Friday, May 20, 2016

Artisan Business Group travels to Cuba

Artisan Business is traveling to Havana, Cuba next week to explore business opportunities. The Artisan team will meet with government officials, chamber of commerce, business professionals, etc. during their week long trip in Cuba.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ABG attends Win Fund event





Artisan Business Group team members attended an investment presentation and banquet hosted by Win Fund Group in Beijing last night.  Over 50 migration agency executives attended the event.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

US China Investment Chicago Forum June 30

US China Investment Chicago Forum is taking place on June 30, 2016 in Naperville (west suburb of Chicago), Illinois.  The much-anticipated investment and finance forum will bring together executives and professionals real estate investment industry's most active market participants for a day of high level discussion, peer to peer exchanges and one on one networking sessions.  We are expecting over 20 executives from China to participate in this event.
The event will have limited seats for senior-level executives from both the US and China and will feature honest and in-depth dialogues with the leading experts on how to effectively attract private equity and EB-5 investments from China.  In addition, the Forum offers unique networking sessions that will enable participants to establish useful and productive contacts and generate fresh deal flow or potential investment opportunities as well as possible funding leads from equity partners in China. 
Program Schedule:9:00 am  Welcome Remarks

9:15 -10:15 am   US Real Estate: Private Equity Investment from China
10:30 - 11:30 am  What is Next: EB-5 Financing from China
12 -1:00 pm  Networking Luncheon
1:30-2:30 pm  Exploring Direct Investment Opportunities
3:00 - 4:30 pm  Networking Session

Saturday, May 14, 2016

New EB-5 regional centers are designated

New EB-5 regional centers have been designated


  • American Lending Center North Carolina, LLC (North Carolina, South Carolina)
  • Atlantic Coast Regional Center, LLC (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia)
  • Excelsior EB-5 Regional Center LLC (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York)
  • Regional Center of the Pacific (California)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

EB-5 Administrator Indicted On Financial Misconduct Charges

Attorney General Marty Jackley said Joop Bollen was indicted by a Brown County grand jury on five felony counts of unauthorized disposal of personal property to security interest. See news report at http://www.keloland.com/

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New Neighbors 2016: Chinese Investment in the US by Congressional District

(Source: RHG) Rhodium Group and the National Committee on US-China Relations have released the 2016 update of its “New Neighbors” report. The report provides a detailed tally of the operations of Chinese-affiliated companies in the United States and the local impacts of those investment. It finds that Chinese investment in acquisitions, new operations, and expansions in the US grew to more than $15 billion in 2015, setting a new record. The number of Chinese-affiliated companies in the US exceeded 1,900 by year-end 2015, extending across more than 80% of congressional districts (362 of 435). As greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) picked up and many existing companies expanded local employment, the number of Americans employed by Chinese-affiliated companies rose by another 12%, to 90,000. Read the full report here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

China-Caribbean Investment Forum held in Puerto Rico

Artisan Business Group hosted China-Caribbean Investment Forum in Puerto Rico on May 3rd to help bring awareness to opportunities in the Caribbean Region. Professionals from China’s financial sector attended the event to learn about possible investment opportunities in Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, Nevis, Grenada and Dominica. We thank our sponsors Arcis Capital Partners and Puerto Rico Sotheby's International Realty​.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Patrick Leahy: Without significant reforms, EB-5 program should die off

(Source: Stowe Reporter) Senator Leahy: "Years ago when I began working to reform the national EB-5 program, the problems we saw seemed far removed from the many promising EB-5 development projects in Vermont. It is heartbreaking, and it is maddening, to see such problems here at home."  read entire statement from US Senator Patrick Leahy at http://www.stowetoday.com/

Friday, May 6, 2016

USCIS approves new EB-5 regional centers

More EB-5 regional centers have been designated by the USCIS. 
  • America FX Regional Center, LLC (California)
  • EB5 International II, LLC (California)
  • EB5 International III LLC (Oregon, Washington)
  • Global Alliance Carolina Regional Center, LLC (North Carolina)
  • Hawaiian Ohana Regional Center (Hawaii)
  • Luichi, Inc. (Nevada)
  • Manhattan Metropolitan Regional Center (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York)
  • Regional Center of the Pacific (California)
  • Watercrest Florida Regional Center, LLC (Florida)

