Thursday, August 27, 2015

ABG supports American Red Cross

Artisan Business Group is participating in the local radio station telethon to benefit American Red Cross. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner also showed his support to American Red Cross organization.
ABG with Red Cross executive director Bryan Soady

ABG with Governor Rauner

Governor Rauner speaking on local radio

Pathways EB-5 sponsors 2015 COIES in Beijing

Pathways EB-5 announces sponsorship of 2015 China Overseas Investment and Entrepreneurship Summit from October 9-11 in Beijing China. The COIES will take place at five star Beijing Kunlun Hotel and Diaoyutai State Guest House. The goal of the two days high level investment conference is aimed at helping Chinese companies, entrepreneurs, and institutional investors explore overseas business and investment opportunities through innovative collaboration business models. The conference will feature policy and legal discussions, investment industry round table, matching making events, award and agreement signing ceremonies, Chinese performing art showcase, reception and banquets, as well as an afternoon tour to the Forbidden City etc. 



The conference is hosted by the COIES Organizing Committee which includes:

J P Star, Henry Global, Globe Group, Visas Consulting Group, Worldway Group, Maslink Group, Cansine, EK Immigration, Kayaneer Overseas Service Center, Austar Group, Aucanlink Group, InterContinental Group, Chinese Business Immigration and Artisan Business Group.

Pathways EB-5 owns 6 EB-5 Regional Centers (RC) across the US including Northeast RC, Piedmont RC, Midwest Metropolitan RC, West Coast RC, Front Range RC and Sun Corridor RC. Pathways pursuit is to create pathways for investors, developers, and brokers by matching investor capital with developer capital needs while meeting the requirements of the EB-5 program. 

To learn more information about registering for this event, please contact us at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beijing Event Alerts!

2015 China Overseas Investment and Entrepreneurship Summit 
Beijing Oct 9-11, 2015

The two day high level business nextworking conference is hosted by the COIES Organizing Committee including top agents: J P Star, Henry Global, Globe Group, Visas Consulting Group, Worldway Group, Maslink Group, Cansine, EK Immigration, Kayaneer Overseas Service Center, Austar Group, Aucanlink Group, InterContinental Group, Chinese Business Immigration.

We highly recommend you to contact us first for the availability. We will try our best to get the invitations for qualified EB-5 regional centers, developers and other professionals.

The Overseas Investment & International Wealth Management
Beijing November 6-7, 2015

Please note, this is a conference with exhibition opportunities open to qualified EB-5 regional centers, developers and other professionals.

  • Booth Exhibitor: $5,000
  • Gold Sponsor Package $10,000
  • Platinum Sponsor Package $15,000
  • Diamond Sponsor Package $20,000

Speakers: Daniel Lundy (Partner of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP), Aaron Goforth (President of Wright Johnson), Dr. Scott Barnhart, Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, James Holz, Jeff Carmichel and more.

Artisan Business Group is an authorized promotional agent for above events, to learn more information about each event, please contact us at artisanbusiness@gmail.com.


SEC Approves FINRA Rule 2040- Payments to Unregistered Persons

(Source: FINRA) Effective August 24, 2015, the SEC approved FINRA's rule change relating to payments of unregistered persons in regulatory notice 15-07. FINRA rule 2040 aligns with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. FINRA Rule 2040(c) relates to Nonregistered foreign finders which can be found in the typical EB-5 offering. A broker-dealer who sells EB-5 securities must disclose their fees to the EB-5 investors. The EB-5 investors must provide written acknowledgement to the dealer-broker to show they are aware of the compensation agreement. Records disclosing total compensation paid by the issuer to the finder and all investors written acknowledgements must be recorded and available for inspection by FINRA.

