Bellingham Herald reports.According to the news provider, the conference included certain training topics such as the evaluation of international markets, foreign investment in Washington, the use of social media for…
  • How to qualify for EB-5 visa program through creation of new business enterprise December 17, 2010 Creating a new commercial enterprise is one way that foreigners can utilize the EB-5 visa program to obtain U.S. green card eligibility, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).In order to qualify in this instance, one must invest or be in the process of investing at least $1 million in the business. However,…
  • Applicants for the EB-5 Visa December 17, 2010 Foreigners seeking permanent U.S. residence have the opportunity to apply for an increasingly popular green card option, the EB-5 visa. The EB-5 is a business investment based visa where the qualified foreign applicant invests a minimum of $500,000 into a government approved EB-5 project. In order for the applicant to meet qualification, the first EB-5…
  • How to apply for an EB-5 visa December 15, 2010 According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCSIS), obtaining U.S. green card eligibility through the EB-5 visa program is a three-step process.Through this program, foreign nationals can receive such eligibility by making an investment of $1 million (or $500,000 in some areas) in an American company or project that either creates or maintains at…
  • Milwaukee Marriott approved by historical commission December 14, 2010 Milwaukee's Historic Preservation Commission has voted to give permission to a developer to demolish historic buildings in the downtown area to clear the way for a proposed $50 million Marriott Hotel, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.The commission did say that the building facades would need to be preserved and blended into the new facility, according…
  • California city partners with county on international trade December 13, 2010 The city of Riverside, California, has decided to partner with Riverside County on efforts to encourage international trade, the Press-Enterprise reports.Lalit Acharya, the international relations officer in the office of the mayor, told the news provider that the next step in the process would be to set up operations with the county's office of foreign…
  • Jupiter gives developers of Harbourside more time to obtain financing December 10, 2010 The Jupiter, Florida town council has decided to extend the deadline for the $150 million Harbourside marina and hotel development to obtain the necessary financing, the Palm Beach Post reports.Allied Capital and Development, which is based in Palm Beach Gardens, needs to have 100 investors with overall deposits totaling at least $50 million by May…
  • North Carolina project eligible for EB-5 visa program December 8, 2010 After it was recently announced that finance offers were on the table for the View project in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, a managing partner for the project said that it will also qualify for the EB-5 visa program, which encourages foreign investment, StarNewsOnline.com reports.The potential mixed-use development could be given a $6 to $8 million…
  • Foreigners invest in Sonic through the EB-5 visa program December 1, 2010 A number of international investors are responsible for the entrance of fast-food chain Sonic into the South Florida area, as 50 new restaurants are expected to open in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties over the next four years, Miami Today reports.The foreign investors are capitalizing on the federal EB-5 visa program, which allows them to gain…
  • EB-5 visa program could create jobs in New York November 29, 2010 Jefferson County, New York, could potentially look to foreign investors to create significant local projects that would create jobs through the EB-5 visa program, the Watertown Daily Times reports.The county's Local Development Corp. (JCLDC) and a hired contractor will reportedly sign the county up for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program, which is run by…
  • Colorado woman pushes trade with India November 23, 2010 According to the head of the Denver, Colorado-based National U.S. India Chamber of Commerce, there has never been a better time than the present for Colorado companies to do business in India, the Denver Post reports.Founder and chief executive of the chamber, Purnima Voria, told the news source that trade relations between the U.S. and…
  • EB-5 sports complex project proposed in Illinois November 22, 2010 An EB-5-funded sports complex planned in the village of Lakewood, Illinois, would feature baseball fields, bicycle trails and restaurants meant to draw families from across the region, the Chicago Tribune reports.Through the EB-5 visa program, foreign investors can become eligible to obtain a U.S. green card by investing $1 million (or $500,000 in some areas)…
  • Can EB-5 Investors Get Their Money Back? November 22, 2010 The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a way for foreign visa-seeking applicants to obtain permanent U.S. residence by investing $500,000 into an approved EB-5 project. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that the investment must either create or save a minimum of 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers in order for the…
