EB-5 News

Canadians who invested in EB-5, and later received Green Cards by other means, file lawsuit

Posted by GCBI Team on June 4, 2020

A Canadian couple who made an EB-5 investment, and then gained Green Cards by other means, has accused the two people who handled their investment of fraud. The investment project, a California food court, was supposed to be finished by...

Past EB-5 visa recipient, a fugitive for 5 years, is extradited to Los Angeles

Posted by GCBI Team on June 4, 2020

Qiao Jianjun, accused of laundering millions of dollars while serving as a Chinese state official, has been a fugitive for half a decade. But he has now been extradited from Sweden to Los Angeles on fraud and money-laundering charges. In...

Chicago lawyer who sold EB-5 investments denied in bid to dismiss SEC fraud lawsuit

Posted by GCBI Team on May 27, 2020

Lawyer Seyed Taher Kameli was denied his bid to dismiss an SEC EB-5 fraud lawsuit against him. The complaint accuses Kameli and his two fund managers of charging more than $4 million in undisclosed fees to investors, and using $16...

EB-5 has been ‘integral to jump-starting’ one of the biggest development projects in New Orleans history

Posted by GCBI Team on May 27, 2020

The former World Trade Center, once an iconic landmark in New Orleans, is now an eyesore. But developers are turning it into a luxury Four Seasons hotel. And they want EB-5 to cover 26% of the $468 million cost. U.S....

Indians looking for their best university options often look to EB-5

Posted by GCBI Team on May 27, 2020

In 2019, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs declared that over one million Indian students were in foreign universities. The top-five countries for Indian students as of 2018 have been the U.S., Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. EB-5...

June Visa Bulletin: India advances 2 months, continues major push forward since October 2019

Posted by GCBI Team on May 27, 2020

All countries are “current” except for China, Vietnam, and India. China advances two weeks to July 15, 2015. Vietnam advances three weeks to April 22, 2017. India makes another significant move of two months forward to January 1, 2020. Of...

Former EB-5 investor alleges regional center paid secret kickbacks to Chinese firm that sold ‘due diligence’ to investors

Posted by GCBI Team on May 27, 2020

A former EB-5 investor, Zoe Ma, who helps Chinese investors research EB-5 projects, has amended her lawsuit against one of the biggest EB-5 regional centers, U.S. Immigration Fund. She claims USIF paid a Chinese migration agency a finder’s fee to...

4 senators write letter to Trump asking to suspend new guest worker visas — and, with no rationale, EB-5

Posted by GCBI Team on May 13, 2020

Four U.S. senators, including longtime advocate of EB-5 reform Chuck Grassley, have written a letter to Trump that requests him to take his Presidential Proclamation a step further to protect American jobs. While the letter focuses on new guest worker...

Industry leaders comment on senators’ letter to Trump: it’s both an ‘opportunity’ and ‘illogical’

Posted by GCBI Team on May 13, 2020

IIUSA Executive Director Aaron Grau spoke with us: “The fact that these senators have raised the issue of EB-5 as a hindrance to job creation is the perfect opportunity and obligates organizations like IIUSA to speak up and say, no...

EB-5 needs to improve its PR — and USCIS needs to remember the program isn’t just about immigration but job creation

Posted by GCBI Team on May 13, 2020

EB-5 business plan writer Suzanne Lazicki writes that even though EB-5 is exactly what the U.S. needs now, it doesn’t fit current political agendas. For politicians to back the program, she says EB-5 needs to improve its public relations. And...

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