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  • 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…
  • USCIS updates processing times for all EB-5 related petitions April 3, 2014 By Renata CastroThe United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, also known as USCIS, has released updated processing times for all EB-5 related petitions – including forms I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions and I-924 Application for Regional Center Under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program.Recently, EB-5 investors experienced long…
  • 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 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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,…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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.…
  • International students flock to Florida Universities July 18, 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Breaking News – House Committee Approves Amendment Effectively Ending Brazilian Immigration May 24, 2013 Washington, D.C. – In a surprise development the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that effectively ends immigration from Brazil to the U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan’s amendment to restrict immigrant visas for Brazilian nationals and citizens passed the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday.The provision was passed to pressure Brazil to extradite Brazilian-born Claudia Hoerig…
  • 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…
  • Senator Leahy Introduces EB-5 Amendment for Vote May 20, 2013 May 13, 2013 – Senator Leahy (D) Vermont, introduced an Amendment to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, (S. 744) addressing how indirect and direct EB-5 jobs are documented. The current rule requires investors to document with econometric evidence that specific benchmarks and milestones in the economic report have been met, particularly job creation.Senator Leahy’s Amendment…
  • 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…
  • Proposed Changes to EB-5 in Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Should Benefit Program April 30, 2013 In addition to creating a pathway to citizenship for the nearly 11 million unauthorized aliens residing in the U.S. the Comprehensive Immigration Reform proposal submitted by the Gang of 8 U.S. Senators, also includes significant changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.Senators Graham, Rubio, Flake, Schumer, McCain, Bennet, Menendez and Durbin, have submitted in their…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Chinese Government Stresses Due Diligence in EB-5 Warning April 10, 2013 The Chinese Government’s recently issued risk warning notice to Chinese EB-5 investors and emigration intermediaries, underscores the need for exhaustive Due Diligence when making an EB-5 (or any other) investment.The warning is the official Chinese response to last month’s historic SEC Complaint charging the Intercontinental Regional Center Trust of Chicago with defrauding 250 Chinese  EB-5…
  • U.S. Economic Demand Drives H1-B Visa to its Annual Limit in Less Than Two Weeks. Is EB-5 Next? April 9, 2013 The tax deadline is not the only major event taking place within the U.S. on April 15, 2013. USCIS announced this week that it anticipates that the annual quota or “cap” of H-1B Visa Petitions to be exhausted by April 15th as well – less than 2 weeks after the April 1 open filing date. …
  • EB-5 Immigration Program Should Become More Convenient in 2013 March 20, 2013 Believe it or not, even in the 21st century when it seems the whole world is electronically connected, much United States immigration casework is paper-based, as has been the case since the Ellis Island era. But that should change this summer with better electronic access for some immigration procedures. At Exclusive Visas, we know every…
  • 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…
  • 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,…
  • 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…
  • 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,…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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,…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • EB-5 Program on Pace to Double Again in 2012 October 31, 2012 The U.S. Department of State has published its 2012 EB-5 mid-year report confirming continued rapid growth within the category. EB-5 visas issued nearly doubled between 2010 and 2011 and are in the process of doubling again this year according to a State Department estimate. The annual limit for EB-5 is approximately 10,000 visas (7.1% of…
  • 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…
  • Can EB-5 allow me to stay and work in the US after Graduation? October 12, 2012 After so many years of study in persuit of an American College degree many international graduates desire to permanently live and work in the US. For these students who typically studied in the US under an F-1visa this is not an option.Many international graduates therefore consider transitioning from the F-1 student visa to the EB-5…
  • More Venezuelans Utilizing EB-5 to Move to U.S. since Chávez Reelection October 11, 2012 President Hugo Chávez’s reelection to another term has triggered a wave of interest in establishing permanent residency in the United States. This has lead more Venezuelan investors and entrepreneurs to seek U.S. green cards through the EB-5 program.Most of those leaving Venezuela vehemently oppose the policies of President Chávez. The fact that Chávez will be…
  • Immigrant Investment Critical to US Economy October 11, 2012 America’s immigrants were responsible for opening more than a quarter of all new businesses in 2011. During a time of persistently high unemployment, immigrant-investment is responsible for 4 million U.S. jobs.Those are among the findings in the latest report from the Partnership for a New American Economy, a group founded and spearheaded by New York…
  • 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…
  • 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,…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • 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…
  • USCIS releases new data on EB-5 I-526 and I-829 Petitions during IIUSA convention in Laguna Hills, California May 8, 2012 By Renata CastroOne of the highlights of the IIUSA 2nd Annual EB-5 International Investment & Economic Development Forum held in Laguna Hills, CA this past weekend was the quarterly EB-5 Stakeholders Meeting hosted by USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).  The meeting discussed, among other EB-5 related topics, data related to amount of applications…
