2 November 2021
You can lose your right to US permanent residence for any of a variety of reasons. QICMS discusses the main ways that LPR can lose Green Card status.
28 October 2021
Have any marriage green card questions? Find the marriage green card answers you need to your questions directly from qualified experts at QICMS.
4 October 2021
Have any EB-5 questions? Find the EB-5 visa answer you need to your EB-5 visa questions directly from qualified EB-5 experts at QICMS.
27 September 2021
Starting on October 1, 2021, Green Card Holders that require the immigration medical examination must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 .
15 September 2021
Statutory authorization for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program lapsed on June 30, 2021. It is up to Congress to reauthorize it now.
14 September 2021
Effective September 4, 2021, USCIS is extending the time that I-797 receipt notice for Form I-829 can be used to show evidence of status to 24 months.
3 May 2021
The USCIS Immigration Data page released performance reports for FY2021 Q1(October to December 2020), with data for EB-5 visa form receipts and adjudications.
27 April 2021
While there are questions about the future of the U.S. EB-5 visa investor program, it has brought in billions of dollars & created thousands of jobs.
30 March 2021
A federal judge may block Trump-era changes to the EB-5 immigrant investor program based on the alleged illegitimate appointments of former DHS officials.
16 March 2021
As a green card holder, you have to keep in mind that you may lose your green card if you remain outside the U.S. for an extended period of time (1 year or more) or even if you remain outside the U.S. for less than 1 year but the officer believes that you did not intend to make the U.S. your permanent residence.
21 February 2021
USCIS - recently released quarterly statistics for the fourth quarter(Q4) of fiscal year (FY) 2020 for Form I-526. While filings are slightly up from last quarter, the data shows that per-quarter filings are still extraordinarily lower than recent years.
6 December 2018
On December 3, 2018 House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen introduced H.J. Res 143 – FY 2019 Continuing Resolution Through December 21, 2018 to extend government programs for the fiscal year until December 21, 2018.
1 October 2018
The (EB-5) program, which was set to expire on September 30, 2018 has been extended again until the beginning of December (after midterm elections) . On Friday September 28, 2018 President Trump signed a spending package that includes a short-term continuing resolution (CR) extending the EB-5 Regional Center Program through December 7, 2018.
29 July 2018
After multiple extensions, the EB-5 visa program is set to expire on September 30th, 2018. If you can complete preparations for your EB-5 investment in the next 60 days, you have a reasonable chance of getting the I-526 petition filed before any changes take effect. Now is the time to do so under the current rules.
25 July 2018
As an EB-5 permanent resident, when you get a green card, you are affirming that you wish to permanently reside in the United States (U.S.). Thus, it is advisable to stay in the U.S. as long as and for as many days as you are able. However, many EB-5 permanent residents may need to spend most of the time back in their home country for business purposes. In this situation, you must obtain a re-entry permit before you leave U.S.
3 July 2018
This blog serves as an update regarding the current state of the Trump Administration’s travel ban for foreign citizens of Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Yemen and North Korea, and how it may affect their immigration case processing.
21 May 2018
The investor’s program is designed for business people to invest in a country’s economy and contribute to its growth while receiving the temporary and/or permanent resident Visa. The US and Canada both have immigrant investor programs that lead to permanent residency. The two most popular are the U.S. EB-5 program and the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP).
2 April 2018
Form DS-5535, 'Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants,' is a new Department of State (DOS) form requesting extensive personal information for visa applicants, including address history, family information, employment history, and social media history. The form requests user names and handles for all social media platforms the applicant has used in the last 5 years 'as part of a public profile.'
25 March 2018
The U.S. Congress passed a spending bill early Friday March 23 , 2018 that will extend for another six months the controversial EB-5 immigration visa program which gives foreigners a path to U.S. Green Card and citizenship in exchange for a minimum investment of USD 500,000 in a job-creating project. Having said that, we are pleased to announce that the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has been extended to September 30, 2018, with the minimum required investment amount remaining at USD 500,000.
13 February 2018
With the elevated uncertainty in the MENA, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) report for Immigrant Visas Issued and Adjustments of Status for fiscal Year is reporting an increasing interest in immigration to the US through the EB-5 program. The report reveals some outstanding shifts taking place in the EB-5 market.
