Long Processing Times Among Golden Visas is an Unnecessary Curb on RCBI-Demand

A decade ago, the Canadian Immigrant Investor programs (CIIP) and the Hong Kong Capital Investment Scheme (HK CIS) dominated the market for residency programs. They were the biggest suppliers of investor visa spots and were considered the most interesting, each for different reasons. Other programs in the UK or Australia lagged in comparison because Canada

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EB-5 Program Supports 355,000 American Jobs, Economic Impact Study Finds

During the two-year fiscal period of 2014-15, the US EB-5 program accounted for some $11 billion in capital investments in the US and supported 355,200 jobs or about 6% of all private-sector employment growth during the period, finds a study. Prepared by Economic & Policy Resources Inc., and co-sponsored by EB-5 industry advocacy groups IIUSA

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Total Collapse: Chinese Share of EB-5 Program Falls by 45% ’18, Lowest in 10 Years

The effects of 15-year wait times and a growing interest in European alternatives are starting to manifest in Chinese application volumes for the US EB-5 program. Figures for the fiscal year 2018 show the share of EB-5 visas issued to Chinese nationals has fallen to just 42%, down from 75% the year before. Not since

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EB-5 Wait-Times for Vietnamese, Indians Now 6+ Years as Retrogression No Longer Limited to China

Chinese applicants are no longer the only group suffering under the EB-5 program’s intractable retrogression nightmare; Indian and Vietnamese investors applying today can expect to wait 5.7 and 7.2 years, respectively, to get their EB-5 visas approved, shows an analysis by Mr. Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Department of State’s Immigrant Visa Control & Reporting Division.

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Regional Center Applications Plummet 95%, Lowest Level in 6 Years

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) received only 25 I-924 applications – the petition private and public economic entities file to request status as a regional center under the EB-5 program – during the third quarter of fiscal year 2018. The figure is the lowest on record since 2012 and represents a 95%

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SEC Charges Couple with $10 Million EB-5 Fraud and Cover-Up

The SEC this week charged California-based lawyer Jean Danhong Chen and her husband Tony Jianyun Ye with raising over US$10 million in undisclosed commissions through the sale of EB-5 securities, as well as for attempting to tamper with evidence after they learned they were under investigation. According to an SEC press release, the couple conspired

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EB-5: Regional Center Program Extended, IIUSA Supports Backlog Lawsuit

President Trump yesterday signed a spending package that included a short-term “continuing resolution” (CR) to extend the EB-5 Regional Center Program to December 7th this year. Yesterday’s resolution marks the 13th consecutive short-term extension since September 2015. The last time the Regional Center Program received a long-term authorization was in September 2012, when it was

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The 13 Most Popular Golden Visas in the World, According to the Data

We’ve put together an overview of the world’s most popular residence by investment programs, backed by official statistics. A note on the methodology: We’ve used the latest available full-year figures from official sources. Since official sources differ in their reporting frequency (some report monthly, others every now and then), the degree to which data is current also varies;

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450 Chinese EB-5 Investors Sue US Govt. Over 15 Year Wait Times

Press release via Business Wire: A group of more than 450 Chinese EB-5 investors are suing the U.S. government to challenge visa policies that keep investors waiting up to 15 years to come to the United States. American Lending Center (ALC), one of America’s leading EB-5 regional centers, has joined the suit to support and

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Top 7 Emerging EB-5 Markets To Watch – By EB-5 Daily

This article was contributed by EB-5 Daily The EB-5 Program is a popular way for high-net-worth foreign nationals to obtain green cards for themselves, their spouse, and children, in exchange for investing capital into U.S. job-creating new commercial enterprises. Asia continues to dominate the EB-5 market with four of the top five countries being Asian.

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EB-5 Re-Authorization Without Increase in Quota “Would Kill the Program” Says Regional Center CEO

CEO and Chief Counsel of Manhattan Regional Center, Winnie Ng, says she was relieved the proposed EB-5 legislation ultimately did not gain inclusion in the omnibus bill on March 26th and that she’s optimistic that legislative changes will eventually solve the retrogression issues haunting Chinese and Vietnamese applicants. During an interview with Investment Migration Insider

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EB-5 Program Gets Another Six-Month Lease on Life as Trump Signs Omnibus Bill

Following the passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Act in the House of Representatives on Thursday and in the Senate on Friday, President Trump signed the 1.3 trillion spending measure – which includes an extension of the EB-5 regional center program until September 30th –  into law yesterday. In the weeks leading up to March 20th, EB-5

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EB-5 Industry “Extremely Disappointed” as Bid for Re-Authorization Falls Flat

Invest in the USA (IIUSA) the EB-5 industry’s advocacy organization, has issued a statement on the United States EB-5 program’s failure to receive bicameral approval and inclusion in the draft omnibus appropriations bill, slated for a congressional vote this Friday. Reports of the possible inclusion of reform and long-term reauthorization of the program in the

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2 of 3 Investor Immigrants Worldwide Are Chinese Reveals Statistical Analysis

We did the math. The Chinese investment migration market is the investment migration market.  It was no easy task, as data sets don’t lend themselves very easily to apples-to-apples comparisons, sometimes historical records are missing, and sometimes you have to comb through spreadsheets in Greek. Nonetheless, we can say with a great degree of certainty that,

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