  • 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…
  • Texas immigration bill would make hiring undocumented workers a felony February 25, 2011 Legislation proposed by Representative Debbie Riddle, a Republican from Houston, would make knowingly hiring an undocumented immigrant a felony in the state of Texas, unless the person is a domestic worker, The Associated Press reports.According to the news provider, the bill has been criticized by some who claim it would affect businesses but would not…
  • Utah Senator introduces immigration reform legislation February 24, 2011 Republican Senator Curt Bramble of Provo, Utah, recently unveiled an immigration reform bill that he claims deals with economic realities while still enforcing immigration law, The Associated Press reports.Bramble says that the bill would require law enforcement officials to inquire about the immigration status of anyone stopped for a class A misdemeanor or felony. However,…
  • Indiana Senate passes immigration bill despite business opposition February 23, 2011 An immigration bill similar to Arizona's controversial law recently passed in the Indiana Senate, even though a number of local business leaders who say it could tarnish the state's image, the Indianapolis Star reports.The legislation, which would require local and state authorities to enforce federal immigration laws, would help protect the state from terrorists who…
  • Kansas House approves repeal of in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants February 22, 2011 The Kansas House recently voted 69-49 to approve a bill that would repeal giving in-state tuition for the children of immigrants who are undocumented, the Kansas City Star reports."We had an election in November, and we have a group of folks who see things differently," said Representative Lance Kinzer, an Olathe, Kansas Republican and one…
  • Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee approves strict immigration enforcement bills February 21, 2011 An immigration enforcement bill referred to as "Arizona-plus" and legislation that would deny birthright citizenship to babies of undocumented immigrants were both approved recently by the Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee, Fox News reports.The first bill would reportedly allow authorities to seize property such as vehicles and homes from people who are not legally in the…
  • Colorado Democrats block Arizona-style immigration proposal February 17, 2011 Democrats from Colorado recently blocked a proposal that would have authorized law enforcement officials to arrest people who they suspected were in the U.S. without proper documentation, the Aspen Times reports.The opponents of the bill cited the inevitability of expensive court cases and potential racial profiling stemming from the new legislation, according to the news…
  • Bill proposed in Arizona could require hospitals to check immigration status of patients February 14, 2011 After enacting some of the most controversial immigration enforcement legislation last year, some state lawmakers are looking to add a new bill that would require hospitals to check patients' citizenship statuses, reports KPHO.com, a CBS affiliate in Phoenix.If the bill, known as SB 1405, ultimately passes, hospitals would need to check the immigration status after…
  • Indiana panel approves stricter immigration enforcement bill February 10, 2011 An Indiana Senate Committee recently approved an immigration enforcement bill that its sponsor says would be similar to Arizona's controversial legislation, The Associated Press reports.According to the news provider, the State Pensions and Labor Committee voted 8-1 to continue to advance the proposal, which many people criticized during a lengthy public hearing recently.Opponents of the…
  • Several immigration reform bills passed in Virginia February 9, 2011 The Virginia House of Delegates recently finalized approval for a number of bills that will create stricter immigration policies throughout the state, the Washington Post reports.According to the news provider, one of the bills contains a measure that would require all local and state law enforcement authorities to determine the immigration status of anyone they…
  • Senators look to address immigration reform this year February 8, 2011 Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chuck Schumer are reportedly teaming up once again to see if immigration reform can be addressed this year, according to Politico.The news provider reports that the two senators have focused on members of Congress who could potentially serve as a "safety net" of support, including House and Senate members…
  • Immigration bill in Kentucky could cost $89 million February 3, 2011 The cost of utilizing Kentucky police to help enforce immigration laws could cost taxpayers in the state $89 million per year, The Associated Press reports.Staff members at the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission reportedly posted the estimated cost for the legislation, which would give state and local police the authority to check the immigration statuses of…
  • New Mexico governor orders authorities to inquire about immigration status February 1, 2011 New Mexico's Republican Governor Susana Martinez recently ordered local authorities to ask about the immigration status of those arrested for criminal acts, The Associated Press reports.The executive order issued by the governor repeals a policy implemented in 2005 under then Governor Bill Richardson, according to the news provider. Under that policy police were prohibited from…
  • Immigration enforcement law passed in Mississippi January 28, 2011 The Mississippi members of the House of Representatives have decided to pass an immigration enforcement bill that has similarities to Arizona's controversial legislation, Fox News reports.According to the news provider, the law would enable authorities to check the immigration statuses of those pulled over in traffic stops if they are suspected to be in the…
  • U.S. increasing investigations into undocumented workers January 27, 2011 According to a recently released government report, the U.S. has quadrupled the amount of workplace inspections for undocumented workers in a span of two years, AFP reports.During fiscal 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials conducted a "record" 2,746 workplace enforcement investigations, according to the report, which was submitted to Congress.In comparison, there were only…
