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  • A Visa for a Price   Record levels have been reached by the number of immigrants applying for EB-5 visas. Chinese investors are drawn by the chance to gain residency for their children so they go to s...
  • Funding Available to Developers and Franchisees from EB-5 Investors Let’s face it, lending is still tight and funding is not as easy to obtain as it was before the 2008-2009 economic crisis. The US Government’s EB-5 investment and immigration...
  • Now is the Time for an EB-5 The industry fully expects the EB-5 program will be reauthorized with some proposals, which are more or less attractive to certain parties. But final resolutions should be satisfactory. ...
  • Objections to EB-5 Based on Misinformation Study the situations where persons or entities in the U.S. oppose the EB-5 Investment Immigration program. You will discover that there is a common misconception shared by all who oppose ...
  • $750 Million Assisted Living Project Using EB-5 Funding EB-5 investors will be providing one-third of the $750 million capital stack that will be used to develop a 25 new senior communities operated by SummerPlace Assisted Living & Memory ...
  • 1,200 Indians to Invest Half-A-Million Dollars Each   A U.S. government plan to increase the investment that foreigners must shell for an EB-5 visa has caused quite a scramble. To migrate to the U.S. about 1,200 Indians have begun to...
  • A Hidden Revenue Stream for Regional Centers  Established Regional Centers often fail to see the revenue stream that they can develop by helping prospective centers get established. It’s called consulting. Imagine that. ...
  • A Lesson in EB-5 from Warner Robins, GA  The editors of the Macon Telegraph can teach all of us a lesson in EB-5 project funding, and project financing in general. In a September 29th editorial, the paper noted that the c...
  • A Voice Crying in the South Dakota Wilderness for EB-5 The four candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota vacated by retiring Senator Tim Johnson have made the EB-5 Investment Visa Program a campaign issue. Former Governor Mik...
  • ACS Reaches Out to Chinese Immigrants  Since the publication early in 2014 of his ground-breaking book, How to Find Chinese Investors, Agents & Clients for Your EB-5 Projects & Services - A Practical Guide for Re...
  • Aemetis Has $19 Million of EB-5 Funds in Escrow Aemetis Inc, specializing “advanced fuels and renewable chemical” is a company based in Cupertino, California. In addition to operating a 60 million gallon ethanol plant and a...
  • American Corporate Services, Inc. - Your U.S. Source for English Language Proficiency and Summer Camps  Proficiency in American English is essential for education in the United States and for success in business. Much of the American culture cannot be understood apart from an accurate...
  • American Corporate Services, Inc. - Your U.S. Source for Foreign Investment in American Projects  Over the past several years, American Corporate Services, Inc. (ACS) has been a leader in assisting high net worth foreign investors in locating worthwhile projects in the United St...
  • American Corporate Services, Inc. - Your U.S. Source for School Placement for Foreign Student  An American education is highly coveted by foreign nationals around the globe. American Corporate Services, Inc. (ACS) can help to make that dream become a reality through the educa...
  • American Corporate Services, Inc. Opens New Office in China  SAN FRANCISCO - Dr. Gregory Finkelson, President of American Corporate Services, Inc., (ACS) announced today that the company has recently opened another Representative Office in Gu...
  • American Corporate Services, Inc. Partners with International Technological University  SAN FRANCISCO – Dr. Gregory Finkelson, president of American Corporate Services, Inc., (ACS) announced today that ACS has signed an affiliate agreement with International Tech...
  • American Corporate Services, Inc. Receives 2016 San Francisco Award  SAN FRANCISCO – American Corporate Services, Inc. has been selected for the 2016 San Francisco Award in the Business Immigration Consultants category by the San Francisco Awar...
  • American Corporate Services, Inc. to Exhibit at Prestigious Guangzhou Show  SAN FRANCISCO - Dr. Gregory Finkelson, President of American Corporate Services, Inc. announced today that ACS, Inc. will be a featured exhibitor this month at the prestigious LPS S...
  • American Policy Center Warns of EB-5 Colonization On November 12th, the American Policy Center posted an article on its website entitled, “Is the U.S. Being Colonized by Red China?” The article, originally written a year ago,...
  • An EB-5 Vision to Revitalize Detroit  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has bought into the potential of EB-5 investment. He sees EB-5 as a way to rebuild the ghost town that used to be the automotive capital of the world &...
  • Another Reason Why Chinese Investors Like the EB-5 Program  With so much being said about EB-5, The Epoch Times, recently asked the question, “Why?” Here are a few of the reasons they cited. A lot of high net worth Chinese &ndas...
  • Arizona Solar Wind Energy Tower Powered by EB-5  EB-5 immigration investment money will provide up to $200 million to fund the first Arizona Solar Wind Energy Tower. The preliminary analysis of the project’s impact revealed ...
  • Caffe Primo – fourth location with EB-5 Funds Caffe Primo, “a leader in the next generation of cafés, poised to change the way consumers think about leisurely dining,” will celebrate the grand opening of its newest...
  • Canada Introduces New Immigrant Investor Program  It has been less than a year since the government of Canada shut down its immigrant investment program. When that announcement was made, the U.S. EB-5 community was abuzz with quest...
  • Carson City Want to Do EB-5 Right “Our mission is jobs, jobs, jobs,” says Lynn Beteag, the Administrator of the new Nevada State Regional Center. “To create jobs, we need project developers.” Her w...
  • Center for Immigration Studies is No Friend of EB-5  One would think that an organization called the Center for Immigration Studies would be a proponent of the EB-5 investment visa program. It is not. It is, in fact, an anti-immigrati...
  • Charter School Start-ups   Charters are public schools free of many restrictions facing taxpayer-funded schools. The schools agree to target a particular student population and if the state approves it, the...
  • Chattanooga Gets Unusual First EB-5 Project Chattanooga, Tennessee is about to begin its first-ever project that is financed, in part, by EB-5 funds. The 121,000 square-foot, 10-story, 87-year-old Bank of Chattanooga has been sitti...
  • Children of EB-5 Investors Are Part of the ROI  The benefit of an American education for their children is frequently cited as one of the benefits that accrue to foreign investors who immigrate to the U.S. through the EB-5 prefer...
  • Chinese Building U.S. Highways  The Chinese have been helping to building U.S. roads, railroads and infrastructure for almost 200 years. But this time things are different. This generation of Chinese are not wield...
  • Chinese EB-5 Investors Like Seattle  Seattle is beginning to attract increasing numbers of Chinese EB-5 investors and their investments. This is especially interesting, because the investors are not required to live ne...
  • Chinese EB-5 Investors Want to Know The increased popularity of the EB-5 program amongst potential investors in mainland China has generated some new and interesting questions. One of them is, “Do I have to pay my ent...
  • Chinese EB-5 Investors and Foreign Direct Investment  People tend to fear things they don’t understand. A friend of mine who was born and raised in the northeastern U.S., moved to Alabama after graduation from college several dec...
  • Chinese EB-5 Investors’ Wait for Visa Numbers Approximately 10,000 EB-5 immigrant visas are allocated annually to alien investors, their spouses and qualifying children. After an investor files for an I-526 the wait time to receive a...
