As Congress works to pass renewal legislation to the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program that will expire on December 11, 2015, most observers in the EB-5 space have no idea what will happen. Initially most of us thought that Congress would not have the time to review and vote on several new bills that would

On September 30, 2015, President Obama signed a Continuing Resolution to extend funding of the US government through December 11, 2015, and temporarily avoid a government shutdown.  See  The Continuing Resolution contained extensions for several important immigration programs including:

  • EB-5 Regional Centers
  • Conrad 30 J-1 Physician Waivers
  • Nonminister Religious Workers, and
  • E-Verify.


I was fortunate to be invited to speak at the City of Miami EB-5 Summit on Affordable Housing a few weeks ago. I was a member of the panel that was comprised of attorneys, economists and other professionals in the EB-5 space. The City of Miami EB-5 Regional Center had sponsored the conference in order

USCIS Publishes Draft EB-5 Policy Memorandum for Public Comment

USCIS issued a DRAFT policy memo relevant to EB-5 adjudication of Form I-526 and Form I-829 regarding the requirements for job creation and to sustain the investment during the conditional residence period.

Any interested party may submit comments to the draft memorandum by email to

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) have jointly issued an Investor Alert to warn potential investors about fraudulent investment scams that exploit the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5.” The SEC and USCIS have issued this alert in response to

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, a program designed to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors, is becoming more popular.  The program, however, is complex and far from straightforward.  This uncertainty can (and often does) have the effect of discouraging the would-be foreign investor, particularly given the amount of