  • Georgia lawmaker plans to file strict immigration bill January 26, 2011 A Georgia lawmaker is reportedly planning to file a strict immigration law that would have some similarities to the controversial Arizona law that was implemented last year, The Associated Press reports.Representative Matt Ramsey, a Republican from Peachtree City, Georgia, said he is planning to file the new bill this week, according to the news provider.One…
  • Non-profit group in Tennessee aims to help immigrants get paid for work January 25, 2011 While many immigrants are unaware of the fact that they are protected by federal labor laws regardless of their legal status, a non-profit group called the Workers' Dignity Project in Nashville, Tennessee, is attempting to help such workers, the Tennessean reports.According to the news provider, the group was started with the goal of educating these…
  • More than 700 people attend immigration debate in Utah January 24, 2011 More than 700 people attended the final public debate prior to lawmakers considering an immigration enforcement bill in Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.Republican Stephen Sandstrom, who initiated the bill, defended it from a number of attacks ranging from people calling it racist to criticism that it was too similar to the controversial legislation in…
  • Wisconsin adapts immigrant fingerprinting program January 20, 2011 Each of Wisconsin's 72 counties are currently participating in the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement's Secure Communities strategy, which uses fingerprints to identify both legal and illegal immigrants that are booked on criminal charges, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.The program, which reportedly targets hardened criminals, was criticized recently in a report by the Illinois Coalition…
  • New report critical of immigration enforcement January 17, 2011 According to a new report by the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, 27 percent of people arrested under the federal "Secure Communities" program did not have prior criminal records, the Chicago Tribune reports.The report's findings, which were disputed by federal immigration authorities, are the latest examples of criticism coming from immigrant advocates who…
  • Florida Agriculture Commissioner says state can’t simply copy Arizona immigration law January 13, 2011 Florida's Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said recently that the state cannot simply "cut and paste" Arizona's controversial immigration law, which allows authorities to verify the legal status of those detained, Tallahassee.com reports.Instead, Putnam argued that a national solution that included better border control and a more reliable program for temporary workers was needed for states…
  • Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner says enforcing immigration law would be costly January 12, 2011 Stephen Simpson, Mississippi's Public Safety Commissioner, recently said that a new immigration enforcement law allowing state authorities to demand proof of citizenship would be costly, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.According to the news provider, the law would allow enforcement officers to demand the citizenship proof from drivers who have been stopped for traffic violations.Simpson said…
  • Rights groups looking to block more parts of Arizona immigration law January 10, 2011 A number of rights groups recently asked a federal judge to block portions of the controversial Arizona immigration law that they claim violate the free speech rights of day laborers, Reuters reports.Some components of the controversial legislation signed by Governor Jan Brewer were held off when it went into effect in July, but other measures,…
  • More states looking to follow Arizona on immigration reform December 29, 2010 Randy Terrill, a Republican lawmaker from Oklahoma, is one of many state legislators across the country drafting measures that would either match or go further than Arizona's controversial law on immigration, Bloomberg reports.Terrill is reportedly working on legislation that would allow authorities in Oklahoma to take the vehicle of anyone who is found to be…
  • Immigration officials allow mother of young leukemia patient to remain in U.S. December 23, 2010 A mother who crossed the border from Mexico to the U.S. to receive medical treatment for her 3-year-old daughter with leukemia has been allowed to remain in the country, at least for now, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.Christian Isabel Castillo claims she was stopped by patrol agents at the border in September, but was allowed to…
  • Obama calls ‘DREAM’ Act defeat ‘incredibly disappointing’ December 20, 2010 President Barack Obama recently said that it was "incredibly disappointing" that Republicans in the Senate decided to block the DREAM Act, which would have given some illegal immigrants the chance to earn legal status, the Associated Press reports. In a statement, Obama called the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act the right thing…
  • Another challenge to Arizona immigration law gets dismissed December 17, 2010 Another challenge to Arizona immigration law gets dismissedAccording to the Associated Press, a federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona, has decided to dismiss another challenge to the state's controversial immigration law.U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton recently granted the motion to dismiss a July lawsuit filed by the League of United Latin American Citizens, according to the…
  • Unusual immigration bill passed by Congress December 16, 2010 Congress has decided to waive the immigration restrictions for two Japanese citizens who are currently fighting to live in the U.S., the Associated Press reports.The private immigration bills, which were passed by the House and Senate recently, are the first of their kind to be approved in more than five years, according to the news…
  • Nashville mayor opposes immigration bill December 15, 2010 Nashville, Tennessee Mayor Karl Dean is strongly opposing an immigration bill that is being discussed by state lawmakers for the next legislation session, reports WSMV, an NBC affiliate.At a recent meeting, Dean urged politicians to not pass immigration legislation that would be similar to Arizona's controversial law due to the fact that it could hurt…
  • ‘DREAM Act’ passes in the House of Representatives December 10, 2010 The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved the "DREAM Act," which would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who entered the country prior to turning 16 years old, Reuters reports.The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, passed by a vote of 216-198 in the House after a series of debates…
