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Jan 15, 2019

Vietnam Officially Added to CPTPP, and Potential Benefits to Investors Follow

Benjamin S. Green

The Government of Canada has officially updated program delivery instructions for business visitors and investors holding Vietnamese passports, given that the Comprehensive and Progress Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) for Vietnam entered into force on January 14, 2019. Read the full blog to learn more.

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.

Jan 11, 2019

Employment-Based I-485s: Ability to Use the Earlier Date for Filing Charts May Come to a Close

Matthew Galati and Benjamin S. Green

Back in September, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) was allowing applicants to file their I-485 applications for adjustment of status in both the employment-based and the family-based categories according to the earlier-in-time Filing Date Charts. Put another way, USCIS has been accepting Form I-485 filings for all prospective qualifying immigrants before a visa number is technically available. Green and Spiegel has been filing our clients’ files in light of this change for months, however, it appears that this will shortly come to an end. Learn more here.

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 17, 2018

Investors Eye U.S. Visas as Cure to Brexit Economic Fears

Matthew Galati

Since the first referendum vote in June 2016, the UK government has been dealing with an arduous and controversial process of exiting the European Union (EU). Brexit is expected to officially happen on March 29, 2019. What that exit looks like on a national and international context is fueling great anxiety for our prospective clients, particularly with regard to the future economic uncertainty in the UK’s business and investing sector.

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...

Oct 2, 2018

EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended Through December 7, 2018

Benjamin S. Green

If you or your family were interested in filing an EB-5 petition and feared Congressional changes to the program, rest assured that the opportunity...

Sep 17, 2018

PEI Government Eliminating Entrepreneur Provincial Nominee Program

Benjamin S. Green

The Prince Edward Island (“PEI”) provincial government will no longer accept applications from immigrants looking to set up a business ...

Sep 13, 2018

Matthew Galati Presents at EB-5 Investors Magazine’s Fall Ho Chi Minh City Conference

On September 8, Green and Spiegel’s EB-5 Section Head Matthew Galati presented at EB-5 Investors Magazine’s Fall 2018 Ho Chi Minh City ...

Sep 12, 2018

Grenada CBI Committee Names New Program Enhancements, Unit CEO

Matthew Galati

The Grenadian CBI program is poised for massive improvements in the very near future. In a circular dated September 10 (attached to this post below...

Sep 5, 2018

PREMIUM PROCESSING FEE INCREASES BY ALMOST 15%

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

On August 31, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would be increasing the premium processing filing fee from ...

Aug 21, 2018

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program Will Re-Open September 10th, 2018

Quebec's Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion announced that the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) will be re-open from Septembe...

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...

Aug 13, 2018

Lawsuit Filed to Relieve EB-5 Quota of Derivatives

Benjamin S. Green

On July 25, 2018, a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Feng Wang, et al. v Michael R. Pompeo) that fundamen...

Aug 13, 2018

President Signs KIWI Act Providing E-1/E-2 Eligibility for New Zealand Nationals

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

On August 1, 2018, the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors Act, or the KIWI Act, having already passed both the US House o...

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Aug 3, 2018

The Latest Fact-Finding Trip to Grenada

Matthew Galati

We have discussed at length how the acquisition of Grenadian citizenship through investment (CBI) can uniquely unlock the ability to appl...

Jun 25, 2018

Major Developments for the Israeli E-2 Visa

Matthew Galati

After years of fits and starts, Israeli media is now widely reporting that the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee has approved its long-anticipated...

Jun 22, 2018

Green and Spiegel’s Jonathan Grode Named Distinguished Leader by The Legal Intelligencer

The oldest daily law journal in the United States, The Legal Intelligencer, has named Green and Spiegel LLC’s U.S. Practice Directo...