Articles and Interviews

Articles and Interviews

Updated USCIS Q&A addresses EB-5 sustainment period change

By Anayat Durrani

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently updated their EB-5 Questions and Answers page to provide further clarity to investors and industry stakeholders. One of the updated questions addresses whether it is possible for an investor who has satisfied the investment and job creation requirements to skip the conditional permanent resident (CLPR) period and become a lawful permanent resident without conditions under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) 216A.

“The new guidance of having the capital eligible for redemption after JCE’s usage of it for two years was a topic covered in just about every panel in this year’s EB-5 & Global Immigration Expo in Newport Beach,” says Marko Issever, chief executive officer, America EB5 Visa, LLC.

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Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration
and Compliance Group proudly presents our
2023-24 NYC Lunch-and-Learn series

Selecting an EB-5 Investment Project

GT Shareholders Kate Kalmykov and William Mack, along with America EB-5 Visa, LLC's CEO Marko Issever, for an informative discussion about targeted investment with a FINRA-licensed broker-dealer.

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Why HNWIs from China still favor the EB-5 visa program

By Anayat Durrani

Since China reopened post-pandemic, advisers to the wealthy report an uptick in demand for backup residency and citizenship options abroad. Three years of harsh COVID restrictions, unpredictability with geopolitical tensions, and dimmer economic prospects have left the rich uneasy. There’s also the dwindling number of global options for fast-track visas and passports.

In this scenario, one program that remains highly desirable for high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) from China is the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program.

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How to mitigate risk when evaluating EB-5 investments?

By Marko Issever

Despite the EB-5 program’s popularity, many investors are concerned about the safety of their investments, especially in light of recent bank failures. Let’s examine the safety of EB-5 investments and explore ways investors can mitigate their risks. Read More

Benefits of concurrent filing of I-526 and I-485 for EB-5 investors

By Anayat Durrani

The I-485 application to register permanent residence or adjust status allows EB-5 immigrant investors already in the United States to apply to change from nonimmigrant status to conditional permanent resident status. Experts say concurrent filing can be an advantage for those who would like to remain in the US with status and maintain their ability to work. Read More

USCIS postpones EB-5 fee hikes to 2024

By Anayat Durrani

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has postponed its publication of a final rule to raise filing fees for immigration applications and petitions until March 2024.

“I think the postponement of the fee hike is USCIS’s reaction to the comments they received from the industry stakeholders,” says Marko Issever, Chief Executive Officer, America EB5 Visa, LLC. Read More

 

How can investors best vet EB-5 regional centers following RIA?

By Anayat Durrani

With the changes that came with the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (RIA), it is important that investors understand the impact on regional centers, and in particular how to vet regional centers.

“Investors must conduct the vetting of regional centers during the project selection process in conjunction with the project due diligence. They must have a checklist to ensure they are selecting a project that meets most of their requirements,” says Marko Issever, Chief Executive Officer, America EB5 Visa, LLC. Read More

USCIS launches new $20K fee for EB-5 regional centers in April

By Anayat Durrani

The Department of Homeland Security has posted a Federal Register notice alerting EB-5 stakeholders that the USCIS will begin collecting funds for the EB-5 Integrity Fund to administer the EB-5 Regional Center Program, as required by the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022.

“As long as the collection of this fee achieves the intended purpose, it will be welcome by all EB-5 stakeholders,” says Marko Issever, chief executive officer for America EB5 Visa, LLC. Read More

 

Amigos Act signed into law, impacting E-2 Visa applicants

By Anayat Durrani

The Amigos Act was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the Fiscal Year 2023. The Advancing Mutual Interests and Growing our Success (AMIGOS) Act will make Portuguese citizens eligible for E-1 and E-2 visas, both of which grant individuals the ability to enter the U.S. for up to two years and participate in “substantial trade” or invest a “substantial amount of capital.” The new act may also have some impact on EB-5 applicationsRead More

Funding Diversity in the US - Show #98

EB5 – Investors can apply under this visa to help stimulate employment in the US.
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Congressman takes aim to solve EB-5 backlog with new bill

By EB5Investors.com Staff

A California congressman has introduced legislation aimed at addressing the severe case backlog at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which has reportedly reached nearly 10 million cases earlier this year.

In a news release, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Pacoima) said his Case Backlog and Transparency Act of 2022 (H.R. 9226) would establish new reporting requirements for the USCIS and Government Accountability Office “to determine the reasons for the processing delays and find potential solutions to reduce the immigration case backlog.”

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A US broker-dealer perspective on the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022

By Marko Issever

The new act has many features that should protect investors by imposing onerous clauses for the Regional Centers (RC). Many of them were already complying with these requirements voluntarily. Now, it is the law. Therefore, not only RCs but investors and intermediaries such as migration agents, broker-dealers, and consultants must abide by them.

