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Posted by Tony Olson
12-Apr-2017

Lifting of Trump's hiring freeze is good news for EB-5 investors

NPR reports that President Trump has lifted the freeze that he had previously placed on the hiring of federal workers. Click here to view that news story. The lifting of the hiring ...
Posted by Tony Olson
05-Feb-2017

Status of Trump's executive order banning citizens of seven countries

It has been a very momentous week as Americans and the rest of the world have tried to make sense of the ramifications of one of Trump's executive orders on immigration, which had the effect of ...
Posted by Tony Olson
24-Jan-2017

USCIS's Proposed EB-5 Required Investment Amount Increase On Hold For Now

Just to update you on USCIS's proposal to increase the minimum required investment amounts under the EB-5 program, immediately upon taking office, President Trump placed a moratorium on all ...
Posted by Tony Olson
12-Jan-2017

USCIS Publishes Draft Regulations To Increase Drastically The Minimum Required Investment Amount

On January 11, 2017, USCIS published a draft of regulations with which it intends to increase the minimum required investment amount, for investments in Targeted Employment Areas ("TEAs"), to ...
Posted by Tony Olson
12-Dec-2016

EB-5 Program Extended To April 28, 2017, at $500,000 Minimum Investment Amount

We are pleased to announce that the EB-5 program has been extended to April 28, 2017, with the minimum required investment amount remaining at $500,000. I would caution anyone who is interested ...
Posted by Tony Olson
25-Oct-2016

USCIS raising the filing fees for most cases on December 23, 2016

USCIS filing fees will increase for all cases filed on or after December 23, 2016. Some fees are increasing significantly like the I-526 filing fee that is increasing by $2,175, and the I-601 ...
Posted by Tony Olson
25-Oct-2016

USCIS will raise the filing fee for the I-526 petition

Yesterday, USCIS promulgated its final rule on its proposed fee increases. As it originally proposed, USCIS will increase the filing fee for the I-526 petition from $1,500 to $3,675, The fee ...
Posted by Tony Olson
30-Sep-2016

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Extended to December 9, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the EB-5 program has been extended by 72 days to December 9, 2016, with the minimum required investment amount remaining at $500,000. I would recommend that anyone ...
Posted by Tony Olson
18-Aug-2016

The L-1A Manager Visa/EB-1C Multinational Manager Green Card vs. the EB-5 Regional Center Green Card

L-1A manager transfer visa and EB-1C multinational manager green card A company that operates actively in a foreign country may transfer an owner/manager or executive to a U.S. affiliate or ...
Posted by Tony Olson
16-Apr-2016

EB-5 FAQs

What is a regional center? A “regional center” is defined by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) as “an entity, organization, or agency” that USCIS has approved as ...
Posted by Tony Olson
18-Dec-2015

EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended With $500,000 Investment Amount

I am pleased to report that Congress approved, and President Obama signed into law, today an extension of the EB-5 regional center program until September 30, 2016, under the existing ...
Posted by Tony Olson
17-Oct-2015

Regional Center EB-5 program extended briefly with the $500,000 investment amount

I am pleased to report that, on September 30, 2015, Congress temporarily extended the EB-5 regional center program until December 11, 2015, under the existing requirements, namely the minimum ...
Posted by Tony Olson
18-May-2015

Possible Increase in the Minimum Required Investment Amount under the EB-5 Program

As you may know, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, i.e., the regional center part of the EB-5 program, is a program that sunsets, or expires, every few years. The upcoming expiration date is ...
Posted by Tony Olson
11-May-2015

What are the most important immigration legal aspects of regional centers to consider when selecting a regional center?

What are the most important immigration legal aspects of regional center that you need to consider when deciding in which regional center to invest? First and foremost, the EB-5 investor needs to ...
Posted by Tony Olson
06-Apr-2015

What is a Regional Center?

A “regional center” is defined by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) as “an entity, organization, or agency” that USCIS has approved as a designated Regional Center ...
Posted by Tony Olson
02-Mar-2015

What Family Members Can Immigrate Together Based on the same Investment?