  • EB-5 Investment: More than just Research November 22, 2010 The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program is a way for qualified foreigners to receive permanent U.S. residence by investing at least $500,000 into an approved EB-5 project. Not only does the foreign investor receive an EB-5 visa green card but also their spouse and their unmarried children under the age of 21. With so much…
  • Obtaining Permanent U.S. Residence November 22, 2010 When deciding to apply for a U.S. visa green card, there are many options to choose from. Depending on what your plans are in the United States, there are different routes for a visa-seeking applicant to choose from, particularly the EB-5 visa.The EB-5 visa was established in 1990 and is a business investment based visa…
  • Regional Centers Offering Loan Options November 22, 2010 The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program is recognized as the fastest and easiest way to obtain permanent U.S. residence. With an investment of at least $500,000 into an approved EB-5 program in the United States, the foreign investor, the investor’s wife and their unmarried children under the age of 21 become eligible for green cards.…
  • Requirements of the EB-5 Visa November 22, 2010 The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is considered one of the fastest ways of obtaining permanent U.S. residence. The EB-5 is governed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which sets all guidelines and requirements pertaining to immigration and the EB-5 process.The first requirement is that the foreign EB-5 applicant must have at least…
  • What Makes the EB-5 Program so Appealing November 22, 2010 Through passive investment into an approved EB-5 project, foreign investors are eligible for an EB-5 visa green card which grants them permanent U.S. residence. The program started in 1990 as a way to create jobs for U.S. workers, stimulate the economy and promote business within the United States. Now, with more than 100 different approved…
  • Avoiding Problems with the EB-5 Program November 22, 2010 The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program is a great option for foreigners looking to obtain permanent legal residence in the United States, however there have been serious implications with the EB-5 process that could have been easily avoided. Making sure that the EB-5 applicant has a full grasp of the requirements of the EB-5 program…
  • Choosing an EB-5 Regional Center November 22, 2010 With such a growing demand in the EB-5 program as the preferred method of obtaining permanent U.S. residence through investment, the number of approved EB-5 Regional Centers in the United States is in the hundreds. Choosing the safest and most suitable Regional Center is one of the most important steps in the EB-5 process.The EB-5…
  • Easy Visa Route to the United States November 22, 2010 Approved by Congress in 1990, the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program is proven to be one of the fast routes to permanent U.S. residence with the issue of an EB-5 visa. The EB-5 investment visa pilot program has become a viable option for immigrants who have yet to find a visa suitable to their needs.Under the…
  • How Long Does it Take to Receive an EB-5 Visa? November 19, 2010 Since so many foreign applicants have preferred the EB-5 visa program as their method of obtaining permanent U.S. residence, the number one question that arises is how long does the EB-5 process take?The EB-5 program is a business investment based visa in which the foreign investor must invest at least $500,000 into an approved EB-5…
  • Discounted EB-5 Investment Rate November 19, 2010 Foreigners seeking permanent U.S. residence are increasingly becoming acquainted with the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. By investing into an approved U.S. business, qualified foreign investors, their spouse and their unmarried children under the age of 21 are eligible for a green card. The investment is $1 million into an approved EB-5 project, however there are…
  • EB-5 Immigration Applications November 19, 2010 The EB-5 Immigrant Investor program is a method for qualified foreigners to obtain a visa green card and permanent U.S. residence by making an investment into an approved EB-5 project. The process may seem simple but without an established immigration attorney who has experience with EB-5, it can be quite difficult. Filing applications to the…
  • Approved EB-5 Regional Centers November 18, 2010 With an investment of $500,000 into a U.S. business located in an entity referred to as a “Regional Center”, qualified foreigners are eligible for an EB-5 visa green card which grants them permanent U.S. residence. Not only does the potential foreign investor receive a green card but also the investor’s spouse and their unmarried children…
  • EB-5 visa program gives U.S. investment opportunities to Indians November 18, 2010 The recent economic crisis in the U.S. has led to a more favorable environment for overseas investments, especially in the real estate sector, according to Gregory Solomos, the senior vice president of a real estate company in Louisville, Kentucky.Solomos was invited to speak about emerging business opportunities in the U.S. at the Kanara Chambers of…
  • Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber proposes World Trade Center November 18, 2010 Ohio's Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber recently unveiled a plan to attract foreign businesses that includes a new six-story building in downtown Youngstown that would serve as the city's World Trade Center, the Warren Tribune Chronicle reports.The proposed $9 million trade center would be financed by foreign investors through the federal government's EB-5 visa program. The program…