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RCBI industry expectations for 2023

By Anayat Durrani
More than two years after the pandemic, global migration continues to be impacted by a growing feeling of uncertainty about the future. The current conditions have led many individuals to redefine their home base with many seeking out better locales based on health, education and leisure for their families. Marko Issever, CEO, America EB5 Visa, LLC says many wealthy investors no longer are satisfied with having only one passport and says they want to live and work in geographies with better economic opportunities. Read More

Why South Korea is a booming RCBI and EB-5 market?

By Anayat Durrani
South Korea has come a long way from a poor agrarian society to a highly industrialized nation. Today it is the fourth largest economy in Asia and the 11th largest in the world. Even with the economic impact of the pandemic in 2020, the number of millionaires in South Korea increased nearly 11 percent from the previous year, according to Statista. Read More...

What happened with direct EB-5 pooled investments under the new regs?

By Anayat Durrani

Reauthorization of the Regional Center Program brought about long awaited good news for those in the EB-5 industry. With it came some changes, one of which included that direct pooled investments of more than two investors are no longer allowed under the new law Read More

Tahmina Talks Immigration

Show #135 Marko Issever, CEO and Founder, America EB5 Visa

In her acclaimed, The Startup Visa Podcast, leading Immigration Attorney Tahmina Watson speaks with Marko Issever, CEO of America EB5 Visa, on US immigration, startups, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Please click the weblink below to listen to the interview: Podcast Interview with Tahmina Watson

Podcast Interview with Matt Trusch

EB5 Guru, Matt Trusch, spoke with Marko Issever, CEO of America EB5 Visa, on the newly reauthorized EB5 Program and asked the following questions. Read more

USCIS extends deadline for EB-5 petitioners to respond to agency requests

By Anayat Durrani

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has extended and revised the deadline to March 26, 2022 for EB-5 applicants, petitioners, and requestors responding to various agency requests. The USCIS is extending the flexibilities it originally announced on March 30, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Consular processing uses tiered approach to triage EB-5 applications

By Anayat Durrani

The U.S. Department of State recently changed the status of immigrant visa processing at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. The update is a reminder to immigrant visa applicants that consular interview appointments are being scheduled via a four-tiered system that is based on a system of priority. The EB-5 visa is in the lowest and fourth tier. Read More

Hürriyet Gazetesi muhabirlerinden, Kübra Genç Kalabalık ile EB-5 üzerinde söyleşi

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EB-5 investors: “They are demanding rigorous due diligence”

How and why did you get involved in the EB-5 industry? The way I got involved in the EB-5 industry is an interesting detail of the story of my career. Read More..

The role of a broker-dealer in the new regulatory environment

Many others have already written about the importance of using a broker-dealer in EB-5 offerings. Broker-dealers are more than migration agents who mostly introduce investors to issuers. Read More.

The increasing role of cryptocurrency in the RCBI industry

Cryptocurrency is nothing new but it may open doors to increased opportunities in the global migration industry. Some countries are looking to attract foreign crypto investors with relaxed policies, including in the residency and citizenship by investment programs. Read More

Turkey's edge in the CBI market

Turkey’s citizenship by investment program has become more attractive for investors with the recent changes in the country’s legislation. Read More..

The Pandemic’s Five Silver Linings for the EB-5 Program

The unprecedented toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken affected many lives throughout the globe. Lives lost, dreams shattered, economies crumbled and, Read More..

The art of picking the right EB-5 project

Due diligence for an EB-5 project is about analyzing the ins and outs of the project chosen for green card qualification, focusing on the immigration, financial and business aspects. Read More..

Why international students in U.S. colleges should consider EB-5

I am an immigrant. I came to the United States as a student in the fall of 1981 for graduate studies. Even Read More..

EB-5 Webinar for College Students Presented to The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania students April 3rd, 2019

Webinar Outline: What is EB-5 and why is it relevant to a foreign student in an AmericanRead More..

EB-5 Visas: Everything you need to know

U.S. Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by

EB-5 Vizesi Nedir, Nasıl Alınır, Kimler Faydalanabilir

Yabancı yatırımcılara Amerika’da yatırım yapma ve bu vesile ile de yeşil kart sahibi olma imkânı tanıyan EB-5 vize programı pek

En échange d'un investissement dans une entreprise qui crée des emplois,

Nous avons récemment entendu parler du Visa EB-5. Pouvez-vous nous expliquer à quoi celui-ci consiste ? Read more

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Effect of the devaluation of the Lira on the EB-5 investment from Turkey and other emerging markets

I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with Read More..