January 21 2014

SEC Update

The SEC meets with the USCIS weekly. The SEC has also sought documents from and has been talking to some regional centers. The SEC is concerned about finder’s fees being paid to non-Series 7 licensed broker dealers in the US. Also, the SEC wants to ensure that a project’s PPM discloses...

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January 17 2014

EB-5 Program Getting Trashed

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) continues to trash the EB-5 program. With the help of a ridiculous Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memo, the media ran vague stories about “terrorism” and an “Iran connection” to the EB-5 program. This is yellow journalism at its worst. The ICE memo even says that EB-5...

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October 29 2013

Visa Backlog

Rumors are flying that the 10,000 EB-5 visas will be exhausted in 2014, resulting in a longer wait to immigrate. I spoke with Charlie Oppenheim, the Department of State official in charge of the allocation of visa numbers. Here is what he said: If it becomes necessary in 2014, he will...

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October 4 2013

India Restricts Export of Capital

India Restricts Export of Capital India has imposed new, more restrictive monetary regulations on export of capital. Previously, each person could export $200,000. That amount is now reduced to $75,000. Indian EB-5 investors will presumably transfer funds like the Chinese or borrow funds from relatives in the US. Processing Times USCIS announced that...

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August 29 2013

The EB-5 World is Ever-Changing

The EB-5 World is Ever-Changing An article appeared in a Seattle magazine that the Washington Regional Center obtained USCIS approval for an exemplar I-526 for a bridge project which will be backed by Washington state bonds. Some question whether there is any real risk with such an investment. The developer is...

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