Sep 30,2020 ALCD Team

The EB-5 Visa Availability Approach Model

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has started issuing visas based on their new visa availability approach. Previously, USCIS used the first-in first-out model which resulted in a huge backlog of visa distribution for applicants who’s country had reached their annual quota. This new model aims to prioritize immigrant petition applications and promote efficiency.

Sep 24,2020 ALCD Team

Understanding the EB-5 Escrow Process

It is common practice for EB-5 project managers to utilize an escrow arrangement to safeguard investors funds prior to the approval of the investors I-526 petition. The I-526 petition is the application filed by the EB-5 specialist on behalf of the EB-5 investor for their U.S. green card and residency. It is thus imperative that the potential EB-5 investor understands the process behind placing their funds in an escrow account.

Sep 21,2020 ALCD Team

Expediting Your EB-5 Application

The most asked question from prospective EB-5 investors is what do they need to do to expedite their application? Firstly, the EB-5 application must be completed and submitted accurately, the initial step is the most crucial step in the process. Therefore, the prospective investor must align themselves with experienced specialists who know and understand the complexities of the program.

Sep 16,2020 ALCD Team

How EB-5 Investors Can Protect Themselves

The EB-5 immigrant investor program has grown rapidly since its inception, receiving great interest from expanding markets such as China and India. However, the requirement of a high investment has made the program synonymous with wealthy families, and thus increasing the chances of applicants being exposed to fraudulent activities. Therefore, it is crucial that potential investors are proactively aware of ways to prevent being defrauded.

Sep 10,2020 ALCD Team

EB-5 Program Regulations that Protect the Investor

The purpose of the EB-5 immigrant investor program is to stimulate economic growth and increase job creation. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the program has brought $8.7 billion of foreign capital into the U.S. since 2017. With the rising increase in investments into the program and the corresponding rise in fraudulent activity, EB-5 investors should complete their own due diligence before investing in any EB-5 project.

Sep 08,2020 ALCD Team

The EB-5 Program as a Solution to the Suspension of the L-1 and H1-B

The proclamation by President Trump on the temporary suspension of several work visa categories and the subsequent halt of all entry to the United States has caused great panic for foreign nationals scheduled to be in the U.S. on a valid work visa. However, the EB-5 immigrant investor program remains untouched by the new immigration policy and is still a guaranteed route into the U.S.

Sep 03,2020 ALCD Team

EB-5 Program as a Stimulus for the United States Economy Post COVID-19

The United States EB-5 immigrant investment program by congress was created with the intent to promote regional economic growth for the U.S. through foreign investment. The program was designed to directly inject capital investment into the U.S. economy and thereby create jobs for U.S. persons. While the program is an important alternative source of capital for the economic growth of the U.S. economy and labor market, it is also a crucial immigration tool for foreign nationals looking to migrate into the U.S.

Sep 01,2020 ALCD Team

Pre-immigration Tax Planning for EB-5 Investors

Prospective EB-5 investors must inform themselves of the tax obligations that come with being a U.S. person, prior to starting their application process. The U.S. tax laws mandate that all U.S. green card holders, residents, and U.S. citizens are liable to pay business tax, personal income tax, and estate tax. Such tax obligations make pre-immigration tax planning a critical and necessary step for foreign nationals who are considering moving to the U.S.