8 February 2018
On Tuesday February 6th 2018, by a vote of 245-182, the House approved its version of the fifth Continuing Resolution (5th CR), funding government operations and extending government programs, such as EB-5 program, until March 23 2018 . The bill now proceeds to the Senate for further consideration.
4 February 2018
EB-5 immigrant investor program is a United States immigration program that offers citizens of other countries the opportunity to seek permanent U.S. residency through job creation in the U.S. For investments in areas other than 'targeted employment areas,' the minimum amount of investment is US$1 million. Investments in 'targeted employment areas,' which include most regional center projects, can qualify with a minimum of US$500,000.
31 January 2018
The updated information doesn’t have any specific affects pertaining to the EB-5 visa program, unless the applicant is from the countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen . However, the travel ban’s increased scrutiny on foreign nationals still remains. EB-5 applicants can still expect further questioning and may also need to hand over their social media account information before given the chance of approval for their EB-5 visa.
23 January 2018
By a vote of 266-150 on January 22th 2018 (three days after the previous extension deadline of midnight on January 19th ), the House passed the Senate amendment, extending Continuing Appropriations for government services and programs to February 8th 2018. The bill now goes to the president who is expected to sign it into law.
18 January 2018
The (EB-5) Regional Center Program is set to expire on January 19, 2018. There has recently been proposed legislation to extend the EB-5 Program to February 16th 2018 . We will provide an update as soon as the CR has passed and been signed.
24 December 2017
We are pleased to announce that the (EB-5) Immigrant Investor Program has been extended, albeit for just a short time, to January 19, 2018 , with the minimum required investment amount remaining at $500,000. Both the House and Senate passed a stopgap spending bill which will avert a government shutdown through January 19, 2018.
21 December 2017
On December 13, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee introduced a Continuing Resolution that would for the short term extend federal funding and maintain current federal operations (currently authorized to December 22) until January 19, 2018. Although the provisions do not state EB-5per se, it is highly possible that EB-5 will hitchhike the CR and get another short extension to next year.
10 December 2017
As expected on Thursday December 7 , 2017 the Congress voted to extend federal funding and many government programs, including EB-5 program . Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution that will leave the EB-5 Regional Center Program operational – and without changes to its provisions – through December 22 , 2017.
7 December 2017
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR), to extend current funding for the U.S. government. A Continuing Resolution (CR) has been filed as of last Saturday, December 3, 2017, to serve as a vehicle to extend government operations as well as the EB-5 Regional Center Program, to December 22, 2017. The CR may be voted on Thursday of this week. There is also talk of doing another short-term continuing resolution into January of 2018, b
25 September 2017
The EB-5 Regional Center Program is officially extended until December 8, 2017. The extension was expected after the summer recess due to other congressional priorities.
12 July 2017
In April, QICMS shared How Do I Prepare for the EB-5 U.S. Consulate Interview in Part I and Part II. Today, we would like to focus on the steps of EB-5 U.S. Consular Processing. Consular processing refers to a specific pathway for individuals residing outside of the United States and seeking entry as a permanent resident. Below we will break down the 8 steps for this process in greater detail.
28 May 2017
When it comes to the immigration to the U.S. through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, some of the most common questions we receive from clients are about universities, including which ones are the best in the nation. With a new school year approaching, there is no better time than now to start looking at top schools to enhance your child’s future—and picking the right one is undoubtedly key to future success.
16 May 2017
With all issues surrounding immigration, there is debate. The U.S. EB-5 Visa Program, whose aim is to bring foreign investment and create jobs to American workers, is no exception. On the surface, it’s easy to assume that the EB-5 Program is “selling” a chance to enter the U.S. for a price. This, in fact, is an erroneous claim. There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about the U.S. EB-5 Program itself, and this blog will attempt to debunk the most common myths associated with it.
8 May 2017
Last week, QICMS posted a blog announcing a week-long temporary extension of the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program to May 5, 2017. While many stakeholders expressed concern about whether or not it would finally expire after the new May 5 deadline, U.S. Congress announced on Thursday the extension of the EB-5 Program to September 30, 2017.
