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  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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,…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Feds Allege South Texas Regional Center Running Ponzi Scheme August 6, 2013 The best investment advice ever given is “If it looks too good to be true it probably is.” This maxim has proven true over and over with many of those who have taken its advice avoiding trouble and many of those who have ignored the advice buying into trouble and loss.The maxim holds true for…
  • 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…
  • 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.…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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.…
  • 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…
  • Construction has officially begun for the SLS Hotel & Casino EB-5 project! March 18, 2013 Construction has officially begun for the SLS Hotel & Casino EB-5 project! The SLS Hotel & Casino project, currently being offered as an EB-5 investment opportunity under the Regional Center Charter of the American Dream Fund, has officially started construction. The SLS Hotel & Casino project has sought EB-5 investors to participate in the capital…
  • USCIS Approves More New EB-5 Regional Centers in Maryland, Montana, and New York City February 19, 2013 USCIS approved another three new regional centers last week bringing the total regional center approvals for 2013 to six and the general total of regional centers to two hundred sixty one. “That’s a record pace,” said Fred Burgess, president of Exclusive Visas. “Last year there were only 19 Regional Center approvals for the entire year.…
  • Exclusive Visas to visit Brazil February 18, 2013 This coming March, Exclusive Visas will be holding various meetings in Brazil, with prospect EB-5 investors, attorneys, and immigration agents in the country. With the impending EB-5 quota system that will severely impact the availability of EB-5 visas to largest group of EB-5 applicants – Chinese nationals – the interest of Brazilians in the EB-5…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • How to Find the Right EB-5 Regional Center November 13, 2012 With over 250 Regional Centers nationwide choosing the right EB-5 regional center is challenging, confusing, and often overwhelming.The United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) publishes the active list of designated regional centers broken down by state on its website at uscis.gov. It is important to note that just because a regional center that is…
  • USCIS Approves Three New EB-5 Regional Centers November 9, 2012 USCIS has approved three new EB-5 Regional Centers under the Regional Center Pilot Program. They are:American Opportunity Regional Center, Florida; Virginia Center for Foreign Investment and Job Creation, Virginia; and Westmill Mid-Atlantic Regional Center, (Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia).A Regional Center is a geographic area designated by the USCIS (through a detailed approval process) as…
  • New eatery uses foreign money to expand franchise October 8, 2012   October 8, 2012 By Alexandra Clough Palm Beach Post Staff Writer A program designed to lure foreign investors to finance new ventures is helping one restaurant chain expand throughout Florida. Jack Flechner is a franchisee of VooDoo BBQ & Grill, a New Orleans-based barbecue restaurant on an expansion kick. Flechner, a former franchisee of…
  • New Regional Centers Approved by USCIS October 5, 2012 By Renata CastroUSCIS has approved three new EB-5 Regional Centers under the Regional Center Pilot Program. American Opportunity Regional Center, LLC,  in Florida; Virginia Center for Foreign Investment and Job Creation in Virginia and Westmill Mid-Atlantic Regional Center, LLC (approved in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia) are the Regional Centers approved. As of today,…
  • EB-5 Regional Center Program Helps Economic Growth In Murrieta September 27, 2012 The city of Murrieta in Southern California along with other cities across  the country are becoming proactive in supporting the EB-5 regional center  program to attract medical device companies, technology parks, shopping mall and  higher education facilities.  (Read more here)Murrieta, CA (PRWEB) September 24, 2012Economic Development Director Bruce Coleman recently sat down with Aimee Rios…
  • EB-5 Regional Center Program Help Economic Growth In Murrieta California September 27, 2012  September 24, 2012Virtual Strategy Magazine The city of Murrieta in Southern California along with other cities across the country are becoming proactive in supporting the EB-5 regional center program to attract medical device companies, technology parks, shopping mall and higher education facilities.Economic Development Director Bruce Coleman recently sat down with Aimee Rios of EB-5 Investment Report…
  • 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…
  • USCIS announces new EB-5 Stakeholder Engagement in 2012 July 30, 2012 USCIS will host a stakeholder engagement, accessible both in person and by teleconference, on October 16th 2012, between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM EST. The engagement will be held at the Tomich Center – 111 Massachusetts Avenue Washington, DC 20529. The focus of the engagement will be a general EB-5 Discussion. Stakeholders can submit agenda…
  • 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…
  • Great attendance at EB-5 funding for US Businesses Webinars July 5, 2012 Exclusive Visas, a boutique consulting firm located in Weston, FL, has enjoyed great attendance in the webinars it has held, geared towards US-based businesses looking to learn more about this powerful financing tool which is EB-5.The EB-5 Visa program is an employment-based visa which is intended to promote the flow of assets into the U.S.…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Key Points To Look For On An EB-5 Project June 20, 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…
  • 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…
  • EB-5 Program Helps Foreigners Gain U.S. Visas January 10, 2012 Author: Commercial Real Estate Direct.com | Vol.6 Issue 49, December 9th, 2011   The EB-5 program issued 3,706 visas this year through Sept. 12, which was 3.6 times the number it issued for all of 2007, according to the program’s overseer, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS. This year’s tally so far is…
  • Too many Regional Centers – How do I choose? September 23, 2011 EB-5 is the U.S. Investment (entrepreneur) visa based upon creating employment of U.S. workers.  However, not all EB-5 programs are created equal.  There are over 150 Regional Centers (RC) that have received designation (approval) from the USCIS with variety of projects from developing hotels, assisted-living and nursing homes, mixed-use office and residential facilities, agricultural cooperatives,…
  • How do I choose the right EB-5 Regional Center for me? September 15, 2011 Often times we will be asked by clients, “what is the right EB-5 Regional Center for me?”  We understand that choosing the right Regional Center for you may be a bit overwhelming; especially given that there are more than 160 USCIS approved Regional Centers competing for your investment money. We always stress how important this…
  • What Questions Should I Ask an EB-5 Regional Center Before I Invest? September 13, 2011 With so many Regional Centers out there competing for your investment money, it is very important to ask the right questions when interviewing a Regional Center prior to making a final decision.We always stress to our clients to keep in mind that the EB-5 Visa is an employment based visa and typically should not be…