  • Immigration issue takes center stage at Fresno State University meeting December 2, 2010 According to the Fresno Bee, tempers flared recently at a Fresno State University student government meeting, with differing opinions on the student body president's illegal immigration status.In November, president Pedro Ramirez publicly admitted to being an illegal immigrant who was brought to the U.S. at the age of three, the news source said.The announcement gave…
  • GOP lawmakers in Colorado want immigration law similar to Arizona’s November 30, 2010 A group of GOP lawmakers in Colorado referring to themselves as the Republican Study Committee of Colorado are seeking an Arizona-style immigration law for the state, KUNC reports. Recently, the panel spent a day listening to a number of anti-illegal immigration speakers including Jack Martin, who is the special projects director of the Federation for American…
  • Immigration laws being pushed in Iowa and California November 24, 2010 Supporters of the controversial immigration law in Arizona include groups from other states that are seeking ballot initiatives on similar legislation, Fox News reports. According to the news provider, such initiatives are moving forward in Iowa and California on measures that would allow authorities to check the immigration status of any person they suspect could be…
  • New Mexico governor-elect nixes possibility of emulating Arizona immigration law November 10, 2010 Susana Martinez, the newly elected governor of New Mexico, recently stated that she has no plans to bring strict immigration policies like Arizona's controversial SB 1070 to her state, according to USA Today."No, no, I don't want that for New Mexico," she said during an interview on Spanish-language television channel Univision.New Mexico's population is 45.6…
  • Protesters change feds’ plans for ICE facility November 10, 2010 Shortly after a federal immigration enforcement facility was proposed for a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, many residents came out in opposition to the move, ultimately leading authorities to abandon the plan.The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had requested a zoning variance for an facility in Urbandale that would have included holding cells, according…
  • U.S. election results brings immigration into the spotlight November 9, 2010 With the Republicans' recent electoral victory that saw the GOP regain control of the House and make significant gains in the Senate, many expect immigration to be one of the most important political issues in the U.S. over the next few years, according to the Orange County Register."It's going to be much more heated than…
  • Proposed immigration office raises concerns in Iowa November 5, 2010 Some Iowa residents have expressed their displeasure to the fact that there are plans to build an immigration office with holding cells in their neighborhood.A number of residents of Urbandale, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines, have said they are upset at reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has rented space in a…
  • Arizona governor who signed controversial immigration bill wins re-election November 4, 2010 Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona who shot to prominence after signing a controversial bill regarding enforcement of immigration law, won re-election to her post on November 2, reports WALB.The law, Arizona SB 1070, has sparked a great deal of debate thanks to provisions that give Arizona the toughest immigration statutes in the nation.Brewer was…
  • Reid plans to put Dream Act before Congress after November elections November 2, 2010 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on Sunday that he intends to put legislation allowing a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants before Congress after this week's elections, according to the New York Times.Reid, who made his comments during a television appearance on a Spanish-language political talk show, plans to submit the Dream Act…
  • Controversial Arizona immigration law goes unenforced October 29, 2010 Although Arizona's new immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, has sparked a great deal of controversy during the three months it has been in effect, its real-world applications have not matched the rhetoric raised by both its supporters and detractors.According to the Arizona Republic, no arrests have been made under the new law, nor have any…
  • Recession makes obtaining H-1B visas more difficult October 28, 2010 Troubles relating to the H-1B visa for both foreigners and American businesses have made this traditional means of obtaining a green card more difficult.A proposal in Congress would have allowed foreign students who complete advanced degrees in scientific fields to gain their green cards and would have eliminated country quotas that result in eight- to…
  • Poll: Californians hold positive views of immigrants October 27, 2010 A new poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California indicates that there is a growing grassroots tendency to embrace immigration among people in California.The poll, which surveyed likely voters in California, found that nearly half of the respondents held favorable attitudes towards all immigrants, including those who arrived in…
  • Immigration an important part of California governor’s race October 21, 2010 Immigration has been a hot topic in the lead up to the fast-approaching elections, and California's race to the governor's mansion is no exception.Republican candidate Meg Whitman claims that her Democratic counterpart Jerry Brown has been lying about her stances on immigration, according to the Associated Press.Specifically, Whitman said that Brown claimed she supported Arizona's…
  • Immigration major issue in Nevada senate race October 19, 2010 Immigration has been a major part of the upcoming mid-term elections and the high-profile senate race in Nevada is no exception.Republican challenger Sharron Angle recently caused a bit of a flap when she said that the Hispanic students she was speaking to looked Asian, according to CBS News.A student at the meeting asked Angle about…
  • Immigration key issue in Kansas election October 18, 2010 Immigration has become a central issue in the race for Kansas Secretary of State.Specifically, the question of whether or not alleged voter fraud perpetrated by corrupt politicians and illegal immigrants is a problem in the Sunflower State, according to the Kansas City Star.Republican candidate Kris Kobach believes it does and said that new voting rules…