2 May 2017
As of Friday on April 28, 2017, the United States Congress granted the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program a temporary extension—but only for one week. What is known about the Congressional decision to provide a temporary lifeline to the EB-5 Program is that the federal funding needed to sustain it will effectively run out once again on May 5, 2017, unless the U.S. government issues another continuing resolution.
25 April 2017
Since 1992, the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has contributed to the overall GDP in the U.S. ranging in billions, but as of Friday, April 28, 2017, it’s set to expire once again unless U.S. Congress issues another continuing resolution. For foreign investors and entrepreneurs, business immigration to the U.S. remains of high interest, even with the program’s looming expiration date.
13 April 2017
In our last blog, we discussed the types of documents and information EB-5 applicants must prepare prior to completing their U.S. Consulate interview. However, pre-interview preparation is only half the battle—you and your family must still be interviewed by a U.S. Consular officer. This blog outlines the process of an EB-5 Consulate interview, including general questions you will be asked and what else EB-5 applicants might expect.
12 April 2017
When it comes to you and your family’s EB-5 U.S. Consulate interview, preparing all the necessary documents and information ahead of time increases your chances of success for immigration. Even more, making sure you follow the instructions provided by the U.S. Consulate will help decrease the chance of delay or denial of your immigration visa.
2 April 2017
One of the most common questions asked is what the differences are between Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) and a U.S. Green Card offered through the countries’ immigration programs. So much of these answers depend on your targets. You do have to think about the difference in culture, your preferences as far as where you’d like to live, and how you feel you could best gain personal victory.
29 March 2017
The U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program will likely see a greater spike in inquiries and application submission from wealthy Arab nationals before the program is scheduled to end next month, and the window of opportunity for obtaining a U.S. Green Card is closing fast.
7 March 2017
The only path to U.S. permanent residency, or from alien status to U.S. citizenship, is through the Green Card. While there are several ways to apply for a Green Card, the application and processing usually takes applicants at least 6 years to receive their permanent residence status.
2 March 2017
Trump’s softer approach in his speech to Congress on Tuesday was well-received, garnering favorable commentary from major U.S. news sources. The Trump administration’s revised immigration ban, which was slated to be introduced this Wednesday, the 2nd of March, has since been delayed in light of positive media coverage and improved public opinion ratings.
20 February 2017
Whether American citizens like to admit it or not, the United States is what it is today, largely due to the skills, innovation, and diversity immigrants bring to the country. With the future of U.S. immigration left in uncertainty, those seeking immigration solutions are increasingly looking to America’s northern neighbor: Canada.
15 February 2017
Two U.S. senators, Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Grassley, have introduced legislation to end the much-debated EB-5 investor visa program, whereby high net worth individuals around th...
5 February 2017
On Friday, Seattle federal judge James Robart placed a nationwide restraining order on President Trump’s executive order that had barred foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S.
2 February 2017
Immediately following U.S. President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration, one of the main concerns was how the order would affect holders of valid U.S. Green Cards, as well as those who hold dual citizenship from an approved country and one of the banned countries.
31 January 2017
Since the creation of the EB-5 program, state and federally approved Regional Centers and TEAs have cropped up across the U.S. resulting in an overwhelming number of investment opportunities. Choosing where to go and how to invest is an important decision for EB-5 applicants.
23 January 2017
It’s finally official: Donald Trump is the new President of the United States of America for the next four years. With his protectionist policies and anti-immigration strategies, it’s no wonder he’s built up such a strong opposition—not only in the U.S.A., but around the world. So where does that leave Canada?
17 January 2017
On January 13th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice of proposed amendments to the current EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program regulations needing reform. The proposed amendments, once approved, would come into force after April 28th 2017.
4 January 2017
Although Donald Trump has remained adamant throughout his campaign about deporting an estimated 14 million illegal immigrants from the United States, one immigration program that should withstand Trump’s anti-immigration reform is the EB-5 Investor Visa Program.
13 December 2016
The U.S. House of Representatives has proposed a Continuing Resolution for the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program that would keep the program open through to next spring without any changes to program policy.