If all the conditions set forth in Rule 2040(c) are satisfied, member firms can pay ongoing transaction-related compensation to non-registered foreign finders based on the business of non-U.S. customers that finders refer to member firms, and all accounts referred by such foreign finders would be carried on the books of the member firm.
The SEC approved FINRA’s rule change to adopt rules relating to payments to unregistered persons for the consolidated FINRA rulebook, FINRA Rules 2040 (Payments to Unregistered Persons) and 0190 (Effective Date of Revocation, Cancellation, Expulsion, or Resignation). The new rules replace provisions of the NASD and NYSE rules and include new provisions. FINRA also has amended FINRA Rule 8311 (Effect of a Suspension, Revocation, Cancellation, or Bar). The new rules and amendments become effective on August 24, 2015. - See more at: http://www.finra.org/industry/notices/15-07#sthash.tNtVdprb.dpuf
The SEC approved FINRA’s rule change to adopt rules relating to payments to unregistered persons for the consolidated FINRA rulebook, FINRA Rules 2040 (Payments to Unregistered Persons) and 0190 (Effective Date of Revocation, Cancellation, Expulsion, or Resignation). The new rules replace provisions of the NASD and NYSE rules and include new provisions. FINRA also has amended FINRA Rule 8311 (Effect of a Suspension, Revocation, Cancellation, or Bar). The new rules and amendments become effective on August 24, 2015. - See more at: http://www.finra.org/industry/notices/15-07#sthash.tNtVdprb.dpu
The SEC approved FINRA’s rule change to adopt rules relating to payments to unregistered persons for the consolidated FINRA rulebook, FINRA Rules 2040 (Payments to Unregistered Persons) and 0190 (Effective Date of Revocation, Cancellation, Expulsion, or Resignation). The new rules replace provisions of the NASD and NYSE rules and include new provisions. FINRA also has amended FINRA Rule 8311 (Effect of a Suspension, Revocation, Cancellation, or Bar). The new rules and amendments become effective on August 24, 2015. - See more at: http://www.finra.org/industry/notices/15-07#sthash.tNtVdprb.dpuf
The SEC approved FINRA’s rule change to adopt rules relating to payments to unregistered persons for the consolidated FINRA rulebook, FINRA Rules 2040 (Payments to Unregistered Persons) and 0190 (Effective Date of Revocation, Cancellation, Expulsion, or Resignation). The new rules replace provisions of the NASD and NYSE rules and include new provisions. FINRA also has amended FINRA Rule 8311 (Effect of a Suspension, Revocation, Cancellation, or Bar). The new rules and amendments become effective on August 24, 2015. - See more at: http://www.finra.org/industry/notices/15-07#sthash.tNtVdprb.dpuf

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

EB-5 market slides as Yuan devalues in China

Economy in China is significantly slowing down as Chinese government devalues Yuan. Chinese stock market is now at its lowest bottom in last five years. For the EB-5 investor program, these are not good signs since 85% investors have been from China. It now costs much more for investors to prepare their investment funds. As the market becomes more difficult and challenging, Chinese migration agents and investors are now  more interested in projects with I-924 and/or I-526 approvals. The Chinese EB-5 market is already seen slowing down due to various economic and political reasons (Chinese government has restricted officials of all levels and their family members for overseas settlements). While EB-5 business might be slower,  more Chinese real estate developers and private equity firms are interested in exploring and seeking investment opportunities in the US. To learn more the ever-changing marketplace in China, please contact us today for a consultation.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Announcement: 2015 China Overseas Investment and Entrepreneurship Summit (Beijing Oct 9-11)


2015 China Overseas Investment and Entrepreneurship Summit (Beijing Oct 9-11, 2015) will be taking place at five star Beijing Kunlun Hotel and Diaoyutai State Guest House. 

The goal of the two days high level investment conference is aimed at helping Chinese companies, entrepreneurs, and institutional investors explore overseas business and investment opportunities through innovative collaboration business models. The conference will feature policy and legal discussions, investment industry round table, matching making events, award and agreement signing ceremonies, Chinese performing art showcase, reception and banquets, as well as an afternoon tour to the Forbidden City etc. 

The conference is hosted by the COIES Organizing Committee which includes:
J P Star, Henry Global, Globe Group, Visas Consulting Group, Worldway Group, Maslink Group, Cansine, EK Immigration, Kayaneer Overseas Service Center, Austar Group, Aucanlink Group, InterContinental Group, Chinese Business Immigration. Artisan Business Group is one of the co-hosts!

Invited and Expected Guests and Attendees from:
Wan Da Group, Alibaba, Lenova, Huawei, Commerce and Industry Bank, China Trust Bank, China Merchants Bank, Communications Bank, Construction Bank of China, HSBC, Chartered Bank, CitiBank, Exit and Entry Services Associations, Chambers of Commerce, and other migration agents from all over the country, private equity companies and real estate companies.  

