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China EB-5 Visa Category is “Unavailable”

In Announcements, EB-5 China, EB-5 News, Retrogression by EB-5 Blog Staff

Last week we published an article titled The Great Chinese Exodus Benefits EB-5, which discussed the continued high Chinese demand for the EB-5 program. The issue of high Chinese demand was finally addressed this past weekend at the 2014 AILA EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers Conference in Chicago where Charles Oppenheim (Chief of Immigrant Visa Control & Reporting) announced that …

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NY Times Immigration Reform Op-Ed

In Announcements, EB-5 Job Creation, EB-5 News, Policy Considerations by EB-5 Blog Staff

The New York Times ran an Op-Ed written by Sheldon Anderson, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates on the topic of immigration reform. The Op-Ed, titled Break the Immigration Impasse, strongly advocates for the EB-5 Program as well as for its continued reform efforts. [T]he EB-5 “immigrant investor program,” created by Congress in 1990, was intended to allow a limited number of …

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Is RIMS II Still Viable for EB-5?

In Announcements, EB-5 Job Creation, EB-5 News, Economic Impact Models by Cristian Bratescu

In short, the answer continues to be yes. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), an agency of the Department of Commerce, will continue to sell the RIMS II multipliers until next year when they plan on releasing a new modified regional input-output model. Last year, as a result of the federal budget sequestration and reduced funding levels, BEA discontinued updates …

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Calculating Age for EB-5 Dependents

In Announcements, EB-5 Dependents by Cristian Bratescu

Under the current EB-5 program, an EB-5 investor’s spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 may be admitted to the U.S. along with the EB-5 immigrant investor. If the investor’s I-829 petition to remove conditions is approved, then the conditions will also be removed for the spouse and children. However, at what point must the child be …

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Real Estate Corners the EB-5 Market

In Announcements, Policy Considerations, Real Estate by Cristian Bratescu

It is no secret that the vast majority of EB-5 Regional Centers pursue projects involving real estate development. Some of the most popular projects to date include office buildings, retail developments, and hotels. These type of real estate projects are suitable to the EB-5 Program because they are often able to show the required number of jobs for each EB-5 …