    Anyone who is interested in a new ownership of USCIS approved EB-5 regional center in New York, please contact us at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com

vtdigger.org reports Jay Peak investor files class action lawsuit against Raymond James

vtdigger.org reports Jay Peak investor files class action lawsuit against Raymond James! An investor in a hotel at Jay Peak on Wednesday filed a class action lawsuit against Raymond James Financial in Miami federal court. Alexander Daccache, the plaintiff, alleges that the financial services company “aided and abetted” the developers of Jay Peak Resort in the diversion of $200 million in immigrant investor funds. Daccache, of Brazil, is an investor in the Penthouse Suites project, which is part of the Hotel Jay. He invested $500,000 in the project as part of Vermont’s EB-5 program in August 2010.  Read full report at https://vtdigger.org/

Thursday, May 5, 2016

2016 (Shenzhen) Global Investment Immigration Summit Forum and Exhibition accepts registration

Good news! 2016 (Shenzhen) Global Investment Immigration Summit Forum and Exhibition is now accepting registration!  The event provides great opportunities to showcase your EB-5 projects and professional services, it will take place at Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel May 21, 2016. It is organized by Guangdong Entry and Exit Immigration Association Shenzhen Chapter. Contact us today at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule

DHS proposes to establish a new fee of $3,035 to recover the full cost of processing the Employment Based Immigrant Visa, Fifth Preference (EB-5) Annual Certification of Regional Center, Form I-924A. 9 While approved EB-5 Regional Centers are required to file Form I-924A annually, there is currently no filing fee and as a result, DHS does not fully recover the processing costs associated with such filings. DHS therefore proposes to establish a filing fee for this form. 

This rule proposes to change the title of Form I-924A from “Supplement to Form I-924” to “Annual Certification of Regional Center.”

With approximately 800 currently approved regional centers, USCIS must expend adjudicative resources to handle Form I-924A filings for which no fee is currently collected. Regional centers are often complex partnerships, limited liability companies, or other business entities involved in multiple commercial enterprises that may overlap or intertwine. These complex relationships must be described on the Form I-924A and the filing must be reviewed by USCIS to determine if the regional center continues to comply with program requirements. 

Of course, there is also an increase to the Form I-924 Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Inves tor Program, increase from $6,230 to $17,795  

An increase of $11,565
I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur increase from $1,500 to $3,675
I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions no change
I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion increase from $630 to $675 
I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status increase from $985 to $1,140

Monday, May 2, 2016

Bloomberg News:China Evicts Investment Firms Amid Fears of Unrest

This is a great news report by Bloomberg News - "China Evicts Investment Firms Amid Fears of Unrest" and review the story at http://www.bloomberg.com/news

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Puzzle Box Academy celebrates Grand Opening

On April 29th, Puzzle Box Academy, a consulting client of Artisan Business Group, hosted its grand opening in Palm Bay, Florida. Puzzle Box Academy is a private school serving children (currently Kindergarten through 6th Grade) impacted by Autism and other developmental delays such as ADD/ADHD. Puzzle Box provides students with a customized academic plan, integrating proven, research-based therapeutic strategies into every learning task. To learn more about EB-5 immigrant investor program, please contact us at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com or call 217-899-6661.




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Final Call! 2016 China Caribbean Investment & Finance Forum May 3

This is final call for online registration!  2016 China Caribbean Investment & Finance Forum will be discussing various Chinese investments and alternative EB-5 financing in the region.  To book today, log on http://ChinaCaribbeanForum.com 

ABG announces US China Investment Chicago Forum

US China Investment Chicago Forum is taking place on June 30, 2016 in Naperville (west suburb of Chicago), Illinois.  The much-anticipated investment and finance forum will bring together executives and professionals real estate investment industry's most active market participants for a day of high level discussion, peer to peer exchanges and one on one networking sessions.  We are expecting over 20 executives from China to participate in this event. 

The event will have limited seats for senior-level executives from both the US and China and will feature honest and in-depth dialogues with the leading experts on how to effectively attract private equity and EB-5 investments from China.  In addition, the Forum offers unique networking sessions that willenable participants to establish useful and productive contacts and generate fresh deal flow or potential investment opportunities as well as possible funding leads from equity partners in China.  Invited speaker faculty will be announced. 

Who Should Attend: EB-5 Developers, Regional Centers, Attorneys, Investment Consultants, Real Estate Developers, Equity Managers, Investment Banks, Family Offices, Private Wealth Managers, REITS, Fund of Funds, Distressed Funds, Hedge Funds, Accountants, Insurance Companies

Register online: http://2016Chicago.eventbrite.com

Watch live: Shumlin news conference on Jay Peak, EB-5

(Source: Burlington Free Press) Watch live: Shumlin news conference on Jay Peak, EB-5, click here  http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/ to watch.

Also from Vermont's NPR news "For Some EB-5 Investors, Immigration Questions Loom Large" - see the story at http://digital.vpr.net/