EB-5 Extended Until 9/30/2016

Posted on 12/24/2015 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

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This year has been a roller coaster for those involved with EB-5 visas. Congress extended the statute three times and scared many with unreasonable proposals, which finally became law with the clean extension, with no change to the current law until September 30, 2016.

The demand for EB-5 visas from China is so great; the State Department (DOS) in the spring imposed a separate visa bulletin backlog/cutoff date for Chinese investors. The USCIS’s backlogs have grown, but cases continue to be slowly approved. After the USCIS approval of the I-526 petition, investors face very slow processing of the immigrant visa applications by the DOS’s National Visa Center (NVC).

In spite of these challenges and competition from many other countries with their own investor immigration programs, people continue seeking to immigrate to the U.S. via the EB-5 program.

This year, immigration in general has been a hot political topic. We have seen changes to laws related to refugees and the visa waiver program as well as calls to check out immigrants’ social media postings.

While we help investors, developers and financiers with EB-5, I am touched daily by news of refugees traveling to Europe and the desperate refugees in Africa. Their stories often remind me of the refugees I have helped in the past.

I hope you have a healthy and successful 2016.

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Mark Ivener is an experienced business and EB-5 immigration attorney who has written 5 books on Immigration Law as well as has written numerous articles and spoken at many events on EB-5 topics.