  • Chinese Economy Creating an Environment for Investing in California  A recent survey of high net worth individuals in mainland China revealed that the two most favored cities in the world for investing in real estate are Los Angeles and San Francisco...
  • Chinese Expectations for EB-5 Dim  It is a particularly American paradigm that we view all news from our own perspective. Perhaps that is because we are geographically “isolated” from the multiple-country...
  • Chinese Investors Help Fuel Charlotte’s Charter School  Rapid charter school expansion has led to a growing number of startup schools, which are turning to charter-school finance companies to pay for facilities. Some even contact a netwo...
  • Chinese Investors Surprise School Trustee with EB-5  If anyone questions the demand for EB-5 visas created by the Chinese, the mere mention of EB-5 in the original story, reported by philly.com, ought to raise a few eyebrows, because ...
  • Chinese PR News Issues Important Bulletin about EB-5  The Chinese Business Press Release Newswire (PRNews.cn) released an important bulletin about the EB-5 program on March 9th. A recent article in China’s largest newspaper, Wor...
  • Chinese Property Investments Showing Significant Growth The amount of Chinese foreign property investments in general currently stands at $33.7 billion USD. The amount invested in the past year is 200 times greater than in 2008, the beginning ...
  • Chinese Students Should Be Aware of Hidden Costs of Studying in the U.S.  It is unlikely that all Chinese students studying at American universities are on a tight budget. Nonetheless, one of the secrets of building wealth is knowing as much as possible a...
  • Chinese-Themed Las Vegas Casino to Open Using EB-5 Funds The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, an Asian-themed gaming and entertainment venue, is set to open in Las Vegas on December 1, 2016. The original financing package for the $373 million p...
  • Citizenship Requires Allegiance  The benefit of investing in the EB-5 visa program is the opportunity to become a permanent resident of the United States. For many immigrant investors, however, the ultimate goal is...
  • Clear Currents Will Use EB-5 Funds to Expand Operations  Clear Currents is a green technology company based in Dana Point, California. It manufactures non-toxic and environmentally friendly industrial cleaners and agricultural products. ...
  • Cleveland Growing by Using EB-5 Funding The Development Finance Authority (DFA) of Summit County, formerly known as the Summit County Port Authority, is dedicated to promoting economic development in and around Cleveland and no...
  • Colucci Addresses the Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting on EB-5 Nicholas Colucci, the head of the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program, participated in the February 2nd meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss aspects of the EB-5 program. Amon...
  • Combining EB-5 with New Markets Tax Credits The EB-5 investment immigration program has reach a tipping point. As awareness of the program expands, so do the opportunities, as creative financial applications are developed to take a...
  • Coming to America Has Never Been Clearer  Smog levels have reached historic levels in northern China. Major cities are literally being choked by blankets of pollution that have engulfed them. Within the past 30 days, as ma...
  • Common Misconceptions about EB-5  There are some misconceptions about the EB-5 program that need to be addressed. Each of them have been caused by misrepresentation of the immigration program by its opponents who, t...
  • Congressman Tells USCIS to "Fire Somebody" Perhaps the recent memory of a potential U.S. government shutdown in December 2015 was lingering in the mind of Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) during a February Judiciary Committee meeting...
  • Could EB-5 Fix Our Decaying Infrastructure?  Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation told CBS’ “60 Minutes” last week that, “Our infrastructure is on life support right now.” In the transportation...
  • Could EB-5 Prosper from Hong Kong Policy Change?  Hong Kong has officially suspended its Capital Investment Entrant Scheme (CIES) as of January 15, 2015. The key word here is “suspended.” During the suspension, Hong Kon...
  • DACA Work Permit Mistake Causes Concern  If you want to create confusion, become a bureaucrat, but don’t do it during the current administration. They are so adept, they don’t need any help. The latest governm...
  • Dallas Mayor Urges Expansion of EB-5 Immigration Visas   At the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings urged Congress to reauthorize and expand the EB-5 Program. Although the Employment-Based Fifth Preference is set to ex...
  • December 9 Deadline Looms for EB-5   Headlines are supposed to grab readers’ attention. Now that we have yours, allow us to explain (as if you have never heard this in previous years).   The U.S. governm...
  • Direct Investment vs. Regional Center Investment  There are two options for an EB-5 investment: 1) Direct investment or 2) Regional Center investment.  While both methods provide access to permanent residence, the EB-5 investo...
  • Do Not Attempt This at Home – EB-5 Visa It may be as dangerous to attempt to completely understand the EB-5 process without an immigration attorney as it is to fly across the Grand Canyon a la Evel Knievel. Here are a couple of...
  • Don’t Throw the EB-5 Baby Out With the Bath Water The reputation of the EB-5 investment immigration program is being hurt by the growing proclivity of supposedly intelligent Americans who lack the ability to distinguish between the baby ...
  • Dr. Gregory Finkelson Will Visit China in September  Dr. Gregory Finkelson, president American Corporate Services, Inc., and Co-chair of the Business Immigration Committee of ChinaSiliconValley, will be travelling to China in Septembe...
  • Dr. Julian Chun-Chung Chow - Outstanding American by Choice  The Outstanding American by Choice initiative highlights the importance of citizenship rights and responsibilities through recognition of the outstanding achievements of naturalized...
  • E-2 Visa to Green Card Process   Can investing in an E-2 visa business lead to a green card? Well the answer is “not directly,” but there is a path. An E-2 visa is not used for permanent residency, bu...
  • E3 Cargo Launched with EB-5 Direct Investment  Whilst indirect investment is a rapidly growing component of the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program, the direct investment option still exists for the benefit of small businesses ...
  • EB-5 Adds Versatility to Creative Funding Developers and equity funding entities have been driven to find creative financing methods since traditional banking entities have been holding onto their cash assets following the financ...
  • EB-5 Advocate Leahy Up for Re-election   Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, a long-time advocate for EB-5 is up for re-election this November, and one of his potential opponents is already trying to give the Senator a black ...
  • EB-5 Advocate Leahy Up for Re-election   Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, a long-time advocate for EB-5 is up for re-election this November, and one of his potential opponents is already trying to give the Senator a black ...
  • EB-5 Basics  EB-5 is a United States immigration program that offers citizens of other countries the opportunity to seek permanent U.S. residency through job creation in the U.S. Administered b...
  • EB-5 Direct Investment vs. Regional Center Investment   Both methods for an EB-5 investment provide permanent residence. The investor should be familiar with the differences in a direct investment and a regional center investment. &nb...
  • EB-5 Finds Advocates in the von Trapp Family  The story of the von Trapp family has been immortalized in “The Sound of Music.” Johannes was the youngest von Trapp child portrayed in the Academy Award winning movie. ...
  • EB-5 Funding Booms for Senior Living Development  Immigrant investors are a growing funding source for senior living development by way of a government Green Card program that’s gaining ground in the United States. Millions o...
  • EB-5 Funding Considered for Destination Medical Center When American’s think about the city of Rochester, Minnesota, most think also of the Mayo Clinic. When they list the top research hospitals in America, they inevitably include the M...
  • EB-5 Funding Ideal for U.S. Developers The common ingredient in every major development project is the need for funding. With an economy that is still reluctant to invest, the EB-5 program is the ideal way to fill the fundin...