  • Report: UK’s immigrant investor program not as successful as EB-5 November 9, 2010 While America's EB-5 visa program has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, Britain's version of the investor visa program has floundered.The UK entrepreneur visa program was launched by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and has not achieved the success that some would have liked, according to the Daily Telegraph.A spokeswoman for the UK's Home Office…
  • Milwaukee EB-5 project may get tax breaks November 8, 2010 A proposed EB-5 visa program project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is expected to benefit from a number of tax cuts.A group of developers is looking to use the EB-5 visa program to build a Marriott in downtown Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.The developers have said that they would not draw on public funds to…
  • Vermont governor returns from EB-5 trip to Asia November 8, 2010 Douglas described the trip as a "fruitful venture," reports WCAX. The governor, along with a number of other Representatives from private and public entities, spent about two weeks in Asia.Douglas said that the full impact of the trip might not be felt immediately."The initial contact with a prospective investor doesn't immediately result in all cases…
  • Exclusive Visas returns from successful trip to China November 1, 2010 Representatives from Exclusive Visas, an EB-5 visa program consulting firm, recently returned from a trip to China to promote the federal program to potential investors.The Chinese part of the trip lasted 12 days, spanned seven cities and saw Exclusive Visas sign 12 EB-5 clients.The EB-5 visa program gives a chance for foreign nationals to earn U.S.…
  • Colorado venture capitalist helps guide future of EB-5 visa program October 29, 2010 The struggles of a Colorado venture capitalist with current U.S. immigration law have helped shape proposals to reform the EB-5 visa program, according to Entrepreneur.Under the current system, foreign nationals who invest $1 million ($500,000 in certain regions) in an American company that subsequently creates or preserves 10 jobs can earn their green card eligibility.Brad…
  • EB-5 visa program tour in China reveals motivations for investment October 29, 2010 A recent tour promoting the EB-5 visa program in China has revealed many Chinese investors' motivations in taking advantage of the EB-5 investment opportunity, reports Abu Dhabi's The National.The EB-5 visa program allows foreign nationals whose investment of $1 million ($500,000 in certain regions) in an American company creates or preserves 10 jobs to earn…
  • Vermont governor’s EB-5 trip becomes a campaign issue October 28, 2010 Jim Douglas, governor of the state of Vermont, recently returned from a trip to Asia promoting the EB-5 visa program, but his trip has become an issue in the upcoming election, WCAX reports.In the EB-5 visa program, foreign nationals who invest $1 million ($500,000 in some regions, including parts of Vermont) in companies and whose…
  • Former Democratic advisor uses EB-5 for green projects October 7, 2010 Long-time Democratic fundraiser and advisor Terry McAuliffe is hoping to use the EB-5 visa program to fund a new electric car project.McAuliffe recently showed former President Bill Clinton one of the MyCars, which are all-electric two-seater vehicles made in southern China, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.The MyCar is just part of McAuliffe's strategy, which falls under…
  • Brooklyn politician will not join EB-5 China trip October 6, 2010 After it was indicated that he might be accompanying a businessman on a trip to China to drum up interest in the EB-5 visa program, the Brooklyn Borough President has decided to stay in New York.Marty Markowitz has decided not to accompany developer Bruce Ratner on his EB-5 trip to China, where the businessman will…
  • Connecticut mayor’s revitalization plan includes EB-5 October 5, 2010 A Connecticut city council recently voted to approve the mayor's plan to use the EB-5 visa program to revitalize the area.The Norwich City Council voted unanimously to approve Mayor Peter Nystrom's plans for revitalization, according to the Norwich Bulletin.As part of the plan, the council instructed City Manager Alan Bergren to gather information about the…
  • Mining company to use EB-5 funds for gold mine October 4, 2010 A mining concern said that it would use funding from the EB-5 visa program to help finance a recently purchased gold mine.North Bay Resources recently bought the Ruby Gold Mine in Sierra County, California, and it hopes to use $7.5 million in EB-5 funding for the project.The EB-5 visa program was created to help American…
  • Des Moines city council to hear about EB-5 October 1, 2010 The Des Moines, Iowa, city council is scheduled to hear about the EB-5 visa program at an upcoming meeting.The Waterland Blog reports that Mayor Bob Sheckler said that he anticipates an "overwhelming" positive response when they hear about the program, which allows foreign nationals to become U.S. green card eligible if they invest $1 million…