  • How many EB-5 Regional Centers are there? September 1, 2011 There is a large number of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved EB-5 Regional Centers located throughout the United States. As of today, September 1 2011, the number of USCIS approved Regional Centers has increased up to 166. Almost every state is represented by at least one center, with many states having multiple…
  • Are EB-5 Regional Centers designated and approved by the US Government? August 25, 2011 All EB-5 Regional Centers that are approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service are government designated.  In order to become an EB-5 regional center, the center must first go through a USCIS approval process.  The center’s proposal must show:- How the regional center plans to focus on a geographical region within the U.S.,…
  • 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…
  • Choosing an EB-5 Project? Make sure you do your research! July 21, 2011 We have stressed the importance of doing research and due diligence on EB-5 Regional Center’s and their active Projects in many of our blogs. Why is doing your research on a Regional Center and its project so important? Foreigners from different countries of the world are investing into the EB-5 Program in order to obtain their…
  • How important is a history of “100% Approval” when considering an EB-5 Regional Center? (Part 2) June 7, 2011 When considering the EB-5 Investor Visa program some clients will ask if they should only consider a project that has a 100% success rate of creating the required 10 jobs per investor so that the conditions can be removed from the conditional green cards – this can also be referred to as a 100% approval…
  • How important is a history of “100% Approval” when considering an EB-5 Regional Center? (Part 1) June 6, 2011 Some EB-5 consultants will lead you to believe that you should ONLY be considering an EB-5 Regional Center that has a 100% approval on the I-526 application (this is the initial application made by the Immigrant Investor that will result in the ability to obtain the “conditional green card”), however we believe that you should…
  • Do older EB5 Regional Centers get faster approvals than new Regional Centers? June 1, 2011 This is a question that has been asked of us by several clients over the years, to this point we should look closely at the reasons why a prospective EB5 investor would wonder if there was truth to this statement. Some EB5 Regional Centers have actually made the claim to investors that because they have…
  • Where Can I Find the List of all Approved EB-5 Regional Centers? May 25, 2011 Every day we see an increase in the number of information sources on EB-5 program. Foreign investors can obtain information on investor visa history, EB-5 requirements, and easily get the list of EB-5 Regional Centers. However, not all information available on-line is up to date. Moreover, to get the full list of Regional Centers is…
  • Have any USCIS approved EB-5 Regional Centers ever failed? May 24, 2011 The fear of failure is something that is of great concern for everyone, especially when it comes to investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a business located in a foreign country.  Usually foreign investors want to know what EB-5 Regional Centers have failed in the past and why this could have happened. The ability…
  • Does it matter what state an EB-5 Regional Center is located? May 18, 2011 In traveling the world to promote the American EB-5 Visa Program we are often asked if people are required to reside in the area of the EB-5 project they invest into. The question is easy to answer, however it is rather ambivalent. Why? On the one hand, clients are happy to learn that unlike many…
  • Will I get my EB-5 investment money back? May 11, 2011 The regulations of the EB-5 Investor Visa program state that the investment must be “at risk”, however even with this being said, having a reasonable expectation that after the agreed upon investment period you will have your money returned to you.  This is undoubtedly one of the biggest concerns for almost all of our clients. As…
  • The Latest EB-5 Regional Centers List May 5, 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…
  • USCIS Regulation for EB-5 Regional Centers May 3, 2011 When it comes to the EB-5 program there are two different categories that the EB-5 immigrant investor may participate in; the regular Direct EB-5 Program and the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program. To encourage immigration through the EB-5 category, Congress created the temporary Regional Center Pilot Program in 1993. The Pilot Program was created to…
  • Will My Business Qualify for Regional Center Approval? March 28, 2011 There are two different programs in which the EB-5 immigrant investors are allowed to invest in; the regular Direct EB-5 Program and the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program. To encourage immigration through the EB-5 category, Congress created the temporary Regional Center Pilot Program in 1993. The Pilot Program was created to stimulate economic activity and…
  • EB-5 regional center in Massachusetts aims to develop investment opportunities for foreigners February 25, 2011 EB-5 Jobs for Massachusetts, Inc., an EB-5 regional center that covers the entire state, works to benefit foreign nationals and the local economy by creating low-risk investment opportunities for foreigners seeking U.S. green card eligibility.Through the EB-5 visa program, foreigners can obtain such eligibility by making an investment of $1 million (or $500,000 in some…
  • EB-5 regional center in Maryland attracting international investors February 16, 2011 Officials at the Maryland Center for Foreign Investment, which recently received federal approval to become the state's first EB-5 regional center, say that they have already secured a number of foreign investors to help fund local projects, the Gazette reports.Through the federal EB-5 visa program, foreign nationals can obtain U.S. green card eligibility by making…
  • Victorville Starts Refunds of $500K to Impatient EB-5 Investors February 15, 2011 VICTORVILLE. The city continues filing appeals of its EB-5 Program termination still hoping that it will be allowed to continue raising funds through the EB-5 Investor Visa Program.Victorville was planning on funding its wastewater treatment plant through the EB-5 Visa Program. According to the EB-5 investor program, foreign nationals have an opportunity to obtain U.S.…
  • New York county submits application for EB-5 regional center status January 11, 2011 Legislators in Franklin County, New York, said recently that 2011 is expected to be just as difficult as 2010 in terms of the economy and spending, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports.Democratic legislator Tim Burpoe, who was recently appointed head of the finance committee, noted that two of his major goals are to support the ACR…
  • Texas city seeks EB-5 regional center status January 6, 2011 The McAllen, Texas City Commission, in partnership with the city's Economic Development Corporation (EDC), has submitted an application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to receive EB-5 regional center status, the Rio Grande Guardian reports.The EB-5 visa program allows foreign nationals to obtain U.S. green card eligibility if they make an investment of…
  • USCIS seeking more information on California EB-5 regional center closing December 30, 2010 Some Victorville, California city officials are saying it's a good sign that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wants further documentation related to the city's EB-5 regional center, the Victorville Daily Press reports.The officials feel that the request could mean the city will be allowed to continue raising funds through the federal EB-5 visa…