27 November 2016
Changes are expected to take place to the EB-5 program; however, experts are foreseeing that the program will continue to succeed under Trump’s presidency.
1 November 2016
An overview of documents that should be included with your I-526 Petition for the EB-5 Investor Visa Program.
30 October 2016
An overview for filing an I-526 Petition for the US EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
3 October 2016
Last Wednesday, U.S. Congress extended the EB-5 investor visa program once more, allowing it to run until December 9th without change. The program was set to expire on the last day of September this year, however, given that it’s an election year, it was no surprise that the extension was voted.
6 September 2016
Both the EB-5 and QIIP are among the most popular programs in today’s investment visa market. Each program has its advantages and disadvantages.
28 August 2016
The US EB-5 Investor program grants foreign nationals a US green card in return for a US$500,000 or US$1 million investment in a Regional Center or new business respectively.
22 August 2016
The US EB-5 Program offers an investor green card to high net worth individuals who can make a US$1 million investment in a new enterprise or a US$500,000 in an approved Regional Center, as well as create 10 jobs for qualifying American citizens or residents.
14 August 2016
You’ve researched and selected a Regional Center in which to invest US$500,000 for the EB-5 program. Now what? In addition to having sufficient funds to complete the investment, one must prove that the funds came from a licit source and were legally acquired.
19 July 2016
The EB-5 immigrant investor program is an efficient and simple route for foreign nationals to obtain an American green card and live in the U.S.A. Successful investors along with their immediate family members (spouse and dependent children) are first issued a conditional resident status in the United States. Conditions can be removed after two years and permanent residence can be obtained. This can lead to future citizenship.
16 June 2016
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa grants a U.S. green card to foreign nationals who make an investment in a U.S. business. If after the initial two-year period conditions are met concerning the creation of 10 jobs for American citizens, the conditions are removed and the applicant and immediate family can become permanent residents of the USA.
15 June 2016
In 2015, the US EB-5 program was set to reform legislation but instead, a decision was made to extend the program without any changes until September 2016. The program extension was due in part to disagreements between parties on increasing the investment amount as well as determining what exactly defines a Targeted Employment Area (TEA)
28 May 2016
The U.S. immigrant investor EB-5 Program will likely be facing drastic changes this year. Last week during an EB-5 seminar, a five-member panel addressed the program's main issues.
26 May 2016
Last year, around $3 billion was funnelled to the United States through investments made by entrepreneurs who applied through the U.S. immigrant investor EB-5 Program.
18 May 2016
The legislation authorizing the Regional Center program for EB-5 business immigration is said to expire on September 30th this year.
11 May 2016
Here are some advantages and restrictions to the EB-5 green card:
8 May 2016
The US immigrant investor program EB-5 is one of the best of its kind both in North America and internationally.
3 May 2016
Two of the most recognized business immigration programs in North America and worldwide are the USA’s EB-5 and Canada’s Quebec Immigrant Investor program (QIIP).
30 April 2016
The US EB-5 immigrant investor program was formed in 1990, to give the opportunity to foreign investors obtain permanent residency that leads to the American citizenship.
28 April 2016
“The Distortion of EB-5 Targeted Employment Areas: Time to End the Abuse.” Was a hearing held by the senate judiciary committee on 13th April 2016
25 April 2016
Due to the government’s proposals about the need of reformation to the EB-5 program in the USA; on 13th April 2016 a conference involving a panel of major EB-5 experts took place in Washington to treat certain issues within the program that need reformation.
9 April 2016
The Middle East is the second-biggest source of the EB-5 immigrant entrepreneur or investor visa category.
6 April 2016
It is fundamental to compare two of the most favored programs recognized globally for those interested individuals whom wish to opt for business immigration, the QIIP and EB-5.
28 February 2016
Under the range of the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) takes responsibility in the trade and economic sanctions administration.
27 February 2016
As of 22nd February 2016, the National Visa Center (NVC) has introduced an Investor Assistance Desk for EB-5 investors that hold certified I-526 petitions.
21 February 2016
After long negotiations between the congressional staff and industry leaders, the EB-5 regional center program extension was finally approved again by the congress and signed by the president for one more year, until September 30th 2016