  • Washington governor leads investment trip to China September 30, 2010 Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and a delegation of leaders from various industries recently arrived in China on a trade mission, reports TheGovMonitor.com.Gregoire is being accompanied by representatives from business, agricultural, energy and education industries on his trip."It was a long flight to Beijing, but I'm happy to be back in China," Gregoire told the news…
  • Agency to loan California city $8 million September 29, 2010 A California development agency has agreed to be the conduit for an $8 million loan from an EB-5 regional center bond to the city of San Bernardino, California.The Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) would be a go-between for the transaction by authorizing the loan through a CMB Infrastructure Investment Group Revenue Bond, according to the…
  • New York developer considers EB-5 for $4.9 billion project September 22, 2010 A New York City developer is considering funding a $4.9 billion development with help from the EB-5 visa program.Bruce Ratner is hoping to obtain $250 million in foreign investment through the EB-5 visa program, which would make one of the largest amounts obtained through the program, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Atlantic Yards…
  • County places ad seeking foreign, EB-5 investors September 21, 2010 A California county that participates in the EB-5 visa program will use a newspaper advertisement to help it attract foreign investors.Riverside County will place an ad in the Washington Diplomat, which is a newspaper read by foreign officials around the globe, according to the Valley News."It is the first targeted ad Economic Development Agency…
  • Man who brought major EB-5 project to Alabama to step down September 20, 2010 Neal Wade, the director of the Alabama Development Office (ADO), will step down from his post at the end of October.The most public of Wade's actions as the director of the ADO was the attraction of a hybrid car company to Alabama through the use of the EB-5 visa program, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.HK…
  • Many EB-5 regional centers deal with manufacturing September 17, 2010 When foreign investors are looking for an EB-5 investment opportunity, they may want to consider investing in an EB-5 regional center that focuses on manufacturing.People will always need manufactured goods regardless of the state of the economy, so investing in an EB-5 regional center that participates in the manufacturing industry may be a wise decision.…
  • Developer: Proposed Vermont EB-5 project won’t pollute September 13, 2010 The developer of a proposed biomass facility that intends to be funded through the EB-5 visa program recently said that the plant won't pollute the area.Speaking to the Bennington Banner, Thomas Emero, managing director of development and operations for Beaver Wood Energy, said that the 29-megawatt biomass/wood pellet facility would be technologically advanced."This plant will…
  • Michigan county to hold meeting on EB-5 visa program September 10, 2010 Macomb County, Michigan's Planning and Economic Development Department is holding an event to discuss the EB-5 visa program.The event will provide an opportunity for the area's business, education and government leaders to discuss the program, according to the Detroit Free Press.Specifically the event will provide a forum for the discussion of the county officials' trip…
  • Georgia EB-5 investment opportunities are peachy August 31, 2010 There are many EB-5 investment opportunities throughout the country and there are some very good ones in the state of Georgia.The EB-5 visa program gives foreign nationals a chance to earn their U.S. green cards by investing $1 million (or in some areas, $500,000) in an American business. If that investment leads to the creation…
  • South Korean ambassador talks EB-5 August 30, 2010 The South Korean ambassador to America recently made a visit to East Lansing to make a speech at Michigan State University, and spoke briefly about the EB-5 visa program.Han Duk-soo focused largely on the proposed U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement, saying that it would help create jobs for Americans, reports the Lansing State Journal.The news…
  • D.C. projects getting EB-5 funding August 17, 2010 A number of underdeveloped neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., are about to receive millions of dollars from the EB-5 visa program.The district’s Shaw neighborhood is on the verge of getting a long-awaited Giant supermarket and a mixed-use development, according to the Washington Post. There are three EB-5 regional centers operating in the nation’s capital, helping to…
  • Finding the right EB-5 consultant is vital August 16, 2010 There are lots of decisions that foreign nationals looking into the EB-5 visa program need to make: where to invest, what industry to invest in and whether to invest with an EB-5 regional center are just some of the many questions that potential investors need to answer. However, there is one question that can make…
  • Plastics company hopes to renovate building with EB-5 funds August 11, 2010 A California-based plastics company is hoping to obtain EB-5 funds to help it renovate a property to which it hopes to relocate.AMA plastics, a Corona, California-based injection molding company, wants to start operations at the Hunter Business Park in Riverside County, according to the Press-Enterprise. However, a county staff report recently presented to the county’s…
