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USCIS’s New EB-5 RIA Implementation Announcement and Listening Session

By |2022-05-03T13:07:48-04:00May 3rd, 2022|Articles|

USICS's New EB-5 RIA Implementation Announcement & Listening Session By Carolyn Lee On April 29, 2022, USCIS published EB-5 Questions and Answers (Q&A) answering some of the pressing questions on EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act interpretations, including regional center re-designations and investor petitions associated with regional centers, both pre- and post-RIA. Previously, USCIS [...]

EB-5 REFORM AND INTEGRITY ACT OF 2022-FAQS

By |2022-03-28T12:59:59-04:00March 25th, 2022|Articles|

EB-5 REFORM AND INTEGRITY ACT OF 2022-FAQS Check out Carolyn Lee's EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act FAQs posted on the IIUSA website. Also listed below: QUESTION # 1: What are the major impacts of the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (“RIA”) to existing investors (those who are waiting for their immigrant visas [...]

Possible Sunset Effects on EB-5 Cases Come June 30, 2021

By |2021-04-19T11:42:56-04:00April 19th, 2021|Articles|

Possible Sunset Effects on EB-5 Cases Come June 30, 2021 By Carolyn Lee This is a practical piece. I strongly support S. 831, the bill sponsored by Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Leahy (D-VT) to extend the regional center program for 5 years, introduce strong but reasonable program oversight, and grant generous investor protections [...]

Observations for January 2021 Visa Bulletin

By |2021-01-25T14:11:45-05:00January 25th, 2021|Articles|

Observations for January 2021 Visa Bulletin China FAD is August 15, 2015, unmoved from September 2020. Note: the EB-5 regional center program was reauthorized after Visa Bulletin publication to June 30, 2021. Vietnam FAD is September 15, 2017, having advanced 2 weeks since December 2020. China DFF is December 15, 2015, unmoved from [...]

Updated EB5 FAQs Based on October 2020 Visa Bulletin

By |2020-10-23T11:48:50-04:00October 23rd, 2020|Articles|

Updated EB-5 Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) brought to you by Carolyn Lee PLLC. Introduction: The October 2020 Visa Bulletin brought important new information to the EB-5 Community regarding the EB-5 visa backlog and visa availability for the rest of Fiscal Year 2021 and beyond. This Updated CLP FAQ reflects insights from the October 2020 [...]

Carolyn Lee and IIUSA Jointly Analyze the October 2020 Visa Bulletin

By |2020-09-29T20:52:21-04:00September 29th, 2020|Articles, Posts|

Carolyn Lee and IIUSA's Joint Analysis of the October 2020 Visa Bulletin -- What Does It Mean for EB-5? September 29, 2020 The fiscal year 2021 starts October 1 and the October 2020 Visa Bulletin is published. There are over 120,000 additional visa numbers spilling over into the Employment-Based categories, EB-1 through EB-5. What is the impact on [...]

Material Change – Still Troubling After All These Years

By |2020-02-02T00:47:38-05:00April 9th, 2019|Articles, Events|

  Material Change I’ve written extensively about the faulty legal premise girding USCIS’s material change policy.[1]  Fundamentally, those articles advance a simple point: USCIS should use authority correctly in formulating its policies. This EB-5 Note on material change is more immediately practical. In the era of EB-5 backlogs, EB-5 projects and the USCIS material change policy are [...]

EB-5 FAQs

By |2020-10-22T21:08:58-04:00March 12th, 2019|Articles|

EB-5 Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) brought to you by Carolyn Lee PLLC. Question 1: What is an EB-5 visa? Answer: An EB-5 visa is a U.S. immigrant (meaning U.S. permanent residency) visa. Another name for an “immigrant visa” is a “green card.” There are different green card categories, based primarily on family-based relationships or [...]

EB-5 Investment “At Risk” and Sustaining Investment

By |2019-02-06T02:45:35-05:00February 6th, 2019|Articles|

Note:  This article originally published June 2017 on ilw.com just before June 14, 2017 USCIS Policy Manual Update released. Carolyn Lee PLLC is re-posting the article by popular demand. By Carolyn Lee* There is much confusion today about whether EB-5 investors’ funds must be “redeployed” if it’s repaid to the new commercial enterprise before [...]

Litigation to Expand EB-5 Visa Capacity

By |2020-06-30T14:23:39-04:00January 5th, 2019|Articles|

On July 25, 2018, Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A. filed a lawsuit against the United States challenging the way the U.S. Government counts EB-5 visas.2The suit can have profound consequences. If successful, the visa backlog disappears. Even without winning, the suit has the potential to galvanize stakeholders to find other solutions to the [...]

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