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EB-5: A Creative Financing Option for U.S. Developers and Businesses

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

In recent years, as raising capital has become more difficult for developers and the waiting time for green cards has increased for immigrants from certain countries, the popularity of the EB-5 Regional Center Program (also known as the Investor Pilot Program) has skyrocketed. On the one hand, that is great news for developers and investors alike. On the other hand, the parties have to be careful to make sure the prospective investment in the developer’s project is structured in a way that complies with the Pilot Program’s requirements and makes it enticing to foreign investors. (more…)

U.S. & China Extend Visas for Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

As a reminder, following a meeting with President Xi Jinping from the People’s Republic of China to discuss U.S. and China foreign relations in November of this year, President Obama announced changes to certain visas issued to Chinese nationals in accordance with a new reciprocal arrangement. (more…)

How to Respond When ICE Offers to Help

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

When someone approaches you in a friendly manner, you want to oblige. When someone smiles, your natural inclination is to smile back. So it’s no wonder that an employer may not understand the danger posed when a friendly Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) auditor shows up at the workplace to help the employer understand its recordkeeping obligations and ensure the employer is doing its paperwork properly, even promising to do so in a timely manner so as not to disrupt the employer’s business. (more…)

Deadline to File Form I-924A is December 29, 2014

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Regional Centers are reminded of the upcoming December 29, 2014 deadline to file their regional center reports for the 2014 Fiscal Year. (more…)

Upcoming E-Verify Record Disposal Date

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Beginning January 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start disposing of E-Verify Records that are 10 years old and older. (more…)