EB-5 Newsletters

April 2018 EB-5

  1. Significant New Changes to EB-5 Proposed in Congress
  2. EB-5 Regional Center Statute Extended
  3. Homeland Security Inspector General Issues Repot on USCIS Green Card Processing Times


March 2018 EB-5

  1. USCIS began accepting credit card payments
  2. State Council Opens Working based Immigration Application Information Resource Website
  3. the U.S. District Court forthe District of Columbia rejected USCIS’s reliance on a “call option” to deny EB-5 investors’ I-526petitions


February 2018 EB-5

  1. Authorization of EB-5 Regional Center Program Resumes After Government Shutdown Ends
  2. SEC Brings Another Enforcement Action Against Unregistered Broker Dealer in California EB-5 Offering
  3. IIUSA Data Report: Processing Time Statistics & Trends for Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) through October 31, 2017


January 2018 EB-5

  1. Congress has Passed a Stopgap Spending Bill which will Extending the EB-5 Reginal Center Program through January 19, 2018
  2. New Regulatory Dates & EB-5 Reform Narrow Path Forward
  3. USCIS Fourth Quarter I-526 and I-829 Data Released for FY 2017


December 2017 EB-5

  1. USCIS updated policy manual
  2. Investor Project Leader Participates in EB-5 Seminar
  3. USCIS Investigated Regional Center Projects


November 2017 EB-5

  1. The USCIS EB-5 unit’s new leadership and her team are developing a system to speed up adjudications.
  2. USCIS’s proposed rule is to increase the investment amount to $1,350,000 in a TEA.
  3. The EB-5 quota of 10,000 visas has no backlog except for China.


2017 June EB-5

  1. USCIS has issued a new 13-page I-526 form starting on June 9, 2017.
  2. 2017 draft EB-5 policy contains a significant change.


April 2016 EB-5

1. USCIS Published 2016 Q1 EB-5 Adjudication Data

2. U.S. National Visa Center Published 2015 FY EB-5 Data

3. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announced a New Online Data Collection System eVUS


March 2016 EB-5

1. U.S. Senate Held Hearing: The Failures and Future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Can it be Fixed?

2. Congressman Introduced EB-5 Integrity Act of 2016 to the House of Representatives


February 2016 EB-5

1. USCIS Suspended Using Chart B on February 2016

2. Guilty Plea in Fraud Over Failed O’Hare Hotel Project

3. How U.S. Presidential Elections Affects EB-5

4. FinCEN Announced Actions Targeting Money Laundering in the Commercial Real Estate Industry


January 2016 EB-5

1. EB-5 Regional Center Program Extends to September 30, 2016

2. Introduction of S. 2415 Bill: EB-5 Integrity Act

3. SEC: Lawyers Offered EB-5 Investments as Unregistered Brokers


December 2015 EB-5

1. Two Key Senators Introduce Bill to EB-5 Industry

2. IIUSA Submits Comments on EB-5 Reauthorization Legislation

3. USCIS Suspended Using Chart B Dates for Filing Visa Applications


November 2015 EB-5

1. Judge Asked to Appoint Receiver in Path America EB-5 Case

2. EB-5 Investors Use the Window Time Before Policy Changing to Apply for Green Card

3. Whether More Challenges are Ahead of Chinese Investors if Government Increase the Minimum Investment Amount?

4. Could Congressman Flake’s Bill Make a Difference?


October 2015 EB-5 Newsletter

1. EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended to December 11, 2012

2. USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status


September 2015 EB-5 Newsletter

1. Congressman Bob Goodlatte Announced His Opinions about EB-5 Reform

2. AILA Held 2015 AILA EB-5 Conference

3. SEC Announces Asset Freeze Against Alleged EB-5 Fraudster in Seattle Area

4. USCIS Issued Policy Memorandum regarding Job Creation Requirement and Sustainment of the Investment


August 2015 EB-5 Newsletter

1. SEC Charges Oil Company and CEO in Scheme Targeting Chinese-Americans and EB-5 Investors

2. IIUSA Press Release: New USCIS Data Shows Remarkable Growth for EB-5 Program

3. EB-5IC Analyzed the Role EB-5 Program Played in U.S. Economy


July 2015 EB-5 Newsletter

1. Senator Patrick J. Leahy and Senator Charles E. Grassley Promoted EB-5 Reform Bill

2. SEC Charges Unregistered Brokers in EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program


June 2015 EB-5 Newsletter

1. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson Sent Letter to Congress Regarding the EB-5 Program