  • Canada ups price on EB-5-like visa program August 2, 2010 Canada has raised the minimum investment required in their immigration program that is similar to America’s EB-5 visa program from $400,000 Canadian to $800,000.This increase, combined with the three-year waiting period for the Canadian business visa, may provide a boost in applications for the U.S.’s EB-5 visa program, according to Wright Johnson’s blog.The EB-5 visa…
  • Stalled Cleveland project gets boost from EB-5 investment July 29, 2010 A development project in Cleveland stalled because of the lack of funds caused by the recession, but the EB-5 visa program may be able to rescue it.In 2005, developer Scott Wolstein revealed his plans for the Flats East Bank Project in Cleveland, which would include a boutique hotel, restaurants, housing and retail space, according to…
  • Proposed cancer treatment facility seeks EB-5 investors July 28, 2010 Backers of a high-tech cancer treatment facility are hoping that they can find foreign nationals to help fund the expensive project through the EB-5 visa program.The New York Department of Health is reviewing three different proposals from groups that want to bring a proton beam cancer treatment facility to the state, according to Crain’s New…
  • Republican gubernatorial candidate backs EB-5 visa program July 21, 2010 The Republican candidate for governor in Vermont believes that the EB-5 visa program is important to the state.Brian Dubie is currently the lieutenant governor of Vermont and has won the Republican gubernatorial nomination, according to the Bennington Banner.Dubie wants to remove the cap on the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive, a program which provides businesses with…
  • Number of EB-5 investors increases July 9, 2010 With banks wary of lending because of the recession, the EB-5 visa program has become an increasingly popular way of funding projects.The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently held an EB-5 visa stakeholder meeting in San Diego, California, where it revealed that there were more petitions for green cards through the EB-5 visa program…
  • I-829 numbers widely misinterpreted July 8, 2010 Inaccurate interpretations of numbers released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has lead to a great deal of misinformation about the EB-5 visa program.The USCIS recently released data about the number of I-829 cases handled so far during the 2010 fiscal year, which started on October 1, 2009. The numbers show that 438…
  • $30 million loan to help revive cattle project with EB-5 connections July 1, 2010 A South Dakota banking panel has cleared the way for a short-term $30 million loan to help revive a struggling project, which had previously received investment from the EB-5 visa program.The loan will go to the construction of the proposed Northern Beef Packers (NBP) plant in Aberdeen, South Dakota, according to the Daily Republic.During the…
  • Exclusive Visas returns from successful EB-5 trip to China June 30, 2010 Representatives from Exclusive Visas, an EB-5 visa program consulting firm, recently returned from a productive two-week trip to China to find investors for the Florida Regional Center and other EB-5 projects.During the trip, Exclusive Visas representatives participated in two major events in which they educated Chinese investors on the intricacies of the EB-5 visa program.The…
  • EB-5 benefits both investors and U.S. business June 28, 2010 While the benefits of the EB-5 visa program for both American businesses and foreign investors are well documented there are a number of people and organizations who are not so sure about the program.One such organization is the Washington, DC-based Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), according to the Lansing State Journal.The EB-5 visa program…
  • Idaho governor returns from EB-5 trip to China June 18, 2010 The governor of Idaho recently returned from a trip to China, partly to find investors for the EB-5 visa program, and is pleased with the results his excursion has reaped.Governor Butch Otter, along with representatives of 18 Idaho businesses, secured at least $10 million in foreign investments from their trip, according to the Idaho Reporter.…
  • Vermont governor brings in EB-5 investors on the cheap June 15, 2010 Recently, several governors have come under fire for the amount of taxpayer money they spend on travel. However, Vermont's governor has a strong record of being fiscally responsible while traveling abroad, sometimes to find investors for the EB-5 visa program.When governor Jim Douglas traveled he flew in coach and rarely billed the state for his…
  • Virginia works to attract EB-5 investors June 1, 2010 With the recession still looming over the heads of many banks and domestic capital providers, it has been hard for many U.S. businesses to attract investment, particularly those in regions that were struggling economically even before the economic downturn. Fortunately for many of these places, like southern Virginia, the EB-5 visa program offers a beacon…
  • China integral to EB-5 visa program May 27, 2010 The EB-5 visa program is an attractive way for foreign nationals to earn U.S. green cards because it is a straightforward and relatively short route towards living in America. Citizens of one nation in particular has been taking advantage of the EB-5 visa program to get into the country.China is an emerging economic super power,…
