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CDFA EB-5 Finance Update - February 9, 2016

EB-5 Finance Update
February 9, 2016
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IIUSA Statement in Advance of House Judiciary Committee Hearing
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, February 11th to examine the EB-5 Regional Center Program. Academic experts, program participants and government officials will be called to testify on the need for reforms to the EB-5 program.

EB-5 Program Becomes Examination Priority For Both the SEC and FINRA
The SEC and FINRA both stated in their 2016 exam priority letters that EB-5 offerings will be scrutinized more intensely than ever before. Their decisions are the result of the program's growing popularity, and from changes in EB-5 regulatory procedures.

Considerations for Latin American Investors Contemplating Participation in EB-5 Program
Investors with irregular B-2 visa usage patterns from countries with foreign exchange restrictions, like many in Latin America, may encounter problems investing through EB-5. Potential investors should consult a professional before applying.

Receiver Wants to Sell Path America Properties
The Portland-based Grassmueck Group advised Path America to sell multiple projects still in the development phase. Path America is being sued by the SEC for allegedly misappropriating $46 million of EB-5 funds.

Lucky Dragon Casino Project in Las Vegas Seeking Foreign Investments
The Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency recently denied a request by the developers of the Lucky Dragon Casino to offset project taxes through tax increment financing. The developers may now seek additional capital through the EB-5 program.

World Trade Center Savannah Gets EB-5 Status
After more than one year of waiting , the Savannah World Trade Center for Investment has been certified by the USCIS as a regional EB-5 center.

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Taking The Mystery Out Of EB-5 Regional Centers
GlobeSt.com | Feb. 3 | EB-5 Visa | International

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Developer Seeking $150M in EB-5 Financing
The Real Deal | Feb. 3 | Access to Capital | EB-5 Visa | International | Mezzanine Funds

Battle Brewing Over Foreign Investor Visas
The Hill | Feb. 3 | EB-5 Visa | Federal | Legislative

Senate Panel to Consider Changes to Investment Visa Program
Lexology | Feb. 1 | EB-5 Visa | Legislative | U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) | U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Related CEO Says Chinese Real Estate Investment Is Drying up
Bisnow | Feb. 1 | EB-5 Visa | International

Oxford, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Face off on EB-5
The Real Deal | Jan. 29 | EB-5 Visa | International

NES Financial's EB-5 Escrow Solution Selected for Manufacturing Facility Project
PR Web | Jan. 29 | EB-5 Visa

EB-5 Webinar Series 2016
IIUSA | Jan. 28 | EB-5 Visa

Understanding the EB-5 System
JD Supra Business Advisor | Jan. 28 | EB-5 Visa

225 N. Calvert Apartment Conversion to Start in March, Finish in 2017
The Baltimore Sun | Jan. 21 | Community Development | EB-5 Visa | Economic Development | International

SEC Visa Fraud Case Rocks Florida City's Downtown Dream
Associated Press | Jan. 19 | EB-5 Visa | International | U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Developer Pleads Guilty to $158M EB-5 Fraud Scheme
Bisnow | Jan. 19 | EB-5 Visa | International

Five Common EB-5 Misconceptions Explained
The National Law Review | Jan. 14 | EB-5 Visa | Economic Development

Palm Beach Regional Center Assists Twin Peaks Restaurant with EB-5 Financing
Business Wire | Jan. 13 | EB-5 Visa | International

Startups Left Out of Immigrant Investor Program
Ventura County Star | Jan. 12 | EB-5 Visa

EB-5 Visa Program Changes to Result in a Shift Focus from Asia to Latin America
The Woodbridge Citzen | Jan. 12 | EB-5 Visa | International

This Streeterville Hotel Project Comes with 40 Visas for Investors
Crain's Chicago Business | Jan. 12 | EB-5 Visa | International | Urban Development



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