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Oct 28, 2018

Might This Be ‘Last Call’ for $500,000 EB-5?

Matthew Galati

Real talk: let me start this blog by admitting, “Yeah, I know you’ve heard this before.” The EB-5 industry has been saying it fo...

Aug 13, 2018

USCIS Changes Form I-829 Receipt Location

Matthew Galati

On August 13, USCIS announced that Form I-829 must now be filed at the Texas Lockbox (where Form I-526 is filed) as opposed to its historical desti...

Dec 4, 2017

This Week – and Month – Will Be Critical for the EB-5 Program

Matthew Galati

Funding for the federal government runs out at midnight on Saturday, Dec. 9. We have been here before: the EB-5 Regional Center Program’s ong...

Oct 25, 2017

Department of State Announces Vietnam EB-5 Retrogression Likely by September 2018

Matthew Galati

In remarks before the IIUSA Industry Forum held this week, U.S. Department of State Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division Chief Charlie Opp...

Sep 11, 2017

Big EB-5 News: Regional Center Program to Be Extended Without Change to December 8; New Regulations May be Finalized by April 2018 (UPDATED)

By Matthew Galati On the legislative front, this year continues to mirror the previous two, as the EB-5 Regional Center program is virtually certai...

Jun 22, 2017

Green and Spiegel’s Matthew Galati Opines on Inaccurate USCIS Data in The Real Deal Interview

Matthew Galati

U.S. Investors and Entrepreneurs Division manager Matthew Galati was featured in a June 21, 2017 article published in The Real Deal, &ldq...

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Jun 22, 2017

Investor Update: More Stakeholders React, USCIS Removes I-526/I-829 Reports

By: Matthew Galati We are continuing our coverage of USCIS’ publishing of I-526 and I-829 performance data by Regional Center. These reports ...

Jun 21, 2017

Investor Alert: USCIS Publishes I-526 / I-829 Performance Data by Regional Center, But Accuracy of Data Called Into Question

By: Matthew Galati On June 19, 2017, USCIS published a list of approvals and denials for Form I-526 [link] and Form I-829 [link] performance based ...

Jun 15, 2017

Big News for Projects and Chinese Investors: USCIS Finally Issues EB-5 Redeployment Guidance

Matthew Galati

Determining options after an EB-5 loan is to be repaid has been one of the most vexing points of advising clients in how to utilize immigrant capit...

May 10, 2017

Green and Spiegel’s Jonathan Grode Quoted in Forbes EB-5 Article

Jonathan Grode

U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode was quoted in a May 10th article featured in Forbes regarding the EB-5 immigrant investor prog...

May 1, 2017

Matthew Galati Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Article on Prospects of EB-5 Reform

On April 27, 2017, Manager of the U.S. Entrepreneurs and Investors Division Matthew Galati was quoted in  “Fate of Visa Program Faces &l...

Apr 4, 2017

Moving the Goalposts Yet Again: USCIS Issuing RFEs on Currency Swap Cases, Departing from Years of Accepted Practice

Kelly Goldthorpe and Matthew Galati

USCIS has ostensibly enacted a new policy with profound consequences for EB-5 investors from countries such as China and Vietnam facing currency re...

Mar 27, 2017

No, Congressman, Canada’s Investor Programs Do Not Require Million-Dollar Plus Investments

Matthew Galati and Eren Sari

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives held a public hearing on the proposed DHS regulations that would raise the minimum EB-5 inves...

Feb 23, 2017

Matthew Galati Presents at Delaware Law School and World Trade Center EB-5 Event

On February 22, 2017, Senior Associate Attorney Matthew Galati presented at The EB-5 Immigrant Visa: Using Foreign Capital to Fund Delaware Pr...

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Feb 21, 2017

The Next EB-5 Stakeholder Meeting is on March 3. Here are the questions we would like to be answered…

Matthew Galati

On March 3, 2017, USCIS will have its first EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Stakeholder engagement of the year. Of course, this engagement will als...

Feb 14, 2017

Checking the Current Temperature of the EB-5 Program

Matthew Galati

Today is Valentine’s Day, and we would be remiss to not mention our ongoing love for the EB-5 Program, a vital job creator for U.S. workers t...

Jan 17, 2017

Green and Spiegel Investor Team Sponsors 2017 Las Vegas EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference

The Green and Spiegel Investor Team sponsored the 2017 Las Vegas EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference, held on January 13-14. Matthew Galati, manager...

Jan 17, 2017

DHS Moves to Raise EB-5 Investment Minimums, Change TEA Designation Procedure

Matthew Galati

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with respect to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pr...

Jan 6, 2017

USCIS Publishes Updated EB-5 Processing Times and Institutes a New Format

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

Just before the New Year, USCIS released updated processing time reports, with processing dates as of October 31, 2016, for a number of Service Cen...

Dec 29, 2016

It Sure Looks Like New EB-5 Regulations are Coming in 2017 (Part 2)

Matthew Galati

In our earlier post, we discussed that USCIS is moving forward with what portends to be a major overhaul of the EB-5 regulations. As promised, we&r...