When the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program requires such a large investment of $500,000, it is understandable that the investor wants to bring as many family members as possible with just one ...
Posted by Tony Olson
31-Dec-2014

Step-By-Step Description of the Immigration Process under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

The EB-5 immigrant investor program enables foreign investors to qualify for a Green Card through a $500,000 investment in a Regional Center. The immigration process under the EB-5 Immigrant ...
Posted by Tony Olson
30-Nov-2014

Do I want to Immigrate to the U.S. under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program?

Most people who consider whether to immigrate to the U.S. under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program go through a process of researching and soul searching, thinking about just how badly they want ...
Posted by Tony Olson
27-Mar-2014

Can I take out a loan in order to make my EB-5 investment?

Yes, you can invest funds obtained from a loan; however, you must meet strict requirements regarding the loan. First, the loan has to be secured by an asset owned by the EB-5 investor, the ...
Posted by Tony Olson
27-Mar-2014

What guaranty is there that my investment will be repaid?

The regional center and the project operator are prohibited by USCIS from offering any kind of guaranty, since Congress created the EB-5 program based on the investor investing money, not lending ...
Posted by Tony Olson
27-Mar-2014

Ways to Delay the Beginning of Conditional Permanent Residence

Sometimes people want to delay the beginning of the period of conditional permanent residence in the U.S. People might want to delay for various reasons such as coordinating the ending of the ...
Posted by Tony Olson
27-Mar-2014

What Factors Are Important In Selecting An Immigration Attorney To Handle Your EB-5 Immigration Process?

The EB-5 immigration process is a complex area of immigration law, which requires in-depth knowledge of the statutes, regulations, and precedent decisions governing the EB-5 program, knowledge of ...
Posted by Tony Olson
27-Mar-2014

Does the Location of a Regional Center's Headquarters or the Regional Center's Project Matter?

EB-5 investors often wonder about how important the location of a regional center’s headquarters or its project is for the success of their immigration process. The location of the regional ...
Posted by Tony Olson
27-Mar-2014

How long does it take to get the money out of the EB-5 investment?

One of the top questions in the mind of every prospective EB-5 investor is “How long does it take to get my money out of the EB-5 investment?” To answer that question, we have to examine that ...
Posted by Tony Olson
27-Mar-2014

How do EB-5 Regional Centers prove job creation?

The job creation methodology is the single most important aspect to consider when examining regional center programs. In order for an investor to qualify for removal of the conditions from his or ...
Posted by Tony Olson
27-Mar-2014

How do I prove a lawful source of funds for the EB-5 Investor Green Card?

One of the key requirements for immigrating under the EB-5 immigrant investor program is proving that the investor derived the investment funds from a lawful source. The EB-5 investor must prove ...
Posted by Tony Olson
09-Mar-2013

How long does it take to get the money out of the EB-5 investment?

One of the top questions in the mind of every prospective EB-5 investor is “How long does it take to get my money out of the EB-5 investment?” To answer that question, we have to examine that ...
Posted by Tony Olson
14-Jul-2012

E-2 Investor Visa vs. EB-5 Investor Green Card

The E-2 Visa is a long-term, renewable, nonimmigrant work visa, available to investors from countries that have signed an investment treaty with the United States, including both the United ...
Posted by Tony Olson
21-Jun-2012

Standard EB-5 vs. Regional Center EB-5

I would prefer to qualify for the EB-5 green card through investing in and operating my own business under the EB-5 program. How would that differ from investing under an EB-5 Regional ...
Posted by Tony Olson
01-Feb-2012

Obtaining the EB-1 Green Card from L-1 Visa is Not Possible for Most Small Businesses

Many businesspeople, who plan to maintain a business in their home country, have started a small business in the U.S. with the plan to obtain permanent residence through the EB-1 Multinational ...
Posted by Tony Olson
06-Jan-2012

How Much Time Must a Permanent Resident or Conditional Permanent Resident Spend in the U.S.?

This is the question commonly asked by people who are considering whether to apply for permanent residence in the U.S. There is no one size fits all answer to this question. Moreover, the issue ...
Posted by Tony Olson
20-Mar-2011

Which immigrants can most benefit from the EB-5 program?

H-1B workers, L-1 workers, and F-1 students The long employment-based green card backlog waiting time combined with increasing uncertainty in an existing job and in the prospect of obtaining a ...

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