  • California city plaza project seeks to utilize EB-5 visa program December 28, 2010 After being delayed by scandal and the struggling financial market, California's Temple City Plaza project may be receiving assistance from the federal EB-5 visa program, the Pasadena Star-News reports.According to the news provider, the project is currently expected to be a commercial development with a price tag between $20 and $30 million.Randy Wang, the owner…
  • Washington marina-golf resort denied EB-5 regional center status December 27, 2010 The federal government has denied an application for EB-5 regional center status to The Statesman Group that the developer says is crucial for its plans for a $300 million marina-golf resort in Black Point, Washington, Peninsula Daily reports.The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently rejected the company's application to take part in the EB-5…
  • EB-5 Regional Center Approval December 20, 2010 Once the EB-5 Regional Center proposal is submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the processing time for Regional Center adjudication is about four months. Currently, there is no form or fee for Regional Center proposals however USCIS headquarters staff has announced that the agency is in the process of implementing both. Once…
  • Former U.S. Representative reports profitable trip to China December 7, 2010 Former U.S. Representative Rob Simmons recently reported to the Norwich, Connecticut City Council that a trip he took to China that was promoted by Mayor Peter Nystrom could potentially benefit the city, the Norwich Bulletin reports.In October, Simmons traveled to Wuxi, China, to examine ways for generating economic development between the city in China and…
  • How EB-5 regional centers receive approval December 6, 2010 According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an EB-5 regional center is defined as "any economic unit, public or private, which is involved with the promotion of economic growth, improved regional productivity, job creation, and increased domestic capital investment."Regional center organizers who are seeking to have the facility approved by the USCIS are…
  • EB-5 visa program gives U.S. residency to foreigners December 3, 2010 The federal EB-5 visa program is an appealing offer to many foreign investors looking to become eligible for U.S. residency, particularly those looking to take advantage of real estate bargains in cities like Miami, according to Miami Today.Weston, Florida-based EB-5 consulting firm Exclusive Visas is currently working on advising the developers of a number of…
  • Different Sized EB-5 Regional Centers November 22, 2010 When considering the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program as a route to permanent U.S. residence, choosing the actual Regional Center is one of the most important decisions during the EB-5 process. The Regional Center is what is going to be the deciding factor on whether or not the EB-5 visa green card will be issued;…
  • Common Misconceptions about EB-5 Regional Centers November 19, 2010 The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is one of the fastest ways to permanent U.S. residence. One route to an EB-5 visa green card is by way of investment into an approved EB-5 Regional Center. The EB-5 Regional Center Investment Program, also known as the EB-5 Investor Pilot Program, was created in 1993. Since the pilot…
  • USCIS: Victorville EB-5 regional center promised 12 jobs, delivered 3 November 17, 2010 After the recent U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) decision to terminate the EB-5 regional center in Victorville, California, city documents indicate that only three people are currently employed at its wastewater treatment plant.According to the Victorville Daily Press, Victorville had repeatedly promised federal officials that the plant would create 12 jobs.The EB-5 regional center…
  • Ohio city backs BioHio Research Park November 16, 2010 While many people on the recent Wooster, Ohio Chamber of Commerce trip to China spent time sightseeing, City Hall members were doing business with some Chinese citizens regarding a federally approved project that will utilize the EB-5 visa program, the Daily Record reports.Justin Starlin, Mike Sigg and Tim Monea traveled to China to visit with…
  • America’s schools present EB-5 investment opportunities November 10, 2010 There are countless EB-5 investment opportunities across America, but few present as many chances to help young people as the school industry.There are six EB-5 regional centers around the nation that list schools as one of their focused industries on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service's website.The EB-5 visa program gives foreign investors a chance…
  • County’s EB-5 application encounters minor obstacles November 5, 2010 An upstate New York county's bid to become an EB-5 regional center has hit a snag but officials are still confident that they can establish a center.Franklin County was in the process of putting its EB-5 regional center application together for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service but some modifications the federal agency made to…
  • New York City EB-5 regional center promotes visa program in China October 29, 2010 Representatives from the New York City Regional Center are in Beijing this week to promote the EB-5 visa program to potential Chinese investors, reports Abu Dhabi's The National.The EB-5 visa program awards U.S. green card eligibility to foreign nationals whose investment of $1 million ($500,000 in certain regions) in an American company leads to the…
  • USCIS shuts down Victorville EB-5 regional center October 28, 2010 After months of speculation, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has decided to shut down the EB-5 regional center in Victorville, California.Mariana Gitmore, a spokeswoman for the USCIS, told the Victorville Daily Press that the EB-5 regional center had not been able to show the federal agency that it met the standards needed to…
  • EB-5 central to Michigan county executive race October 26, 2010 While immigration has been a central issue in a great deal of electoral races, few deal so intimately with the EB-5 visa program as the one in Macomb County, Michigan.There are three candidates running for the chief executive position in the county, according to Crain's Detroit Business Journal. Part of the campaign has centered around…
  • Proposed Nevada regional center awaits USCIS approval October 25, 2010 While many parts of the country have been hit hard by the recent economic downturn, few have been as affected as Nevada, which has a 14.4 percent unemployment rate, the highest in the nation. That is why it is likely welcome news to those in the state that a new EB-5 regional center may be…
  • EB-5 regional center in Florida gets USCIS approval October 22, 2010 An EB-5 regional center in southwest Florida recently received approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).The Charlotte Harbor Regional Center gained the approval is now ready to undertake its first project, the Charlotte Harbor Marina, according to a news release. The USCIS's designation makes both Sarasota and Charlotte counties part of the regional…
  • Vermont governor leaves on EB-5 trip to Asia October 14, 2010 Vermont Governor Jim Douglas recently left on his trip to Asia to try to drum up interest in the EB-5 investment opportunities in the Green Mountain State.According to WCAX, Douglas' two-week trip will include stops in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam.The EB-5 visa program was established in 1990 to…
