As part of his Conversations with the Director initiative, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas will host a small group discussion of policy issues relating to the EB-5 program on September 14, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. EST (Note the agency has changed the time of the meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) The focus of the September 14th discussion will be economic development in the context of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Members of the public are invited to attend in person (limited numbers) and by telephone. You can find the invitation, which includes details on how to participate, here.
The following day, September 15, 2011, USCIS will host its Quarterly EB-5 Stakeholder Meeting at 1:00 p.m. EST. Details regarding the quarterly engagement, including how to participate, are here.
C & S attorneys Ed Carroll and Susan Pilcher have both been invited to reprise their roles as presenters and discussion leaders at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) EB-5 Conference scheduled for October 20-21, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas. Ed will be featured on a panel discussing “Surviving the Challenge and Unpredictability of Emerging Positions in EB-5 Adjudications,” and Susan will lead a panel on “Winning the End Game: Removal of Conditions.” Please join us.
On August 10, 2011, Ed Carroll and other members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s EB-5 Committee met with USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss proposed improvements to and problems with the EB-5 program. Issues discussed included agency communications, review of state TEA designations, clarification of policy with respect to bridge financing of EB-5 projects, and the potential binding effects of initial or blanket I-526 or I-829 petitions. During this meeting, Director Mayorkas expressed a commitment to continuing a program of improved customer service from the agency. We understand that there will be a major policy announcement next month regarding a process for e-mailed communications with EB-5 adjudicators and other procedures implementing its proposed process for dealing with “shovel-ready” regional center/project proposals. We come away from the meeting with guarded optimism and a continued commitment to advocating for more clarity and responsiveness. The agency’s official summary of topics discussed at the meeting can be found here.
The experienced EB-5 legal team at Carroll & Scribner is launching this blog to keep our clients and others informed of key developments in U.S. immigration law, particularly as they pertain to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Please visit our website, www.cslaw.us, for more information about our work with EB-5 investors, regional center developers, and project organizers.