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USCIS Ombudsman: China EB-5 Backlog May Be 10 Years

In case you missed it, the USCIS Ombudsman Annual Report, 2017, reveals some astounding information about EB-5 China backlogs: recent applicants may face waits of 10 years or longer to immigrate:

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Kushner Companies EB-5 Activities Reported by Reuters and NY Times May Constitute Securities Fraud

As has been widely reported, Kushner Companies recently put on a roadshow to market to Chinese investors a New Jersey real estate project called One Journal Square. The investments are structured such that investors may qualify for green cards through the EB-5 program, which requires a minimum $500,000 investment resulting in the creation of at…

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Senate Hearing on the EB-5 Regional Center Program (Video)

On February 2, the Senate Judiciary Committee had a hearing on “The Failures and Future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Can it be Fixed?”

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Waiting List to Be Established for China EB-5s (Update)

The maximum level of immigrant visa numbers which may be made available to China EB-5 applicants during fiscal year 2014 has been reached, effective August 23, 2014. This according to Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division at the U.S. Department of State.

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SEC/USCIS Alert: Investment Scams Exploit EB-5 Visa Investors

SEC and USCIS have jointly issued an Investor Alert to warn individual investors about fraudulent investment scams that exploit EB-5 visa investors.

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SEC Charges USA Now LLC Regional Center with Fraud Against EB-5 Visa Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged another EB-5 regional center with fraud. The USA Now LLC regional center, based in Texas, and allegedly stole money from investors seeking EB-5 visas.

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Judge Orders $147 Million Returned from Chicago Regional Center to Chinese EB-5 Visa Investors

A federal judge has ordered that Anshoo Sethi and his company, A Chicago Convention Center LLC, return $147 million to Chinese investors.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: EB-5 Proposals

How would comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) impact Chinese investors seeking EB-5 visas? Here’s what’s in the Senate bill introduced by the bipartisan “Gang of 8”, called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (BSEOIMA):

SEC Says Chicago Convention Center EB-5 Project Fraudulently Sold $145 Million in Shares to Chinese Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week charged that Anshoo R. Sethi fraudulently sold more than $145 million in securities and collected $11 million in administrative fees from more than 250 investors, primarily from China. Sethi is alleged to have duped investors into believing that by purchasing interests in a company known as “a Chicago Convention…

Update on Predictions for the EB-5 China Wait List

The U.S. State Department previously predicted, in December 2012, that Chinese EB-5 visa applicants may soon be subject to a wait list. Now, in its March 2013 Visa Bulletin, the State Department is changing its prediction–a wait list is not likely:

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U.S.: Quick Reference to Employment-Based Immigrant Visas

This article briefly describes each employment-based permanent residence category under U.S. immigration law.