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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December 30 2014

USCIS Confusing Notices

USCIS has recently updated their website user interface which is causing glitches with their online case status system. Many applicants are receiving erroneous or outdated notifications and updates. I have contacted USCIS about this problem. They have received many calls on this and say a resolution will soon be forthcoming. I...

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December 23 2014

Good Fortune for the New Year

At this time of year we take a stock of our own good fortune and think about the New Year. Soon the effort by the EB-5 community will be in full swing for extension of the Regional Center statute, which is set to expire on September 30, 2015. In the past few...

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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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