  • EB-5 Funding Will Build Luxury Le Méridien Hotel in Cleveland The Le Méridien is one of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HOT) most luxurious brands, although the majority are located outside of the U.S.  Funding from EB-5 investor...
  • EB-5 Funding to Build AnC Bio Facility in U.S. AnC Bio is a South Korean biomedical firm specializing in the manufacturing of artificial human organs, stem cell research, and proprietary, bio-digital technology. One of its other mind-...
  • EB-5 I-526 Processing No Longer Available Online  As of June 15, 2015, the USCIS has suspended processing of I-526, Immigration Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, forms online. As of that date, all I-526 forms must be submitted on pap...
  • EB-5 Immigration Can Be Taxing Psychologists tell us that moving is one of the top five stressors. Moving from one country to another is significantly more stressful. When that move involves significant cultural and la...
  • EB-5 Industry’s Letter to Congress     Leading EB-5 trade associations/coalitions composed a letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committee Leaders and Members expressing support for extending the EB-5 and reco...
  • EB-5 Industry’s Letter to Congress     Leading EB-5 trade associations/coalitions composed a letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committee Leaders and Members expressing support for extending the EB-5 and reco...
  • EB-5 Insights from the 8th Annual Chinese Business Conference at Columbia University  A panel of leading authorities on Chinese immigration and real estate investment shared some interesting insights at the 8th Annual Chinese Business Conference held at Columbia Univ...
  • EB-5 Investment Amounts   Staying competitive in the international immigrant investor marketplace is essential for EB-5 to maintain its position as the most popular program of its kind in the world. Differ...
  • EB-5 Investment and the Impact on Commercial Estate   Understanding how developers and landlords make use of the EB-5 program as part of their capital structure can be important for tenants, particularly with regard to the benefits (...
  • EB-5 Investments Expand the Woodlands The Woodlands began in 1974 as one of America's first master-planned communities. Today, it is one of the finest. Just outside of Houston TX, the Woodlands is one of America’s premi...
  • EB-5 Investments Will Keep Texas Hotel Project Moving  It looked like the project to restore the historic Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas, was about to come apart at the seams when one of its biggest backers, and a major partner in ...
  • EB-5 Investments: Unique Opportunities and Challenges   During a one-day event which was held on the campus of Baruch College, professionals from across the industry came together to discuss the current state of the EB-5 program and op...
  • EB-5 Investor Benefits  Sometimes we can get caught up in all the rules and regulations of the EB-5 Visa program. Admittedly, there is a time and place for that. But when we bury ourselves in the details, ...
  • EB-5 Investors Funding Largest Private Real Estate Development in U.S. History With 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, the Hudson Yards project in New York City, under the direction of Related Companies, will be the single, largest private r...
  • EB-5 Investors Head to Hawaii  Nearly every mention of EB=5 projects makes reference to investment opportunities on the U.S. mainland. We tend to forget that Hawaii is just as much a part of the United States as ...
  • EB-5 Investors Urged to Exercise Caution  The USCIS-sponsored EB-5 investment immigration visa program is not a get-rich-quick scheme. If fact, it is not a get-anything-quick plan. It is a preferential treatment plan to att...
  • EB-5 Investors Want Skin in the Game  One very interesting and salient point about EB-5 investors was made at a recent meeting sponsored by the South Florida Business Journal. It is a point that anyone working with EB-5...
  • EB-5 Is Not for Sale  Whether we want to chalk it up to ignorance or political deviance, the time has come for EB-5 detractors to stop saying that it is a “visa for sale” program. All it take...
  • EB-5 Is Right for Chinese Right Now A recent Barclays survey revealed that 47% of high net worth Chinese people are looking for an exit strategy. Not from their businesses. From China. To be fair, the survey covered a sele...
  • EB-5 Is Working The staff of IIUSA had a busy June as they traveled the world promoting the EB-5 Program, sharing industries “best practices and building policies and consensus. IIUSA Executive Dir...
  • EB-5 Is a Non-partisan Government Program  The Center for Immigration Studies is a liberal, progressive lobby group (despite their claims to the contrary) that has concluded that “current, high levels of immigration ar...
  • EB-5 Makes It to Broadway! That’s right! EB-5 has made it to Broadway – 1130 Broadway in San Antonio, Texas, to be precise. The $11 million project is under the management of Argyle Residential in coop...
  • EB-5 Offers Security and Respect for Wealthy Chinese  The dynamic is the same for anyone who moves to a culture, even in country, in which they are considered to be different in some way. It was only 50 years ago that people in the Dee...
  • EB-5 Processing Times  There are many propositions about the EB-5 program that are currently being discussed. If I were to pick the single most important issue that needs to be addressed, it would not be ...
  • EB-5 Program Sets New Records in Q3 2015  The EB-5 investment immigration program set some new records as the third quarter of the U.S. government’s FY2015. ·         EB...
  • EB-5 Projects Need a Plan  We know the old adage that, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” When it comes to getting EB-5 funding for a project in the U.S., failing to submit a complete business...
  • EB-5 Reflects Standard Investment Practices  Somewhere in outsiders’ discussions over whether or not a $500,000 EB-5 investment, many people lose sight of the fact that it is not all about the direct ROI. We have discuss...
  • EB-5 Solves Chinese Investor Problem Fortune Magazine recently reported that, “According to the former chairman of the supervisory board of China Investment Corp., China’s sovereign wealth fund, 70% of China&rsqu...
  • EB-5 Supply and Demand  The elephant in the EB-5 room has always been the inordinate length of time it has been taking for the USCIS to process I-924 applications. In many, if not most, cases the processin...
  • EB-5 TEAs Are Not Hard to Find One of the keys to the EB-5 investment visa program is finding projects that are in Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) in order to minimize the immigrant’s investment to $500,000. Whet...
  • EB-5 Visa Numbers Temporarily Unavailable For the first time ever, the status of visa numbers for the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program is listed as “unavailable” for all country allocations. This action has been ta...
  • EB-5 Visa Numbers Temporarily Unavailable  For the first time ever, the status of visa numbers for the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program is listed as “unavailable” for all country allocations. This action has b...
  • EB-5 Wise Investment for Education  In Dr. Finkelson’s book, How to Find Chinese Investors, Agents & Clients for Your EB-5 Projects & Services - A Practical Guide for Regional Centers, Attorneys, Develop...
  • EB-5 and Substantial Presence  The word “alien” conjures up some pictures in our minds that can be uncomfortable. Nonetheless, when it comes to U.S. immigration law, the word is used in a legal sense ...
  • EB-5 and the Law of Supply and Demand One of the best features of the EB-5 Investment Visa program is how well it addresses the Law of Supply and Demand. This has become especially so since banks have tightened up on lending ...
  • EB-5 or 10-Year Visas?  During his recent visit to China, President Obama announced that Chinese citizens would be eligible to apply to the U.S. government for 10-year tourist visas. We have already begun ...
  • EB-5 – So Misunderstood: Size Doesn’t Matter While the EB-5 investment visa program continues to gain visibility and popularity, much of the program remains misunderstood. One of the biggest misunderstandings is that the size of the...
  • EB-5: Where 10,000 Does Not Equal 10,000 The demand for EB-5 visas, especially from Chinese investors shows little likelihood of slowing down. If anything, there is probably a good case for increased the quota limits. In fact, t...
