Industry Insights

SEC Investigates Registration Violations in EB-5 Offerings

Read the article   Investments in an EB-5 project fall under the umbrella of “securities offerings,” and are therefore subject to oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Under SEC rules, any entity making a securities offering must register as such, unless they meet specific criteria for exemption. And, as attorney Jor Law [...]

The Simplest Solution to the Current Chinese EB-5 Backlog?

Read the article   The 2015 introduction of cutoff dates for mainland Chinese-born EB-5 investors has had profound impacts across the industry. With wait times for new applicants now estimated at well over 10 years, the EB-5 industry is struggling to adapt to declining immigration incentives among the once-dominant Chinese investor pool. Naturally, many [...]

2018-06-11T01:54:00+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

Could Independent Third Parties Help Your Regional Center Do More?

Read the article   For a bustling regional center, a standard team of experts is needed to handle matters of regulatory compliance and maximize investors’ chance of immigration success: a business plan writer, an economist, an immigration lawyer, etc. But is the basic EB-5 transaction team really enough? If you choose to go with [...]

EB-5 Partner Profile: Kevin Wright, Economist

As part of an ongoing series of profiles of our Medallion Partners, we recently had the chance to speak with EB-5 economist and industry veteran Kevin Wright about his work, emerging markets, and proposed reforms to EB-5. After a decade of independent operation, Kevin’s company merged into Baker Tilly in 2017. Read Kevin's answers to [...]

Navigating EB-5 Project Challenges

Read the article   Investment in any development project will necessarily involve risk, and EB-5 investment carries its own particular challenges. From simple project failure, to fraud, to legislative reform — which has the potential to change the playing field mid-game — the possibility of disruptions to an EB-5 petition must not be ignored. [...]

EB-5 Partner Profile: Christian Triantaphyllis, Immigration Attorney

As part of an ongoing series of profiles of our Medallion Partners, we recently had the chance to speak with immigration attorney Christian Triantaphyllis about his assessment of the current EB-5 market. Christian is an associate and EB-5 section lead at law firm Foster, LLP, where he concentrates his practice on business and investment immigration [...]

2018-04-08T23:07:48+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

Bringing in the Experts: A Smoother Path to EB-5 Success

Read the article   As a real estate developer, seeking funding through the EB-5 program can be lucrative — competition for investors is high, but a well-structured project has the potential to fund quickly, and EB-5 investors aren’t typically focused on a large ROI. However, the modern EB-5 environment is characterized by operational complexity [...]

2018-02-19T03:46:45+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

Parsing the Latest USCIS Redeployment Language

Read the article   Following on previous submissions by attorneys Julianne Opet and Osvaldo Torres, this week’s featured article discusses the often confounding matter of “redeployment” — the reinvestment of EB-5 funds necessary if, due to retrogression, the applicant’s I-829 petition has not yet been adjudicated at the time of initial project completion. In [...]

2018-02-19T03:47:26+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

Is USCIS Cracking Down on Single-Intermediary Currency Swaps from China?

Read the article   The Chinese government restricts the amount of capital that any one citizen may transfer out of the country to 50,000 USD (or equivalent) per annum. This presents a challenge to the thousands of Chinese applicants who begin the EB-5 process each year: with the current EB-5 investment minimum set at [...]

2018-02-19T03:48:34+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

Opportunities in a Changing EB-5 World

There’s no denying that navigating the EB-5 process is becoming more complex. Demand from China is outpacing quotas, leading to ever-longer wait times; from the frequency of site visits to nebulous redeployment conditions, USCIS continues to up its expectations; and looming regulation threatens sweeping changes to the program, which will see many unprepared issuers scrambling [...]

2018-02-19T03:48:57+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |