Is the EB-5 Visa Program Safe? Myth vs. Fact

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January 2020 Update: This post was originally written and posted in 2015. In November 2019, EB-5 minimum investment amounts increased to $1.8 million (and $900,000 for investment in Targeted Employment Areas).

Considering that the economy has been struggling to get back on track since the Recession of 2008, the jobs created through the EB-5 program are a boon for the United States. There are, however, questions regarding the safety of this type of visa plan. The following describes 3 myths regarding the EB-5 visa program and the facts that answer the question, “is the EB-5 visa program safe?” Read more

New Website Outlines USCIS Changes to EB-5 Protocols on Communications and Applications

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new web page provides training materials relating to the EB-5 immigrant investor program protocols issued earlier this year.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services added the new page to provide training materials that are required for some employees and contractors of USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security. The training materials focus on new EB-5 protocols, which apply to all USCIS and DHS workers with roles in evaluating, making policy or reviewing the EB-5 program, notes Invest In the USA, a nonprofit industry trade group serving the EB-5 Regional Center Program.

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The EB-5 Extension Gets Government Funding through December 11

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On September 30, 2015, the United States Congress granted a short-term extension of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The bill, referred to as Continuing Resolution, will allow the program to continue through December 11, 2015. With the new time extension, EB-5 attorneys can continue representing investment immigration clients without interruption for at least the next two months. Read more

EB-5 Legislation Updates Address GAO Recommendations

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Among a number of potential changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, one in particular could pose significant new challenges for foreign citizens wishing to obtain U.S. visas. Read more