  • EB-5’s Impact on U.S. Economy and Jobs  Single-family home construction remains abysmal as Americans are required to put more money down before buying. Enter the Chinese. In both the luxury and middle-income housing mark...
  • EB5 & Alternative Energy Projects  An article by Lincoln Stone in the December 2014 issue of the IIUSA’s Regional Center Business Journal highlighted a little-promoted, but much needed, sector for utilizing fun...
  • Economic Effect of EB-5 Investments  Almost any argument against the EB-5 immigration by investment visa program is based on some philosophical on hypothetical argument. The arguments run from the sublime to the ridicu...
  • Education Is Still a Driver for Immigration Education continues to be one of the top reasons why Chinese want to immigrate to other countries, in particular, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. All but one of the Top...
  • Education as a Factor for EB-5 Investors Education has long been a factor for EB-5 investors. In some cases it is even a motivation for investment. That happens when an investor’s desire to immigrate is closely tied to his...
  • Effect of Visa Changes Good for Chinese Tourism - Part 1  According to a recent article in Juwai, China is rapidly becoming one of the most lucrative targets in the global economy – a fact recognized by governments across the world t...
  • Effect of Visa Changes Good for Chinese Tourism - Part 2   Continuing our insights shared from Juwai, visa policy changes are not just with tourism spending in mind. Investment from China’s increasingly outward-looking business sect...
  • Elliot Spitzer Puts EB-5 Funding Into Perspective Elliot Spitzer and several other leading investors from New York participated in the first U.S. Real Estate Showcase & Forum last week in Shanghai. That gave Spitzer, once known as &l...
  • Elliot Spitzer Puts EB-5 Funding Into Perspective  Elliot Spitzer and several other leading investors from New York participated in the first U.S. Real Estate Showcase & Forum last week in Shanghai. That gave Spitzer, once known...
  • Ex-MLB Star Hoping for EB-5 Home Run Nine-time major league all-star, Gary Sheffield, hit 509 home runs in a career that spanned 21 years. Now he is hoping to hit another one in Pasco County, near his hometown of Tampa, Flor...
  • Expect More New TEAs Following Immigration Reform  If Congress passes the proposed immigration reform bill, expect to see the creation and emergence of potentially many new Targeted Employment Areas (TEA). State governments will hav...
  • Fastest Growing EB-5 Demand by Country  Is there anyone who doesn’t know that investors from China are creating the greatest demand for EB-5 visas? Without any other factors taken into consideration, it makes sense ...
  • Feinstein Not a Friend of EB-5  Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) is the second ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She is a senior member of the Senate immigration subcommittee and San Francisco&rs...
  • Florida Restaurant Franchise Group Loves EB-5  The Westin, Florida based Florida Restaurant Franchise Group has fallen in love with EB-5 investors, and investors have fallen in love with FRFG. The group, a subsidiary of Jafrejo...
  • For the Sake of Their Kids’ Health  A teacher at a British school in Beijing recently told The Guardian that “Pollution is what all the parents are talking about. More and more ex-pat families are leaving this c...
  • Forbes Cites EB-5 as a Viable Alternative to Venture Capital On February 10, 2016, Forbes.com featured an article entitled, “Three Alternatives to Venture Capital.” The article was written by Yan Revzin, Co-founder of Fortune Cookie Adv...
  • Forget the Red Card. Get the Green Card   In order to finance the construction of a new stadium, the Orlando City MLS soccer team in Florida is offering a sweet deal for foreign investors. For a $500,000 investment, they ...
  • Four Factors that Motivate Chinese EB-5 Investors  If we look at only the U.S. side of EB-5 investments, it’s not long before we start to think that it’s all about the money. It’s any entirely different perspective...
  • Funding the Development of New Senior Living Facilities   Senior housing construction and development are booming, mostly due to an aging baby boomer generation and increasing life spans. Senior housing developers has been seeking new wa...
  • Gerda Weissmann Klein Founder Citizenship Counts; Holocaust Survivor; Author On January 29, 2011 in Bloomington, Minnesota Gerda Weissmann Klein was recognized as an Outstanding American by Choice Recipient. Founded by Gerda Weissmann Klein, Citizenship Counts tea...
  • Get Ready to Celebrate the New Year - Chinese That Is February 8, 2016, on our calendar, is New Year’s Day on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. It is also the beginning of the New Year Golden Week which runs from February 7th through the 13t...
  • Golden Corral Is Golden Opportunity for Chinese EB-5 Investors  The North Carolina based Golden Corral restaurant chain has embarked on a strategic expansion into southern California using EB-5 investments. Work is already progressing on a new l...
  • Government Agencies Discover the Promises of the EB-5 Program The State of Vermont became the first governmental entity to take advantage of the EB-5 investment visa program by establish the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center. That may be news to many, bu...
  • Government Filing Fee Changes   On May 3, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed rule that seeks to increase filing and processing fees for certain applications. The proposed rule is no...
  • Green Card Seekers See Opportunity  Foreign investors looking to land a coveted US Green Card have financed luxury apartments in the up-and-coming Fenway, hotels in Manhattan, ski resorts in Vermont, and Miami’s...
  • Green Card Seekers See Opportunity  Foreign investors looking to land a coveted US Green Card have financed luxury apartments in the up-and-coming Fenway, hotels in Manhattan, ski resorts in Vermont, and Miami’s...
  • Green Cards for Donuts   Who doesn’t like a Dunkin Donut and a cup of coffee? Now investors can chase the “American dream” with relative ease. Investors can participate in a Dunkin Donut...
  • H-1B Applications Hit FY2016 Limits  The USCIS announced on April 7th that H-1B visa petitions had reached the mandated caps for FY 2016, including those filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. U.S. businesses ...
  • Happy New Year EB-5! There is good news for EB-5 applicants. It’s October, and it is the start of a new fiscal year for the U.S. federal government. That means that new applications for EB-5 visas are b...
  • Happy New Year!  Chinese New Year began on February 8, 2016. The celebration lasts for 15 days and is the longest public holiday on the Chinese calendar. As of February 8th, we are now in the Year o...
  • Historic Baltimore Hotel Being Restored with EB-5 Funding  The historic Mount Vernon Hotel in Baltimore is getting a new facelift thanks, in part, to $6 million in funding from Chinese EB-5 investors. The hotel originally opened in 1907 and...
  • Historic Baltimore Hotel Being Restored with EB-5 Funding The historic Mount Vernon Hotel in Baltimore is getting a new facelift thanks, in part, to $6 million in funding from Chinese EB-5 investors. The hotel originally opened in 1907 and is no...
  • Honoring Americans by Choice – Thomas Peter Lantos  Tom Lantos was originally honored by the USCIS as an American by Choice in 2006, two years before his death in 2008. Mr. Lantos was born into a Jewish family in Hungary in 1928. In...
  • Houston Developers Fear 2015 EB-5 Shortages The increased demand for EB-5 funding is putting some fear into the hearts of Houston-area developers. Houston has fully awakened to the advantages of EB-5 funding, especially when it com...
  • How EB-5 Helps to Control Your Costs One of the less-discussed advantages of utilizing EB-5 immigrant investments for funding projects is the cost-avoidance factor. Not only are EB-5 investors more eager than traditional sou...
