Investor Visa

EB-5 visa program may expire on Sept. 30 if Congress doesn’t take action

The investor visa program, EB-5, is set to expire on September 30, unless Congress can temporarily extend it, or reform it to cut down the loopholes and eliminate the numerous cases of fraud that surface with the program.

VT reaches $5.95 million settlement with Raymond James

The Vermont Department of Regulation has reached a settlement with Raymond James and Associates, Inc., in connection with the EB-5 scandal in the Northeast Kingdom.

Price for a Green Card: $500,000 Stadium Stake

For years, sports teams have tried to defray the multimillion-dollar costs of their new stadiums by asking fans to pay thousands for personal seat licenses that entitle them to buy season tickets.

Flávio Augusto da Silva is taking the concept further. In what may be the first deal of its kind, Mr. da Silva, the majority owner of Orlando City of Major League Soccer, is asking investors from Brazil, China and elsewhere to pay $500,000 each for a stake in the stadium he is building near downtown Orlando. In return, the foreign investors receive annual dividends, two season tickets and something even more valuable: a green card that allows them, their spouses and sometimes even their children to live and work in the United States.

NYCEDC And CUNY Launch IN2NYC Program For Foreign National Entrepreneurs

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), today announced the launch of the International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC) Program, the first municipal program in the nation designed to help foreign national entrepreneurs access visas so they can create jobs in the United States. 

EB-5 Debate Heats Up in Washington

Congressional debate on EB-5 immigration program which allows foreign nationals who invest in job-creating projects through Regional Centers to get green cards is heating up in Washington as program expiration date nears on December 11, 2015.

SEC Charges Florida Company with Unregistered Broker-Dealer Activity in EB-5 Investments

Boca Raton-based Ireeco LLC and its successor, Hong Kong-based Ireeco Ltd., made history Thursday by being the first to be charged with unregistered broker activity in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

EB-5 Class Action Lawsuit Filed: Zhang v. USCIS (Cash is Cash)

"This is a putative class action brought by immigrant investors who sought and were unlawfully denied the chance to immigrate to the United States pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1153(b)(5), known as the “Immigrant Investor Law” or “EB-5 Program.”