April 24 2015

TEA Seminar

The excellent EB-5 economist, Michael Kester, will hold a webinar about TEAs on May 5th. Michael, at Impact DataSource, runs the popular website that allows one to research TEA by census tract. To register for this webinar, go to

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April 14 2015

China Quota Retrogress in May

China Quota Retrogress in May The Department of State May 2015 visa bulletin was released today.  It contains a cutoff date of May 1, 2013, for the EB-5 China quota (not other countries). Attached is my memo explaining quota retrogression, which I have expanded to address a few questions I have...

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April 4 2015

SEC – Chicago

The verdict is in for the SEC’s civil action against A Chicago Convention Center, LCC (ACCC), Anshoo Sethi, and International Regional Center Trust of Chicago (IRCTC), in a fraudulent Chicago-based EB-5 venture. Sethi set up a bogus regional center project and sold $145 million in securities and collected $11 million in...

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April 1 2015

DHS Whacks Ali

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) internal Office of Inspector General has issued a report that the prior head of the USCIS, (now Deputy Secretary of DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, showed favoritism for a few EB-5 RC projects, including one for a political friend of the Clintons, now the Governor of...

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March 20 2015

Regional Center Revocation

The USCIS has begun to revoke some inactive RC’s designations. In one decision USCIS states: The regional center’s participation as a regional center in the Program … no longer serves the purpose of promoting economic growth. Regional center’s I-924A filings do not report any EB-5 capital investment or job creation for fiscal...

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