  • How EB-5 Investors Keep Our Taxes from Increasing  Chances are that most who read this article have never even given this concept much, if any, consideration. But, when it comes to helping to fund government infrastructure projects,...
  • How Might the Chinese Economy Affect EB-5?  The extreme rise in the popularity of the EB-5 immigration investment program over the past several years has been primarily due to the unparalleled demand from Chinese investors. ...
  • How Planned Parenthood Could Threaten EB-5  The EB-5 program may be about to suffers the “slings and arrows of misfortune” of a U.S. government shutdown. It is doubtful that the extension of the EB-5 program will...
  • How Realtors Can Build Their Business with EB-5  According to Andrew Taylor, co-Ceo of Juwai.com, the largest China-based real estate website, American real estate agents can gain significant business growth by catering to EB-5 in...
  • How to Evaluate the Marketing Capabilities of Chinese EB-5 Agencies The whole point of seeking the cooperation of EB-5 Agencies is to harness the potential of their established market area. High net worth individuals tend to gravitate toward and live in o...
  • How to Find a Reliable Chinese EB-5 Agency Chinese law requires that every Agency be licensed by the Bureau of Entry and Exit Administration under the Ministry of Public Security. However, sorry to say, not all Agencies have legit...
  • How to locate direct clients in China for EB-5 Projects? Potential clients can be found in every part of Mainland China. However, you need to know the major client sources so you don’t waste time and financial resources. The major clients...
  • Huntington Beach Hotel Funded by EB-5  The Pasea Hotel & Spa is being built in Huntington Beach as a component of the new 191,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center being constructed just south of the city&r...
  • I-526 Material Change Clause Explained The USCIS has established that, once an I-526 petition has been filed and rejected, the petitioner may not “materially change” the proposal presented in the original petition....
  • ICIC Advocates EB-5 Investment Program  The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) has clearly taken up a position of support for the EB-5 investment immigration program. The ICIC is funded by sustaining national...
  • ICIC Recognizes the Economic Power of EB-5 The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) published a new report in June 2014 entitled, “Increasing Economic Opportunity in Distressed Urban Communities.” The ICIC wa...
  • IIUSA Adopts New Standards for EB-5 Regional Centers  The Association to Invest in the USA, better known as IIUSA, recently adopted a new “Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct” for its member affiliates. IIU...
  • IIUSA Board Member Offers Insights on Status of EB-5 Renewal  Patrick Hogan, a member of the board of IIUSA, shared several insights this week about the status of the renewal of the EB-5 program which is scheduled to sunset as of September 30,...
  • IIUSA Board Member Offers Insights on Status of EB-5 Renewal  Patrick Hogan, a member of the board of IIUSA, shared several insights this week about the status of the renewal of the EB-5 program which is scheduled to sunset as of September 30,...
  • IIUSA Makes Strategic Changes  IIUSA, the association that represents member EB-5 Regional Centers has not only moved to Washington, DC, as it had announced; it is also changing its d/b/a name to increase the awa...
  • IIUSA Member Resources  In order to maintain a comprehensive library of up-to-date intelligence for IIUSA membership and the general public at large, focus must be on the “big-picture” elements...
  • IIUSA Member Resources  In order to maintain a comprehensive library of up-to-date intelligence for IIUSA membership and the general public at large, focus must be on the “big-picture” elements...
  • IIUSA Moves to DC  The Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA) began 2015 by relocating to Washington, DC. In the wake of the burgeoning demand by potential immigrants for EB-5 investment visas, the ...
  • IIUSA Signs with Industry Stakeholders   Together IIUSA along with other industry stakeholder groups sent a letter to Congress on July 5, 2016. The letter sent to the House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders and memb...
  • IIUSA Tells Congress “EB-5 Is Working”  Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the EB-5 trade association and advocacy group based in Washington, DC, has drafted a letter to Congress, urging it to “enact an immediate reauthoriz...
  • IIUSA’S New EB-5 Industry Leadership Referral Program   The fast approaching “sunset date” of September 30 for the Leadership Referral Program makes it necessary to use unprecedented resources and engagement in the politica...
  • Iconic Texas Restaurant Chain Using EB-5  Golden Chick, an iconic Texas-based restaurant chain for almost half-a-century, is spreading its wings once again through the EB-5 direct investment visa program. The soft opening o...
  • Immigration & Business Expert, Dr. Gregory Finkelson, Heading to China SAN FRANCISCO - American Corporate services, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, announced today that, Dr. Gregory Finkelson, President of the company will embark on an 14-day business ...
  • Insights into L-1 Immigration Visas  The more overreaching government becomes, the more regulations are put into place. The more regulations that are put into place, the more confusion can arise. The U.S. immigration s...
  • Institutional Investors Are Turning to EB-5  In the early days of the EB-5 program the focus was on direct investment. Foreign nationals with the financial wherewithal who were interested in immigrating to the USA and partner ...
  • Invest in America Summit in Shanghai  The Invest in America Summit and Exhibition is the largest annual American investment conference and trade show in China. This March 12th and 13th, Shanghai will host the sixth annu...
  • Is EB-5 Investment or Immigration? The answer to the title question is that it is both – and they are completely separate issues. Critics of EB-5 call it a visa-for-pay scheme. This is patently untrue. No one is sell...
  • Joint Alert Issued to EB-5 Investors  Although the number of cases of fraudulent use of the EB-5 program are few, they are well, if not overly, publicized. In order to help provide direction and put investor minds at ea...
  • Jon Huntsman to Keynote EB-5 Conference It’s October, and that means that it’s time for IIUSA’s annual EB-5 Market Exchange. This year’s event will be held in Dallas, Texas at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. ...
  • Jon Huntsman to Keynote EB-5 Conference  It’s October, and that means that it’s time for IIUSA’s annual EB-5 Market Exchange. This year’s event will be held in Dallas, Texas at the Sheraton Dallas H...
  • Klasko EB-5 Comments for Colucci  There is no doubt that the EB-5 application process is still not as efficient as it needs to be. Time is often of the essence in funding projects, but bureaucracy always seems to op...
  • Lawful Use of EB-5 Funds  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued an invitation to EB-5 stakeholders to attend a special teleconference on the subject of the lawful use of funds for ...
  • Legislation Introduced to Make EB-5 Permanent  January 28, 2015, will go down as a landmark day for the EB-5 investment visa program. Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO) and Mark Amodei (R-NV) introduce a bill that, when approved, wi...
  • Love for American Real Estate   China’s love for real estate knows no bounds. American cities like the Soma district in San Francisco and downtown Los Angeles are getting more than a skyline makeover becau...
  • Managing the ‘At Risk’ Requirement of EB-5  According to the USCIS, any investment made to secure an EB-5 visa for permanent resident immigration must be “at risk.” Essentially that means that the immigrant inves...
  • Market Reports Details Global EB-5 Trends     The Market Report, IIUSA’s newest annual publication, is a review of the EB-5 industry. IIUSA carefully details the remarkable growth of the EB-5 Program over the pa...
  • Market Reports Details Global EB-5 Trends     The Market Report, IIUSA’s newest annual publication, is a review of the EB-5 industry. IIUSA carefully details the remarkable growth of the EB-5 Program over the pa...
