EB-5 Investment Could Be Subject to Proposed 20% Tax on Outbound Fund Transfers from India
India considers imposing a 20% tax on outbound funds transfers for EB-5 investment.
Lawsuit filed against USCIS to help Vietnamese EB-5 investors
A lawsuit has been filed against the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for Vietnamese investors who participated in the EB-5 visa program. The investors allege that the USCIS unlawfully denied their visa applications and failed to justify the denials adequately.
Our Immigration Attorney: A 2022 Super Lawyer
He's done it again! Our EB-5 Lawyer, James Lavigne, was named a Super Lawyer among Florida's immigration attorneys.
EB-5 FAQ: Should you concurrently file your I-526 & I-485 Applications
Take advantage of the opportunity to concurrently file your I-526 and I-485 today!
EB-5 Visa Bulletin: June 2022
June Visa Bulletin arrives with news for Chinese EB-5 investors.
Second Grace Period for EB-5 Investments
Immigration Daily learned that USCIS will almost certainly NOT reinstate the $900K modernization regulations until Congress reauthorizes the Regional Center Program.
Five interior design lessons from Florida – the state with the most inspiring style
Sunshine State? Style State. These native designers share how to mirror its vibrancy in your home
EB-5 Visa Bulletin: August 2021
Currently, only Direct EB-5 Investment Visas are being processed with most of the world Current.
Apartment Technology: Luxury to Necessity?
Companies need to step forward to compete in an industry ripe for innovation.
Continued Construction Delays
Seventh NMHC survey also finds 100% of respondents reporting price increases in materials.
EB-5 Visa: An option for international students?
For international students planning to study at a U.S. university, investing through the EB-5 program could get them a green card and a pathway to U.S. citizenship. Many foreign investors choose the EB-5 program for precisely that reason—to send their kids to a prestigious U.S. college or university.
USCIS Guidance on Regional Center Program Lapse
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued guidance on the lapse in the authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program.
New Opportunity for Builders: Live & Work Flex Spaces
Work from Home Is Here to Stay, Creating Opportunity for Builders. New construction can be extra appealing to buyers searching for more flexible spaces in which to live and work.
Construction Update: June 2021
Our development team and architecture firm spent June completing revisions on CJ building parking garage drawings and submitting them to the City of Ocoee...
USCIS Updates: Improved Processing
USCIS issued three updates to its policy manual as part of a continuing effort to improve processing times and reduce barriers to legal immigration.
Breaking News: $500,000 EB-5 Amount Reinstated
EB-5's investment amount reinstated to $500,000, court rules today
What Baby Boomers Want in a Rental
Security, a place to be active, and a sanctuary of their own top the list.
Current EB-5 Processing Times
USCIS data on processing times for I-526 and I-829 petitions adjudicated in May 2021 is now available.
How to Fund Your EB-5 Visa
Here are five common methods used by EB-5 investors to fund their investment.
Construction Update: May 2021
During the month of May, we had site visits, drawing submittals and revisions, property maintenance, waterline testings, surveying, fence repair, a board meeting, and even some unexpected property happenings!
USCIS sets precedent for unsecured loans as capital
USCIS approves Zhang’s EB-5 visa petition, sets precedent for unsecured loans as capital.
MFE's Property Managers Share Five Lessons of Pandemic Leasing
Enhanced technology and increased communication are here for the long term
Future Proofing Made Simple
Which digital home technologies offer builders the best return on investment in 2021?
Construction Update April 2021
During the month of April, we had equipment dropped off at the construction site for the next phase of construction. We received our fence wrap and began installation.
Bill to Renew EB-5 Program Introduced by the House
EB-5 investors will be glad to learn that another positive step was taken towards reauthorization of the EB-5 program yesterday, with the introduction of H.R. 2901 to the U.S. House of representatives.
I-526, I-829 Approval Rates Remain High In Q1 FY 2021
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released performance reports for FY2021 Q1 (October to December 2020) including data on EB-5 receipts and adjudications.
EB-5 Visa Bulletin: May 2021
Similar to last month, Vietnam moved forward, China stayed the same, and the rest of the world is Current.