2. IIUSA Submitted Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding Reauthorization and Reform of the EB-5 Regional Center Program

3. Issues of TEA


May 2015 EB-5 Newsletter 

1. Department of State Announces EB-5 Retrogression for Chinese Nationals Effective May 1, 2015

2. USCIS Held EB-5 Stakeholder Engagement


April 2015 EB-5 Newsletter

1. 24 Regional center were terminated by USCIS

2. Former USCIS Director wins support among attorneys

3. EB-5 New RFE Trends


March 2015 EB-5 Newsletter

1. Congressmen Jared Polis and Mark Amodei Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Permanently Authorize EB-5 Program

2. NVC New Procedures over Chinese Investors

3. Increased Scrutiny over EB-5 program by SEC

4. USCIS Stakeholder Conference


February 2015 EB-5 Newsletter

1. Congressman Polis Introduces Legislation to Make EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program Permanent

2. The Termination of Hong Kong’s Investors’ Immigration Program

3. IIUSA Advocacy Conference


January 2015 EB-5 Newsletter 

1. EB-5 Predictions for 2015

2. Was EB-5 Retrogression averted by Obama’s Executive Order?

3. The Evolving Landscape for EB-5 Escrows


December 2014 EB-5 Newsletter

1. Obama’s New Immigration Policy

2. President Obama’s Recent Immigration Policies and EB-5 Impact

3. Should Chinese Investors still apply for EB-5 with a 10-year Visitor’s Visa Available?


November 2014 EB-5 Newsletter

1. EB-5 Investors making a difference in the US economy

2. 2015 predictions for EB-5 Investment during the IIUSA conference in SF

3. The China EB-5 Quota Reopened on October 1, 2014


October 2014 EB-5 Newsletter

1. SEC Charges L.A.-Based Immigration Attorneys With Defrauding Investors Seeking U.S. Residency

2. Impact Of EB-5 Retrogression On The Regional Center Loan Model

3. September 10, 2014 USCIS EB-5 Stakeholder Meeting Summary


September 2014 EB-5 Newsletter

1. China EB-5 “Unavailable” for Remainder of FY2014 – What Does This Mean?

2. ELIS for I-526 Petitions (Electronic Immigration System)

3. The End of RIMS II as the Job Creation Model for EB-5


August 2014 EB-5 Newsletter

1. Break the Immigration Impasse

Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates on Immigration Reform

2. Global Tax Issues Confronting Eb-5 investors

3. CIS Ombudsman 2014 Annual Report Released


July 2014 EB-5 Newsletter

1. Aila Conference Updates over EB-5

2. New Public Agencies Jumping Aboard the EB-5 Train

3. I-924 Processing Times Reduced to 4 Months re: EB-5 Visa Applications


June 2014 EB-5 Newsletter

1. Serious Warning on EB-5 Retrogression

2. SEC Sent Subpoenas to 8 Regional Centers

3. Disagreement about Massive EB-5 Project in Louisiana


May 2014 EB-5 Newsletter

1. USCIS Listening Stakeholders’ Regulatory Changes Proposals to the EB-5 Program

2. Congressmen Introduce Legislation to Make EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program Permanent

3. EB-5 Escrow: Not Just Another Escrow


April 2014 EB-5 Newsletter

1. A Chicago Convention Center (ACCC) Reached Settlement with the SEC

2. 2014 EB-5 Shareholders Meetings

3. Why do Immigration Counsel Wear so Many EB-5 Hats?


March 2014 EB-5 Newsletter

1. Cancellation of Investment Green Card in Canada

2. US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Seeking Information from Approved Regional Centers

3. How the China Quota Regression will Affect “Children” who may be “Aging Out”


February 2014 EB-5 Newsletter

1. EB-5 Retrogression for China in Mid-2014

2. DHS OIG Report on EB-5 Regional Center Program Stirs Controversy

3. New Trend: Is the EB-5 a Good Alternative to the H1-B Visa?


January 2014 EB-5 Newsletter 

1. May 30 EB-5 Policy Memo of USCIS

2. USCIS Reorganization

3. USCIS Warns of Scams Exploiting EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program


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