  • Milwaukee Marriott Funded by EB-5 and NMTC The new Milwaukee Marriott hotel was built with a combination of EB-5 funding and New Markets Tax Credits – and without any municipal subsidies. The firm of Kahler Slater, a corpora...
  • Minors as Investors in EB-5  Many Chinese immigrant parents are motivated to obtain green cards under the EB-5 Program for the benefit of their children. These parents are requesting EB-5 investment funds to ac...
  • Misunderstandings about EB-5  The National Law Review recently published an article that exposed seven myths, or complete misrepresentations, about the EB-5 program. A large portion of the criticism that EB-5 re...
  • Mixed Messages to EB-5 Applicants  It’s a matter of public record that the demand for EB-5 visas is growing at a phenomenal rate. In the past six years alone, the total number of investors who immigrated to the...
  • Money Saving Secret for Chinese EB-5 Investors Revealed!  Chinese investors seeking to immigrate to America using the EB-5 investment visa program must realize in advance that they may incur many unanticipated, additional costs and fees th...
  • Most Frequently Asked Questions by Chinese EB-5 Investors  Real estate expert, Frank Liu, recently shared the questions that he is most frequently asked by EB-5 investors. ·         How can I ...
  • NYC Loves EB-5 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has focused his administration on the expansion of affordable housing and he sees EB-5 as the means to accomplish his objective. New York real estate a...
  • National Association of Counties Adopts EB-5 Resolution  Welton Cadwell, a Commissioner for Lake County, Florida, and vice-president of the National Association of Counties’ Community & Economic Development Steering Committee, s...
  • National Law Review Explains Five Common EB-5 Misconceptions  On January 13, 2016, the National Law Review published an article entitled “Five Common EB-5 Misconceptions Explained.” Following is a short summary of that article. Mi...
  • National Visa Center Begins Cancelling EB-5 Interviews in China  The National Visa Center and the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China, have announced that the NVC began issuing interview cancellation notices, effective April 22nd, due to the EB-5 ...
  • National Visa Center Begins Cancelling EB-5 Interviews in China  The National Visa Center and the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China, have announced that the NVC began issuing interview cancellation notices, effective April 22nd, due to the EB-5 ...
  • New EB-5 Regional Center Reforms Proposed Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a new bill in the House in February that proposes to set up an “EB-5 Integrity Fund” made up of required contributions from Region...
  • New FINRA Oversight in Place for EB-5 Investors  All EB-5 affiliated enterprises should know that, as of August 24, 2015, “All issuers of securities offerings are required to disclose to investors the amount of fees paid to ...
  • New York Wheel Project to Use EB-5 Funding Construction on the New York Wheel project is slated to begin in December 2014. It received a big boost on July 20th when it was approved as a project eligible for funding under the USCIS...
  • Passport for a Price   The number of countries with immigrant investor programs has increased dramatically in the past decade. The U.S., Canada, the UK, and Australia have the most popular immigrant pro...
  • Philadelphia Chinatown Project Seeks EB-5 Investors Philadelphia’s Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) is compiling its financial package for funding its 20-story Eastern Tower. Like many other urban projects, the tower will inc...
  • PhoenixMart Sourcing Center Waiting on EB-5 Funding  They have already broken ground, and grading for the PhoenixMart sourcing center east of Casa Grande, Arizona, is about 95% complete. Construction of the $150 million project will b...
  • Polis Promotes American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act  Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) is leading a bipartisan effort to promote House Bill HR 616, the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015 so that it will be passed into l...
  • Potential Congressional Changes for EB-5  Now that the Republicans hold a majority in both houses of Congress, there is an increased chance that Immigration Reform and, more specifically, EB-5 reform will be a major topic f...
  • Prove ABC News Wrong About EB-5 as a Security Risk  The recent ABC News investigative report about the EB-5 visa program has caused a firestorm among the uninformed and anxiety for everyone involved in any way with the program. Those...
  • Rapid Security Solutions to Use EB-5 Funding Rapid Security Solutions is a Sarasota, Florida based company that manages state-of-the-art, integrated electronic security systems for residential, commercial, government and non-profit ...
  • Reaching Out to EB-5 Investors  Where would you go if you wanted to catch Alaskan salmon? Of course, you would go to Alaska. You could try finding them somewhere else, but the odds are not in your favor that you w...
  • Recommendations for EB-5 Investors  Some people have complained that the EB-5 investment immigration program is an invitation to commit fraud. There is a lot of money involved. Any enterprise where a lot of money is i...
  • Record-Breaking EB-5 Milestone  PRWire.com announced today that CanAm Enterprises, LLC (CanAm) has reached another milestone when it repaid its 22nd EB-5 project loan in full and on time, CanAm has now repaid inve...
  • Residential Real Estate Developers Are Beginning to Get EB-5  Sometimes people can stare an opportunity right in the face and never actually see it. I have been promoting the potential of EB-5 investors to the residential real estate sector fo...
  • Restaurant Industry Looking to EB-5 and Crowdfunding  David Sudeck, a senior member of the Gobal Hospitality Group, a support and advocacy group for hotel owners and lenders, participated in a roundtable discussion on The Food & Be...
  • Revised EB-5 Discussion Draft  As December 11, 2015 draws closer, all four of the bills in Congress (H.R. 616, H.R. 3370, S. 1501, and S. 2122) are still in committee, meaning, essentially, that not of them has m...
  • Savannah Embraces EB-5  It was announced on January 15, 2016, that the Savannah World Trade Center for Investment had been certified as an EB-5 Regional Center as of January 8. The Regional Center is a joi...
  • Saving EB-5 from Harry Reid, et. al.  Just when IIUSA and so many others begin to convince the public and honest politicians, someone like Harry Reid (D-NV) is exposed for influence peddling for EB-5 projects in Nevada....
  • Seldon Technologies Could Give Vermont EB-5 Regional Center a Black Eye  Just about a year ago, in the fall of 2014, the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center was one of 17 honored for the number of I-829 approvals that had been granted relative to projects withi...
  • Senate Continuing Resolution Includes EB-5  The United States Senate has, as expected, proposed a continuing resolution that would avoid a government shutdown at the close of the current fiscal year that ends on September 30t...
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Discusses EB-5  The full Senate Judiciary Committee met on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, for a hearing on “The Failures and Future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Can it be Fixed?” C...
  • Senator Feinstein’s EB-5 Bill Unlikely to Pass  On January 24 Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca), who for years has voiced her unfavorable opinion of the EB-5 investor program, filed a bill in the Senate that would essentially kill ...
  • Senator Rand Paul Delivers on EB-5 Promise   The most open-handed, favorable legislation to date for the reauthorization and renewal of the EB-5 Regional Center Program came by a bill on the Senate floor by Senator Rand Paul...
  • Senior Housing Is Favored by Chinese EB-5 Investors  It is somewhat ironic that senior housing projects are considered highly-attractive opportunities for Chinese investors. Because their country faces the same desperate need for new ...
  • September 2016 Visa Bulletin Released   The Visa Bulletin for September 2016 was released by The Department of State. For September 2016 only minor changes were seen with regard to movement of final action dates in most...