Construction Update March 2021 Pt. 2
As we approach the next phase of construction, the past week was spent pulling the soil away from the foundation and smoothing the surface layer on the AB building site.
EB-5 Visa Bulletin: April 2021
April's EB-5 Visa Bulletin shares more good news for Vietnamese EB-5 Investors. Also, the US State Department is launching an information YouTube series called, "Chats with Charlie".
USCIS Reaffirms Our Regional Center!
This reaffirmation is an acknowledgment of the economic impact our project, City Center West Orange, has on the City of Ocoee and Orlando at large.
Construction Update March 2021 Pt. 1
We're busy spreading the piles of dirt along the lakeshore road onto the site; compacting it and bringing it up to the proper height so we can continue digging the few columns that are left on the CJ Building. We'll then dig down 50' and place more stone columns, build the foundation boxes, add the rebar, and pour more concrete. These foundations will support the CJ Building that surrounds the CJ parking garage foundations we completed in February.
EB-5 Investment Funds: Can They Come From a Gift?
A fairly common question about the EB-5 investment requirement is whether or not it can come from a gift. In short, yes, gifts can count as investment funds. But you'll definitely want an attorney's help to navigate this scenario!
How to Prove Lawful Sources of Funds
The type of documents needed depends on the source of your funds. Each investor’s application will be different, and only an immigration attorney can give you accurate information. Read on for some common documentation you might need.
How to Choose an EB-5 Regional Center
The EB-5 Regional Center Program is a great choice for families seeking to invest in the United States and obtain their green cards.
EB-5 Visa Bulletin: March 2021
Great news for Vietnamese EB-5 investors this month as they witness a leap forward in the Visa bulletin.
Construction Update February 2021
February marks one year of non-stop construction on-site! These two weeks were a little less busy with movement, as we prepare for the next construction phase of City Center West Orange Phase 1 buildings. But we still had continual progress on-site! Additional foundation boxes were built for the main Phase 1 building. Concrete was poured into those foundation boxes. Site clean-up continued and dirt was brought to foundations to fill-in sides.
New Biden Administration Looking to Make Improvements
Biden Immigration Bill Proposes Clearing Visa Backlogs, Reforms to Quotas
Proposed EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act Would be a Win for Investors
For the past few months, one of the hot topics of the EB-5 industry has been the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act proposed by Senators Chuck Grassley and Patrick Leahy.
EB-5 Visa Explained
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program offers an expedited route to permanent residence in the U.S. Simply put, for foreign nationals who wish to invest in America and make it their home, there is no better choice than the EB-5 program.
300,000 People Migrating to Florida a Year!
A new report by Florida state analysts shows that the State of Florida is expected to increase its population by an average of more than 300,000 people a year - and to top it off, it's projected to have a population of 23.1 million people in April 2025.
Construction Update January 29, 2021
Finishing up the first month of 2021 already! Island railing installation continued. Foundation digging, foundation box construction, rebar installation, and concrete pouring continued. Earth Trades completed their site work and have removed their storage trailer. They will wrap up cleaning of the construction site and Randall Companies will complete the last concrete pour of foundations the first week of February.
Construction Update January 15, 2021
We wrapped up 2020 by continuing with rebar installation, concrete repairs, site clean up and we began lakeshore railing installation. The first week of January the construction crew continued with rebar and railing installation.
Do I Meet The EB-5 Minimum Investment Requirement?
What is the EB-5 minimum investment requirement, and do I have the capital to fulfill that requirement?
Construction Update December 21, 2020
What comes after the curbs? The base layer, prime coat, and then paving! We spent the past two weeks grading the road, compacting dirt, building rebar, pouring concrete and asphalt. We also flushed our water lines and hydrants and dealt with some leaking pipes underground.
Here's a Look at the Latest EB-5 Program Processing Times
A quick look at the latest EB-5 Program processing times along with a few key notes.
Home Trends: What’s Current and to Come, According to the Experts
The New Home Institute hosted a panel of four housing experts to examine the changing housing design trends
Construction Update December 7, 2020
We've got curbs! Lots of them! We spent this week installing curbs, pouring concrete, continuing with digging foundations, and leveling and grading roadways.
