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[Q] Can a LP be formed to purchase bonds issued by a city for its infrastructure project?

One difference I see is that where a LP is formed to make a commercial loan to a city agency for its infrastructure project, there is a precedent (Izumii case), but for purchasing bonds, there is no precedent case. We would not be surprised if this issue is revisited by USCIS in future.

[HOT] What is a "pre-approval" for an EB-5 project?

It is a procedure allowed by USCIS whereby a regional center submits, in a form of an amendment to the regional center designation -- I have no idea why USCIS should consider a new project as an amendment of the designated RC when all one is asking is to confirm that the proposed EB-5 project falls within the parameters of the approved RC designation and complies with the EB-5 law -- for a pre-approval of a particular EB-5 project the regional center will embark on in a very near future. This procedure was set up by USCIS to give some consistency and shorten adjudication time frames for I-526 petitions filed in connection with a particular EB-5 project.

[HOT] Another article on Katigbak and Izummi

Written by Joseph P. Whalen, a former government employee who is familiar with the INA.

http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,1228-whalen.shtm

[HOT] A good opinion article on the state of EB-5 project pre-approval procedure

The below is an honest opinion article written by another EB-5 practitioner.

http://www.nationofimmigrators.com/investor-immigration/guest-immigratio...

Most EB-5 practitioners would agree with what the author says. The article points out very troubling concerns, such as:

1. USCIS not working together internally.

2. CSC not consistent in policies.

3. CSC unable to shorten the I-526 processing.

[HOT] Future USCIS EB-5 Teleconference scheduled for 2012

USCIS has released the schedule for 2012 EB-5 Teleconferences as follows:

http://eb-5center.com/files/2012_EB-5_Teleconferences_Scheduled.pdf

According to many EB-5 practitioners, these teleconferences are not that helpful. Also, EB-5 practitioners agree that CSC does not appear to follow what USCIS says in these teleconferences. Lastly, USCIS picks out only those agenda questions they want to answer; in other words, USCIS avoids tough questions, or their answers are too general in nature.

[HOT] NY Times article on EB-5 issue of TEA

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/nyregion/new-york-developers-take-adva...

One knowledgeable EB-5 practitioner made several good points regarding the above article which we would like to share:

1. What is wrong with "gerrymandering" when the the law permits states to make TEA determinations, and states are certainly free to certify TEA based on a "gerrymandered" map. The article would have been more informative if the article could show why or how the TEA designation was unlawful.

2. The article implies that New Yorkers are fully employed, while people in Vermont are living in the street. That is false. There are plenty of places in NYC, including and especially in central areas, where unemployment figures are high.

[HOT] Judge delays the State Center EB-5 linked development project in Baltimore

See:

http://thedailyrecord.com/2011/12/16/judge-dismisses-state-center-counte...

Whether the judge's ruling delays or causes a problem for the project really depends on the nature of the lawsuit and whether the lawsuit is asking for an order to stop any construction from taking place. What we are saying is that it really depends on whether the lawsuit has any merit.

[Q] Can you get an advance from credit cards and come up with EB-5 funds?

[Q] I have several options for gathering the funds needed to invest for the EB-5. I wanted to know if I can use advances from credit cards to make it happen?

No. Review the definition of "capital" which excludes unsecured (personally-owned properties) loan.

CBP Entry Issues

For internal research purpose. Restricted access.

[HOT] NAICS link

http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/sssd/naics/naicsrch?chart=2007

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is becoming more relevant in EB-5 RC designations and job-calculation methodologies. Incorrect or inappropriate NAICS will lead to denials. Of course, USCIS will decide what is incorrect or inappropriate NAICS.

Returning LPRs Info

For internal research purposes only on how returning LPRs are to be treated under INA, regulations, case law and policies in various factual contexts.

- Application for entry

- Abandon LPR status: factors and how to prevent

[HOT] Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs Excel Educationally -- Report Finds

http://immigrationimpact.com/2011/11/29/children-of-immigrant-entreprene...

I am not sure I totally agree that the above conclusion should be drawn from the report -- I think a more apt conclusion that should be drawn is that some children of immigrant entrepreneurs excel educationally -- but nevertheless, the reports serves to point out important point.

[HOT] Apparently Alabama doesn't mind arresting foreign workers in NIV status

Alabama tries to attract foreign investment by saying it is one of the most business friendly states, but look what's happening now:

http://ailaleadershipblog.org/2011/12/01/the-definition-of-insanity

Apparently, Alabama wants foreign investment but doesn't mind arresting their workers in non-immigrant visa status. Time to inform Honda, Hyundai and Kia -- all international companies doing business and hiring U.S. workers residing in Alabama -- that they are not welcome.

[HOT] Reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

It's good to know that this kind of hearing is being held now. The EB-5 RC Program should not be just reauthorized but be made permanent if the Congress is serious about attracting EB-5 investments.

http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=9b6937d5e931a0b7...

Witnesses' Statements:

By Robert Devine: http://eb-5center.com/files/11-12-7DivineTestimony.pdf

By David North: http://eb-5center.com/files/11-12-7NorthTestimony.pdf

By William Stenger: http://eb-5center.com/files/11-12-7StengerTestimony.pdf

“Reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Promoting Job Creation and Economic Development in American Communities”

Senate Judiciary Committee
Full Committee

DATE: December 7, 2011
TIME: 10:00 AM
ROOM: Dirksen 226