TEA Designation changes for EB-5 program

New Rules for Targeted Employment Area (TEA) Designations in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

EB-5 investor visa updates coming in November


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  1. 新投资额:最低投资额为1,800,000美金。位于目标就业地区(TEAs)的项目最低投资额为900,000美金。但是目标就业地区认定过程的可能使该目标区域的大多数项目难以获得TEA认证。
  2. 更新的目标就业地区(TEAs)认定:目标就业地区(TEA)的认定将由美国公民及移民服务局(USCIS)决定,并且由于对连续人口普查的聚集和合并区域的限制,可能认定范围将会越来越窄。如果投资项目仅限于单个或者“直接相邻”人口普查区域,则可能导致大多数项目的投资额达到1,800,000美金。
  3. 优先日期保留的新规定: 如果投资申请人以后必须提交新的I-526申请,他们将能够保留其先前被批准的I-526申请的优先日期。这种灵活性可以保护投资人已经获得了1-526申请的批准,但是由于他们无法控制的情况(例如区域中心终止)可能会使其资格收到损害的情况。这种灵活性还允许在提交投资计划中的一些创意的转换,而不会危及到优先日期。不会将主申请人或投资人的优先日期赠送或者转移给衍生受益人。
  4. I-829灵活性: 如果投资人自己的I-829申请中没有包含其衍生家庭成员,那么衍生家庭成员必须在I-829阶段提交他们自己的申请。

重要的是了解这项新法案将于2019年11月21日生效,即自联邦公报发布之日起的120天。根据现行的EB-5规定,在此之前 “适当提交请愿书” 将被裁定。(备注:请注意,鉴于法案生效前有120天的空档期, EB-5投资计划可能会被重新授权(在2019年9月30日之前),新的改革可能会是从美国公民及移民服务局通过一项新的重新授权的法规。



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David Hirson & Nima Korpivaara Recognized by Eb5 Investors Magazine

David Hirson and Nima Korpivaara of David Hirson & Partners, LLP Recognized Again as Two of the Top Twenty-Five Immigration Attorneys by

Eb5 Investors Magazine

Hirson and partners recognized by eb-5 magazine top 25

Both Mr. David Hirson and Mr. Nima Korpivaara were again recognized as being two of the top twenty-five immigration attorneys in the EB-5 industry. Every year, Eb5 Investors Magazine polls the EB-5 industry to find out who is contributing most to the industry. David and Nima, both partners at David Hirson & Partners, LLP (“DHP”), have been recognized by this poll for the last few years. David and Nima are grateful and proud to be recognized by their hard-working peers. Both would like to thank the hard-working attorneys and staff at David Hirson & Partners, LLP who work tirelessly to ensure their clients achieve their corporate immigration goals.

The same issue of Eb5 Investors Magazine also included an article co-written by DHP’s Mr. Phuong Le (along with Aaron Goforth of Baker Tilly Capital and Osvaldo Torres of Torres Law P.A.). “Practical Steps for Investors in Traditional & Merging Markets Considering Regional Center Versus Direct EB-5 Investments” discusses some considerations potential investors should take into account when it comes to selecting the route for their EB-5 investments.

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Why The EB-5 Program is Essential to the U.S. Economy

The immigrant investor program, also known as the EB-5 program, was part of an overhaul of the U.S. immigration system. The purpose of the program is to stimulate the U.S. economy and to create jobs by giving foreign investors the opportunity to permanently live and work in the United States after they have invested in a job-creating U.S. business.

In short, if a foreign entrepreneur invests money in a U.S. business and, because of that investment, at least 10 full-time U.S. jobs are created, the foreign investor, his spouse and his children (under the age of 21) will receive U.S. green cards. 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

Foreign Citizens Can Invest in America with Assistance from an EB-5 Attorney

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The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program mobilizes U.S. economic growth and should be protected, according to Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In a recent opinion piece for The Hill, Donohue stated that among the often-spirited debates in Congress that focus on large issues, a number of valuable programs should be preserved. Among them is the EB-5 program — and its accompanying EB-5 Regional Center Program — which issues visas to “capable and dedicated” immigrants who commit to investing in projects that create employment in the United States. Read more

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

EB-5 Investment Program Must Be Cautious of Unlawfully Sourced Funds

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The federal courts in the Philadelphia Eastern District recently ordered a default judgement that every USCIS designated Regional Center needs to take note of.  The judgement was ordered against an EB-5 investment limited partnership, due to use of funds directly traceable to corrupted proceeds. This case serves as a cautionary tale for Regional Centers: take all necessary precautions to ensure only lawfully sourced funds are being used for investments they manage. Read more