  • EB-5 gaining in popularity in Texas October 11, 2010 There are EB-5 investment opportunities in nearly every U.S. state and territory and their are certainly some potentially intriguing one's in Texas.There are currently EB-5 regional centers in Dallas and Houston and ones in San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley expect to gain federal approval within weeks, according to the San Antonio Express-News.The EB-5…
  • Idaho presents many EB-5 investment opportunities October 8, 2010 Idaho may be one of the smaller countries in the United States in terms of population but it has some big EB-5 investment opportunities.The Gem State is home to two EB-5 regional centers, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.The Idaho State Regional Center focuses on the mining and tourism industry and the Invest…
  • NYC politician may join developer on EB-5 China trip October 4, 2010 The Brooklyn Borough President may be joining a developer on his trip to China to drum up foreign nationals to help fund a major project in New York City through the EB-5 visa program.The New York City Regional Center has invited Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz to help it draw investors for the Atlantic Yards…
  • Washington state EB-5 regional center gets extension September 23, 2010 An EB-5 regional center in Washington state was recently given more time to purchase city property.Twin Development recently announced that it could not meet a September 30 deadline to purchase the old AMC theater from the city of Federal Way, Washington, according to the Federal Way Mirror. However, the city council voted 4-3 to extend…
  • San Antonio companies work to form EB-5 regional center September 23, 2010 Two real estate companies in the San Antonio area are working to form an EB-5 regional center.Brass Real Estate Funds and Magi Real Estate Services recently held a seminar for immigration lawyers and personal finance managers, making their intention to form an EB-5 regional center clear, according to the San Antonio Express.The EB-5 visa program…
  • Controversy for EB-5 regional center in Washington state September 15, 2010 A Washington state port is in the middle of controversy surrounding the EB-5 visa program.Washington Tire had plans to build a plant in Grant County but the Port of Ephrata, is currently waiting on a legal opinion from its attorney regarding the proposed facility, according to the Columbia Basin Herald.Washington Tire is currently in a…
  • New York City Project to Utilize EB-5 Funds September 14, 2010 The New York City Regional Center is moving with its planned expansion of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.Using funds from the EB-5 visa program, the EB-5 regional center intends to finance the $120 million project and create 2,900 jobs, according to New America Media.The EB-5 visa program was created to help American businesses gain access to…
  • Victorville officials optimistic despite USCIS warnings September 10, 2010 Despite receiving a second intent to terminate letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the operates of the Victorville Regional Center along with Victorville city officials remain optimistic about their endeavor.The Victorville, California-based EB-5 regional center received the second notice in August, which said that jobs at the Dr. Pepper-Snapple and Plastipak factories could…
  • Victorville gets second intent to terminate notice from USCIS September 9, 2010 For the second time in its history the Victorville Regional Center has been issued an intent to terminate notice by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).In its letter, dated August 10, the USCIS said that it determined that the jobs at the Dr. Pepper-Snapple and Plastipak factories could not be attributed by the $30-million…
  • EB-5 regional center given to end of month to buy city land September 8, 2010 Washington state developers who are using the EB-5 visa program to fund a skyscraper project have until the end of September to buy the land that the structures would be built on from the city.The Federal Way, Washington, city council recently voted to sell the four acres of property to Twin Development, an EB-5 regional…
  • EB-5 visa program important to proposed Margaritaville Resort September 7, 2010 The EB-5 visa program is vital to the proposed $131-million Margaritaville Resort on Hollywood beach in Florida.Real estate developer Lon Tabatchnik is one of the people working to create an EB-5 regional center to help fund the project, according to WPLG 10, an ABC affiliate.Tabatchnik says that the EB-5 visa program is important to the…
  • Montana governor meets about potential EB-5 regional center September 2, 2010 The governor of Montana recently attended a meeting regarding the potential creation of an EB-5 regional center in the state.Governor Brian Schweitzer met with the president of the Attorneys Liability Protection Society (ALPS) Robert Minto and other officials in Missoula to discuss the proposed regional center, according to KAJ18, a CBS affiliate.The EB-5 visa program…
  • Washington state EB-5 regional center works on retirement communities August 30, 2010 An EB-5 regional center in Washington state has obtained millions in funding for a senior living community, according to the Northern Light.The Whatcom Opportunity Regional Center (WORC) in Whatcom County, Washington, recently unveiled the new $7.8 million Correll Common in Ferndale, which is being funding by foreign investment in the EB-5 visa program.The EB-5 visa…
  • Illinois sports complex to get EB-5 funding August 26, 2010 A significant portion of the funding for an Illinois sports complex is expected to come from foreign nationals who invest in the EB-5 visa program.According to the Northwest Herald, developers for the 165-acre McHenry County Sportsplex in Lakewood, Illinois, have received commitments for $36 million from the Chicagoland Foreign Investment Group (CFIG), an EB-5 regional…
  • Utah gets first EB-5 regional center August 25, 2010 Earlier this month Utah received approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for its first EB-5 regional center, the Mountain States Center for Foreign Investment in Orem, Utah.With the recession drying up a significant portion of lending capital, the EB-5 regional center will help Utah attract investment."We are the first and only regional…
  • Upstate New York area applies for EB-5 regional center status August 24, 2010 Foreign nationals looking for EB-5 investment opportunities in upstate New York may have some more choices in the near future as the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce recently submitted an application to create the North Country EB-5 Regional Center.Garry Douglas, the chamber president, told the Plattsburgh Press Republican that the application for the EB-5 regional…
  • EB-5 investment opportunities abound in the entertainment industry August 24, 2010 There are EB-5 investment opportunities all over the country and in many different industries, but there might not be any as exciting as the entertainment industry.According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website there are 16 different EB-5 regional centers across the nation that list entertainment as one of the industries in which…
  • New Mexico town officials to meet with federal EB-5 representative August 23, 2010 Officials from a small town in New Mexico that is currently considering forming an EB-5 regional center will meet with officials from the federal program in the next few weeks.In April, Bruce Boynton, the legal counsel for Milan, New Mexico, was instructed by the town's board of trustees to investigate the EB-5 visa program, according…
