July 16 2015

More on Shovel Ready and Exemplars

In my last newsletter, I wrote about the section in the proposed regional center (“RC”) extension bill, S. 1501, that permits filing an exemplar application to lock in the $500,000 investment amount and TEA. It is unclear under S. 1501 whether the project must be “shovel ready” for an exemplar. S....

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July 1 2015

Shovel Ready

SHOVEL READY The Leahy-Grassley EB-5 Regional Center (“RC”) extension bill S. 1501 permits (if enacted as drafted) filing an exemplar 924/526 before September 30 (when the current statute expires).  In doing so, the RC will lock in for a project the $500,000 instead of the new bill’s $800,000 minimum investment amount,...

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June 22 2015

China EB-5 Quota Retrogression Explained by Martin Lawler

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June 19 2015

The Surge Has Begun

THE SURGE HAS BEGUN With news that the EB-5 investment amount in a TEA will increase to $800,000 and elsewhere to $1,200,000, many investors are now wanting to file I-526 applications with the current $500,000 minimum investment amount. Similarly, regional centers are moving forward with exemplar applications for their projects to lock...

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May 28 2015

USCIS Stakeholder Call

USCIS will hold a stakeholder call on Thursday, June 4, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. (Eastern). The topic of discussion will be project expenses that are includable (or excludable) for purposes of estimating job creation. A USCIS economist will make a short presentation and USCIS says they will answer non-case specific...

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