Higher Investment Requirements and Stricter Regional Centre Rules Coming as DHS Approves New EB-5 Visa Rules

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published the final rules modifying the US EB-5 visa program. The initial Notice of Proposed Rule making (NPRM) was first published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017.  The changes will take effect from November 21, 2019, and will see the most important changes to the EB-5 visa program in nearly 30 years.  These changes include an increase in minimum investment, centralized designation of Targeted Employment Areas (TEA), and retention of earliest priority date for an EB-5 applicant compelled to file multiple I-526 petitions.  Changes to the Investment Requirement Category…

Saskatchewan Immigration Invites 90 Entrepreneur Stream Candidates

Saskatchewan Immigration Invites 90 Entrepreneur Stream Candidates

The first draw of 2019 under Saskatchewan immigration’s popular Entrepreneur Stream category has been conducted. The January 3 draw saw 90 invitations issued to candidates with a lowest score of 115 points through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program stream. The average score was 120 points in the draw, while the highest scoring candidate invited scored…

Ottawa Has No Plans to Challenge Quebec on Investor Immigrants

The federal government is not about to challenge Quebec over its immigration programs, despite British Columbia’s claim its economy is hurt by the French-speaking province’s system. The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP), currently accepting 1900 new applications in 2017 is the source of B.C.’s frustration, as evidence suggests the vast majority of the mainly-Chinese nationals given visas…