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December 16 2014

December USCIS Stakeholder Call

The December 5th USCIS EB-5 stakeholders call provided little new information. Adjudications are still slow.  The processing times announced are: I-526s are averaging 14.5 months; I-829s are averaging 6 months; New Regional Center and amendment I-924s are averaging 8 months. USCIS acknowledged that when a Regional Center I-526 case is decided for a new project,...

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November 20 2014

Immigration Executive Action

Here are some thoughts on President Obama’s recent and expected executive actions to be announced on Friday! China Tourist and Business Visas While in China last week, President Obama announced new reciprocity rules for Chinese citizens coming to the U.S. with tourist (B-2) and temporary/business (B-1) visas. Rather than being valid for...

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November 17 2014

November EB-5 Stakeholder Call

The USCIS has announced that the next EB-5 Stakeholder Meeting will be held Friday, December 5, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  These meetings usually provide little useful information. However, on the last call, I posed one question in writing and two verbally and all three elicited important information. We...

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October 30 2014

IIUSA Conference

The IIUSA (the Regional Center trade association) conference last week was quite interesting. I co-chaired the conference which was attended by about 550 people from throughout the world. I met with many regional centers and Chinese migration agents among others. I led the Immigration Law Panel which discussed cutting-edge issues including: Legality...

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September 18 2014

Reminder

IIUSA’s San Francisco Conference is around the corner – October 22-24. I am Co-chair of the conference and leading the panel discussion on EB-5 legal issues. More than 700 people are expected at this conference. Stakeholders Call and Retrogression On the September 10, 2014 USCIS EB-5 stakeholders call, the question was asked...

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