Wednesday, April 16, 2014

USCIS to hold EB-5 stakeholders teleconference April 23, 2014

From: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services”
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:16 AM
Subject: USCIS Invitation: EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Regulatory Changes, 4/23/2014

Dear Stakeholder,
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss future regulatory changes for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
USCIS is beginning work on revised EB-5 regulations. Regulatory revision has been identified as an important step for the future of the EB-5 Program and is an agency priority. We invite EB-5 stakeholders to provide feedback on EB-5 regulations as we work toward making regulatory improvements to strengthen the efficiency, predictability, and integrity of the EB-5 program.
During this engagement, USCIS officials will listen to your feedback and input on changes to the EB-5 regulations. Feedback and input can be related to:
Methods to combat fraud and abuse
How to improve upon current regulations
Substantive eligibility requirements
Procedural filing requirements

For those unable to attend, we will hold a follow-up discussion in the USCIS Idea Community. We encourage you to become a part of the discussion starting on April 24, 2014. To register for this session, please follow the steps below:
Visit our registration page to confirm your participation
Enter your email address and select “Submit
Select “Subscriber Preferences
Select the “Event Registration” tab
Be sure to provide your full name and organization
Complete the questions and select “Submit

Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details.
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, or if you have not received a confirmation email within two business days, please email us at Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov. We look forward to engaging with you!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Report from China: Leahy and Welch visit Shanghai

According to a recent news release by Sentor Leahy's office, US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), accompanied by Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.), is heading a bicameral, bipartisan congressional delegation to China, Vietnam, and Hong Kong.  In Shanghai, Senator Leahy and Representative Welch attended EB-5 presentations hosted by CanAchieve Consultants and the Vermont State Regional Center at the Fairmont Peace Hotel April 15, 2014. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

EB-5 Capital Raising Seminar comes to New York City

The Effective EB-5 Capital Raising Seminar is coming to New York City area. Our popular EB-5 workshop has drawn attentions from real estate developers and regional centers around the country. A one day event is under planning in New York City area this summer. For our event sponsorship program, contact us at aritsanbusiness@yahoo.com.

COIA hosts investment events in Shenzhen and Shanghai

(Source: COIA) China Overseas Investment Association (COIA) hosted a number of US investment presentations in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing in last two week. Hundreds of emigration agency representatives and business executives attended the events. The audiences raised many questions around various topics with US EB-5 program. For more information about EB-5 related  activities in China, contact us.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Travel Tips: how to combat air pollution in China

We were departing for meetings in Beijing March 27, 2014
In late March 2014, our EB-5 business delegation was traveling in 5 cities around China. Air pollution was the major concerns we had. To stay healthy and minimize risks, we were fully prepared with N95 Particulate Respirator masks made by 3M. Some of us also prepared with Halo Oral Spray (against airborne germs) and Nozin Nasal Sanitizer which can be purchased at Amazon.com.  These items are extremely helpful.  They are highly recommended for you to use during the travels in China. Air pollution is a serious problem in many Chinese cities, Beijing is the worst so far during our visit in late March. There are a couple helpful websites that you can check on prior to traveling to China, such as the Chinese Cities Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI) at http://aqicn.org/city and US Embassy in Beijing. The air monitor's measurements are expressed in the form of PM 2.5 concentration (micrograms per cubic meter, µg/m3) and corresponding AQI. The following chart was from the US Embassy in Beijing official website. You can find more information about air quality in Beijing at the Embassy website http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/aqirecent3.html

Air Quality Index  (AQI) 
PM2.5  
Health Effects Statement
PM 2.5
Cautionary Statement

Good 
(0-50)
PM2.5 air pollution poses little or no risk. None

Moderate
(51-100)
Unusually sensitive individuals may experience respiratory symptoms. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

(101-150)
Increasing likelihood of respiratory symptoms in sensitive individuals, aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
Unhealthy
(151-200)
Increased aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly; increased respiratory effects in general population. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion; everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
Very Unhealthy (201-300) Significant aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly; significant increase in respiratory effects in general population. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
Hazardous
(301-500)
Serious aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly; serious risk of respiratory effects in general population. Everyone should avoid all physical activity outdoors; people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors and keep activity levels low.

For more information about participating in the 2014 Business Exploratory Delegation to China, please contact us at artisanbusiness@gmail.com. Very limited space!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Chinese brokers seek new EB-5 projects


Chinese emigration brokers are seeking viable and small projects with low risks. Prefer EB-5 regional center projects that are seeking 20 or less investors.  New projects under pending EB-5 regional centers will be considered. Interested parties should email project executive summary directly at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com - no phone calls, no agents.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Trade Mission Announcement: Jump on the wagon to China

2013 EB-5 Business Delegation visiting Great Wall
2014 China Express Delegation visiting Beijing
The 2014 EB-5 Business & Investment Exploratory Delegation in June adds the City of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province to the list of destination cities which already included Shenzhen and Guangzhou in Southern China. The 3rd annual trade mission will meet with major emigration agents (such as Worldway Group, Shinyway and others), business executives and investors throughout the trip with Artisan Business Group in China’s major financial center and some of the fastest growing cities in the world. 