  • EB-5 investors are different than domestic ones May 20, 2010 One of the main differences that distinguish EB-5 regional centers from regular businesses that handle investments is their interaction with foreign nationals.Participants in the EB-5 visa program can become eligible for their U.S. green card by investing $1 million in an American business or project. If the investment produces 10 new jobs, the investor becomes…
  • Brooklyn project gets help from EB-5 May 12, 2010 The Brooklyn Naval Yard's expansion projects is hoping to draw $125 million from EB-5 investors.The projects will include the expansion of the yard itself and improvements to Steiner Studios, a film and television studio that is on the same site as the naval yard, according to the Wall Street Journal.The EB-5 visa program gives foreign…
  • Stepping up to an EB-5 visa April 30, 2010 Just like all methods of immigration, the process of obtaining a U.S. green card using the EB-5 visa program can get a bit tricky, but laying out the general steps greatly simplifies the process.The EB-5 visa program allows foreigners to become eligible for U.S. green cards if they invest $1 million in a U.S. business…
  • EB-5 visa program offers 10,000 U.S. green cards a year April 29, 2010 Each year 10,000 U.S. green cards are made available through the EB-5 visa program but less than half are utilized. Only 4,218 were issued last year, according to the U.S. State Department.The EB-5 visa program allows foreigners to become eligible for their U.S. green cards if they invest $1 million in an American business and…
  • Green automaker plans to attract investors with EB-5 visa program April 28, 2010 A forward-thinking automaker wants to receive capital from investors using the EB-5 visa program.Hybrid-Kinetic Motors, an upstart Chinese-American company, is hoping that the potential to become eligible for a U.S. green card is enough to entice Chinese investors to sink at least $500,000 each into their green auto business, according to Automobile Magazine.The car maker…
  • Preparation is key in EB-5 visa process April 26, 2010 Most processes involving immigration involve a lot of red tape and the EB-5 visa program is no exception. But preparing oneself for the process can take much of the stress and hassle out of it.The program, introduced in 1990, allows foreigners to become eligible for U.S. green cards if they invest $1 million dollars in…
  • Company seeking EB-5 investors gets well-known chairman April 23, 2010 A former head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has become the chairman of a Mississippi company that hopes to attract investment using the EB-5 visa program.Terry McAuliffe led the DNC from 2001 to 2005 and broke fundraising records, raising over more than half a billion dollars during his tenure. GreenTech, a hybrid vehicle company,…
  • What is the EB-5 visa? April 16, 2010 Thousands of businesses in the U.S. are attempting to advance in their industries, economically depressed regions are desperately trying to create jobs for their unemployed residents, and yet - outside the country - affluent foreign nationals are looking for a way to become U.S. residents.The EB-5 visa program, a federal initiative run by the U.S.…
  • EB-5 visa program center of business trip to China April 9, 2010 Returning from a trip to China, made in order to advance the idea of an EB-5 investment opportunity in a Pennsylvania industrial park, the park's manager noted the motivation that the potential investors exhibited for pursuing an EB-5 visa."They see as a vehicle to come to America for more than a…
  • How do I file for an EB-5 Visa? April 8, 2010 Wealth investors who are residents of a country other than the U.S. but are seeking citizenship in the country have no doubt heard about the EB-5 visa program, which allows them and their family a quick route to a green card in exchange for a significant investment in an American business.The EB-5 visa program is…
  • Chinese commission to review EB-5 investment opportunities in Vermont April 6, 2010 The Vermont Chamber of Commerce will host a commission of Chinese business owners and government officials to educate them about the EB-5 visa program and other ways to invest in Vermont companies.In total, nine owners of small- and medium-sized firms and three government officials from Shanghai will arrive next week to explore business partnerships and…
  • More cities considering EB-5 visa program for job creation April 1, 2010 For months, economic analysts have painted a portrait of the economic climate that predicts a slow but steady revival. Phrases like "long road to recovery" and "cautiously optimistic" have dominated the discussion, generally revealing that while conditions are improving, more action may be needed to put Americans back to work.Recognizing the trend and the need…
  • Washington woman’s eBay sale eligible for EB-5 investment March 31, 2010 A property owner in Wauconda, Washington, has put her house, gas station, store and restaurant up for sale and invited foreign investors and entrepreneurs to take advantage of an expedited route to U.S. residency through the EB-5 visa program.The house, businesses and several other buildings, which are currently owned by Daphne Fletcher, lie on four…
  • Portland, Oregon, considers using EB-5 visa investments March 26, 2010 City officials in Portland, Oregon, are looking to use the federal EB-5 visa program to generate millions of dollars in investments to help develop particular areas throughout the city.The EB-5 visa program offers foreign nationals a quicker route to attaining U.S. residency in exchange for an investment of at least $500,000 in a U.S. business.…
