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What does 'at risk' mean?

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    To qualify as an EB-5 investment, the immigrant investor must actually place his or her capital "at risk." The mere intent to invest is not sufficient. If the immigrant investor...

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    Under the EB-5 program, the concept of “investing” requires that an investor place the required amount of capital “at risk for the purpose of generating a return on the capital...

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    An EB-5 investment into a “new commercial enterprise” (NCE) must be an “at risk equity investment. This means that the NCE must use the capital only for profit in a...

Q: What industry is safest to invest in?

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    GCBI Team

    February 17, 2020

    The EB-5 industry is currently going through significant changes and this is changing the investment landscape of the program. Previously most EB-5 investments were made in businesses located in major...


Oppenheim speech: EB-5 could lose then gain visas; India is ‘current’ and may not face retrogression ‘in the foreseeable future’

Posted by GCBI Team on June 18, 2020

Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division Charlie Oppenheim spoke at an industry panel June 16.Notable highlights: due to consular closures, thousands of EB-5 visas may be lost this fiscal year; but EB-5 can gain thousands back in FY 2021...

Re-elected IIUSA president Kraft has high hopes: long-term EB-5 reauthorization & the elimination of derivatives towards 10,000 quota

Posted by GCBI Team on June 4, 2020

Bob Kraft, newly elected for his fourth-consecutive term as president of IIUSA, the national trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program, has ambitious priorities: the long-term reauthorization of EB-5 by the next expiry, September 30. Another “main objective” is...

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...


Brazil is producing more millionaires — and more interest in acquiring a ‘priceless’ future in the U.S. via EB-5

Posted by GCBI Team on June 10, 2020

IIUSA published a story about how EB-5 is becoming more attractive to Brazilian investors.  Top reasons cited include the quality of U.S. education (including sports programs for young children), safety,...

When patience is no longer a virtue: Mandamus filing as a solution for pending EB-5 applications

Posted by GCBI Team on February 26, 2020

Featuring special guest Immigration lawyer Martin Lawler, – Hosted by Kurt Reuss and Rupy Cheema Special guest is Martin Lawler, one of the leading immigration lawyers in the U.S. With over 30 years...

The Silent Dog Barks! – Why Corporate Governance Matters So Much to EB-5 Funds Right Now.

Posted by GCBI Team on February 6, 2020

Featuring special guest securities lawyer John Tishler - Hosted by Kurt Reuss and Rupy Cheema This conversation deals with the expanding role of corporate governance in today’s EB-5 world. EB-5...


Are investments in tech companies suitable for EB-5?

Posted by GCBI Team on March 19, 2020

Corporate and securities lawyer Clem Turner talks about why tech can be a much more attractive EB-5 investment than a typical real estate project. But not all tech companies are suitable for EB-5...


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