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FIRST Phone Session on April 29: EB-5 Indirect Jobs? Induced Jobs? Ask the Economist
Most immigration lawyers will never need to understand economic forecasting to file visa petition. But the EB5 program changes all that. In fact, nearly 90% of all EB-5 cases rely on economic modeling to prove job creation testing to seek conditional residency and two years later to seek removal of conditions. A panel of economists will discuss basic concepts that every immigration lawyer working in the EB-5 visa program should know including:
SECOND Phone Session on May 20: No ? The Actual Business? A Regional Center or A Regional Center Project
- What are direct/indirect/induced jobs?
- Overview of USCIS approved models including RIMS II and IMPLAN
- Reality check on job creation claims by Regional Centers
- Coordinating business plan, econometric report, and reality during I-526 and I-829 petitions
- Defining TEAs to claim $500,000 reduced investment threshold
- Questions and Answers
A Regional Center is typically nothing more than an umbrella organization that allows a foreign national investing capital into a specific project to claim derivative immigration benefits under the EB-5 Regional Center laws. This means potential immigrants should not be overly focused on a specific Regional Center or even on their immigration history. Rather, they should investigate the specific investment Project because that entity will actually receive and place the capital at risk, create and sustain the jobs, and return the capital. For many valid reasons, immigration lawyers shy away from discussing these "business" issues with clients interested in the EB5 program. Panelists will discuss the "business side" issues of the EB-5 program that may help immigration lawyers point their clients to possible experts qualified to address these non-immigration issues:
THIRD Phone Session on June 10: Change, Change, Change. USCIS Issues 38 Pages of EB-5 Policy Changes (December 2009)
- Survey of Business/Structure Characteristics Used By EB-5 Projects
- Two biggest risk factors for EB-5 Investors: job creation and capital preservation
- Independent business analysis and valuations/Investment Banking Issues
- Different Business Models: Commercial Real Estate, Manufacturing
- Different Investment Models: Loan, Equity, other
- Testing the Business Plan & Job Creation Plan
- Testing the Exit Strategy & Return of Capital plan
On December 11, 2009, the USCIS issued a sweeping 23 page memorandum that "rescinds in its entirety" many prior policies that defined the EB-5 Program and establishes new guidance to all CSC personnel involved in the adjudication of any EB-5 visa petition or Regional Center application. That same week, USCIS issued a 15 page "Questions and Answers" document resulting from an EB-5 stakeholders meeting. The panelists will discuss these very important changes :
Tuesday, April 27 is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/201006.shtm. Fax form: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/201006.pdf. Don't delay, sign up today.
- What are the new EB-5 policies and adjudication standards
- What policy problems has the Service fixed and what is now broken
- How a "material change" could result in an investor losing both residency and an "age out" child under CSPA
- How a TEA today may not be a TEA tomorrow (failing to preserve $500,000 investment qualification)
- USCIS burdens on Investor not Regional Center/Project
- Using "Exemplar" I-526 Petition To Stop USCIS Second Guessing
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