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Washington D.C., February 8, 2018:  On-going negotiations on Capitol Hill to extend the federal budget and reform various immigration programs appear to be reaching for a consensus on a two-year budget agreement for increased spending on national defense, increased spending on disaster relief for devastated areas of Texas, Florida and...

January 25, 2018 | As the H-1B visa program faces future uncertainty, especially under the Trump administration, many H-1B visa holders are turning to the EB-5 Program as a shorter alternative pathway to U.S. citizenship. The H-1B visa program has faced uncertainty ever since President Trump expressed a desire for U.S. companies to hire more Americans. A bill was proposed earlier in the year that would more than double the minimum salary requirements for H-1B visa holders as an incentive for U.S. companies to hire more Americans.
What is the difference between the H-1B visa and the EB-5 visa?
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations such as IT, medicine, or engineering. The EB-5 Program is an immigrant investor program, whereby foreigners can invest a minimum of $500,000 into a job-creating new commercial enterprise in exchange for a green card.
What are the advantages of EB-5 over H-1B?
  • EB-5 does not require the applicant to hold a Bachelor’s or higher degree.
  • EB-5 applicants do not have to work in specialty fields.
  • EB-5 applicant’s conditional permanent residency is not dependent upon employment. It is only dependent upon I-526 petition approval, whereas H-1B visa holders must continue working for their employer to maintain H-1B status.
  • If an H-1B applicant is terminated from their employment, they must leave the United States. USCIS may allow H-1B holders to change their status to another non-immigrant visa, but it can cause issues.
  • EB-5 can be a faster path to applying for citizenship.
  • EB-5 investors can live, work, and go to school anywhere in the U.S. They do not have to live by their investment and they do not have to be involved in the day to day management of their investment if they do not wish to.
  • An investor’s spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 can all qualify for green cards under the EB-5 investor’s application.
  • Family members can gift an EB-5 applicant the funds required to invest in the EB-5 Program.
Due to the volatility of the H-1B Visa Program as well as the numerous advantages the EB-5 Program possesses over H-1B, many men and women, particularly from India, are looking at investing in the EB-5 Program rather than the H-1B program.
How can you get started investing in the EB-5 Program?
To get started, a potential EB-5 applicant will want to consult with an immigration attorney.

Guests gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of Jupiter Medical Center’s Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department and the James J. Felcyn & Louise Brien Felcyn Observation Unit. Photos by Tracey Benson Photography Original Post: The Palm Beacher Magazine [gallery size="full" columns="2" ids="1222,1220,1215,1216,1217,1218,1219,1221"]...

Washington D.C., January 23, 2018 – Yesterday, the House of Representatives and the Senate each passed a Continuing Resolution extending the operation of the U.S. Federal Government until February 8, 2018. The Continuing Resolution was then signed into law by the President to ensure the continuity of government operations.
As part of the Continuing Resolution, the EB-5 Regional Center visa program was also extended without changes until February 8, 2018.
The pattern of short Continuing Resolutions has been the dominant approach since September 2017. The Federal Government has passed four short-term Continuing Resolutions between September 2017 and January 2018. In each Continuing Resolution, the EB-5 Regional Center visa program has been extended without changes.
At the same time, in December 2017, the U.S. Federal Government (Office of Management and Budget Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB)), made public a summary of its regulatory agenda for 2018. The USCIS regulatory agenda included several important proposals such as accelerating the new EB-5 visa program regulations to take effect in February 2018.
Once USCIS publishes its final EB-5 program regulations in February, a 60-day grace period would take effect which could allow Congress additional time to finalize comprehensive EB-5 legislation in place of USCIS’ regulations.

Washington, D.C. – January 19, 2018: As negotiations on Capitol Hill continue to reach agreement on a bill to fund operations of the U.S. federal government, employers and immigrants are frequently anxious about whether U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will also shut-down. The short answer to this concern is “no”,...

Washington, D.C., January 16, 2018: As Congress debates legislative changes to the EB-5 Regional Center program ahead of the January 19, 2018 deadline for renewing the program, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) schedule appears on track to deliver new EB-5 regulations in February 2018. Last fall, the DHS accelerated its rule making schedule to...

By Brian Bandell  - Jan 8, 2018 Jupiter Medical Center made two property acquisitions near its hospital to host construction of new facilities. The nonprofit hospital paid $5.3 million to Toney Penna Drive Partners for 4.91 acres at 960 and 964 S. Old Dixie Highway and 150 Toney Penna Drive in Jupiter. It also...

Liv Vesely, MA, MPH — Jupiter Medical Center Foundation January 10, 2018 [caption id="attachment_1178" align="aligncenter" width="507"] Photography by Jason Nuttle[/caption] Jupiter Medical Center Foundation is led by president Liv Vesely, MA, MHP. Since her arrival, Veseley has built and directed a dynamic and growing, first-rate development operation, achieving the highest philanthropic revenue levels in...

Washington, D.C. – November 27, 2017:  Having travelled to India frequently during the last 12 months, attorneys Ignacio Donoso and Dennis Tristani at I.A. Donoso & Associates have met with dozens of successful and fascinating families from India, who have posed many interesting questions concerning the EB-5 visa process. We prepared...