  • Louisiana presents many EB-5 investment opportunities August 20, 2010 While Louisiana has been hard hit by the Gulf oil spill, the state still presents a great deal of EB-5 investment opportunities.According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) there are three EB-5 regional centers in the Pelican State.The three EB-5 regional centers, the Gulf Coast Funds Management Regional Center, the New Orleans' Mayor's…
  • Mining company plans to open EB-5 regional center in California August 18, 2010 A mining company recently announced that it has partnered with a consulting firm to establish an EB-5 regional center.North Bay Resources Inc. is teaming up with ACG Consulting to establish an EB-5 regional center in Northern California. According to a news release, this regional center will encompass all of the region's "Gold Country," a region…
  • Victorville Regional Center developer asks for six more months to produce funds August 18, 2010 The saga of the Victorville Regional Center in California continues, as the developer has asked the city council for more time to secure funding for its projects.Inland Energy has just two weeks left before the one-year deadline to produce the funding it had promised, according to the Victorville Daily Press. The developer has secured just…
  • Plenty of EB-5 investment opportunities in Washington, D.C. August 13, 2010 There are many EB-5 investment opportunities all over the country, but foreign nationals may want to invest right where the EB-5 visa program was created, Washington, D.C.According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), there are three EB-5 regional centers in America’s capitol, presenting a number of intriguing investment opportunities.All three of these EB-5…
  • Colorado abounds with EB-5 investment opportunities August 12, 2010 While a multitude of EB-5 regional centers are located in Florida and California, most other states have them as well, including Colorado.Colorado is home to three EB-5 regional centers, the Colorado Regional Center, the Rocky Mountain High Regional Center and the Intercontinental regional center, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). These three…
  • California town to vote on joining enterprise zone August 10, 2010 A town in California is currently deciding whether or not to join a number of surrounding municipalities in the creation of an enterprise zone, which would involve the EB-5 visa program.The town council of Apple Valley, California, will soon vote on a measure that would team the town up with Adelanto, Victorville and San Bernadino…
  • Warehouses present EB-5 investment opportunity August 10, 2010 When foreign nationals are considering an EB-5 investment opportunity they may want to think about what sort of industry in which they want to get involved. There are virtually no restrictions on the types of businesses for participants in the EB-5 visa program can invest so there is a wide array of choices.One industry that…
  • One of Victorville’s EB-5 projects starts running August 9, 2010 The wastewater treatment plant in Victorville, California, recently went online, providing service to the nearby Dr. Pepper Snapple Group plant.The water treatment plant was one of the projects that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) cited in its rare “intent to terminate” letter that it sent to the local EB-5 regional center. The letter…
  • Washington state sees boom of EB-5 regional centers August 6, 2010 Many more U.S. businesses and foreign investors are becoming involved with the EB-5 visa program as the economic recession has limited the amount of capital available to many companies and one of the most active regions of EB-5 growth in the country is the Puget Sound area of Washington state.Until recently there were only two…
  • Hollywood, Florida attracting EB-5 investment August 4, 2010 The initial project of an EB-5 regional center in Florida is poised to revitalize downtown Hollywood, Florida.The Gold Coast Florida Regional Center is one of 10 EB-5 regional centers in Florida and recently started operations, according to the Hollywood Gazette.The centers first project will be the Hollywood Circle project on Young Circle. The 25-story mixed…
  • Victorville Regional Center gets six more EB-5 investors August 3, 2010 The Victorville Regional Center in Victorville, California, is preparing to accept $3 million from six investors from the EB-5 visa program.The $3 million brings the total amount invested in the EB-5 regional center to $7.5 million, but that is still far short of the $25 million that developer Inland Energy told the municipality it would…
  • BirchLEAF Regional Center project progressing July 30, 2010 Construction on Building 1 of the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park is moving along ahead of schedule, according to a source close to the project.The EB-5 regional center behind this project is BirchLEAF Miami 31 Regional Center, which is seeking to help fund the effort through the EB-5 visa program.The EB-5 visa…
  • Michigan gubernatorial candidate believes in EB-5 July 26, 2010 The recent economic downturn has had a number of negative effects, and one of the most serious of these is the drying up of capital. Banks and other lending institutions have been more wary of issuing loans, leaving many projects unable to procure funding. Fortunately, the EB-5 visa program allows businesses to receive much-needed capital…
  • Nevada has many EB-5 investment opportunities July 23, 2010 Many different states have EB-5 regional centers and California looms over them all with more than 20 of the nearly 100 such centers, but another state that is just a little bit further inland also provides a number of EB-5 investment opportunities.Nevada, a state best known for being the home of Las Vegas, has three…
  • Agriculture: A potential EB-5 investment opportunity July 22, 2010 When considering EB-5 investment opportunities, foreign nationals likely want to choose to invest in an industry that is stable, and few industries have been more stable throughout the course of history than agriculture.Participants in the EB-5 visa program who wish to invest in agriculture have a number of options if they choose to invest in…
  • CEO of Victorville Regional Center disputes USCIS claims July 20, 2010 The chief executive officer of the Victorville Regional Center, which is being probed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), is disputing the claims that the EB-5 regional center’s projects are defunct.Keith Metzler, the CEO, has said that all four projects being questioned by the USCIS are active, according to the Contra Costa Times.…
  • Immigration reform proposal supporters head to Washington July 19, 2010 Supporters of a specific immigration reform proposal are expected to descend upon Washington, D.C. to make their voices heard.The DREAM Act is a proposed piece of legislation that would allow illegal immigrants who arrived in America before they turned 16 a chance to become lawful permanent U.S. residents, according to CNN. In order to become…
  • Medical field offers EB-5 investment opportunities July 16, 2010 When thinking about EB-5 investment opportunities, foreign nationals may want to consider investing in an industry that is durable and can withstand any economic crisis. One such area is the medical field.The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website lists 11 EB-5 regional centers that specialize in the medical industry. The involvement of these EB-5…