If your company or Regional Center has a project that is looking to raise EB-5 capital, then this is the delegation you need to sign on. The delegation’s core objective is bringing US business executives to meet in person with their potential EB-5 business partners in China. Whether you have a shovel ready project that needs agents now, or you may have a new project that will need the connections in next few months, this exploratory trade mission gives you the effective platform to form productive working relationships needed to conduct business in China. 

For more information about participating in the 2014 Exploratory Delegation to China, please contact us at artisanbusiness@gmail.com.  Very limited space!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Market Observations: new trends of the EB-5 Market in China


The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has become increasingly popular during the past five years. The EB-5 industry has evolved over time and we see new trends forming during 2014. During our most recent trip to China, we experienced many new businesses and individuals trying to get involved in EB-5 such as Chinese law firms, banks, business chambers, etc. These Chinese companies see the potential in revenue with the EB-5 program and have decided to create a division of their business to focus on EB-5. The impact of this will be a more chaotic EB-5 market in China with more individuals claiming to be able to raise EB-5 capital for projects. Project developers and regional centers must be careful working with these firms as they do not really know the capabilities of these companies. They could spend lots of money and time working with these new firms and still yield no success.

We were also approached by many smaller emigration agents who plan to start promoting EB-5 due to the termination of Canadian’s federal investor program. Due diligence is a topic we discussed closely with these agents and other parties during our trip. Due diligence is always important for investors and agents to consider before investing in or promoting a project. There are also an increasing number of large projects entering the market. Some of these large projects may have difficulties securing capable agents since most agents are smaller and mid-size companies who do not prefer to work on large projects. The top five largest EB-5 emigration agents seem to be working with a few well established Regional Centers, it is quite difficult for new kids on the block to break into such relationships. Some Chinese real estate developers are also forming an alliances with emigration agents to develop EB-5 projects in Los Angeles, New York and other areas in the U.S.

The EB-5 program has become a household name for middle to upper class Chinese investors looking to emigrate. Families with government jobs may not be able to leave the country due to party’s new policy that requests full disclosure of family member's status. As the EB-5 program becomes even more popular, we are interested to see how this overcrowded market will affect future EB-5 projects.  

To learn the latest trends in the EB-5 market and develop new strategies, join us at The Effective EB-5 Capital Raising Workshop on April 24th in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami.  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pictures from the ABG China Express Delegation

Artisan Business Group led a delegation of 10 members to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing and Nanchang March 22-28, 2014. The delegation met with many emigration agents, executives with Chinese banks, law firms, and real estate development firms. A number of meetings were held with real estate developers and senior housing developers in Hangzhou and Nanchang to explore cooperation opportunities. As usual, our delegation was well received with banquets of Maotai and fancy meals. Every delegate has built vital contacts with Chinese business communities in these cities. The delegation was very happy with our local business hosts at each destination and we really appreciate the hospitality we received during this trip. Here are a few photos of our one week trade mission in China.  For our next China trade mission registration, please log on http://www.ArtisanBusinessTours.com


NES Financial sponsors EB-5 Capital Raising Seminar in Florida


NES Financial announces its sponsorship to the Effective EB-5 Capital Raising Seminar  presented by Artisan Business Group on April 24, 2014. The one day event is developed for new and experienced EB-5 regional center executives and project developers. Everything you learn here is about effectively developing your own EB-5 regional center and projects and effectively raising EB-5 capital in China, the largest EB-5 market with abundant investment capital. The event is also co-supported by Wright Johnson.

Come to learn what is happening in the EB-5 capital marketplace and register your seat today!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Report from China: meetings with emigration agents

One of the goals of our March 2014 China Express Trade Mission is to help our EB-5 business delegates build direct contact with emigration agents and other potential partners who are interested in promoting EB-5 program in China.  Artisan Business Group has a well-established network of emigration agents throughout China, we have been very successful to assist our trade mission members in strengthening relationship and partnership with Chinese emigration industry.  The facilitation between EB-5 project developers and emigration agents is vital, it is the very first step for the agents to understand projects that our delegates are bringing to the marketplace. We host various private meetings and forums with Chinese executives and use such opportunities to introduce new projects and facilitate relationship for our clients.  Please contact us today for more information on how we can assist your project.


Monday, April 7, 2014

A quick note after the Shanghai Summit


(Brian Su) The 4th Annual Invest in America (Shanghai) Summit and Exhibition was a great success! With over 60 companies and regional centers from the US participated in the two day event, investors and emigration agents from all over China came to shop investment projects and learn the EB-5 industry update.

Obviously the EB-5 market gets smaller, more crowded and extreme competitive.  We have seen projects as big as seeking over a thousand investors and small project seeking one or two investors. Direct EB-5 projects are coming and competing with EB-5 regional centers. How to stand out amongst all the competing players in today's market?  There will be answers.


