Category : News Bulletins

Citizenship by Investment: Navigating the country choices for E-2 Visas
Posted on 10/19/2020 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

Information for investors seeking E-2 visas following the acquisition of treaty country citizenship by investment (“CBI”) is especially relevant in light of the changes in the EB-5 program post-November 20,… Read More

Minimum Investment Amount Increased to $900,000 For EB-5 Green Card
Posted on 07/31/2019 by Mark Ivener

New rules will be published by the government on July 24, 2019 that will take effect on November 21, 2019. The main rule changes that are confirmed as of now… Read More

Office of Management and Budget Provides Interesting Insight on Potential Investment Amount Increases
Posted on 05/09/2018 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

Investment Amount Increases Possible as Soon as August A new agenda released by the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) suggests that we may see an increase in EB-5… Read More

EB-5 Stakeholder Call & 2015 Surge Of EB-5 Petitions
Posted on 01/14/2016 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

EB-5 Stakeholder Call USCIS will hold a Stakeholder call on February 3, 2016, to answer EB-5 questions. But questions must not be case specific, and often USCIS refuses to answer “policy” questions.… Read More

The Final 2015 Chapter for the EB-5 Extension
Posted on 01/01/2016 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

Senators Flake, Cornyn, and Schumer have introduced a bill, S. 2415, to improve transparency and integrity for EB-5 Regional Centers. This is basically part of the Grassley bill considered by… Read More

Instructions on Using the Immigrant Investor Program Form Chart
Posted on 10/13/2015 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

Below is a chart that shows the form number, form name and processing times for the following forms that are processed by the Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO). Find the… Read More

EB-5 Updates (Surge, TEA, Grandfathering)
Posted on 10/03/2015 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

EB-5 Surge The surge is over, for now. Many I-526s, exemplars, and new Regional Center (RC) applications were filed before the EB-5 RC statute expired on September 30, 2015. The… Read More

EB-5 Regional Center Naming
Posted on 08/19/2015 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

USCIS reminded EB-5 regional centers and related commercial enterprises that they should not contain the words “United States,” “U.S.,” “US” and “Federal” in their names. If they use these words… Read More

Posted on 08/10/2015 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

The next USCIS Stakeholder call will be on August 13th.  I will be on the call and will report on any developments.

EB-5 Loan Duration
Posted on 08/06/2015 by Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation

Many Regional Centers (“RCs”) take in EB-5 capital to the New Commercial Enterprise (“NCE”) which then loans the funds to the Job Creating Entity (“JCE”). The loan terms are often… Read More