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Jan 28, 2019

Back in Business: Government Reopens, EB-5 Regional Center Program Revived

Matthew Galati

On Friday January 25 — a chaotic day plagued by major air travel delays amidst affected government employees leaving work due to missed wages...

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 ...

May 1, 2017

Regional Center Program Headed for September 30th Extension Without Changes

Following months of negotiations, Congress has introduced a spending package  that will keep the government’s doors open through th...

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 27, 2017

UPDATED: Congress Ready to Punt EB-5 Regional Center Extension to Next Week, But Shutdown and Lapse Still Looming

EB-5 stakeholders are abuzz today with news that the Regional Center program will be extended through May 5, 2017 with a clean CR unveiled late yes...

Apr 26, 2017

USCIS Backtracks on Change in I-924 Policy That Would Lead to I-526 Denials, to an Extent

Matthew Galati

In a rare public reversal, USCIS has backed away from a policy change which required I-924 amendments to be approved prior to the filing of Form I-...

Apr 25, 2017

Gazing Into the Abyss: How USCIS Would Handle an EB-5 Regional Center Program Lapse

Matthew Galati

The USCIS Regional Center Program is scheduled to sunset this Friday, April 28, at 11:59 PM. To a large extent, we have been here before. The Progr...

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...

Dec 27, 2016

It Sure Looks Like New EB-5 Regulations are Coming in 2017 (Part 1)

Matthew Galati

Last week, USCIS moved forward with an important procedural step in the regulatory rulemaking process by sending proposed EB-5 regulations to the O...

Dec 8, 2016

House Passes Short Term CR That Would Extend EB-5 Regional Center Program Until April 28, 2017 (UPDATED 12/9/16)

Matthew Galati

Today the House of Representatives passed a short-term Continuing Resolution (H.R. 2028). Upon enactment, the CR will extend the EB-5 Regional Cent...

Nov 22, 2016

What Does Trump’s Election Mean for EB-5? Actually, Probably Not That Much

Matthew Galati

In continuing our post-election series, we come to the literal million-dollar question: What effect will a Trump Administration have on the EB-5 Im...

Nov 17, 2016

Congress Eyeing Another CR; Would Extend EB-5 Regional Center Program to March 31, 2017

Matthew Galati

GOP members of the House of Representatives are eyeing another short-term spending bill that would fund the U.S. government through March 31, 2017....

Nov 15, 2016

Green and Spiegel Investor team presents at 2016 IMS Conference in Beijing

Matthew Galati

Matthew T. Galati of the Green and Spiegel Investor Team (“GANDSInvestors”) led two sessions regarding immigration options for investor...

Sep 28, 2016

Overnight Reversal: Senate Advances Continuing Resolution (UPDATED)

Matthew Galati

In a happily surprising reversal from yesterday’s developments, the U.S. Senate today has advanced the Continuing Resolution which will exten...

Sep 27, 2016

Senate Rejects Continuing Resolution – Stakeholders Await New Compromise as Lawmakers Hash Non-Immigration Issues

Matthew Galati

The U.S. Senate today has failed to obtain sufficient votes to invoke cloture and advance the Continuing Resolution that would fund the U.S. govern...

Sep 22, 2016

U.S. House Releases Continuing Resolution; Would Extend EB-5 Regional Center Program to Dec. 9, 2016 Without Changes

Matthew Galati

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations released a much-awaited draft of a Continuing Resolution that would ext...

Sep 14, 2016

Update: Goodlatte Bill Formally Introduced; Committee Markup Postponed

Matthew Galati

As an update to our earlier post, on Monday, September 12, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) officially introduced H.R. 5992, "The American Job Creation an...