  • County officials may extend immigrant jail check October 12, 2010 A California county is considering extending a program in cooperation with federal authorities to screen the immigration status of inmates.The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the federal government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been debating the measure for months, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Now the county's board of supervisors is…
  • Congressman criticizes Rahm Emanuel on immigration September 28, 2010 A congressman considering running to be the mayor of Chicago recently criticized the immigration record of the White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who is rumored to be a candidate for the same office.Congressman Luis Gutierrez was recently asked about how Emanuel might appeal to Latino voters in the Windy City, according to ABC…
  • Comic Stephen Colbert testifies in front of Congress on immigration September 24, 2010 Stephen Colbert, a comic pundit who hosts a show on Comedy Central, recently testified in front of Congress about immigration reform.Colbert, whose brand of humor is straight-faced satire of the country's political punditry, spoke in front of the House subcommittee on immigration, according to the Washington Post.In his four minutes in front of the panel,…
  • Obama vows to not walk away from immigration reform September 17, 2010 President Barack Obama recently admitted that he was disappointed that he has not yet instituted the immigration reform that he promised during his 2008 presidential campaign but vowed that action was coming.Speaking at a gala dinner for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Obama promised that immigration reform was coming, reports Reuters."Now, I know that many…
  • Hispanic legislators move for immigration reform September 15, 2010 A number of Hispanic lawmakers in Washington D.C. are looking to push the Democrats forward on immigration reform going into the upcoming elections in November.The three-part strategy put forward by the legislators will begin shortly, when the group meets with President Barack Obama at the White House, according to the Associated Press.New Jersey Democratic Senator…
  • Justice Department accuses Arizona colleges of discrimination against immigrants August 31, 2010 The U.S. Justice Department has filed a new immigration lawsuit against Arizona over whether a group of community colleges violated the civil rights of prospective workers.According to the Justice Department, by making potential workers fill out more paperwork than is required by law to prove that they are eligible to work in the U.S. the…
  • Baltimore immigrants call for written police policy August 26, 2010 Latino activists in Baltimore have asked city officials to put a written policy in place that would bar police from inquiring about the immigration status of those who call out for help.The activists were joined by clergy and civil rights leaders in calling for the policy, according to the Baltimore Sun.Reverend Robert Wojtek, the pastor…
  • Immigration could divide California GOP August 19, 2010 It is expected that California's Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman will face criticism from her base at the upcoming GOP convention over her stance on Arizona's immigration law.According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Whitman has said that she opposes bringing an Arizona-style immigration law to California, which would require law enforcement officers to question one's…
  • Florida attorney general proposes Arizona-like immigration law August 11, 2010 Florida attorney general Bill McCollum recently announced his proposed immigration reform plan, which bears a resemblance to the controversial law proposal in Arizona.McCollum’s proposal would require police officers to question a suspect’s immigration status during all lawful stops and detention when they have reason to be suspicious, according to the Miami Herald. McCollum is currently…
  • Web search tool helps locate detained immigrants July 27, 2010 In keeping up with the promises of the Obama administration, federal officials recently announced a system that will make it easier for families and lawyers to find people being held at 250 detention facilities around the country.The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has put a search tool on its website that is similar to…
  • Certain freed Cuban political prisoners can apply for U.S. immigration July 22, 2010 A number of Cuban political prisoners who will be freed over the course of the next several months may be able to immigrate to the U.S.Earlier this month Cuba committed to releasing 52 political activists that are in jail, according to the country’s Roman Catholic Church. A U.S. immigration official told CNN that these freed…
  • U.S.-Mexico governors’ summit moved to New Mexico July 16, 2010 The annual meeting of U.S. and Mexican governors whose states are on the border has been moved to New Mexico, after protests over Arizona’s controversial immigration law.The Mexican governors had threatened to boycott the meeting if it was held in Arizona, according to the Associated Press. Rather than face a boycott, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer…
  • Religious leaders, congressman spar over immigration reform ethics July 15, 2010 While many religious activists hold generally conservative views, there is one issue that is typically associated with liberals that has garnered strong support from that demographic: immigration reform.Religious leaders recently sparred with lawmakers at a congressional hearing on whether there is a moral imperative to enact immigration reform, with each side quoting scripture to try…
  • Groups push MLB to move 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona over immigration law July 13, 2010 When baseball’s best players take the field in this year’s All-Star Game in Anaheim, California, there will likely be no controversy, but next year’s game in Arizona could see a fair amount as several civil rights groups are calling on Major League Baseball to change the venue of the 2011 game in protest of the…
  • Baseball manager LaRussa clarifies Arizona immigration remarks July 6, 2010 St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa is famous for his belief that he can outsmart any other manager in baseball, however, he may have outsmarted himself when his comments about Arizona's controversial immigration law got him in a bit of hot water with the press.LaRussa had been asked about the law while his team was…
  • Schwarzenegger answers questions on immigration reform July 6, 2010 Immigration reform has been on almost every politician's mind as the Obama administration has spoken about changing federal immigration policy and Arizona prepares to begin enforcement of its controversial immigration laws.California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was recently asked about immigration at a town hall style meeting in Fresno, California, according to KMPH, a Fox affiliate. The…