To learn more information about registering for this event, please contact us at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

ABG to lead another trade mission to China

Artisan Business Group is organizing a one week trade mission to Beijing and Shanghai China in October 2015. The trade mission is open to EB-5 regional center executives, project developers, attorneys and other professionals who are interested in doing business in China. To learn more about the 2015 annual China trade mission details, please contact us at artisanbusiness@gmail.com. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

USCIS Message: Unauthorized Use of the DHS Seal

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [mailto:uscis@public.govdelivery.com]
Sent: Friday, August 14, 2015 12:30 PM
Subject: USCIS Message: Unauthorized Use of the DHS Seal

Dear Stakeholder,
USCIS would like to remind you that no one, including EB-5 regional centers, may use the official U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seal without first obtaining express written approval from the Secretary of DHS or the Secretary’s designee. The Secretary’s express written approval is also required to use the DHS seal coupled with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) signature.
If an EB-5 regional center or related entity displays the DHS seal or USCIS signature on its website, electronic and printed forms, or promotional and marketing materials without express written approval, USCIS may refer the regional center or related entity to the Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission for further action.
If you use the DHS seal or USCIS signature without approval, you may be:
·        Improperly implying that the U.S. government is endorsing the regional center,
·        Inaccurately suggesting a special relationship with USCIS,
·        Engaging in unfair or deceptive trade practice under 15 U.S.C. §§ 45 and 52, and
·        Violating U.S. criminal statutes which protect the DHS seal and USCIS signature and which address the improper use of federal agencies’ seals, official badges, identification cards and other insignia. See 18 U.S.C. §§ 506, 701 and 1017.
Improper use of the DHS seal and USCIS signature can confuse the public and prevent them from being able to identify what communications are officially from DHS or USCIS. This negatively impacts DHS’ and USCIS’ ability to effectively communicate with the American public. Therefore, DHS only permits the use of the DHS seal and USCIS signature for very specific purposes.
For information on how to request approval to use the DHS seal, visit this DHS page.
Kind Regards,
USCIS Public Engagement Division

ABG team visits FL project site


Artisan Business Group team visits a proposed senior care project Infinity Bay Senior Living in Tampa Florida.  Senior care investment opportunities such as assisted living and memory care facilities are gaining popularity in the overseas capital market. To learn more about EB-5 program, contact us at artisanbusiness@gmail.com.

Friday, August 14, 2015

USCIS releases new draft memo for EB-5 job creation

The new EB-5 draft memo "Guidance on the Job Creation Requirement and Sustainment of the Investment for EB-5 Adjudication of Form I-526 and Form I-829" recently released from USCIS is open to comments from August 10 to September 8, 2015. This policy memorandum provides guidance on  EB-5 applications regarding job creation and the requirements to sustain the jobs during the conditional residence period. You can help review the policy memorandum and make comments to USCIS here.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

2015 China Overseas Investment and Entrepreneurship Summit to be held in Beijing


2015 China Overseas Investment and Entrepreneurship Summit is to be held in Beijing Oct. 9-11. Chinese participants include some of the leading firms such as Henry Global, Worldway Group, Maslink Group, Visa Consulting Group, and other Chinese investment and real estate companies.  To learn how to participate in the By Invitation Only event, please contact us at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com. (This is not a trade show event)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

USCIS Message: EB-5 Regional Centers Naming Conventions

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [mailto:uscis@public.govdelivery.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 3:27 PM
Subject: USCIS Message: EB-5 Regional Centers Naming Conventions

USCIS would like to remind you that EB-5 regional centers and related commercial enterprises should not contain the words “United States,” “U.S.,” “US” and “Federal” in their names. If you use these words in the name of your regional center or enterprise, you may falsely imply a relationship between the entity using the name, and USCIS, DHS and the U.S. government. Using such names on websites, promotional and other marketing materials could also be considered deceptive acts or practices and false advertisements, which may violate federal laws governing unfair trade and false advertisements. See 15 U.S.C. §§ 45 and 52. If a regional center or related commercial enterprise has a questionable name, the Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) may refer it to the Federal Trade Commission for further action. Additionally, use of the words “Federal” or “United States” in advertising by businesses engaged in the financial services sector may be a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 709, which prohibits false advertising or the misuse of names to indicate a federal agency. In this situation, IPO may refer regional centers and related commercial enterprises with questionable naming practices to the Department of Justice for further action. 

 Kind Regards,
USCIS Public Engagement Division

Monday, August 10, 2015

The EB-5 China Market Council opens membership registration

The EB-5 China Market Council is an advisory body that provides a platform for many China based migration consulting firms in learning EB-5 legislation, EB-5 business practices and immigration services.  The Council invites US EB-5 immigration experts to provide training to Chinese emigration executives in China. The Council has an open membership drive since 2013, anyone who is interested in promoting EB-5 immigrant investor program a is welcome to become a general member of the organization, register your FREE Membership, click here now!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New EB-5 regional centers

