Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian EB-5 Candidates Face Longer Wait Due To I-526 Processing Change

Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian EB-5 Candidates Face Longer Wait Due To I-526 Processing Change

US Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a shift from first-in-first-out processing of EB-5 I-526 petitions to a visa availability approach.  This change is set to come into effect from March 31, depending on the impact of shutdowns due to coronavirus. Understanding this Change Currently, USCIS processes I-526 petitions in the order in which they…

Everything to Gain and Nothing to Lose: Reviving Canada’s Federal Immigrant Investor Program

Everything to Gain and Nothing to Lose: Reviving Canada’s Federal Immigrant Investor Program

With the US hiking investment limits for the EB-5, is it time to for Canada to revive the suspended Canada Immigrant Investor Program? As the US implements a massive 80 per cent hike in minimum investments for the EB-5 program, it is an appropriate time to question the rationale behind Canada’s decision to completely ignore…

Why Benefits Will Always Outweigh Concerns Over Investment Immigration

How Benefits Outweigh Risks Under Investment Immigration Programs

With more than 50 programs globally, the investment immigration industry has been growing steadily despite concerns over lack of transparency, inadequate due diligence, misuse by tax evaders and even exploitation by terrorists.  While there is tough competition among countries to attract investment immigrants, there is no race-to-the-bottom scenario where programs with the lowest thresholds are…

Double Trouble for Indians as EB-5 Retrogression Coincides with Proposed Investment Hike

Double Trouble for Indians as EB-5 Retrogression Coincides with Proposed Investment Hike

India became the third country after China and Vietnam to hit EB-5 retrogression in July 2019.  The EB-5 program allots 10,000 visas every year to investors and their dependent family members and an additional per-country cap of around 700 visas.  Retrogression occurs when a country exceeds this cap, leading to an additional wait between I-526…