  • Utah attorney general proposes forward-thinking immigration plan June 29, 2010 The attorney general of Utah has proposed an idea for immigration reform that is in stark contrast to the controversial new immigration laws in Arizona.Mark Shurtleff is working with officials from Utah and Mexico to start a state-specific guest worker program, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Shurtleff says that the proposal would allow a…
  • White House preparing to take on immigration reform June 29, 2010 The Obama administration appears ready to tackle immigration reform as the President is working to enlist support from activists and labor leaders.It is expected that the push for the new legislation will showcase Republican opposition and feature a speech from Obama, according to the Associated Press.A meeting was recently held between Obama, labor leaders and…
  • Philadelphia set to extend rights of immigrants June 28, 2010 The city of Philadelphia is expected to bar federal immigration authorities from using its police department's arrest database.The arrangement between Philadelphia and Immigration and Customs Enforcement service (ICE) had been in place for one year and had led to the deportation of a number of immigrants for minor offenses, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.Under the…
  • Immigration reform gets unlikely ally June 10, 2010 Immigration reform has been one of the major political issues swirling around Washington D.C. this year, and it has just received support from an unlikely source: religious conservatives.A number of evangelical leaders recently traveled to Washington to encourage lawmakers to pass immigration reform that would provide a path for undocumented immigrants to achieve legal status,…
  • Kobe takes stance on immigration? June 3, 2010 Kobe Bryant is known for many things: his four NBA titles, his 2008 Most Valuable Player award and his utter ruthlessness when it comes to dispatching opponents on the hardwood. One thing that he is not known for is making political statements. But that might be exactly what the Los Angeles Laker guard did when…
  • Obama ready to discuss immigration reform May 28, 2010 President Barack Obama appears ready to reopen discussions of immigration reform in the wake of his deployment of 1,200 National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border.Obama sent the Guardsmen to the border as part of a plan "that was actually shaped last year," according to the Dallas Morning News. Critics of the deployment have called it…
  • Police chiefs speak out against Arizona immigration law May 26, 2010 Arizona's recently passed immigration law will increase crime by putting police and immigrant communities at odds, according to several police chiefs from major U.S. cities.The police chiefs from Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia, along with others from various cities are planning on meeting with U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to discuss the current immigration climate,…
  • California eatery raided by immigration authorities May 26, 2010 A popular California chef has been indicted for 12 felony counts of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.Michel Malecot has operated an upscale French Gourmet restaurant for 31 years, but a recent raid by immigration officials revealed that the eatery's staff contained many illegal immigrants, according to the Los Angeles Times.The illegal immigrants weren't simply cheap labor;…
  • Green card becomes green May 14, 2010 For years the document issued to lawful permanent residents in the United States has been called a green card, but that never referred to its color. In fact, over the years the U.S. green card has been pink, blue, white and beige but never green.This will all change with the introduction of a new design…
  • Shooting in Arizona leads to more debate over immigration law May 3, 2010 The shooting of a sheriff's deputy in Arizona has thrown fuel on the fire of the debate over the state's recently passed immigration law.The Pinal County Sheriff's office says that the shooter may have been in the country illegally, according to the Wall Street Journal. Both sides of the debate are using the incident to…
  • Arizona immigration bill criticized by Obama April 23, 2010 President Obama has criticized the controversial Arizona immigration bill, which may become a law today.During a naturalization ceremony for 24 active duty service members, Obama called the bill "misguided" and said that it "threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities…
  • Toughest immigration law in U.S. passed by Arizona lawmakers April 22, 2010 The Arizona legislature has passed the toughest immigration law in the U.S. The law would be the first in America to criminalize illegal immigrants.The law would require, among other things, police officers to ask anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally to produce an "alien registration document," according to the Detroit Free Press.…
  • Immigration reform may be on the horizon April 21, 2010 Comprehensive immigration reform may not be that far off and would likely be a welcome change for the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in America.Immigration reform has slowly crept up President Obama's to-do list, and it looks like something might get done this year, according to Los Angeles News Today. Reform was last undertaken in…
  • Mexicans may prefer EB-5 visa after recent immigration policy changes April 9, 2010 The EB-5 visa program may receive an upsurge in popularity from Mexican immigrants, given the recent reductions in the amount of time that similar visas remain valid.The State Department recently changed its policy on visas granted to Mexicans who own, or seek to own businesses and houses in the U.S., the San Antonio Express-News reports.Under…
  • Tire company promotes EB-5 visa program during China visit April 7, 2010 In late March, members of the Grant County Economic Council traveled to China in order to encourage foreign investment under the EB-5 visa program for a U.S. tire company looking to open a business near Ephrata, Pennsylvania.The trip, financed by Washington Tire, arranged for Mike Wren, manager of the Ephrata port and Terry Brewer, executive…
  • 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…
  • Silicon Valley looks for top talent by expanding EB-5 visa program April 2, 2010 Anyone who knows the name Silicon Valley, most likely knows of it because of its link to innovation in the technology industry. In efforts to maintain standing as leading developer of new technological hardware and software, some valley executives are calling for the expansion of the federal EB-5 visa program, in order to secure top…