New EB-5 regional center additions! How many regional centers are there?
  • American Coast Regional Center (CA)
  • EB-5 Impact Capital Regional Center (CA and NV)
  • EB5 International, LLC (CA)
  • EB5 Affiliate Network Washington, D.C. Regional Center (DC, MD, VA, WV) 
  • Maryland Global Regional Center, LLC (DC, MD, VA, WV)
  • Civitas Northern Florida Regional Center (FL)
  • EB5 Financing Management Company, LLC (FL)
  • Civitas Illinois Regional Center (IL)
  • EB5 Affiliate Network State of Hawaii Regional Center (HI)
  • Massachusetts Wealth and Happiness Regional Center (MA)
  • EB5 Affiliate Network State of North Carolina Regional Center (NC)
  • Ocean Pacific Regional Center (OR)
  • Harmonia Regional Center, LLC (TX)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

New trend: PE + EB-5

After extensive meetings with emigration agents from China in last two weeks, we found obvious that a new trend is emerging, specifically for small size projects.  More Chinese migration agents and investors are interested in investing private equity fund in US projects such as restaurants, senior living, franchises, schools, and apartment buildings. An EB-5 project can be attracting both private equity investors and EB-5 investors. The mixed pool of funds from Chinese investors can help US developers lower its own equity requirements usually requested by Chinese parties. If you have a smaller investment projects that seeking under $10 million dollars from overseas market, feel free to contact us with an executive project summary.  Chinese emigration agents are seeking such projects for their investor clients!

Contact: artisanbusiness@gmail.com. Prefer real estate projects.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The 3rd Overseas Investment & International Wealth Management Forum to be held Nov. 6-7, 2015

The 3rd Overseas Investment & International Wealth Management Forum (OIIF) invites professionals, investors in EB-5 investment, and oversea investment fields to attend a 2-day conference and show in Beijing. The investment forum will be held at Wanda Sofitel Hotel in Beijing, China from Nov. 6-7, 2015 (2 day conference and show), covering the main topics of overseas investment, immigration and international wealth management. The OIIF is organized by Overseas Investment Immigration & Wealth Management Union, Beijing Chi-metric Investment Consulting Co. and AVI-Capital. The OIIF is co-organized by Artisan Business group, American Investment Immigration Association, Standard Chartered Bank, EB-5 China Market Council and Zhao Long Group.

Every year, investment companies, wealth managers, project sponsors and EB-5 professionals from both sides of the Pacific attend OIIF in Beijing to network, learn from the experts and interact with investors. The 3rd OIIF is suitable for government representatives, EB-5 immigration attorneys, investment professionals, economists, real estate developers, bankers and financiers, business executives, regional center operators as well as distinguished entrepreneurs to gather under one roof and make deals happen. Over 50 exhibitors, 200 emigration agencies and 2,000 visitors are expected to attend this year's OIIF conference. 

Contact Mr. Tyler McKay at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com or Ms. Julia Yan at aiiabj@163.com for booth registration and participating information.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Artisan hosts US Investment Executive Training Program

Artisan Business Group hosted the 2015 US Investment Executive Training Program for over 30 Chinese emigration professionals on July 27-31 in Chicago, IL. The 5 day training program focused on the US Investment process with presentations from industry experts from across the US. Speakers for the event included Illinois Senator Mattie Hunter, Illinois Senator William Delgado, Illinois Treasury Chief Investment Officer Rodrigo Garcia, Doyce Boesch, Jeff Carr, Scott Barnhart, Bill Thomas, Gerry Sawyer, Steven Anapoell, Jeff Carmichael, Jen Hermansky, Tuam Nguyen, Carmine Fanelle, James Holz, Jerry Siegan, Jackie Graham, Peter Qiu, Elias Papasavvas and Simon Liang.

Topics presented to the emigration professionals from China included EB-5 Legislative Updates, Project Entitlements, Real Estate Construction Management Oversight, MIA Appraisal Reports, Due Diligence, US Legal and Court System, Wealth Protection Strategies, Federal Securities Law, US Securities Broker/Dealer Industry, Processing EB-5 Visa Petitions, Commercial Lending, Real Estate Development, Franchise Business Model, Direct EB-5 Challenges, Matter of Ho Compliant Business Plans and Econometrics. The successful US Investment Executive Training Program also discussed the latest trends and market updates in EB-5 Regional Center Program. Artisan Business would like to thank all of the knowledgeable speakers who shared their expertise and experiences during the executive training program. 






Friday, July 24, 2015

Artisan Business Group to host the 2nd annual EB-5 Industry Chinese Professionals Roundtable

Artisan Business Group is to host the 2nd annual EB-5 Industry Chinese Professionals Roundtable on July 29, 2015 in Chicago. The one event will be conducted in Chinese language (open to anyone who speaks Chinese).  Chinese professionals who work for EB-5 regional centers, law firms, project developers and other professional services are weclome to attend. The roundtable event will discuss the latest EB-5 industry trends and Chinese market update.  Register now!