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Jan 14, 2019

EB5Investors Magazine Names Matthew T. Galati a Top 25 Immigration Attorney

Matthew Galati

Congratulations to Matthew T. Galati for being named a Top 25 Immigration Attorney by EB5Investors Magazine in January 2019 for his experience, reputation, and passion.

Dec 27, 2018

Government Shutdown: USCIS Still Accepting Investors’ I-526 Filings Despite Lapse

Matthew Galati

On Friday, December 21st, 2018, Congress adjourned without reaching an agreement on a government spending deal, resulting in a partial government shutdown. There were a number of sunsetting immigrant programs relying on Congress’s reauthorization by the midnight expiration deadline, including the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program.

Dec 6, 2018

Congress Passes EB-5 Regional Center Extension to Dec. 21; Measure Heads to President’s Desk

Benjamin S. Green

Early Thursday, both houses of Congress passed a short-term spending bill that would extend the EB-5 regional center program and other immigration programs requiring reauthorization to December 21, 2018. The House and Senate passed the legislation by voice vote after cancelling roll call votes this week, affected by the State funeral and National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush. The bill is now being sent to President Trump for his signature.

Oct 31, 2018

Department of State Gives EB-5 Backlog Projections and Anticipates Cutoff Dates

Matthew Galati

At the AILA / IIUSA joint conference on October 30, 2018, DHS’ Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division Charles Oppenheim gave his projections regarding wait times that families subject to the EB-5 visa backlog might face. His presentation provided the most up-to-date projections available based on current information. The numbers provide key insights for many, especially those weighing EB-5 who have teenage children that might “age out” due to long visa queues.

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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...

Jun 11, 2018

Shocking Report: India EB-2 Backlog Calculated to be 151 Years

Matthew Galati

On June 8, author David Bier of the Cato Institute published a sobering analysis of the employment-based Green Card backlogs for India-born benefic...

May 23, 2018

From Our Archives: “For the Indian-born, Entrepreneurship is the Fastest Way to a Green Card”

Over a year ago, we covered the dysfunctionally-long quota backlogs for Indian-born prospective immigrants in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories with our...

May 9, 2018

DHS Postpones Final Action Date on EB-5 Regulations to August 2018

Following attempts by lawmakers to finalize EB-5 regulations last month, the recent release of the Office of Management and Budget Spring 2018 Unif...

Apr 6, 2018

Lawmakers Push DHS to Finalize EB-5 Regulations; Investors Race Against the Clock

Matthew Galati

In a letter dated April 5, 2018, addressed to the Department of Homeland Security, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), and Re...

Apr 2, 2018

Retrogression Besets Vietnam – But It’s NOT GOING TO BE AS BAD AS CHINA

Matthew Galati

Vietnam is about to retrogress in EB-5. This is going to cause a disruption in the market. However, know this: It may, for the next few months, loo...

Mar 23, 2018

Green and Spiegel Presents at UGlobal | EB-5 Investors Magazine Conferences in Ho Chi Minh City

  This month, Matthew Galati of Green and Spiegel presented at two investment migration conferences in Vietnam, one of the largest markets of ...

Feb 9, 2018

After a Night of Drama, EB-5 Regional Center Program gets Extension to Mar. 23, 2018

Matthew Galati

February 9, 2018 -- The most recent government shutdown showdown resulted in a brief (several-hour) lapse in the EB-5 Regional Center Program after...

Jan 23, 2018

Seventeen-Day Extension: EB-5 Regional Center and Additional Programs Revived, Government to Reopen

Matthew Galati

This weekend’s government shutdown and lapse in several immigration programs proved to be relatively short lived. Early this afternoon, succe...

Jan 8, 2018

Green and Spiegel Attorney Matthew Galati Named in EB-5 Investors Magazine as One of Industry’s Top 5 Rising Stars

Matthew Galati

PHILADELPHIA - January 8, 2018 – EB-5 Investors Magazine has selected U.S. Senior Associate Matthew Galati as one of the industry’s Top...

Dec 22, 2017

Holiday Gift? EB-5 Regional Center Program To Be Extended for Four More Weeks (Jan. 19, 2018)

Matthew Galati

Congress has bestowed a small holiday gift for EB-5 stakeholders as both houses today voted to extend the federal budget until January 19...

Dec 4, 2017

Green and Spiegel LLP Ranked Number One in Canadian Business Immigration by The Legal 500

Stephen W. Green

We are very excited to announce that Green and Spiegel LLP was named #1 in Canadian business immigration by The Legal 500 Rankings. Our firm was re...

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...

Aug 4, 2017

Green and Spiegel’s Matthew Galati Co-Authors Article with CanAm’s Walter Gindin for EB-5 Investors Magazine

Matthew Galati

Manager of Green and Spiegel’s U.S. Investors and Entrepreneurs Division, Matthew Galati recently co-authored an article for EB-5 I...