  • Seven Ways to Expedite EB-5 Investor Immigration The USCIS has designated seven valid conditions upon which they will consider expediting an EB-5 visa request. Those reasons include:  ·      &n...
  • Slumping Chinese Economy Prompts More Offshore Investments  In an effort to stabilize the slumping Chinese economy against the world markets, the CPC began devaluing the RMB. One of the results of that effort to stimulate the economy is that...
  • Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc. Turns to EB-5 Funding On July 14, 2014, Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc. announced that it intends to raise up to $100 million of funding for its San Luis, Arizona Tower project, using funds contributed through th...
  • Start Visa Process 6-8 Months Before Doing Business in U.S.   If a foreign intends to do business in the United States he should start the visa process at a local consulate six to eight months ahead of their move. A group of prospective inve...
  • Status Check on Pending EB-5 Legislation  You may wonder why you haven’t heard much about lately about pending legislation relative to the EB-5 investment immigration program. There is a reason for that. Not much has ...
  • Surprises from the Hurun 2016 Global Rich List  The Hurun Institute published its annual Rich List on February 24th. The report always contains amazing information – much of which would surprise the average global citizen. ...
  • Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center Hoping to Attract EB-5 Investors  The Reno Tahoe International Council held an event recently specifically intended to assess foreign investor interest in the Reno-Tahoe area and, specifically the massive Tahoe-Reno...
  • Targeted Employment Area Review - Gerrymandering   Sometimes it seems as if EB-5 is the target of critics simply so they have something to criticize. However, the more anyone studies the EB-5 Investment Visa, the less reason they ...
  • The Banking Bonanza  While much has been written about the post-recession popularity of the EB-5 program — which offers foreign investors Green Cards and potential citizenship in exchange for cash...
  • The Breadth of EB-5  There has been so much publicity surrounding Chinese immigrants using the EB-5 investment visa program lately that many have forgotten that the program is designed for immigrant inv...
  • The Case for Direct Jobs and Direct Investment  Direct or indirect. That is the question. When it comes to the EB-5 investment visa program, it is really two questions. Direct or Indirect Jobs. Being able to count indirect jobs...
  • The EB-5 Opportunity Offers More Opportunities  Sometimes everyone involved in the EB-5 immigration process gets so focused on the investment and the Green Card that they fail to see other significant opportunities that become av...
  • The EB-5 Regional Center Extension Act Many, if not most, people, even those most familiar with the EB-5 Immigration Investment Visa program, do not realize that the Regional Center model has never been a permanent part of the...
  • The Flipside of China’s Love for American Real Estate   China is more than a buyer. It is a builder. On the flipside of China buying land to develop, they also create jobs. Over 200,000 Americans have found a job in the last six years ...
  • The Forgotten Part of the EB-5 Program  The EB-5 fifth-preference, investment visa program sponsored by the U.S. government garners a lot of press – especially from reporters and commenters who have failed to study ...
  • The Key to EB-5 I-526 Approval  A general concept in operational and financial auditing is, if it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen. That is important for foreign investors seeking to immigrate to the...
  • The NBA and EB-5  The NBA has discovered EB-5. Yes, that NBA. Professional Basketball. Specifically, the Sacramento Kings. Actually, it is not the first time that the NBA has looked to EB-5 investor...
  • The Political Football of U.S. Immigration Policy Election-year politics and refugees from the Middle East have replaced EB-5 as the political football of U.S. Immigration policy. Although the broader topic of immigration reform is up fo...
  • The Sky is Not Falling Because of the EB-5 Visa Shortage  “Oh, no! The USCIS has used its entire allotment of EB-5 Visas for 2014! What shall we do?” The answer is that everyone should remain calm and conduct business as usual...
  • The Strangest Protest Against EB-5  Some people will protest anything. More often than not, many protesters do not have an understanding of the facts relative to what they are protesting. Making that situation even wo...
  • Things Not Often Heard About EB-5   Since an EB-5 program can be filled with complexities, there is much to consider before venturing into a bid to raise EB-5 capital. There are some crucial topics that could be of ...
  • Time Is Running Out to Beat September EB-5 Changes  The EB-5 Investment Visa program will sunset on 30 September 2015. Whether it actually does expire or whether it is revised or otherwise amended, the program as it now exists will u...
  • Time to Get Off the Fence  Sitting on the fence is to delay or avoid making a decision, not to commit oneself, undecided about something, to remain neutral when a choice is required. On January 13, the Feder...
  • Toledo Ohio Joins EB-5 Ranks John Denver wrote the song, “Saturday Night in Toledo, Ohio.” He comically described the boredom of a spending an entire “week there one day,” and said that the ci...
  • Top Reasons Why the U.S. EB-5 Visa Is in Demand by Chinese Investors  The EB-5 Investment Visa program requires a minimum investment to $500,000. That seems like a lot of money, so let’s put some perspective on it. ·   &nb...
  • U.S. Immigrant Visas  Immigrant visas to the U.S. are the visas allowing foreigners to immigrate to the U.S. for the purpose of residence and employment without restrictions existing for holders of non-i...
  • U.S. Immigrant Visas  Immigrant visas to the U.S. are the visas allowing foreigners to immigrate to the U.S. for the purpose of residence and employment without restrictions existing for holders of non-i...
  • USA Immigration Assistance  USA immigration assistance continues to be of vital importance for citizens of many countries of the world. Not too many ways of U.S. legal immigration exist. However, some of them ...
  • USCIS Adds EB-5 Protocols to Website  The USCIS originally published, “Ethics and Integrity: Protocols for Processing of EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Petitions and EB-5 Regional Center Applications, Including Stak...
  • USCIS EB-5 Program under GAO Scrutiny  The Seattle Times reported on December 10th that senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Bob Corker (R-TN) have convinced the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to...
  • USCIS Issues Notice to EB-5 Regional Centers  On December 3, 2015, the USCIS issued a reminded to all EB-5 Regional Centers that they must file a completed I-924A fiscal year 2015. The deadline for filing is December 29, 2015. ...
  • USCIS Publishes Q1 EB-5 Petition Status  The USCIS released the status of EB-5 I-526 and I-829 applications for the first quarter of the federal government’s 2015 fiscal year on February 18th. I-526 2,941 I-526 app...
  • USCIS to Process EB-5 FIFO  Nicholas Colucci, head of the Immigrant Investor Program Office, announced in December that his office would be focusing on streamlining the EB-5 process, which has seemed to be stu...
  • Understanding President Trumps Executive Order on Immigration   The ignorance of the American public is evidenced when they listen to the protestors, reporters, and even government officials (e.g., Nancy Pelosi) proclaim their outrage regardin...
  • Understanding the EB-5 Program Extension The good news is that Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to continue funding for selected federal or federally-subsidized programs. The better news is that the EB-5 Regiona...
  • Understanding the EB-5 Program Extension  The good news is that Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to continue funding for selected federal or federally-subsidized programs. The better news is that the EB-5 R...
  • Understanding the EB-5 Program Extension  The good news is that Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to continue funding for selected federal or federally-subsidized programs. The better news is that the EB-5 R...
  • Understanding the Timing for Processing EB-5  The EB-5 investment visa program is operated by the USCIS, a government agency. The process, therefore, is subject to the idiosyncrasies of a bureaucracy. The greatest and most comm...