  • McHenry County Sportsplex seeks investment through EB-5 visa program March 24, 2010 A proposed McHenry County Sportsplex in Lakewood, Illinois, plans to use investments from the federal EB-5 investment program to quickly gain capital needed to fund development plans. However, whether developers receive any economic stimulus bonds remains a point of contention.The McHenry County Board Finance and Audit Committee said on Tuesday, March 23, that the Sportsplex…
  • How does the EB-5 visa program benefit business? March 18, 2010 Wealthy investors from Korea, China, England, Mexico and elsewhere have turned to the EB-5 visa program and similar investor visa initiatives with increasing frequency, principally as a means of establishing residency in the U.S.While these individuals look to the program as a vehicle for a shorter immigration process, some U.S. businesses are left asking about…
  • What to know before applying for an EB-5 visa March 15, 2010 Despite usual partisanship over immigration issues, an extension of the EB-5 visa program has been supported in Congress by members on both sides of the aisle and has been in high demand among immigrants looking for access to a U.S. green card.Though some critics have been quick to point out the pitfalls of applying for…
  • When is a good time to apply for an EB-5 visa? March 10, 2010 In 2009, a total of 4,218 foreign investors from successfully applied for and received an EB-5 visa, giving them and their families a good chance of attaining permanent residency in the U.S. in as little as two years.According to the U.S. State Department, that figure nearly tripled from 1,443 visas granted in fiscal year 2008.The…
  • What to consider when researching EB-5 regional center projects March 8, 2010 According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, foreign nationals can now choose among 83 enterprises certified as EB-5 regional centers as targets for an investment that could award them an investor visa.By investing in one of these regional centers under the EB-5 visa program, foreigners looking to immigrate to the U.S. may be granted…
  • Is the EB-5 investor visa right for you? March 5, 2010 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has promoted the EB-5 visa program as a way to stimulate local economies through the invitation of large amounts of foreign capital.And so far, the results seem favorable. For instance, through 2009, South Koreans alone were estimated to have invested about $400 million in U.S. businesses, according to…
  • Koreans invest about $400 million through EB-5 visa program February 24, 2010 As increasingly more U.S. enterprises seek foreign investment by achieving EB-5 regional center status, the suggestion that an EB-5 investment opportunity can expedite the process to U.S. residence has caught the attention of a growing number of South Koreans.In 1990, the U.S. government began issuing green cards to immigrants who invested at least $1 million…
  • Foreign entrepreneurs seek opportunity in immigration visa February 23, 2010 As both U.S. residents and those living abroad try to carve out their niche in the marketplace, immigrant visas such as those made available under the EB-5 visa program have continually helped workers realize their goals.When Bettina Hein, a Swiss citizen, graduated from the MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Global Leadership in 2007, she had…
  • EB-5 visa program provides retirement option for foreign investors February 19, 2010 Immigration attorneys and local U.S. businesses have been publicizing the ways that the EB-5 visa program can help foreign investors by allowing them to bring their business to the U.S., and receive permanent residency.However, few have mentioned how the EB-5 investor visa can be the catalyst for pursuing retirement in the U.S.Under the immigration program,…
  • What is the EB-5 visa and how does it work? February 16, 2010 The EB-5 visa program is an immigration project aimed at giving foreign investors the chance to obtain a permanent U.S. green card in exchange for a high-priced investment in an American business.But as an alternative, simplified definition, H. Ronald Klasko, an immigration attorney in Philadelphia called the program "the hottest thing going on right now…
  • Are you eligible for an EB-5 investor green card? February 15, 2010 Wealthy foreign investors, local business leaders, budding entrepreneurs and immigration lawyers have all seen their professions change under the influence of the EB-5 visa program, which is becoming increasingly more popular.In fact, H. Ronald Klasko, who works as an immigration lawyer for a Philadelphia firm, told Law.com that the EB-5 visa is "the hottest thing…
  • EB-5 visa program could get looks from investors as euro slides February 12, 2010 Because of the declining value of the euro, some residents of European companies may be looking to unload their European assets and diversify their portfolios by investing in other currencies and taking advantage of the EB-5 visa program in the U.S.European leaders are meeting today to discuss proposals aimed at rescuing Greece from a financial…
