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  1. Documentation is Key to EB-5 Processing. By Gregory Finkelson

    Documentation, documentation, documentation. As the International Organization for Standardization says, “If it is not documented, it didn’t happen.”

    A recent issue of the National Law Review spoke to the issue of Regional Centers ensuring that all documentation is both accurate and complete prior to submission for EB-5 investors. This, in fact, is really a fundamental reason for the existence of Regional Centers – to ensure that all documentation is complete, something that is difficult for investors to do on their own.

    A friend of mine immigrated to Canada in the late 1970s. He was so meticulous about the documentation (making many, many phone calls to the Canadian consulate to ensure that all his papers were in order) that when he and his family arrived at Customs and Immigration, the official who was reviewing his documents called his coworkers over to see the packet. The official said, “You guys aren’t going to believe this! Someone finally did everything right!”

    Regional Centers worth their salt need to ensure that they do everything right, the first time and every time. If they are not, they have lost their real purpose for existence and have become nothing more than money changers.

    What is more, the very reputation of the EB-5 program depends on how well Regional Centers do their jobs, especially their documentation.

    To learn more, contact us online at American Corporate Services or call us at 415-682-2550.

    Practically speaking, investors have probably never had it so good. There has never been funding quite so simple to obtain or quite so attractive for developers as EB-5. Here are three reasons why EB-5 is so attractive.

    • Their reason for investing: EB-5 investors are foreign nationals who want to immigrate to the U.S. Their goal is immigration. Their method is investment. In other words, the EB-5 visa program is a means to an end. And, for high net worth individuals, the end really does justify the means. The fact that they have $500,000 or more to invest is the essential qualifier for their visa. From the investors’ perspectives it’s not about your project needing funding. It’s about them wanting to immigrate.
    • Their return on the investment. While every investor wants a return, the size of the return is a much lower priority for EB-5 investors. Access to Green Cards for themselves and their families is their number one priority. Therefore, even though they could easily make a better ROI in their homeland, they are willing to invest $500,000 at very low interest. It’s not the return on the investment that is important to them. It is the return of their investment after five years.
    • Their investments may be pooled to reach your financing needs. Developers may gather and pool all the EB-5 funding they need as long as ten new jobs will be created for each individual immigrant investor.

    American Corporate Services can show you how to ensure your project is EB-5 qualified and find the investors you need. Don’t miss out on this abundant source of funding. Call us today at 415-682-2550 or email us at info@usa-acs.com, then watch the money flow.
  3. EB-5 Investor Benefits By Gregory Finkelson

    EB-5 Investor Benefits
    Sometimes we can get caught up in all the rules and regulations of the EB-5 Visa program. Admittedly, there is a time and place for that. But when we bury ourselves in the details, we often forget what a great opportunity this program provides for foreign investors who want to immigrate to the U.S.
    Regardless of where their EB-5 investment projected is located, investors may

    • Live, work or retire anywhere in the U.S.
    • Travel in and around, and to and from the U.S. with no restrictions.
    • Accept employment aside from their investment project without any additional approval.
    • Pay the lower, resident tuition prices at American colleges and universities.
    • Have their capital investment returned in full at the end of five years.
    • Apply for U.S. citizenship after five years of permanent residence.
    • Sponsor other relatives for Green Card status.

    All of this applies, not only to the investor, but to his or her entire immediate family.

    To learn more, contact us online at American Corporate Services or call us at 415-682-2550.
  4. H.R. 4659 Supports EB-5 By Gregory Finkelson

    On May 13, 2014, US Congressman Aaron Shock (R-IL) introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that, if passed, will further enhance the EB-5 program for both investors and Regional Centers, while potentially generating a stronger economy. The official name of the bill is H.R. 4659: The EB-5 Regional Center Extension Act of 2014.
    The main features of the bill include:

    • Replacing the limit on visa applications with a minimum number to be issued per year.
    • Expanding the definition of indirect employment to satisfy the EB-5 job creation requirements.
    • Giving Regional Center applicants priority consideration.

    All of this, of course, bodes well. Govtrack.us estimates that the bill has a 9% chance of getting past committee and a 2% chance of being enacted. While those percentages seem low at first glance, only 11% of all bills introduced make it past committee and only 3% are ever enacted, so it is fair to say that there is a fair bit of optimism concerning passage.
    To learn more, contact us online at American Corporate Services or call us at 415-682-2550.

    Updated 07-25-2014 at 02:23 PM by EB-5Blog

  5. EB-5 Supply and Demand By Gregory Finkelson

    The elephant in the EB-5 room has always been the inordinate length of time it has been taking for the USCIS to process I-924 applications. In many, if not most, cases the processing time has been well in excess of 12 months. This is the result of underestimating the demand, especially from China, and being understaffed and underequipped as a result.
    Three things have happened recently that have reduced processing time to 4.4 months, according to the National Law Review.

    • I-924 processing has been moved to the Immigrant Investor Program Office.
    • Regional Centers are proliferating throughout the US, not only promoting more projects, but also providing more assistance for investors.
    • The USCIS is now approving I-924s on the basis of “hypothetical projects.”

    To learn more, contact us online at American Corporate Services or call us at 415-682-2550.
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