  • United States Offers Great Opportunities  High net worth individuals are shifting from traditional employment visa applications to investment visas. When people look for a place to settle and begin a new life, there is no b...
  • University as Candidates for EB-5 Funding  American colleges and universities may be eligible for EB-5 funding, according to The National Law Review. In an article published on December 26, 2014, the online newspaper suggest...
  • Untapped Funding for Developers & Franchisors  Often, the hardest part about lining up investors is finding them. The Peoples’ Republic of China is home to more high net worth individuals (HNWI) than anywhere else on Earth...
  • Using TEAs as a Political Football  What constitutes Targeted Employment Area has become a stumbling block for the USCIS EB-5 investment visa program because it is being used as a political football. Representative Jo...
  • Vista Tower Construction     The EB-5 approved Vista Tower project in Chicago is ready to go. The 95-story riverside tower designed by Jeanne Gang will break ground on this summer. At nearly 1,200 fee...
  • We Must Not Forget the Fundamental Reason for EB-5  We believe that the key to keeping EB-5 discussions and practices on an even keel is in reminding each other about the fundamental reason for EB-5. Failing this fundamental understa...
  • What Do I Do if my I-526 Is Denied? This is a question that should never have to be asked – if you have carefully and meticulously provided the information requested on your application. There are two fundamental, but...
  • What EB-5 Critics Miss  Typically out of ignorance, critics of the EB-5 investment visa program attack it without a clear understanding of its overwhelming benefits for the U.S. economy and the common good...
  • What Is an EB-5 Targeted Employment Area – Really?  Now that the Republicans hold a majority in both houses of Congress, there is an increased chance that Immigration Reform and, more specifically, EB-5 reform will be a major topic f...
  • What Would It Take for You to Invest $500,000?  That’s an interesting question. The potential responses, though varied, would most likely boil down to, “What’s in it for me?” In other words, “What do...
  • What are the financial arrangements between U.S. Regional Center and Chinese EB-5 Agency?  When you set aside the primary reason for the EB-5 program, which is to expedite immigration into the U.S. for willing investors, and the accompanying piles of paperwork required to...
  • What are the key factors when presenting EB-5 project to Chinese Agency?  “Documentation, documentation, documentation.” That is a standard axiom of well-run businesses. Operations auditors will tell you, “If it isn’t documented, i...
  • What are the standards of excellence for Chinese EB-5 Agency? There are none. Zip. Zero. Nada. The good news is that, better late than never, help may be on the way. Currently the Chinese government specifies that EB-5 opportunities may be handled ...
  • What do Chinese Investors & LeBron James have in Common?  Chinese investors, along with LeBron James & the NBA Cavaliers are bringing life back to Cleveland, Ohio.  Once the fourth-largest city in the United States, Cleveland boo...
  • What is the Advertising Strategy for EB-5 Project in China? China is a culture in transition. It has been transforming itself for more than a decade, and it will continue to do so for a long time to come. While on the one hand China appears to be ...
  • What is the best time to introduce EB-5 project to Chinese Agency?  You may have a terrific project to present, but if it's not introduced at the right time, you might not have an interested audience. As they say, “Timing is everything.”...
  • What is the online Advertising Strategy of EB-5 Project in China? Social media has a black eye with far too many business professionals in North America. That’s too bad. It’s too bad because the misuse of social media has produced a misconce...
  • What the GAO Really Said About EB-5 Job Creation   The Center for Immigrations Studies, which is clearly opposed to the USCIS EB-5 Investment Visa program in particular and most U.S. immigration programs in general, has once again...
  • When in America, Visit Its National Parks  If you really want to get to know America, visit some of its spectacular national parks. In addition to getting away from the relentless pace of city life, America’s national ...
  • Where Are EB-5 Investors Coming From  You’d almost thing sometimes that all EB-5 investors are coming from China. That’s not true. On the other hand, it’s not very far from the truth. Of the 9,228 5th-...
  • Where Is the Security in Homeland Security?  On January 20, 2016, the Washington Examiner published a story about U.S. Visa holders that should not go unnoticed. Mr. Craig Healy, a USCIS assistant director, testified before a...
  • Where Will EB-5 Investors Live? There is a side of the EB-5 investment visa program that has been hiding in the shadows, while the spotlight has been on funding the projects and completing the immigration process. But t...
  • Why American Real Estate Is So Attractive to Chinese Investors  Everyone knows that the first rule of real estate is location, location, location. For Chinese investors it has become increasingly more important that the location, location, locat...
  • Why Are So Many Chinese Millionaires Interested in EB-5? Part 1  We continually hear that the reason that so many wealthy Chinese people want to immigrate to the United States using the EB-5 investment visa plan is that there ARE so many Chinese ...
  • Why Are So Many Chinese Millionaires Interested in EB-5? Part 2  Picking up where we left Part 1, the question remains, where are the EB-5 applicants from other countries that have many more millionaires? It’s important to keep in mind tha...
  • Why Chinese Immigrants Are So Welcome in the U.S.  To be fair, not all Americans are in favor of immigration, but that is largely due to either the ignorance prejudice or the awareness of those enter the U.S. illegally. However, the...
  • Why Do Due Diligence for EB-5 Investments? If you have to ask that question, or have someone answer it for you, please, stay away from EB-5 investing. In fact, please, stay out of business altogether. Nearly every time I read abo...
  • Why Regional Centers Need Directors and Officers Insurance  On November 17, 2015 the National Law Review by Heidi A. Lawson and Daniel S. Harary explaining why Regional Centers should consider Directors and Officers Insurance, comm...
  • Why does American Corporate Services, Inc. charge less than Chinese Immigration Agencies but offer better services?  According to U.S. news media, more and more Chinese are going to immigrate to the U.S. Now 80% of the new immigration in America are Chinese nations and this number is growing. Ther...
  • Will EB-5 Keep the Rays in Tampa Bay? There is no question in anyone’s mind in central Florida that the Tampa Bay Rays need a new stadium. Politicians, residents and, especially, baseball fans agree. The problem they ha...
  • Will There Be EB-5 Immigration Reform? The mid-term elections are over and, with the Republicans now in control of the legislative branch of the government, it will be interesting to see what will become of immigration reform....
  • Wilmington, Delaware Welcomes EB-5 Direct Investment  EB-5 direct investors haven’t captured many headlines since the inception of the Regional Center program, but Wilmington real estate broker, Joe Latina, thinks that things are...
  • Wyoming Secretary of State Cites EB-5 as an Investor Trap Sometimes good intentions cause unintended harm. While we are fairly certain that the Secretary of State of Wyoming had good intentions when the department advised investors to be aware o...
  • “Hotel Online” Predicts More Chinese Interest in EB-5 Hotel Online published a story on 13 November that forecasts that “Chinese investors (in U.S. hotel projects) will become even more active and influential over the next ten years.&r...
  • “Most Creative Financing Award” goes to EB-5 Projects The Dallas Business Journal has named the NYLO Hotel as the winner of this year’s “Most Creative Financing” award. The hotel features luxury rooms and suites with expose...
  • “The EB-5 Program Works”  “The EB-5 program works.” Those are the words of the president of the City of Philadelphia’s Industrial Development Corporation (PDIC) as he was commenting on the ...