Industry Insights

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: , , , , |

Redeployment in the Wake of the June 2017 Update to the USCIS Policy Manual

As the estimated wait time for mainland Chinese-born investors now stretches toward 10 years due to retrogression, USCIS has reaffirmed its requirement that EB-5 funds be maintained “at risk” for the full period of visa adjudication. The resulting need for a flexible and compliant reinvestment solution after the initial development project is finished — otherwise [...]

2018-02-19T03:49:37+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

Could India Be the Next EB-5 Supermarket?

In the years since the EB-5 program reached maturity, following the 2008 financial crisis, mainland Chinese-born applicants have dominated the investor pool. Indeed, even despite retrogression (which has stretched likely wait times into the ballpark of 10 years), Chinese investors represented about 85% of new I-526 petitions filed in fiscal year 2016, according to NES [...]

2018-02-19T03:50:02+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

What EB-5 Regional Centers Should Expect During Site Visits

Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) is the Directorate within USCIS responsible for identifying fraud, as well as threats to national security and public safety, within the US immigration system. And if your regional center is subject to an impromptu government site visit, they’re the ones you’ll likely find at your door. Instances of such [...]

2017-11-13T20:55:57+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

USCIS Quietly Introduces New Requirements for Redeployment

Of all the byzantine operating, reporting and administrative requirements imposed by USCIS on NCEs, regional centers and investors, “redeployment” is certainly among the most vexing. The need for a compliant redeployment solution arises out of two competing realities in the current EB-5 market: 1) USCIS’s stipulation that funds invested in an EB-5 project be maintained [...]

2017-11-27T17:37:31+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

Reflections on EB-5 Reform — Fall 2017

After nearly three years of starts and stops, substantial EB-5 program reform now seems imminent. As noted by attorney David Hirson in our featured article two weeks ago, legislative reform will almost certainly bring an increase in the minimum investment amounts required to access program benefits, as well as a change in how targeted employment [...]

2017-11-13T21:09:33+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |