Category EB-5

EB-5 Visa Priority Date. What Does this Mean for China?

USCIS has announced, that effective May 1, 2015, EB-5 visa applicants who were born in mainland-China face new restrictions due to visa issuing limits. Those who currently have a priority date of May 1, 2013 or before, can file to adjust his or her status to Lawful Permanent Resident, if lawfully in the U.S., or […]

August 2014 Visa Bulletin Update

Our immigration lawyers in Los Angeles eagerly await the release of each new month’s visa bulletin. The visa bulletin is a monthly report that shows movement in available visa numbers and these updates can greatly benefit our clients. The August 2014 visa bulletin indicates little movement and changes to available visa numbers from July’s visa numbers. There […]

New Legislation Would Extend Visa Program for Foreign Investors

The EB-5 investor visa program for immigrant investors was created as a pilot program under the Immigration Act of 1990. Under the law, up to 10,000 admissions are granted each year for a $1 million investment per visa. If the investments are made in areas designated by Congress as high unemployment areas (called Regional Centers), […]

USCIS NCSC Email Temporarily Suspended

Due to current system updates at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) email, ncsc-customerconnect@uscis.dhs.gov, is temporary suspended until the updates are completed. Attorneys and applicants are encouraged to continue to contact the National Customer Service Center by phone at (800) 375-5293, where they will have an option to […]

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America is a Start-Up Nation of Immigrants

AOL co-founder Steve Case brought an important message to the National Strategy Session on Immigration in Washington, D.C. this week: America is a start-up nation. Over the last 200 years, America has built the most dynamic economy in the world through the hard work and innovation of its entrepreneurs. Just like a start-up, America owes […]

Foreign Investors Turn To Invested US Schools for EB-5 Visa

Financial analysts have raised concerns about the stability of U.S. charter schools, with many being shut down by regulators for poor performance. This volatility has made it difficult for startup schools to find funding, which has led to an influx of foreign investors stepping in to fill the gap, according to a recent article from […]

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President Signs Immigration Extender Bill for EB-5

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.J. Res. 117, S. 3245 and S. 3552 On 9/28/12, President Obama signed S. 3245 into law which provides an extension through 9/30/15 for the EB-5 Regional Center Program, E-Verify, the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program, and Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waivers. H.J. Res. 117, which provides […]

House Passes 3 Year Reauthorization of EB-5 Program to President Obama for Signature

At 6:31PM EST today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 3245 (412-3) – which includes a three (3) year re-authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program through September 2015. Having passed by the Senate on August 2, the bill is now on its way to President Obama for signature – likely later this week. […]

EB-5 in Hotel/Resort Development and Acquiring Real Estate

On June 22, 2012, USCIS hosted a public engagement featuring two economists who work on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. Following that engamgnet, some stakeholders sought clarification as to certain points raised by the economists. Here are the clarification as two of the primary questions raised. EB-5 Projects Involving Hotel or Resort Development When an EB-5 project […]

USCIS Discussion Regarding the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program On May 1, 2012

Are you interested in learning more about the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be hosting the EB-5 Quarterly Stakeholder Engagement and you are invited to participate either through teleconference or in person at the California Service Center in Laguna Niguel, California. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May […]