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


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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September 10 2014

USCIS September 10, 2014 Stakeholders Call Report

Construction Jobs The USCIS answered my question put to them in writing: Q: Generally speaking, it is USCIS policy that the jobs need to be created at the time of filing the I-829 (or within a reasonable time, which the May 30, 2013 Memo says 1 year absent a force majeure). It...

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