June 10 2014

Processing Times

The Internet is abuzz with the USCIS posting a few days ago that the average processing time is 4.4 months to decide an application to create a new regional center. We have had three approvals in the past three weeks – with respective processing times of 5.5 months, 9 months...

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May 30 2014

New Regional Center Approval

We received a fast USCIS approval of a new regional center in Texas. It is based on two “hypothetical” projects and was decided in a very fast 5.5 months! TEA Article EB5 Investors Magazine ( has accepted our article on targeted employment areas (TEAs) for census tracts and small towns. Once published,...

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May 23 2014

Targeted Employment Areas in California

TEAs in California have changed since the new data release at the start of May. For example, according to California’s new data, the city of Oakland is no longer a TEA, even though it is one according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data. (According to California, now only certain...

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May 13 2014

Martin in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal published my op-ed piece about the H-1B visas for technology workers. This is my third Wall Street Journal article. Click here to read the article in its entirety. WSJ subscribers can view the article online at this link: Rumors There are again rumors on the Chinese EB-5...

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May 7 2014

Saying “No Thanks” to 87,500 High-Skill Workers

By Martin J. Lawler & Margaret Stock Wall Street Journal, May 7, 2014 7:00 p.m. ET The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that if holders of H-1B visas for high-skill foreign workers are being sponsored for a green card by their employers, then their spouses will be able to work in the...

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