March 12 2015

Proposed EB-5 Legislation

Congressman Polis (D-CO) has introduced a bill in the House to permanently extend the regional center program set to expire on September 30, 2015. His bill is called the “American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015.” If enacted it would: Allow “similar” entities to Limited Partnerships as investment vehicles.Make TEA letters...

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February 18 2015

News from India

I am seeing more and more EB-5 applicants from India.  On February 3, 2015, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) increased the amount each individual Indian citizen can send abroad in a financial year, from $125,000 to $250,000 without end-use restrictions.  The overseas remittance limit comes under a liberalized remittance...

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January 30 2015

Managing Migration Agents

I had an interesting exchange with a licensed FINRA agent who often works in China to refer EB-5 investors to regional centers. He reports that Chinese migration agents often run ads claiming, “100% guaranteed return of capital.” U.S. regional centers first need to have clear contacts with migration agents including 1)...

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January 15 2015

EB-5 Government Fees

I am often asked about the government filing fees and other expenses for EB-5 cases. They include the following: For immigrant investors: I-526 EB-5 investor petition per family – $1,500.00Consul application fee per person – $345.00Green card issuance fee per person – $165.00If a person is in the U.S. and applies for...

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January 9 2015

Strong Dollar

In the past eight months the euro has lost about 15% of its value versus the dollar. This week I have been told by a few prospective clients in Japan, Canada and Mexico that the rising U.S. dollar and their country’s falling currencies are causing them to wait to invest...

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