Pandemic-related Housing & Design Trends that are Here to Stay
Most trends come and go, but social distancing and staying at home ushered in home trends that are likely to stick around for the foreseeable future.
Construction Update November 23, 2020
We had to battle the weather some but we kept moving forward! Stones were brought in to reinforce the brick wall along the lakeside and island; punctured pipes were replaced; rebar was laid into newly dug foundation areas and clay dirt was brought in for the next layer of road.
USCIS: EB-5 Industry Forum Questions Answered
Sarah Kendall, Chief of the Immigrant Investor Program Office spoke at the IIUSA EB-5 Industry Forum on November 10, 2020, and answered important EB-5 program questions.
Urbane Bronze: Sherwin Williams' 2021 Color of the Year
The 'rich anchor' tone was chosen to evoke a sense of calm and sophistication.
EB-5 Visa Bulletin: November 2020
The Final Action Dates for Mainland China have remained the same for November, while the Final Action Dates for Vietnam have advanced two weeks for November.
Construction Update November 9, 2020
Focus this week was on adjusting and supporting the lakefront and island walls, prepping for the island railings, and continuing with foundation concrete pouring. Additionally, construction site clean up and roadway clearing for subgrade preparation was done.
5 Reasons Why Your EB-5 Petition Could be Denied
Here are a few common reasons why an EB-5 Petition could be denied.
Construction Update October 26, 2020
Rebar, vibro stone columns and more drilling and digging happened this week. By weeks end, the island bridge was installed, site was cleaned and dirt was dumped and smoothed for lakeside roadway.
How to pick the best EB-5 Regional Center for you?
Because of the decline in USCIS approved EB-5 Regional Centers, it's even more important for potential EB-5 investors to do their due diligence in looking for a Regional Center to invest in. Read this post to find some quick tips in selecting the best EB-5 Regional Center for you.
EB-5 Visa Availability Increases!
October 1st marks the start of FY 2021, and the number of available employment-based visas is anticipated to be almost twice the usual number - resulting in more EB-5 visas available to foreign investors.
How involved do you have to be as an investor in an EB-5 Regional Center?
The level of involvement needed as an EB-5 investor in a Regional Center is minimal compared to the involvement needed as a Direct Investor. Take advantage of our established Regional Center and make an investment with us!
Construction Update October 12, 2020
Work continued with rebar, drainage, and vibro stone columns. Concrete was poured, modifications to the brick wall occurred and the construction crew dealt with the outcome of the rainy season in Florida. Getting closer to completion of this phase of construction.
Extended Until December 11, 2020: the EB-5 Regional Center Program
The EB-5 Regional Center Program is extended until December 11, 2020.
The EB-5 Visa Program As A Recovery Tool For The U.S. Economy
The EB-5 visa program can be a powerful tool to help stimulate economic development and create jobs.
Construction Update September 28, 2020
Busy, busy, busy. Our construction team powered through another two weeks, making great progress despite the rain. They continued to work on the lake road, poured more concrete, built more rebar, and installed multiple manholes and drainage systems around the project.
EB-5 Visa: the Best Alternative to H-1B Visas?
The EB-5 Visa is a Good Alternative to H-1B Visas with High Denial Rates
Orlando in the Top 10: 2020’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive in
Orlando, FL is 2020's #9 Best City to Drive in according to Wallet Hub!
5 Frequently Asked EB-5 Questions (And Answers)
Here are the answers to a few of the most frequently asked EB-5 questions.
Construction Update September 14, 2020
We are already two weeks into the month of September, and our construction team is busy making progress on Building CJ's foundation and the road around Lake Bennet.
Can Family Members of an EB-5 Investor Get Visas?
Looking to immigrate to the U.S. with your family? The EB-5 Program can be a great pathway. Through the EB-5 Program, foreign nationals, their spouses, and unmarried children under the age of 21 years may all be eligible to receive EB-5 visas under one petition.
EB-5 Visa Bulletin: September 2020
Dates for Filing continue to only impact Mainland China applicants and remains December 15, 2015.
We won the EB-5 Regional Center 526 Award!
We have received the EB-5 Regional Center I-526 Petition Award from EB-5 Investors Magazine!
