Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Category: Legislation

New EB-5 Regulations in Effect as of Nov. 21, 2019

The new EB-5 regulations came into effect on November 21, 2019, and several amendments have been introduced to the program. Established in 1990 by the Immigration Act of 1990, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program allows eligible, foreign investors to become lawful permanent residents by investing at least $900,000 to finance a business in the… Read More

Review of 2018 Changes to EB-5 Part 2: Changes to the Regional Center Program

In my last article we discussed obstacles and issues that faced the EB-5 program in 2018. These issues have largely arisen due to larger political factors, which recently resulted in a 35 day government shutdowns that just ended last week and drove volatility into basically all immigration conversations. The Regional Center Program has not been… Read More

Review of 2018 Changes to EB-5

2018 was an interesting, and not altogether positive, year for the EB-5 program. Frequent political battles impeded the creation of a long term extension for the Regional Center program, wait times for Vietnam and India continued to increase and the program continued to be largely unusable for Chinese citizens (unless they are willing to wait… Read More

House Holds Oversight Hearings on USCIS, EOIR

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee held oversight hearings (full video with Q&A) in December 2015 on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and on the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). Leon Rodriguez, USCIS Director, testified at the USCIS hearing. Juan Osuna, EOIR Director, testified at the EOIR hearing. At the USCIS oversight… Read More

Sen. Grassley Introduces E-Verify Bill

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced the “Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act,” S. 1032, on April 21, 2015. Among other things, the bill would permanently authorize E-Verify, make employer E-Verify use mandatory, allow employers to use E-Verify before a person is hired, require employers to check the status of all current employees within three years, and… Read More