The Impact of the New EB5 Law on Encouraging Investments in Rural Areas

The EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act, also known as the RIA, was passed by the U.S. Congress in 2022. It provides significant incentives to investors making investments in “rural areas,” defined as locations outside a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) with a permanent population of less than 20,000.Two senators from rural U.S. states, Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) … Read more

Pursuing the American Dream: EB5 as an Emerging Alternative Amidst H1B Visa Challenges

Peter Calabrese, CEO of Wall Street-based CanAm Investor Services, noted that in 2022, Indians requested EB-5 visa classification changes at a rate double that of the previous year.As the layoff season continues unabated in the U.S. technology sector, the American Dream transforms into a nightmare. The loss of employment, coupled with the problematic complexities of … Read more

USCIS Will Implement a New $20,000 Fee for EB5 Regional Centers in April

As mandated by the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022, the Department of Homeland Security has published a notice in the Federal Register informing EB-5 stakeholders that the USCIS, the process of gathering funds for the EB-5 Integrity Fund, which will be responsible for managing the EB-5 Regional Center Program, will commence soon.Beginning on … Read more

The EB5 Program in the US Becomes More Competitive Among Global Golden Visa Options

The EB-5 investor immigration program in the US has been revised with the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act, and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is refining new requirements. With these changes, the program is now a more competitive option among other golden visa programs worldwide.Back to the FundamentalsFor the unanointed, it might be … Read more

Why Is There A Rising Demand for EB5 and Other Investment-Based Visas to Enter the United States?

It’s hardly surprising that our U.S. immigration attorneys are getting more calls for Investment Visas.Interest in US business and investment-oriented immigration continues to rise, particularly in the U.S. Immigrant Investor visa category or “EB-5”. There are two explanations for this. First, the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (RIA) has boosted investor trust in … Read more

How EB5 Visas May Be the Quickest Path to US Residency in the Middle of a Prolonged H-1B Visa Waiting Time

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Recent news of massive layoffs at large technology businesses could indicate that many immigrants whose visas are contingent on their continuous work in the U.S. should investigate other visa alternatives that give more stability and need less minimum immigration standards.Immigrants hold an estimated 25% of US tech positions, with Indian nationals accounting for around 75% … Read more

The United States Immigration Fund Has Announced the Repayment of a Loan for an EB5 Project at 855 Avenue of the Americas

An EB-5 Regional Center recognized by the USCIS, U.S. Immigration Fund (USIF), has announced that the $80 million loan it provided to 855 Avenue of the Americas has been returned in full by the borrower. The 41-story 855 Avenue of the Americas, located on the western side of 6th Avenue between 30th and 31st Streets, … Read more

USCIS Has Not Determined What Would Occur to Pre-RIA EB-5 Projects and Regional Centers that Do Not Submit an I-956

Recently released minutes from USCIS’s latest quarterly meeting with the Behring case plaintiffs show that the agency still has not decided whether or not pre-RIA projects are subject to RIA obligations, including fund management and audits. Additionally, the fate of regional centers that do not submit Form I-956, Application for Regional Center Designation, remains undecided … Read more