Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Accelerated EB-5 Capital Raising Process Practical Workshop comes to NYC

The Accelerated EB-5 Capital Raising Process Practical Workshop is coming to New York City area in early July 2014.  The number of participants has been limited to 20 people. This is a one and only exclusive event for EB-5 project developers who are seeking innovative ways to efficiently raise investment capital in ever-changing marketplace. The first five people to register are our guests at a special restaurant the evening of the session. What are you waiting for? Check out the details and register today.  Obviously, very limited participation! reserve your seat now.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

EB-5 Program in Emerging Markets (Part II)

(By Adam Leinberger) Taiwan is another player in the EB-5 program but its growth seems to be flat lining in recent years. One of the reasons is that EB-5 projects are required to register with ROC Ministry of Interior prior to entering the Taiwanese market.  It is a bureaucratic process that has restricted the market entry for most of the EB-5 projects.  Taiwanese has less desire to immigrate to the U.S. as they have less restrictions when they apply for visitor or business visas with the US government. 

Vietnam is new on the scene when it comes to EB-5. A challenge for EB-5 is that Vietnamese foreign exchange laws regulate the export of Vietnamese currency abroad. This is to secure the Vietnamese Dong as the country’s primary currency. Many wealthy Vietnamese are looking to escape the corruption, danger, and economic uncertainty in Vietnam. IT will take a lot efforts to attract investors from Vietnam.

The Middle East is becoming a hot spot source of EB-5 funds behind China, South Korea, Great Britain, and Taiwan. Many EB-5 projects have been presented at seminars in Dubai in last two years. The program has seen a 50% increase since 2008 due to political instability and financial crisis. Green cards are usually obtained through a lottery system, along with a work visa, or by family sponsorship. Obtaining the card can take as long as 10 years, and once you have it, becoming an American citizen can take another five years. An EB-5 investor can be granted a temporary green card in 18 months and citizenship five years later. Once the application is approved by the USCIS and US consulate and when the investor arrives in the US, they get a conditional green card.  In the 21st month, the investor can apply for a permanent green card. There has been controversy surrounding certain Iranian. Some of our government officials are suspicious of Iranians using the EB-5 program for industrial espionage purposes. The economic embargo that the United States has imposed on Iran presents unique difficulties for any Iranian national looking to invest in the States through the EB-5 program. An executive order issued in October 2012 authorized the issuing of general licenses to Iranians wishing to invest their money in the United States. This change has reduced processing time for Iranian investors, but these investors should still be aware of the requirements that must be met in order to be approved for the license and to invest in the United States. The process is similar for Syrians except that Syrians must apply for specific licenses for investing as opposed to general ones which complicates the process.  For more information about EB-5 immigrant investor program, contact us today.

Monday, April 21, 2014

China Trade Mission brings funding opportunity closer to EB-5 projects




Sometimes, acquiring project funding can be a challenge, this is where we can help! This June our EB-5 Business and Investment Exploration Delegation will be traveling to the cities of Hangzhou, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou in Southern China to meet with our established business partners in the region. The cornerstones of our past successes have always been thorough market research, almost 2 decades of business experience with the Chinese, and creating win-win scenarios with our business liaisons by aligning actions with values. Investing in a trade-mission trip gives one high-odds of finding a compatible investment and business partners while also providing a unique opportunity to experience Eastern culture from the comfort of the luxurious hotels we will be residing in while abroad. Our Trade Missions to China will continue to provide American businesses new access and comprehensive insight into the dynamic Chinese market - including its scale, diversity and potential. At the Artisan Business Group we promise expertise in identifying and setting appointments with business partners (including EB-5 emigration agents) that will meet your prospect criteria. We help our clients with developing insight into China's business culture and social etiquette. We do this to better avoid misunderstandings that could scuttle deals and harm working relationships. Attending a Trade Mission with us also carries the benefits of pre-mission assessment of the Chinese market, in-country briefings, travel logistics, group transportation, interpreters, day-by-day itinerary, and hotel accommodations. For more information about our June 2014 trade mission to China, please email us at artisanbusiness@yahoo.com.

Friday, April 18, 2014

EB-5 Program in Emerging Markets (Part I)


A Christian Church in Guiyang Guizhou Province
(By Adam Leinberger) America is, and has historically been, the land of opportunity.  We have our faults and shortcomings but as Americans we are always looking to innovate through and around them. A defining American characteristic is that we aren’t satisfied with good where great is expected. This mindset, along with all the benefits and amenities that come from living in America are a strong pull for foreigners that are looking for a better life for themselves and their families. The EB-5 immigrant investor program has been effective at helpings thousands of people successfully become residents of the United States. It is a win-win for wealthy aliens and our great nation because it allows wealthy, intelligent, hardworking foreigners to become a part of our culture and the country benefits from the tens of millions investment dollars towards projects that, once completed, make the United States that much greater to live in. While China is a well-establish player when it comes to the EB-5 program, there are several other countries that are starting to make a splash when it comes to investing in the United States in exchange for legal residency for their families and children. 

For a time between 2005-2007 South Korean use of the EB-5 program was on the rise but the financial crisis of 2008 caused economic troubles in South Korea making the currency exchange rate unfavorable for the EB-5 investments. This has caused growth to slow in recent years. The South Koreans also have issues with wire transferring the money. Unlike the Chinese investors, the South Korean investors cannot transfer money until after they get their I-526 immigrant petition approval which causes a hitch in the process. 

Many new Chinese millionaires have been created due to the real-estate boom of recent twenty years. These wealthy Chinese individuals are looking to America for greater opportunities, political stability, and access to American universities for their children. An increase in Chinese applicants for EB-5 Visas in the United States has been noted by many EB-5 stakeholders and  lawyers in both the US and abroad, leading some to suggest political turmoil and economic slowdown in China as a cause. Applicants for the EB-5 program are more increasingly business people and family members of politicians seeking to protect their wealth and families.  For more information about EB-5 program, contact us today. (To be continued)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Final call for the Miami/Ft Lauderdale EB-5 Capital Raising Workshop

This is final call for the regular rates with the Effective EB-5 Capital Raising Seminar in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale April 24. With over sixty projects in Chinese market, how to stay competitive is a big issue, let us share some new strategies and keep you stand out!  Late registration will apply soon. To learn the latest developments with EB-5 program and market place, log on to register.

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.