  • 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…
  • Immigration attorney pitches EB-5 visa program to Portland officials March 30, 2010 A Seattle immigration attorney who has helped Seattle businesses gain more than $100 million in investment from the federal EB-5 visa program, has pitched the idea of using the immigration program to officials in Portland, Oregon.Henry Liebman, who heads the firm American Life Incorporated, last year spoke with officials at the Portland Development Commission (PDC)…
  • St Louis looks to immigration to help floundering economy March 30, 2010 Ascertaining a dire need to promote entrepreneurship, immigration and economic development in metro Missouri, the St Louis County Economic Council has applied to become eligible for foreign investment under the EB-5 visa program.Under the federal program, foreign nationals become eligible for a U.S. green card in exchange for an investment of at least $500,000 in…
  • Brewers consider using EB-5 visa program to attract investment March 29, 2010 Two brothers who own a brewery in Immokalee, Florida, are intent on using the federal EB-5 visa program (or EB-6 visa, if a recent proposal is passed in Congress), to draw investment and drive the growth of their small business.Ernest and Curtis Sittenfeld, residents of Naples, Florida, said that attracting foreign investors through the federal…
  • 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.…
  • What does the StartUp Visa Act mean for investor visa legislation? March 25, 2010 Entering 2010, healthcare and financial regulatory reform, job creation, and immigration were among the top priority legislative issues before Congress. With the controversial healthcare reform bill finally passed through both houses, and President Obama intent on approving a financial reform in the next two months, lawmakers will doubtless continue turning their attention on the remain…
  • 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…
  • Immigration attorney weighs in on StartUp Visa Act March 24, 2010 While the U.S. Senate waits to act on the StartUp Visa Act of 2010, which proposes to expand the existing EB-5 visa program by offering an expedited green card process to foreign entrepreneurs, some immigration attorneys have begun throwing their support behind the legislation.Norma Henning an immigration lawyer from Southwest Florida, says that the proposal…
  • Senators lay out immigration proposals March 23, 2010 With the comprehensive healthcare bill finally approved by both Houses of Congress and signed by President Obama, lawmakers will be turning their attention to other pieces of legislation, such as immigration reform.Last week, New York's Democratic Senator Charles Schumer and South Carolina's Republican Senator Lindsey Graham co-wrote an op-ed to the Washington Post, explaining their…
  • Firm looks to become Indiana’s first EB-5 regional center March 23, 2010 The Eastern Indiana development group Energize-ECI recently announced that it has applied to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to be recognized as a certified EB-5 Regional Center to help advance economic growth in the area.The unemployment rate in Indiana currently sits at 10.6 percent, which is higher than the national average of 9.7…
  • California County expected to embrace EB-5 visa program March 22, 2010 Concerned with a soaring unemployment rate that remains drifting above 15 percent, officials in Riverside County, California, are expected to approve a campaign to promote foreign investment in the county through the use of the federal EB-5 visa program.While Riverside would become the first county in California to formally incorporate the use of the EB-5…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Immigration and startups can stimulate job creation March 17, 2010 Several new reports on job creation in America reveal that the two institutions supported by the EB-5 visa program - immigration and startup businesses - are the most influential in sparking job growth in the U.S.A joint study from McGill University and the National Bureau of Economic Research has found that immigrants who entered the…
  • Investment in startups under through EB-5 visa program a key for job growth March 16, 2010 The EB-5 visa program gained popularity among foreign investors and American business executives alike, mostly due to its capacity to match rewarding investment opportunities with individuals who have the most to gain by pouring their money into the venture.Because so many EB-5 investment opportunities pair foreign nationals with U.S. startups, the potential for job growth…
  • 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…
  • San Antonio sees influx of investors, entrepreneurs from Mexico March 9, 2010 It appears that San Antonio is the latest city to benefit from the growing demand of investment visas, such as the EB-5, among Mexicans looking to escape the violence and civil unrest of their homeland.On Wednesday, March 10, at least 160 Mexican business owners will be gathering at a hotel in Monterrey, Mexico, to attend…
  • What is the difference between the EB-5 visa and EB-2 visa? March 3, 2010 As the American economy looks to recover from one of the deepest recessions in recent history, lawmakers have begun to pursue new measures to promote job growth in the country.Of the more popular and novel approaches, the immigration visa has drawn the attention of Congress members, who cite the ways that introducing foreign business leaders…
  • Popularity of investor visas grows among Mexicans March 2, 2010 While most foreign investors pursue the EB-5 visa program and other investor visa initiatives to chase down a potentially lucrative investment opportunity, others are simply looking to gain access to the American way of life.One investor from Mexico City, Pierre Gama, was determined to move to the U.S. after he evaded kidnappers in his hometown…
  • Mexicans target El Paso through investor visa March 1, 2010 The vast majority of parties interested in the EB-5 visa program have been Chinese or South Korean immigrants, intent on being ushered through an expedited green card process, in exchange for an investment of at least $500,000 in an American business.While economically depressed areas are commonly targets for these Asian investors, a new wave of…
  • Victorville, California uses EB-5 program to create jobs at water treatment plant March 1, 2010 With assistance from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the EB-5 visa program and a list of potential investors from Asia, the economically depressed town of Victorville, California has taken steps to create jobs in their region.Last week, the first foreign investor to target Victorville confirmed that he would designate $550,000 in capital to…
