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China Home Buying and Pricing Increases Trend

Ronald R. Fieldstone The phenomenon of escalating home buying and home prices continues in China. According to recent publications, the real estate sector now accounts for one-third of China’s GDP compared to 10% just a decade ago. Household debt has increased significantly during the last decade (now 42%). However, since it is only as a […]

EB-5 Redeployment and the New USCIS Policy Guidelines

Ronald R. Fieldstone It seems as though the EB-5 Program is a moving target. First, we received notification in August of 2015 that loans could be repaid before I-829 final adjudication after the required jobs have been created, provided that funds were then deployed in an “at-risk” activity. Then the Policy Guidelines attempted with great […]

Senator Grassley Prompting EB-5 Fraud Investigation

Ronald R. Fieldstone A very interesting letter from Senator Grassley to the Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Homeland Security indicates he is tackling the Kushner EB-5 project marketing approach. You can read the full letter by clicking here.

EB-5 Program – Updated Statistics and Information

Ronald R. Fieldstone USCIS recently published a statistics report on the impact of the EB-5 Program for the fiscal years 2012 and 2013 (downloadable on the Economics and Statistics Administration’s website by clicking here). Furthermore, IIUSA has published statistics on various performance factors concerning the EB-5 Program. Both are summarized below, since the results are […]

EB-5 2017 – Where Are We Now?

Ronald R. Fieldstone Following the December 9, 2016 extension of the EB-5 Regional Center Program until April 28, 2017, there have been additional developments from an administrative, legislative and practical standpoint. Needless to say, the Program remains in limbo as to where it will end up and at what point in time legislation will be […]

USCIS Policy for EB-5 Redeployment and “At-Risk” Issues Discussed at IIUSA Conference

Ronald R. Fieldstone At the October 2016 IIUSA Conference, I was on a distinguished panel of practitioners discussing the topic of redeployment issues. The panel focused on the current USCIS Guidelines that sets forth the concept of “at risk,” which is pursuant to the draft policy statement issued on August 10, 2015 and was discussed […]

China Premier Li Keqiang discusses trade and economic issues in NY

Ronald R. FieldstoneI had the privilege of attending the New York Economic Club Dinner on September 20, 2016, for Premier Li Keqiang of the People’s Republic of China. The Premier held this position since March of 2013 and has been very active in the Chinese government since the 1990s. He was extremely engaging and articulate […]

How to follow USCIS policy when investor is a minor

Ronald R. FieldstoneThere has been a lot of recent discussion on an investment by a minor and how it is treated by USCIS, in addition to the corporate issues related. The key factors to be considered are the following:A minor can be an investor. This was verbally confirmed by one of the Deputies of USCIS to […]

City of Miami EB-5 Regional Center 2016 Conference Update

Ronald R. FieldstoneThe City of Miami Regional Center held a regular presentation on “The Present and Future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program.” The uniqueness of the program involved the presentation of certain public/private partnership transactions being considered which were quite unique and exciting. These projects included the following: Miami Marine Stadium. This is an […]

USCIS Stakeholders Meeting Report – July 2016

Ronald R. FieldstoneThis is a follow-up to the USCIS Stakeholder Engagement held in Miami, Florida on July 28.In attendance from USCIS were the following personnel:Nicholas Colucci, DirectorJan Lyons, EconomistLori McKenzie, DeputyJulia Hanson, IPO DeputyDanielle Scott, Chief Intergovernmental AffairsEddie Pearson, Division ChiefDavid Leckenby, Division ChiefSteve Koch, Deputy Director of Miami District OfficeDirector Colucci gave a general report […]