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April 17 2014

TEA Changes

As I have previously reported, some states, including California, are now switching from using 2000 census tract boundaries to 2010 census tract boundaries for determining targeted employment area (TEA) qualification. In some cases this switch may affect TEA designation. Here is an example of the difference that may arise: Consider a particular...

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April 15 2014


Lawler & Lawler has prevailed in a very important regional center test case in which the USCIS held that guest expenditures in the local area outside of the hotel can be used to calculate job creation. This is one of the first cases approved since the USCIS restricted counting indirect...

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April 4 2014

SEC – Chicago

The verdict is in for the SEC’s civil action against A Chicago Convention Center, LCC (ACCC), Anshoo Sethi, and International Regional Center Trust of Chicago (IRCTC), in a fraudulent Chicago-based EB-5 venture. Sethi set up a bogus regional center project and sold $145 million in securities and collected $11 million in...

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March 27 2014

USCIS Processing Times

On the recent stakeholder call, USCIS acknowledged that its posted processing times are not accurate. USCIS said its “average” processing times are: I-526 – immigrant investor – 11 monthsI-829 – removal of conditional residency – 11 monthsCurrently, the USCIS website states processing times as: I-526 – immigrant investor – 9.9 monthsI-829 –...

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March 20 2014

Martin Lawler Speaking

Martin Lawler is a popular speaker at business, law and university conferences, as well as in the media. Here is a list of Martin’s recent speaking engagements: L.A. County Bar Association EB-5 Conference (lead off speaker and on 3 panels) – March 2014 KAZA 1290 AM, San Jose Vietnamese Radio – February...

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