  • Mexicans look to escape violence through investor visas February 26, 2010 Though the EB-5 visa program has been a favored option for many European and East Asian immigrants, the federal initiative, and other similar investor visas are gaining a reputation among Mexican immigrants as well.Specifically, immigration lawyers have said that escalating violence in Mexico has prompted more wealthy residents of the neighboring country to relocate 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…
  • Senators unveil StartUp Visa Act of 2010 February 24, 2010 For months, lawmakers and economists have discussed the merits of offering a U.S. visa to immigrants who are looking to launch a new business in the country, thereby expanding the measures of the existing EB-5 visa program.On Wednesday, February 24, Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, took a…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Analysts tout role in investor visa in job creation February 22, 2010 Suggesting the positive direction of the U.S. EB-5 immigration program, economic and immigration experts are proposing even more ways to stir job creation in the U.S. by allowing foreign investors to bring their ideas and capital to the country.Paul Kedrosky and Brad Feld, columnists for the Wall Street Journal, wrote that government officials should leverage…
  • EB-5 visa proposal could shape immigration reform February 22, 2010 With Congress still ironing out the details of healthcare, jobs, and climate change legislation, it seems unlikely that lawmakers will take major action on a comprehensive and controversial immigration reform bill later this year.For this reason, some measures, including Colorado Congressman Jared Polis' proposal to expand the EB-5 visa program, may be removed from the…
  • 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 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,…
  • 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…
  • Immigration lawyers: EB-5 visa program provides stimulus without using federal dollars February 17, 2010 Outwardly, the EB-5 visa program purports to be a useful way for an individual or family looking to immigrate to the U.S. to receive a green card. But in a period defined by its economic instability, the immigration program offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is proving to provide a promising route for…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • EB-5 visa program could eventually shape Obama’s job creation proposals February 5, 2010 Because the policies pursued by President Barack Obama has positioned the leader as strong supporter of entrepreneurship, some analysts believe his administration may eventually amend the U.S. EB-5 visa program to further favor startup companies.In his State of the Union address last week, Obama promised to drive increased lending to new companies and provide tax…
  • EB-5 investor visa can open the door to U.S. residency February 4, 2010 The free market, democratic spirit and economic prosperity helped to make the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. a symbol of hope and freedom to immigrants. While the times have changed since immigrants docked on Ellis Island in droves, the U.S. still offers numerous attractive attributes which draw foreigners to the shores.The topic of immigration…
  • 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…
  • Company directs EB-5 investment to Colorado ethanol plant February 2, 2010 A California-based company has announced that it will use foreign investments made available through the EB-5 visa program to purchase and develop an abandoned ethanol plant, which could create job opportunities for employees in Colorado and Kansas.The company, Nexsun, plans to upgrade the Walsh, Colorado plant, which used to be owned by Sun Energy, by…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Lawyer: EB-5 visas ‘the hottest thing’ in immigration January 27, 2010 The growing popularity of EB-5 visa applications filed during 2009 and the corresponding waning of H-1B visa applications has caused immigration lawyers throughout the country to shift the focus of their practice.According to H. Ronald Klasko, a lawyer in a Philadelphia immigration firm, though H-1B visas are usually a hot item - with application amounts…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Analysts question USCIS policy on EB-5 visa job creation January 22, 2010 Comments made by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a December stakeholders call has lead investment analysts and businesses to a debate about what qualifies as job creation under the EB-5 visa program.The USCIS' interpretation of EB-5 visa statutes indicate that the calculation of both direct and indirect jobs created as a result…
  • Hybrid Kinetic Motors seeks investments through EB-5 visa program January 21, 2010 An Alabama startup company that works on developing and producing hybrid concept cars has announced that it will look to raise capital through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) EB-5 visa program.The company, Hybrid Kinetic Motors, recently displayed a model of its first concept car, the Quaranta, in a Montgomery, Alabama, hotel in an…
  • EB-5 visa program facilitates visa application process January 20, 2010 The EB-5 visa program aims to ease the visa application process for investors, and consequently bring jobs to the U.S. economy.The central idea behind the EB-5 visa program is that making green cards more available to foreign investors will improve the U.S. economy by cutting down on the number of highly-specialized jobs lost to other…
  • EB-5 visa holders invest in businesses, American life January 12, 2010 The advantage of the EB-5 visa program to the U.S. economy and American business executives is clear: substantial foreign investments are likely to create jobs and spur recovery at a time in which loans and shareholder confidence are scant.But for the investors themselves, the returns on their capital may manifest themselves in more ways than…
  • Cap on one visa program may turn attention to EB-5s in 2010 January 6, 2010 The popularity of EB-5 visas for foreign parties seeking to relocate to or conduct business in the U.S. may continue its climb in 2010, after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced last month that it has stopped accepting H-1B visa applications for fiscal year 2010.The H-1B visa allows U.S. companies to employ foreign…

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