EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker immigration programs temporarily extended

EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker immigration programs temporarily extended Congress has temporarily extended the EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker programs until April 28, 2017.  As explained in an American Immigration Council article, these three programs are: The EB-5 program: The immigrant investor program, known as EB-5, was created in 1990 to...
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EB-5 Case Reveals USCIS is Reviewing Data from Other Agencies to Check for Inconsistencies

USCIS is engaging in efforts to review data from other agencies in order to verify the accuracy of information and documents submitted by petitioners to substantiate the lawful source of EB-5 investment funds. AILA's EB-5 Committee provides a practice pointer describing these efforts, and includes a recently issued Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) that illustrates how wide USCIS is reaching. A...
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Immigration – What to Expect in 2016!

We do not anticipate much happening in 2016 in terms of immigration reform. This is an election year and, although immigration is a central issue for every candidate running for president, it is not the central issue for congress and the Obama Administration. This is unfortunate in light of the numerous immigration problems we are currently facing because of our convoluted immigration system.  Nev...
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USCIS Warns Against Use of Certain Names for EB-5 Regional Centers and Related Commerical Enterprises

Recent USCIS Message to Stakeholders : USCIS would like to remind you that EB-5 regional centers and related commercial enterprises should not contain the words “United States,” “U.S.,” “US” and “Federal” in their names. If you use these words in the name of your regional center or enterprise, you may falsely imply a relationship between the entity using the name, and USCIS, DHS and the U.S. gove...
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SEC Charges Unregistered Brokers in EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged two firms that illegally brokered more than $79 million of investments by foreigners seeking U.S. residency.  The charges are the first against brokers handling investments in the government’s EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and follow earlier SEC actions against fraudulent EB-5 offerings. Ireeco LLC, originally of Boca Raton, Fla., and its suc...
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