I have traveled to 6 cities to discuss with Chinese emigration agents and investors about the EB-5 program, and I will present what I have observed and heard at the Effective EB-5 Capital Raising Seminar in Miami April 24! Do not miss out!  There are so much to tell and share. Other featured speakers include Kevin Wright, Reid Thomas and Ronald Fieldstone who all came back from the Shanghai Summit, I am sure they have plenty to share as well.  Register now at http://miamieb5.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pictures from The 4th Annual Invest in America Summit

The 4th Annual Invest in America (Shanghai) Summit was held at Jing An Shangri-La Hotel during March 22-23, 2014. Check out a few pictures from the event. Contact us for next event in China.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

USCIS approves more EB-5 regional Centers

USCIS have approved more EB-5 regional Centers in the past two months. The market will be even more crowded and competitive. For more information about how to effectively raise capital through EB-5 program, contact us.
  • Live in America – Arizona Regional Center, LLC (Arizona)
  • Arkansas Regional Economic Development Center, LLC (Arkansas) 
  • SZNW Regional Center, LLC (California)
  • American Everglow Regional Center, LLC (California)
  • American Altin Regional Center (California)
  • Aboard America Regional Center, LLC (California)
  • California Foreign Investment and Immigration Center, LLC (California)
  • Gateway Secured Regional Center, LLC (California)
  • Rancon Regional Center, LLC (California)
  • Encore Colorado RC, LLC (Colorado)
  • American Northern Marianas Regional Center, LLC (Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands)
  • Live in America – Connecticut Regional Center (Connecticut)
  • Chesapeake Regional Center, LLC (District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland)
  • Citizens Regional Center of Florida (Florida)
  • US Access Florida Regional Center, LLC (Florida)
  • MCFI Georgia (Georgia)
  • State of Michigan EB-5 Regional Center, LLC (Michigan)
  • Woodmont Regional Center, LLC (New Mexico)
  • Civitas El Paso Regional Center, LLC (New Mexico, Texas)
  • Civitas New York Regional Center, LLC (New York)
  • AmericaNow – Philadelphia Metro Regional Center, LLC (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania)
  • Encore New York/New Jersey Regional Center, LLC (New York, New Jersey)
  • GW Bridge Fort Lee Regional Center (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)
  • Rock Hill Regional Center LLC (New York)
  • Carolina States Regional Center, LLC (North Carolina, South Carolina)
  • Cloudseed International Fund, LLC (Ohio) 
  • Columbia Willamette Investment, LLC (Oregon, Washington)
  • CMB Pennsylvania Regional Center, LLC (Pennsylvania)
  • Caribbean USA Economic Development Regional Center (Puerto Rico)
  • Texas Golden Pacific, LLC (Texas)
  •  Birch Capital Richmond Virginia Regional Center (Virginia)

Friday, April 4, 2014

The 5th Annual EB-5 Boot Camp (LA) announces conference speakers and panelists

The 5th Annual EB-5 Boot Camp (LA) announces conference speakers and panelists. The event will take place on May 14, 2014. Register today for early bird rates.

 Host & Speaker
Brian Su
Artisan Business Group, Inc.

Immigration Agent Speaker
Dr. Winner Xing, CEO and Founder
Worldway Group (China)

Expert Speakers & Panelists
Ronald Klasko, Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer
Linda Lau, Global Law Group
Kevin Wright, Wright Johnson
Ronald Fieldstone, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP
Jor Law, Homeier and Law

Jeff Carmichael, RockBridge Senior Living Communities

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Report from China: ABG China Express Delegation 2014

Artisan Business Group is leading a 10-member EB-5 business and investment delegation to meet with Chinese emigration agents and potential business partners in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Nanchang. The trade mission allows our delegates to build high level contacts with business elites in China. Here is a quick share of our trip video! For our upcoming Summer trade mission to China, please log on http://www.ArtisanBusinessTours.com for information.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

USCIS releases updated EB-5 processing times and approval statistics

(By Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Esq. and Robert Blanco, Esq.) USCIS has published its latest processing times from the new Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) for I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur applications and for I-829 Petitions by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program.  As of January 31, 2014, USCIS was processing I-526 applications that were filed on or before March 31, 2013 with an expectation applications will take about one year to process, while I-829 petitions that were filed on or before February 28, 2013 are being processed, meaning an almost two-year wait (click on the new “IPO Processing Dates” button at the bottom of the page for this information). Fortunately, I-829 applicants are already permanent residents and accrue time towards eligibility for US citizenship during this period.

Additionally, USCIS has recently updated its 2013 Fiscal Year EB-5 statistics with data through September 30, 2013.  Denials rates for I-526s stayed fairly constant:  in 2013, the I-526 denial rate dropped to slightly under 15% resulting in an approval rate exceeding 85% while the denial rate in 2012 was almost 16%.

The other good news:  denials of I-829 applications experienced an even greater drop.  In 2013, the I-829 denial rate was only 3.5% while the denial rate in 2012 was over 8%. This is particularly important as many denied I-829 applicants are placed into removal or deportation hearings where they get to present their cases again.

The shift of adjudications to the new IPO represents an important and positive attempt by the government to provide accurate information.  Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP applauds these efforts. - See more at: http://connect.wolfsdorf.com/