Industry Insights

The Importance of a Regional Center Operational Plan [Article]

Read the article   According to Form I-924 instructions for regional center designation, an application must include a business plan for how the principals of the regional center anticipate they will manage and operate the regional center once approved. In recent years, USCIS has begun to scrutinize this business plan — also called an [...]

The Future of EB-5 Fundraising [Article]

Read the article   Now that China’s EB-5 visa backlog has stretched well into the 2030s, the powerful Chinese visa agents — who once controlled the flow of information to the majority of the industry’s investors — have largely gone away. Who, or what, will replace them? In this week’s featured article, Kurt Reuss, [...]

How EB-5 Capital Is and Can Be Used [Article]

Read the article   The EB-5 visa was originally intended to spur job creation in the manufacturing industry — in fact, a 2003 ruling said that real estate construction jobs couldn’t count toward the job creation figures required under the program. How, then, has real estate development come to dominate the use of EB-5 [...]

2019-02-28T21:08:12+00:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

Avoiding Time Delays in EB-5 [Article]

Read the article   Compared to other Citizenship/Residency by Investment programs globally, the EB-5 visa isn’t structured very attractively. For one, it’s more expensive than most countries’ programs (which average about $350,000 USD). The majority of other countries also do not require proof of job creation, and the investment can be made directly into [...]

2019-02-12T02:13:11+00:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

EB-5 Reform: Failure Is Not an Option! [Article]

Read the article   The EB-5 industry is currently more than three years into a destabilizing period of recurring short-term program reauthorizations. As we start 2019, Medallion Partner Jeff Carr offers his reflections on the state of an industry in limbo, and the possible solutions that may come — calling for legislators and EB-5 [...]

12 Steps in EB-5 Due Diligence (Article)

Read the article   EB-5 petitioners may differ in many respects, but they all share the same basic goals when they decide to make an investment: 1) They want to obtain permanent green cards for themselves and their eligible family members, and 2) they want their investment capital preserved and returned as soon as [...]

Fiduciary Duty in EB-5 Capital Redeployment (Article)

Read the article   As wait times for Chinese-born EB-5 investors surpass the average length of EB-5 development projects, the need to “redeploy” their capital into secondary projects (to maintain the required “at risk” status of the funds) has become a challenging industry reality. An estimated $17 billion in EB-5 capital will require redeployment [...]

2018-09-09T03:49:11+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: BLOG, EB-5, Industry Insights|Tags: , , , , |

How Transparent Is Your EB-5 Project Manager?

Read the article   When deciding on an EB-5 project to invest in, it goes without saying that investor due diligence is a critical part of the process. However, the most obvious metrics that investors and their attorneys often think to look at — for example, a given regional center’s track record of I-526 [...]

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 [...]