  • Washington state has many EB-5 regional centers July 15, 2010 While California may hog all the headlines when it comes to EB-5 regional centers, another state on the West Coast also has a number of the centers, which are essential to the EB-5 visa program.Washington, the northwest corner state of the continental U.S., has the third most EB-5 regional centers of any state, with seven.…
  • Idaho working to attract Chinese EB-5 investors July 14, 2010 With investment capital still hard to come by for many businesses, cities and even states have turned to the EB-5 visa program to help fund projects. Now Idaho can be added to the list of places that is trying to get in on the EB-5 action.Brian Dickens, an administrator in Idaho’s Department of Commerce, has…
  • Victorville councilwoman unaware of USCIS investigation July 13, 2010 A council member in the California city that may be stripped of its EB-5 regional center designation had no idea that federal officials were questioning the undertaking until she read about it in the Sunday paper.JoAnn Almond was unaware that the city of Victorville, California, was sent an “intent to terminate” notice by the U.S.…
  • California EB-5 regional center could be stripped of its designation July 12, 2010 With all of the success stories regarding the EB-5 visa program it is easy to forget that not every investor or regional center will get exactly what it wants out of the program, a lesson a California city is currently in the process of learning.In June 2009, Victorville, California, was approved by the U.S. Citizenship…
  • Vermont EB-5 regional center continues developing ski resort July 12, 2010 An EB-5 regional center in Vermont is moving forward with the second phase of development of a ski resort.The Jay Peak Resort in Jay, Vermont, is continuing its $125 development, which includes a ski lodge, a hotel and an indoor waterpark, with the help of funds secured from foreign investors, according to the Associated Press.…
  • Many EB-5 regional centers focus on office buildings July 9, 2010 When choosing what to invest in when participating in the EB-5 visa program, foreign nationals may want to consider choosing an EB-5 regional center that builds offices.America will always need office buildings, as white-collar jobs have become the norm in the country, making an investment in their construction a wise decision. Fortunately for EB-5 investors,…
  • Gold Coast Florida Regional Center opens its doors July 7, 2010 Foreign nationals looking for an EB-5 investment opportunity now have one more option, as the Gold Coast Florida Regional Center recently announced that it's officially open for business.The Gold Coast Florida Regional Center will focus in real estate investment and development opportunities. The EB-5 regional center was approved in May by the U.S. Citizenship and…
  • Many EB-5 regional centers involved in hospitality industry July 2, 2010 One of the best sectors of the economy in which to invest is the hospitality industry because even if people are taking fewer vacations, business travelers will always need a place to stay. Fortunately for investors in the EB-5 visa program, there are many ways to get involved in the hotel business.There are 26 EB-5…
  • Lansing working to attract EB-5 investors June 25, 2010 Lansing, Michigan, recently received designation as an EB-5 regional center and is now working to interest foreign nationals in potential EB-5 investment opportunities.The Lansing Economic Development Corporation has been searching for potential investors who want to participate in the EB-5 visa program, according to the Lansing State Journal. The EB-5 regional center's president and chief…
  • Many EB-5 regional centers focus on retail June 24, 2010 Participants in the EB-5 visa program who are hoping to invest in retail certainly have a lot of choices.According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there are 35 EB-5 regional centers that list retail as one of the industries in which they specialize, giving prospective investors a great deal of choice when it…
  • University of Miami EB-5 project moving along June 23, 2010 The development of the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park is progressing as the developer of the project, which is getting financial help from an EB-5 regional center, recently signed a lease with the school.The developer, Wexford Science and Technology, can occupy 80,000 square feet of office and lab space in the first…
  • Construction industry is popular with EB-5 regional centers June 23, 2010 Sometimes, when considering an EB-5 investment opportunity it is best to stick with the basics, and few industries are as basic and essential as construction.There are 18 EB-5 regional centers throughout the country that list construction as one of their focus industries, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). These regional centers may…
  • Chinese firm considers EB-5 to help fund Florida project June 22, 2010 A principal in a Chinese firm that is considering buying City Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida, spoke with the city council about her company's plans to potentially use the EB-5 visa program to revitalize the financially struggling project.Lily Zhong of U.S. Investments told city council members that the firm would follow the current design…
  • Hawaii gets second EB-5 regional center June 21, 2010 The state of Hawaii recently received approval from the federal government to create its second EB-5 regional center.The EB-5 regional center, called EB-5 Jobs for Hawaii LLC, will hope to attract foreign investment through the EB-5 visa program, according to Pacific Business News.The EB-5 visa program was created in 1990 to help entice foreign nationals…
  • Portland eyes EB-5 visa program June 16, 2010 With lending from banks down due to the recent recession, many companies and municipalities have looked for alternative ways to get capital. One of the most popular methods has been to participate in the EB-5 visa program.The city of Portland, Oregon, is the latest area to eye the EB-5 visa program. The Portland Development Commission…
  • Many EB-5 regional centers involved in technology June 15, 2010 When considering EB-5 investment opportunities, foreign nationals have a lot of industries to choose from, but one field that generally presents a large opportunity for not only job creation but return on investment is technology.There are more than 20 EB-5 regional centers in operation that list technology or biotechnology as one of the industries in…
  • Company hopes to become EB-5 regional center June 14, 2010 A group of companies in Washington state is seeking to get involved in the EB-5 visa program.The Statesmen Group of Companies is hoping that foreign investors, particularly those in China, will see a good EB-5 investment opportunity in its construction of the $300 million Pleasant Harbor Marina and Golf Resort in Brinnon, Washington, according to…
  • Many EB-5 regional centers are involved in retail June 11, 2010 For EB-5 regional centers, choosing what type of projects to undertake is a critical decision, as it will not only affect their finances but also the U.S. green card hopes of the EB-5 investors to which it is connected.One of the most popular choices for EB-5 regional centers is to create projects that have space…
  • EB-5 regional center partners with Exclusive Visas June 9, 2010 The Florida Regional Center recently announced that it has selected Exclusive Visas to market its future projects to EB-5 investors and to assist in the formation of the EB-5 regional center.Exclusive Visas is an EB-5 consulting firm that draws on the 40 combined years of immigration expertise of its team members. It will also help…
