News

January 7 2013

More EB-5 News

USCIS Director Mayorkas has announced that Robert Cox, a former immigration lawyer, will be the new, interim EB-5 program director when the program moves to Washington D.C. We will see if this new director and the relocation of the EB-5 unit will make a difference in the flow of information,...

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December 3 2012

USCIS EB-5 Meeting

On December 3, 2012, I attended the USCIS “Conversation with Director Mayorkas” meeting in Washington, D.C. on the EB-5 immigrant investor program. Here is a brief summary of the highlights: Tenant occupancy memo I asked Director Mayorkas if there had been a recent change in the USCIS policy on accepting tenant job...

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November 14 2012

EB-5 Job Creation

In February 2012, the USCIS began issuing Requests For Evidence (RFEs) questioning whether a project’s job creation may include new jobs created by a project’s tenant, such as a new business in an office building or retail mall. Generally speaking, the USCIS’s new position is that such jobs cannot be...

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October 31 2012

October 2012 IIUSA Meeting

In October, in Washington, D.C., I attended the IIUSA (EB-5 Regional Center Trade Association) meeting and the USCIS EB-5 Stakeholder’s meeting. China Quota The biggest news came from the Department of State (DOS). It allocates visa numbers to the American Consuls and USCIS offices in the U.S. for each EB-5 investor and...

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July 31 2012

Skills Deficit

The following appeared in the June 25, 2007 edition of The Wall Street Journal: BY HOPE M. FRYE AND MARTIN J. LAWLER So Congress doesn’t want to make the mistake of passing immigration reform that actually encourages people to enter the country illegally. But does that mean we have to live without the...

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