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Expert: EB-5 Investor Visa Program Can Be "Somewhat Opaque"
Posted on 17 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 14, 2022 "In an aging Hollywood neighborhood known for its dive bars, pawn shops and tattoo parlors, three luxury hotels and a private events center opened over the last five years, with the help of millions... Read More

Expert: Lapse of EB-5 Regional Center Program Will Hurt "Tens of Thousands" of Investors
Posted on 1 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

July 1, 2021 - Due to obstruction by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), a bipartisan bill to keep the Regional Center portion of the USCIS EB-5 Investor Visa program failed. More here and here . Cornell Law School professor and EB-5 expert Stephen W. Yale-Loehr... Read More

EB-5 Investor Visa Expert Comments on Coming Changes
Posted on 21 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Keith Larsen, The Real Deal, Oct. 21, 2019 "EB-5 has gotten a jolt of life, but experts say the program could soon flatline. New federal regulations will nearly double the minimum dollar amount that all foreign visa-seekers must plow into development... Read More

Expert Predicts 'Surge' then 'Decline' due to EB-5 Investor Visa Rule Changes
Posted on 25 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Shilpa Phadnis, TNN, July 25, 2019 "The US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has just announced an increase in the standard minimum investment amount to $1.8 million, from $1 million. For high unemployment areas, the amount has been... Read More

Expert: EB-5 Investor Visa Program Needs Clarity from Congress, USCIS
Posted on 28 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jodi Xu Klein, South China Morning Post, Dec. 29, 2018 - "With a sharp uptick in Chinese applications for the visa programme known as EB-5, waiting times for applicants to obtain US residency have tripled to as long as 15 years. But the programme... Read More

Expert Predicts Congress Will Extend EB-5 Investor Visa Program
Posted on 30 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mary Diduch, National Real Estate Investor, Nov. 30, 2018 - "I predict that Congress will extend EB-5 again without any changes … maybe in the spring everybody can agree on a reform package that Congress can enact,” says Stephen Yale... Read More

Expert: Congress May Not Have Time to Change EB-5 Investor Visa Rules - Cornell Law Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr (Law360)
Posted on 19 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Allissa Wickham, Law360, Sept. 16, 2016 - "“I think that there is serious concern about the EB-5 program, and people want to make reforms. But I think that people realize that it's too much to expect that Congress can make those reforms... Read More

Expert: EB-5 Sunset Date Keeps Attorneys Busy - Law360
Posted on 7 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Allissa Wickham, Law360, Aug. 4, 2015 - "With a key provision of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program slated to expire in September, some attorneys are giving up their summer vacations to cope with an onslaught of client requests — but the frenzy... Read More

Steve Yale-Loehr on Trump, EB-5
Posted on 9 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LexisNexis immigration law expert author and Cornell law professor Steve Yale-Loehr is in the news regarding Donald Trump's Muslim ban proposal ( here and here ) and the EB-5 investor visa program ( here .) Read More

Experts Analyze Goodlatte EB-5 Reform Bill
Posted on 21 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Carolyn S. Lee, Stephen Yale-Loehr, and Nicolai Hinrichsen, September 13, 2016 - "We provided an initial analysis and a section-by-section summary of a draft EB-5 reform bill released late on Friday, September 9, 2016, by U.S. Representative Bob... Read More

Expert: 85% of EB-5 Investors from China
Posted on 31 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rosalie Murphy, Desert Sun, Oct. 30, 2015 - " At least 85 percent of EB-5 investors come from China, according to Cornell University immigration law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr . Part of the appeal of immigrant investor programs such as EB-5, he... Read More

Tags: eb-5 , China , yale-loehr

Expert: Temporary Extension Expected for EB-5 Investor Visa Program
Posted on 26 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul Welitzkin, China Daily USA, Sept. 26, 2016 - "The EB-5 investor immigrant program that is popular with Chinese is expected to get a temporary extension when Congress acts on legislation to fund the operation of the US government until Dec. 9... Read More

Tags: eb-5 , yale-loehr

Expert: Congress Will Probably Renew EB-5 Investor Visa Program
Posted on 22 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, Sept. 21, 2015 - "Getting an EB-5 visa might get a little bit harder, though, depending on what Congress decides to do next. [ Cornell law professor and LexisNexis expert author Stephen] Yale-Loehr thinks there’s... Read More

EB-5 Form I-829 RFEs and Denials: New Analysis of What USCIS Looks For
Posted on 25 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This article expands on our previous article by analyzing a larger number of more recent cases. As we noted in our last article, “[d]espite cataloguing 167 USCIS responses, our findings [were] simply the tip of the iceberg.” This article... Read More

Expert: Clean Extension of EB-5 Expected in Spending Bill
Posted on 21 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

China Daily, Mar. 21, 2018 - "When Congress considers another stop-gap bill to fund the government, it almost always includes an extension for the EB-5 immigrant investment program. And that scenario is likely to occur again later this week, according... Read More