  • California regional center gets 10 Chinese investors June 8, 2010 Coming from one of the strongest nations in the world in terms of economics, Chinese investors are uniquely positioned to provide U.S. businesses with much needed capital as America emerges from the recent recession. That is why many EB-5 regional centers have looked to China to find participants in the EB-5 visa program.One EB-5 regional…
  • City council member visits China to find EB-5 investors June 3, 2010 Members of a California city council recently visited China to drum up investor interest in the EB-5 visa program.Delano, California city council member, Sam Ramirez, went to China along with representatives from the EB-5 regional center, YK America, to find foreign investors to help build a Wal-Mart Super Center in the city, according to ABC23.The…
  • California regional center focuses on retail May 28, 2010 When foreign investors are considering participating in the EB-5 visa program and want to do so through an EB-5 regional center, it is important for them to review the types of projects in which the regional center is involved.The YK America Regional Center operates in Southern California with a specific eye toward developing retail shopping…
  • EB-5 regional center offers investors office space May 27, 2010 When foreign nationals who participate in the EB-5 visa program come to America to work on their investment, at times, it can be difficult to find a place to do business. Fortunately for such investors, an EB-5 regional center has solved that problem.The East Bay Regional Center, also known as Golden State Renaissance Ventures, operates…
  • Michigan city becomes EB-5 regional center May 26, 2010 A city in Michigan has become an EB-5 regional center after its application was approved and is now prepared to reap the rewards that the EB-5 visa program can potentially bring it.Lansing, Michigan, started on its course to becoming an EB-5 regional center two-and-a-half years ago when Mayor Virg Bernero read an article about the…
  • EB-5 visa program helps businesses during recession May 25, 2010 Two years ago, there were only about 20 EB-5 regional centers in operation. Today, there are 23 EB-5 regional centers in California alone, and nearly 100 nationwide, which shows that many people have realized the mutual benefits that the EB-5 visa program presents to both investors and U.S. businesses.Many of these new regional centers, such…
  • EB-5 regional center looking to draw foreign investment to Kentucky May 24, 2010 A new EB-5 regional center in Kentucky is hoping to provide the area with $100 million in foreign investment capital obtained by the EB-5 visa program.The Kentucky Regional Center was started in March and led by Andrew Moffe, according to Business Courier of Cincinnati. It is based in Florence, Kentucky and its geographic scope is…
  • Cleveland regional center has support of mayor May 21, 2010 When participating in the EB-5 visa program it is vital to wisely pick an EB-5 investment opportunity that will fulfill the requirements of the visa. One EB-5 regional center in Ohio appears to have a strong grasp of the project selection process.The Cleveland International Fund (CiF) is one of nearly 100 EB-5 regional centers in…
  • Green buses drive South Carolina regional center May 20, 2010 An EB-5 regional center in South Carolina is building a transportation assembly plant that will focus on building environmentally friendly buses.The Carolina Center for Foreign Investment (CCFI) is hoping that foreign investors will help them raise the capital necessary to build the facility. In turn, those investors are hoping that the regional center can help…
  • The regional center that never sleeps May 19, 2010 There are many EB-5 regional centers throughout the country and all offer unique EB-5 investment opportunities for foreign nationals, but only one is located in America's biggest and most dynamic city, New York.The New York City Regional Center (NYCRC) gives participants in the EB-5 visa program a chance to invest in what their website calls…
  • Nevada is the focus of EB-5 regional center May 18, 2010 Many foreign nationals hoping to get a U.S. green card are always on the lookout for an EB-5 investment opportunity, and an EB-5 regional center in Nevada is hoping to provide them with some inside one of America's most unique states.The Nevada Regional Economic Development Center (NREDC) is one of two EB-5 regional centers that…
  • EB-5 regional center investing in New Orleans May 17, 2010 New Orleans has come a long way in recovering from Hurricane Katrina, but it still has work to do and an EB-5 regional center is looking to help improve the city.NobleOutReach is hoping to launch new businesses and rebuild old ones in New Orleans with the help of foreign nationals who participate in the EB-5…
  • EB-5 regional center helping University of Miami project May 13, 2010 The construction of the first building in the University of Miami's new Life Science and Technology Park is underway and progressing steadily with the help of an EB-5 regional center.The BirchLEAF Miami 31 Regional Center is working to bring foreign investors into the project, which is being developed by the Maryland-based Wexford Science and Technology…
  • Miami med school getting help from EB-5 May 11, 2010 With the value of the American dollar down at the moment, investing in the U.S. can be an attractive option for foreign nationals due to favorable exchange rates. An EB-5 regional center in Florida is seeking foreign investors to take advantage of this situation.The Birch Leaf 31 Miami Regional Center is helping to expand the…
  • Closed military bases present EB-5 opportunity May 10, 2010 The closing of a military base can devastate a community. The loss of jobs can be so great at times that the community suffers greatly. But an EB-5 regional center has taken an innovative approach to such a situation.The California Military Bases Export regional center (CMB) focuses on the redevelopment of closed military bases and…
  • California regional center almost done with phase 1 of project May 6, 2010 The Bay Area Regional Center offers investors in the EB-5 visa program an opportunity to earn their U.S. green card by investing in the San Francisco Bay-area.The EB-5 visa program gives foreign nationals a chance to become eligible for their green cards if they invest $1 million in an American business and that investment preserves…
  • Conditional residency status removed from EB-5 investors at Jay Peak regional center May 4, 2010 A number of EB-5 visa investors in the Jay Peak Resort Phase 1 project in Vermont have recently removed the two-year conditional status on their residency. The investors had their I-829 applications - Petition by Alien Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions - approved.The Jay Peak Resort and its investors met all the requirements of the EB-5…
  • New Mexico town ponders becoming EB-5 regional center April 27, 2010 A small town in New Mexico is considering becoming a regional center for the EB-5 visa program.If the village of Milan wishes to become a regional center it would qualify as a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) because its population is less than 20,000 and its employment rate is higher than the national average, according to…
  • Indiana company hopes to become an EB-5 regional center April 22, 2010 An Indiana company is making an initiative to attract foreign businesses by using the EB-5 visa program.The company hopes to become a regional center for the EB-5 program. Regional centers handle nearly 90 percent of the investments in the program.Energize East Central Indiana has involved nine counties in its plan and wants to work with…