Construction Update August 31, 2020
Hard at work, our construction team poured 730 cubic yards of concrete for Building CJ's garage light walls, continued drilling stone columns for the foundation, prepared for hydroseeding along the Blackwood extension, and continued to work on the lake road.
How an EB-5 Visa Can Benefit Your Children
The EB-5 visa can provide many benefits to a principal investor’s children. When planning for the future, determining the best way to raise their family is a key part of many EB-5 investor’s plans.
How Much Money Do You Need To Invest To Get A Green Card?
How much money do you need to invest to get a green card through the EB-5 Program?
Congratulations to our Investors!
A heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to another six of our investors in City Center West Orange for receiving their Green Cards!!!
Construction Update August 17, 2020
Over the past two weeks, we've been busy drilling holes for light walls, installing rebar for Building CJ, laying brick for the lake road, and installing piping for utilities.
Are You Eligible? EB-5 Visa Program
A quick, easy overview of EB-5 eligibility for interested foreign nationals.
EB-5 Program Filing Fees Updated by USCIS
Effective October 2, 2020, USCIS will adjust most of its immigration request fees. Here’s how that affects EB-5 Program filing fees.
Construction Update August 3, 2020
The past two weeks continued the work being done on Blackwood's Extension and Lake Bennet road with the Conspan Arches. Also, significant progress was made on Building CJ's stone columns and rebar assembly.
EB-5 Visa Bulletin: August 2020
Everyone remains current with the exceptions of Mainland China & Vietnam.
Gen Z Demands Smart Apartment Technology
The newest wave of renters wants convenience, compatibility, and control.
Construction Update July 20, 2020
We're more than halfway through the month of July, and we continue to make progress on the Conspan Arches for the lake road, the foundation for Building AB is almost complete, and stone columns are being placed for Building CJ's foundation. To top it off, we are scheduled to complete this phase of construction in October!
July 2020: The Latest EB-5 News
Take a look at the EB-5 latest news for July 2020. See new EB-5 market trends that began to emerge in FY 2019, how I-526 petition receipts have been impacted by everything going on in the U.S. as well as the rest of the world, and what that all means for the future.
Source of Funds Eligibility Basics for Prospective EB-5 Investors
In order to qualify for the EB-5 Program, investors must show that they can come up with the required funds and that these funds came from lawful sources.
Construction Update July 6, 2020
Construction of City Center West Orange's Phase 1 continues with building AB's foundation, the installation of ConSpan Arches for the Lake Bennet promenade, and the flattening and addition of curbs to the Blackwood Extension.
Updated USCIS Processing Times for I-526
Processing times for I-526 petitions have been updated - taking into consideration the effects of COVID-19.
Construction Update June 22, 2020
Phew, the last two weeks have been intense! Our construction team worked hard through some intense rainstorms and made great progress on Building AB's foundation and the Blackwood extension. They also started drilling the stone columns for Building CJ's foundation.
Find out how COVID 19 will impact housing design
Outdoor living, private spaces, and home offices could become top buyer priorities.
Construction Update June 8, 2020
The construction team made good progress on the construction site. Their main focus over the last two weeks has been the man-made Lake Bennet Island pictured above. Progress has also been made on AB Building's rebar and stone columns.
Everything you need to know about the EB-5 Visa Process
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Five things you need to know about Gen Z's renting behavior
J Turner Research’s Joseph Batdorf delves into what appeals to this new wave of renters.
Construction Update May 26, 2020
The construction team achieved a significant amount of progress over the last two weeks while working on setting up the perimeter of the structure for rebar holes, read more...
EB-5 Visa Bulletin for June 2020
Latest EB-5 news: The EB-5 visa bulletin for June 2020 has been released by the U.S. Department of State — Bureau of Consular Affairs. Here are the upcoming final actions dates and dates for filing.
Everything you need to know about the EB-5 Program 2020
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Everything you need to know about the EB-5 Program 2022
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Over the last two weeks, the construction team finished the assembly of all the ConTech Arch Systems. They fabricated the rebar for building AB and started the fabrication of building CJ's rebar. The team continued to install the stone columns for building AB. Lastly, they demucked the area as necessary in preparation for the Arch System.