Understanding 5 Important Areas Scrutinized During an SEC Investigation

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According to recent in-depth coverage in the Regional Center Business Journal, the EB 5 Program is now privy to intensive investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC. Fraudulent documents and processes revealed the need for a closer look at the way investment capital is used across the board. If any of the investigations reveal fraudulent activity or mishandled documents, the perpetrators may be subject to financial or criminal repercussions. By using the recent Chicago Convention Center case as a guide, the investigations successfully reveal fraudulent activity wherever a problem exists. Read more

2016 EB-5 Advocacy Convention in Washington, DC

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The 2016 EB-5 Advocacy Convention will be held in Washington, DC from April 20-22. The conference, hosted by IIUSA (Invest in the USA), is the 9th EB-5 Regional Economic Development Advocacy Conference. It is held each spring and attended by guests in the international investment and economic development fields from across the globe. Read more

What You Need to Know About EB-5 Misconceptions from an EB-5 Attorney

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Since 1990, the EB-5 Investor Program has provided thousands of pathways to citizenship for foreign investors. Unfortunately, the program is laden with rules, and many foreign investors do not understand what is and what is not guaranteed by the program. While the program holds great potential, investors may be apt to believe the only requirements are hiring an EB-5 attorney and providing the funds in exchange for the appropriate number of visas. Unfortunately, misconceptions continue to the surround the program, reports Lauren A. Tatenbaum, and understanding these misconceptions is critical to taking advantage of the program. Read more

Information on the EB-5 Program for Central and Latin American Investors from an EB-5 Attorney

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Investors from Central and Latin America can benefit from participating in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, such as being able to legally reside in the U.S. and eventually obtain citizenship. Before meeting with an EB-5 attorney and submitting an application, though, there are a few important factors for potential investors from these regions to take into consideration. Read more

What Should EB-5 Investors Expect in an Immigrant Visa Interview?

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The day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: your I-526 petition has been approved! While this is a big step towards the ultimate goal of obtaining a green card through the EB-5 program, there are still a few more steps you must take before this can occur. Read more

To Avoid Liability with Marketing Materials, Consult an EB-5 Attorney

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Companies marketing financial services often tout their experience, previous results and returns paid to investors. For EB-5 regional centers, however, such statements in marketing materials can become litigation exhibits or the center of an enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Read more

A Qualified EB-5 Attorney Can Help Mitigate Securities Law Risks

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The government is getting tough on alleged fraud in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. In recent months, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has initiated legal action against both individuals and companies for the ways in which they have solicited foreign investors under the program. Observers expect the SEC to continue ramping up its prosecution efforts against broker dealers, issuers and regional centers exhibiting questionable behavior in EB-5 matters. Read more

S.2415 – What it Means for the EB-5 Program over the Next 8 Months

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S.2415, also referred to as the “EB-5 Integrity Act of 2015,” is a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Flake (R-AZ), Cornyn (R-TX) and Schumer (D-NY). The goal was to introduce certain integrity measures into the EB-5 program, which has been given an extension through September 30, 2016. Read more

Secure EB-5 Funding With These Seven Tips

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The EB-5 program remains a significant achievement for the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the program has helped to fund the projects with nearly $7 billion, explains Shai Zamanian and Preeya Malik. However, the requirements for obtaining EB-5 funding can be quite complex, and securing the right investor for your project may be difficult. Fortunately, you can maximize the chances of securing funding by following these seven tips. Read more

Following Block of China Visas: EB-5 Updates, Visas Spread

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Significant growth of the EB-5 program can be attributed to the contributions of Chinese investors throughout recent years. However, downturns in the Chinese economy over the last year have led to many reductions in the number of EB-5 visas issued to Chinese investors. Furthermore, the issuances of EB-5 visas to Chinese investors has stopped, as explained by Parisa Karaahmet. Take a look at some of the most recent EB-5 updates on where the EB-5 program’s greatest influence will expand beyond China. Read more