  • Company seeks partnership with EB-5 Northeast Regional Center April 20, 2010 Seaway Valley Capital Corporation has outlined the terms of a business agreement with ACG Consulting for the purpose of developing the EB-5 visa program in the Northeast.The EB-5 visa program allows foreigners to invest in U.S. businesses, and if a certain number of jobs are produced, the investor is eligible for a green card.Much of…
  • Vermont leads charge for EB-5 investment program April 5, 2010 Of the 83 EB-5 regional centers that have sprung up in the U.S. under the federal EB-5 visa program, the state of Vermont only has one - but its proactive engagement of the immigration investment initiative has already resulted in substantial economic development in the area.Over the past several years, the Green Mountain State has…
  • EB-5 investments take effect at Vermont’s Sugarbush Resort April 2, 2010 Sugarbush Resort, a ski slope in Warren, Vermont, announced on April 1 that it will begin a $7.5 million renovation project of the Lincoln Peak base area sometime this month, using funds collected through the EB-5 visa program.The revitalization began in 2005, and the resort has spent the past few years gathering foreign capital for…
  • What are EB-5 regional centers all about? March 19, 2010 In the current economic climate, there are more than just a few business owners who could use a little extra capital to expand their businesses, create jobs, or push into more competitive markets.Some of these entrepreneurs and capitalists have recognized how the EB-5 visa program, a government initiative run through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration…
  • EB-5 regional center to hold informational event in Seoul March 9, 2010 Shortly after the real estate and developing firm Twin Development was approved as an EB-5 regional center by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the enterprise has vigorously reached out to South Koreans in an attempt to draw investors seeking EB-5 immigration status.Managers of the regional center, based in Federal Way, Washington, plan to construct…
  • How does a direct EB-5 investment differ from an EB-5 regional center? March 4, 2010 In just over a year, the number of public and private enterprises recognized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as EB-5 regional centers has rocketed from around 20 to 83.The phenomenon can not entirely be contributed to a growing class of industrialists who are willing to take on a foreign investment to stimulate…
  • Michigan EB-5 regional center reps meet with potential investors February 23, 2010 Since being approved as an EB-5 regional center earlier in the year, representatives from central Michigan's investment lure, known as Regional Center: EB-5 MRC, have been meeting with potential investors in China to help bring in funding and job opportunities for nine state counties.Ken Kousky, CEO of the enterprise, suggested that a deal is in…
  • Vermont plans to launch second EB-5 regional center February 19, 2010 Vermont Governor Jim Douglas recently confirmed plans with the South Korean biomedical company AnC Bio, to designate its subsidiary, AnC Bio VT as an official EB-5 regional center.If approved, the company would begin lobbying foreign investors for capital to build a new facility in Orleans County, which they expect to create about 200 new biotech…
  • EB-5 regional center proposes 45-story hotel February 18, 2010 After receiving designation as an EB-5 regional center by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the real estate firm Twin Development announced plans on Wednesday to use foreign investment garnered through the immigration program to build the tallest building between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.The firm's co-manager Steve Smith, and two Korean-American partners Luke…
  • New EB-5 regional center approved in Washington state February 17, 2010 In a move that aims to bring American jobs in and around Federal Way, Washington, the real estate acquisition and developing firm Twin Development was recently approved as an EB-5 regional center by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.With its new designation, Twin Development will be able to offer an investment opportunity for foreign nationals looking…
  • Benefits of the EB-5 visa regional center February 11, 2010 About one year ago, there were just over 20 private and public enterprises that were certified as EB-5 visa program regional centers in the U.S. Today, that number has swelled to 82, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).The popularity of the EB-5 investment opportunities has not been limited to regional centers, which…
  • EB-5 regional center approved in Michigan February 1, 2010 Central Michigan, an area desperate to create jobs and promote economic development, may get a push in the right direction after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approved an EB-5 regional center in the area.The new EB-5 regional center will cover Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola counties, though administrators have…
  • New York lawmaker applies for EB-5 regional center status to develop ski area January 29, 2010 A New York State legislator has proposed establishing an EB-5 regional center in his district to support a large-scale ski resort in the area in an attempt to draw in tourism.The Saranac Lake Democrat, Tim Burpoe, who represents the upstate towns of Harrietstown and Franklin, says he has put the EB-5 investment opportunity on his…
  • St Louis economic council to apply for EB-5 regional center status January 26, 2010 Economic analysts in St Louis are levering the increasing popularity of the EB-5 visa program to publicize foreign investment opportunities and raise capital for the region's industries.The St Louis County Economic Council is currently finalizing an application to the U.S. State Department to become recognized as an EB-5 regional center, St Louis Today reports.Becoming a…
  • Executive director named to Northeast Ohio EB-5 regional center January 25, 2010 EB-5 investment opportunities in Northeast Ohio are one step closer after Wooster city officials recently named a former insurance company founder as the executive director of the Northeast Ohio EB-5 Regional Center (NORC).Mike Steiner, who started Steiner Insurance from scratch more than 20 years ago, will oversee to the center's EB-5 green card program, which…
  • City in upstate New York to apply for new EB-5 regional center January 15, 2010 As interest in the EB-5 visa program continues to grow in the U.S., a city in upstate New York has recently announced its desire to apply for the right to create a new regional center.The North Country EB-5 Regional Center would be located in Plattsburgh, New York, and is part of the city's Strategic Vision…
  • Enduring EB-5 regional center a blueprint for success January 14, 2010 The EB-5 visa program has been the focus of increasingly more media reports entering the new year for two main reasons: 1) the national unemployment continues to straddle the all-too-high benchmark of 10 percent and companies remain starved for investment and 2) the number of immigrants who have obtained EB-5 visas jumped from 1,443 in…
  • Investment firm applies for recognition as EB-5 regional center in Colorado January 11, 2010 A national financial investment firm is looking to raise millions of dollars in foreign investment in Colorado by applying for recognition by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as a federal EB-5 visa regional program center.Under the EB-5 Regional Center Investment program, a private enterprise or government agency with a targeted investment program can…

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