The proceeds of an unsecured loan are “cash” for EB-5 purposes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the investor’s capital was lawfully obtained or placed at risk

Foreign nationals may obtain a green card if they invest the required amount of capital in a new commercial enterprise that will create ten full-time permanent jobs for U.S. citizens or permanent residents (INA § 203(b)(5); 8 USC § 1153(b)(5)). To “invest” means to “contribute capital” (in exchange for equity rather than a promise for… Read More

The Beauty of Treaty Trader and Treaty Investor Visas

A Treaty Trader (E-1) or Treaty Investor (E-2) visa is available to any national of a country that has a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States, and seeks to enter the United States solely to: E-1 – carry on substantial trade, including trade in services or trade in technology, principally between the… Read More

Brief Notes and Comments on Proposed Changes to 8 CFR

On May 4, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security published proposed changes to Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations. While the greatest focus on these proposed changes has been on the fee increase, there are some other areas that may be important and warrant comment. The point of this post is not to… Read More

Canadian E Visa Processing Changes – March 8, 2016

Changes to E Visa Processing for Canadian Traders and Investors On February 26, 2016, the United States Consulate General in Toronto announced changes to the procedures for obtaining E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor visa (read the full press release here). Beginning on March 1, 2016, registration of E-1 and E-2 enterprises will only… Read More