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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: 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

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

Expert: EB-5 Funding for Projects Akin to Rubik's Cube
Posted on 1 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"City Manager Tom Hart understands that Grand Prairie’s newly planned entertainment venue sounds as improbable as it is ambitious. “With our name, you don’t think about alpine skiing,” he said. “You don’t wake... Read More

Expert: Low-Cost Funds Make EB-5 Attractive to Developers
Posted on 9 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eric Lipton, Jesse Drucker, New York Times, May 8, 2017 - "It was the first major piece of legislation that President Trump signed into law, and buried on Page 734 was one sentence that brought a potential benefit to the president’s extended... Read More

Expert: EB-5 Investor Visa Program Can and Should Be Reformed
Posted on 11 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NPR, May 10, 2017 - "ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: More now on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program. Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr teaches immigration law practice at Cornell University . He's a supporter of the EB-5 visa program, although he says... Read More

Expert: Trump, Congress Can Save EB-5 Investor Visa Program
Posted on 28 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ, New York Times, Apr. 27, 2017 - "Lawmakers are discussing the EB­5 program this week as they try to reach a deal on the budget and avert a government shutdown. ... The EB-­5 program, created in 1990, allows foreigners... Read More

Expert: Senator Feinstein's Call to End EB-5 Investor Visa Program Won't Get Support
Posted on 5 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kathleen Pender, Nov. 4, 2015 - "Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called for an end to the controversial EB-5 regional center program that lets foreign nationals get green cards for themselves and their families if they invest at least $500,000 or $1 million... Read More