  • Top 3 reasons to apply for an EB-5 investor visa February 10, 2010 In 2009, a total of 4,218 wealthy investors from outside the U.S. successfully applied for and received an EB-5 visa. But many are left asking what makes the EB-5 investor visa preferable to other immigration avenues, and what has accounted for the recent interest the program has been receiving?Read the marketThe top reason to apply…
  • Ways an EB-5 visa attorney can help you February 9, 2010 A growing number of foreign nationals are recognizing the benefits of the EB-5 visa program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Typically, immigrants see the program as an opportunity to make money through targeted investments, gain the right to live and work permanently in the U.S., or raise their families…
  • Dispelling the myths of the EB-5 visa program February 8, 2010 Because the EB-5 visa program, made available through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has gained popularity among foreign investors so quickly, interested parties flocking to the idea may have to navigate through several myths or misconceptions associated with U.S. visas.The increased recognition of the EB-5 visa program can largely be attributed to a…
  • Business analysts seek extension of EB-5 visa program requirements February 5, 2010 After the recent success of the EB-5 visa program, which offers permanent green cards to foreign financiers who can invest at least $500,000 in a U.S. business, some immigration experts believe the next innovative program will focus on bringing entrepreneurs themselves to the country.The idea has already been tested in other countries. TheStreet.com reports that…
  • Know the risks involved with an EB-5 investor visa February 3, 2010 The U.S. has long been one of the primary targets for immigration, largely because of the potential for newcomers to find a niche and create their own path. While the hyper-idealized American Dream may be a concept of the past, the U.S. is still drawing in investors seeking financial opportunities and families looking to tap…
  • EB-5 visa processing procedures: What to expect February 3, 2010 The EB-5 visa program is receiving more attention now than ever before. According to the U.S. State Department, the number of approved EB-5 visas has nearly tripled recently, from 1,443 issued visas in fiscal year 2008 to 4,218 in 2009.In addition to loosened eligibility requirements and immigration policies, EB-5 investment opportunities have gained popularity as…
  • EB-5 investment opportunity in New Orleans yields development project January 28, 2010 Anonymous foreign financiers have taken advantage of an EB-5 investment opportunity, leading to the construction of a new restaurant, hotel and conference center in New Orleans.The development firm NobelOutReach has been contracted to build the WOW Café and Wingery, Value Place Hotel and multipurpose convention center after the New Orleans EB-5 regional center brought in…
  • Studies corroborate impetus behind EB-5 visa program January 27, 2010 The Start-up Founder Visa campaign has gained steam recently in its proposal to expand the existing EB-5 visa program so that the government could issue a U.S. green card to any company founder or entrepreneur who receives a set amount of private capital investment.Organizers of the movement have pointed to several studies which they claim…
  • Analyst: U.S. entrepreneurs can benefit from relaxing EB-5 visa program requirements January 22, 2010 A Kansas City-based foundation that supports and conducts research on entrepreneurial activities has called for a loosening of immigration requirements under the federal EB-5 visa program to increase the number of start-ups and new jobs in the U.S.Because of the weakened state of the economy, investigators at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation claim that 71…
  • Green-minded wood exporter seeks investment through EB-5 visa program January 19, 2010 Green Energy Resources (GRGR), a U.S. company that purports to be the only wood and fiber fuel exporter in the country that is environmentally certified and Kyoto compliant, has announced that it will offer foreign investors an expedited green card under the federal EB-5 visa program.The company recently signed a two-year $55 million contract to…
  • Experts: Word spreading on EB-5 visas January 12, 2010 Business executives and immigration experts alike have noted the paramount increases in the demand for EB-5 visas among foreign investors over the past several years, but are still anticipating the frequency of investments to accelerate in the future.Though the EB-5 visa program was established two decades ago, applications for the immigration and business opportunity are…
  • EB-5 visas gaining popularity among Chinese immigrants January 7, 2010 In search of lucrative business opportunities and an improved education for their children, an increasing number of the wealthy Chinese population are looking to relocate to the U.S. by means of an EB-5 visa.Qi Lixin, chairman of Bejing Entry & Exit Service Association, told the media outlet China Daily that the number of applicants for…
  • EB-5 visas more attractive to foreign investors in recession January 5, 2010 Though the distribution of green cards in exchange for investment in American business has been an obscure program to most immigrating foreign nationals, the current economic downturn has created conditions that spurred the number of EB-5 visas issued to triple in the past year.Though 10,000 EB-5 visas are available each year, only 867 were granted…

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