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November 11, 2020
E-2 Change of Status for Individuals with Dual Nationalities

For individuals who are nationals of both a treaty and non-treaty country, the nationality claimed at the time of entry will determine whether change to E-2 status is possible. For example, if a person entered the United Status as a national of Mainland China with a B1/B2 visa, that person cannot then request a change […]

October 2, 2020
Examples of EB-5 Project Finance

Day Care Facility A developer in the United States wish to build and operate a day care facility in Edgewater, New Jersey. The project has a total cost of $7.5 million, which shall be applied towards land acquisition and construction. Once completed, the day-care facility aims to employ 40 full-time workers. On that basis, the […]

September 2, 2020
EB-5 Overview for Investors

To qualify for the EB-5 Green Card, the foreign national must invest a minimum of $900,000 or $1,800,000 USD in a for-profit business. There is no restriction on the type of business so long as it can generate at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers. By meeting these qualifications, Green Cards can be obtained […]

April 5, 2020
New “Visa Availability” Approach for Reviewing EB-5 Petitions

On March 31, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) changed its processing of I-526 petitions from a first in first out (FIFO) approach to one based on visa availability. Under the FIFO approach, EB-5 petitions were reviewed in the order that it was received. The new approach based on visa availability will queue EB-5 […]

October 5, 2019
Starting a Business in F-1 Status

F-1 students are not prohibited from investing in or having ownership interest in a business. However, students in F-1 status cannot be actively involved in the management of the business unless otherwise authorized to do so. This is because managing one’s own business is also regarded as employment, which would require authorization. An option for […]

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