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[HOT] Trying to be thankful for even bad things that happen when you practice EB-5 law . . .

Since this is that time of the year when according to many established religions we should focus on things we should be thankful for -- even apparently bad things -- I thought I should write this short spiel expressing my thanks.

  • I am thankful for the USCIS Lockbox facilities sometimes sending back the I-526 petition packets, even when the correct address was written down -- so that I can get more exercise by carrying heavy packets to the post office. At least, USCIS is sending them back relatively quickly, to avoid further problems.
  • I am thankful that the EB-5 cases processing times are unpredictable depending on which examiner gets the case -- so that whenever CSC adjudicates cases within the stated processing times, I feel very grateful and lucky.
  • I am thankful for impractical EB-5 guidance issued by USCIS on material changes -- so that we immigration attorneys have something to explain to potential clients.
  • I am thankful for this bad economy and its effect on EB-5 projects -- so that it will force EB-5 projects to be strong enough to withstand the bad economy.
  • I am thankful for USCIS increasing filing fees frequently -- so that it forces me to keep up with USCIS news.
  • I am thankful for the EB-5 adjudications are inconsistent because then just because one examiner denies one EB-5 investor's I-526 petition from a same EB-5 project case, does not mean that other investors' I-526s will be denied also. Makes things a lot more interesting.
  • I am thankful that USCIS takes so long to issue USCIS memos to "guide" people on certain important EB-5 issues -- because that forces everyone to develop patience.
  • I am thankful that EB-5 law is so vague and has so many unclear issues -- because otherwise, there would be no need for websites such as site.