Category Archives: EB-5 Program

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Summary of Checking in with Charlie: July 2015 Visa Bulletin Edition

The July 2015 Visa Bulletin has been released and, as always, shortly after its release, on June 12, 2015, AILA “checked in” with Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, to obtain his analysis of current trends and future projections for the various immigrant preference categories. The … Continue Reading

Report Released on Complaints About Management of USCIS’ EB-5 Program

The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Report regarding the “Investigation into Employee Complaints about Management of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ EB-5 Program” was released March 24, 2015. This report follows a long investigation and inquiries by several congressional offices about the appropriateness of the communications between certain stakeholders in the EB-5 program and … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Legislation Needed Now to Make the EB-5 Program Permanent

The EB-5 program is currently at risk of expiring Sept. 30, 2015.  Congress needs to act immediately to reauthorize this program which has a proven record for stimulating the economy and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. On March 23, 2015, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) released a statement explaining the merits of the EB-5 program and the … Continue Reading

Myth vs. Fact: Responses to Arguments Against the EB-5 Pilot Program

Myth 1:  Buy a Green Card – The EB-5 program was established to help high-net-worth individuals buy a green card. Fact:  The EB-5 program is a highly regulated employment-based permanent residence application that takes years to complete.  The initial application requires detailed proof of investment in a qualified project.  It also requires evidence of an … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Group Members Present at Manhattan School of Music

Matthew T. Galati and Ayanna Y. London, members of Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Group, recently spoke at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City on Jan. 29, 2015, regarding visa options for professionals and entrepreneurs in the arts. Galati, an associate with the firm, led the presentation that covered immigration basics, … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig and EB5 Investors Magazine to Co-Host Webinar on Visa Retrogression and the Impact on Chinese EB-5 Applicants

As previously reported by Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Practice, the U.S. Department of State announced on August 23, 2014, that immigrant visa numbers for Chinese nationals in the EB-5 category will become unavailable through September 30, 2014, which will mark the end of Fiscal Year 2014. To address this development, Greenberg Traurig and … Continue Reading

Investigating Director Mayorkas and the Inspector General Investigating Mr. Mayorkas – The Impact on the EB-5 Regional Center Program

As previously discussed this Fall, Inspector General Investigations and whistle-blower driven reviews by Congressional Oversight Committees are very commonplace in Washington, D.C. The nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas, the current Director of the USCIS at DHS and the presidential nominee to assume the Deputy Secretary position at DHS, now seems to be more complicated than a … Continue Reading

Insights on EB-5 Adjudications in the Shadow of Inspector General and Congressional Reviews

Inspector General (IG) investigations and whistle-blower driven reviews by Congressional Oversight committees are not new and are commonplace in the federal bureaucracy of the U.S. The recent publicity surrounding Alejandro Mayorkas (the current Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and presidential nominee to assume the … Continue Reading