May 14 2013

California’s Revised TEA Policy and Updated Data

California’s Revised TEA Policy and Updated Data On Monday, May 6, California’s Office of Business and Economic Development (“California GO-Biz”) published its new policy regarding certification of high unemployment targeted employment areas (TEAs). In addition to its blanket city, county and metropolitan statistical area (MSA) letter, California GO-Biz will now issue...

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April 19 2013

EB does it!

Martin Lawler cited in China Daily April 19, 2013 article by Chen Jia. Click here to view full article. Lawyer has spent 30 years helping Chinese set up business in America Green tea in a white China set sits on the table by a stack of files in the San Francisco office of Martin Lawler, an...

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April 5 2013

USCIS/SEC Stakeholder Call

USCIS/SEC Stakeholder Call On April 3, 2013, USCIS held an EB-5 stakeholder call about securities law issues. The discussion covered registration requirements for securities, broker-dealers, investment advisors, pooled investments, and the exemptions and exclusions to each of these registration requirements. It also covered fraud, for which there are no exemptions. The following...

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March 21 2013

The EB-5 News Continues at an Even Faster Pace

China EB-5 quotas In its March visa bulletin, the Department of State (DOS) has revised a previous estimate that China would exhaust its quota and create a backlog in 2013. Here is what the DOS now says: Currently there is no reason to believe that it will be necessary to establish a...

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March 7 2013

USCIS Ombudsman

On March 5, 2013, I attended the Department of Homeland Security USCIS Ombudsman* EB-5 Stakeholders meeting in Washington, D.C.  Interestingly, this meeting was not publicized by USCIS. Ombudsman Maria Odom expressed interest in the EB-5 program. Also at the meeting were other members of her staff who have been very interested...

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