Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SUCCESS IN CHINA!! Lake Point EB-5's First Chinese I-526 Approved!

American Venture Solutions Regional Center and Lake Point EB-5 extend our hearty congratulations to our THIRD approved EB-5 investor, who has patiently waited for over one year for their approval.  Like I-526 approvals numbers 1 and 2, this third approval was issued without a Request for Evidence.  For me, on a personal level, it is wonderful to see our first Chinese investor approval, given the tremendous time and effort so many of us have put into the world's most important EB-5 market.

As our regular readers know, Lake Point EB-5 finally got "unstuck" at the very over-burdened USCIS EB-5 adjudications office after a year and a half of waiting.  Today's approval strengthens our faith that our pipeline of pending Lake Point EB-5 I-526s will move along more swiftly, now that USCIS adjudicators have had an opportunity to vet the Lake Point Project, which remains the only bona fide, investment-grade EB-5 opportunity on the market.

While the sequester and the continued partisan budget fights in Congress are indeed to blame for the USCIS EB-5 unit remaining chronically understaffed, one can't help but wonder about the terrible judgment calls coming out of Washington as far as adjudications prioritization.  If there is ANY USCIS unit which should be at the front of the funding line, it's the beleaguered folks in Laguna Niguel.  As a matter of policy, USCIS filing fees should be channeled in accordance with their intended purpose, and the EB-5 unit continues to get fiscally short-changed by USCIS decision-makers in Washington.

The fact is that USCIS' EB-5 unit is more than self-funding; high-ticket I-924 filing and amendment fees plus thousands of expensive I-526s probably make this the only money-making USCIS unit.   More importantly, consider positive economic impact:  if there is ANY USCIS office who's efforts correlate directly with the improvement of the U.S. economy, it's these folks.  With over 5000 petitions in queue, there are BILLIONS of investor dollars trapped in Regional Center escrow accounts...money which SHOULD be already working hard to create jobs.

When you consider the immense complexity of EB-5 adjudications when compared to any other visa category, you begin to get a clear picture of level of sophistication required for the job.  Consider the last I-924 RFE I received several months ago: it was an absolute STUDY on econometric analysis; whether it was written by one of their relatively new economists or an EB-5 adjudications, it reflected an extraordinary level of intellectual scrutiny on someone's part, notwithstanding the mountains of files that person no doubt has on his or her desk.  (To put it more bluntly, the analysis was so complex that I didn't even understand some of the questions until someone with a functioning left brain translated; hey, I never said I was good at spreadsheets...(-;)

I know the decision to move EB-5 adjudications to Washington was announced eons ago, I know there is no money to even think about exactly how and when that will happen, and I know that as of this past summer, we have been told to send our I-526s to Texas (???).  Considering the Herculean efforts we continue to see from Laguna Niguel - AFTER they've essentially been told they are having the hardest job in USCIS adjudications taken away from them -- might it not be a good time to reconsider the move, get these guys some of the EB-5 filing fees USCIS is firing in other directions, and let them do what they do best?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Lake Point EB-5 gets SECOND I-526 Approval Without RFE!

I told you Friday about our first Lake Point EB-5 investor getting their I-526 approved without an RFE; turns out Lake Point EB-5 investors #1 AND #2 were BOTH approved on Friday, with neither generating an RFE from USCIS.  Thanks and hats off to Laguna Niguel! (-:

For more information on the only Forbes 400 owned and managed EB-5 opportunity, visit American Venture Solutions Regional Center and contact me if you need further information.
Just planned next two Asia trips and we're looking to zip Lake Point EB-5 up ASAP!

Jose

Friday, September 6, 2013

BIG NEWS!!! Lake Point's First I-526 EB-5 Investor Approved!!

It took more than a year and a half, dozens of follow-up inquiries, and a lot of patience but Lake Point EB-5 just got our first I-526 approval!!  The investor is from Vietnam...and the approval was WITHOUT an RFE!

We extend our congratulations to our wonderful, PATIENT client, to the many colleagues and immigration agents who have patiently waited for Lake Point's first EB-5 approval, and to the still-underfunded, sequester-impaired USCIS which continues to do its best to work its way through the massive backlogs they face.

On a personal note, I am literally light-headed.  Getting an investor to stay on board for a full year longer than the original estimated time of approval is a formidable task; I am so happy that our client's trust was not misplaced. (-:

Press release soon but a quick note to the Lake Point Fence Sitting Club, now numbering in the dozens:  we expect the approval to mean a flurry of filings from Vietnam from folks who've been waiting for this first approval, so don't dally!

Great weekend to everyone!  Jose