Weiland speaks out against repeal of IM 22

As one of the primary architects behind Initiated Measure 22, Rick Weiland has seen his measure come under attack by many members of the South Dakota government, including from Gov. Dennis Daugaard and many opponents in the Legislature. Calling the measure “unconstitutional” and saying that the nearly 52 percent of voters were “hoodwinked” into voting for the … Read moreWeiland speaks out against repeal of IM 22

Bill Schubart: Ethics In The Vermont Legislature

The Vermont legislature is at an impasse trying to decide whether to establish and fund a statewide Ethics Commission. There has been considerable favorable testimony by Vermonters, ethicists, and our Secretary of State, Jim Condos, who has been a relentless champion of government transparency, inclusion and establishing such a commission. Each time VTDigger runs a story on … Read moreBill Schubart: Ethics In The Vermont Legislature

Debunked: Shortage in Math and Computer Science

Debunked: Shortage in Math and Computer Science Shortage of Computer Science and Mathematics Debunked — Professionals crowded out by H-1B Written by Steve Kritzer on May 21st 2015Updated January 28th 2017 Subjects: H-1B visa, STEM shortage myth, Bachelors Degree, STEM shortage debunked, Math and Computer Science degrees College employment outcomes worsening I am surprised that … Read moreDebunked: Shortage in Math and Computer Science

South Dakota Republicans Plan to Gut Independent Ethics Commission

He points to efforts by South Dakota lawmakers to repeal a ballot initiative, passed by voters in November. Since, it has had a bumpy road. Nearly immediately after it was approved, some state lawmakers raised concerns about whether the measure is constitutional. The committee took the unusual step of implementing emergency rules, which would overturn the measure … Read moreSouth Dakota Republicans Plan to Gut Independent Ethics Commission

New Proposal Seeks To Raise Minimum Investment For EB-5 Visa

The controversial EB-5 program, which issues green cards to “alien entrepreneurs” who invest in projects that create at least 10 full-time jobs, faces more uncertainty with a new administration at the helm and a recent proposal to introduce some changes. Earlier this month, about a week before Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Department of Homeland Security … Read moreNew Proposal Seeks To Raise Minimum Investment For EB-5 Visa

Judge: Quiros Can Sell Condo, But Won’t Get The Money

A federal judge will let Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros sell his New York City luxury condo, but he won’t let him keep the proceeds, at least not right now. Instead, the funds will go into a trust account held by a court-appointed receiver who is overseeing the frozen assets associated with a massive investor fraud case … Read moreJudge: Quiros Can Sell Condo, But Won’t Get The Money

Senate Bill S. 232 Introduced to Abolish the EB-5 Program

On Jan. 24, 2017, Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Feinstein (D-CA), the Chair and Ranking Committee members of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced bill S. 232 to terminate the EB-5 Visa Program and to reallocate the employment creation visas to the other employment-based visa classifications. The bill would eliminate both the direct and regional center program and reallocate the visas … Read moreSenate Bill S. 232 Introduced to Abolish the EB-5 Program

West Coast Real Estate Update: Jan. 23, 2017

Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has discussed eliminating what he describes as “unnecessary EPA regulations.” Consequently, government officials and land developers across the country are bracing for changes in federal environmental laws, including the federal Clean Water Act, which could shift much of the regulatory burden relating … Read moreWest Coast Real Estate Update: Jan. 23, 2017

EB-5 developer breaks ground on $24M hotel near Miami airport

The EB-5 developer of a $24 million, Miami airport hotel broke ground on Thursday with plans to close an $8 million construction loan in July. The hotel, at 3450 Northwest 25th Street, is the first of three projects in the pipeline for Riviera Point Development Group, CEO Rodrigo Azpúrua told The Real Deal. The property will also be … Read moreEB-5 developer breaks ground on $24M hotel near Miami airport

Portland Resident Joins Murtha Cullina LLP Immigration Practice

Murtha Cullina LLP is pleased to expand its business services through its new Immigration Practice Group, due to the additions of Partner and Portland resident Dana R. Bucin and Associate Michael J. Bonsignore. As Chair of the Immigration Group, Bucin represents clients with a wide range of employment-based and family-based immigration matters, according to a release. As … Read morePortland Resident Joins Murtha Cullina LLP Immigration Practice

Don Keelan: Casualties Of The Shumlin Administration

Dale E. Percy Inc., Mike’s Electric and VHC Co. Inc. are not recognizable business names throughout Vermont. Nor are they in businesses that garner a great deal of attention – notably, ski resorts, maple sugaring, dairy and organic farming, and craft beer distilleries. The three companies are in the construction trades. According to an article … Read moreDon Keelan: Casualties Of The Shumlin Administration

Proposed Regulations Raise EB-5 Investment Amounts: $1.8M & $1.35M for TEAs

On Jan. 13, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published proposed rules entitled, “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization.” The proposed regulations include priority date retention for subsequently filed EB-5 petitions, increased minimum investment amounts to $1.8 million and $1.35 million in Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs), expansion of TEA designation requirements, and other technical changes. … Read moreProposed Regulations Raise EB-5 Investment Amounts: $1.8M & $1.35M for TEAs

GANDSInvestors Submits Comment To Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule; Advocates For EB-5 Regulatory Reforms

This week, GANDSInvestors team members Jonathan Grode and Matthew Galati submitted a comment to USCIS’ Proposed Rule for International Entrepreneurs. A full copy of our comment is publicly available and attached. As we discussed earlier, the proposed grant of parole to these entrepreneurs could be a game-changer given that many individuals and their companies may fall … Read moreGANDSInvestors Submits Comment To Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule; Advocates For EB-5 Regulatory Reforms

EB-5 Fallout: Receiver Seeks to Refund $17.9 Million to AnC Bio Investors

The federal receiver for Jay Peak and Burke Mountain resorts filed a motion this week in U.S. District Court asking that nearly $18 million in escrowed funds be returned to investors in the AnC Bio research project. In the 191-page filing, federal receiver Michael Goldberg asked that the funds be returned because the project, which authorities have deemed a … Read moreEB-5 Fallout: Receiver Seeks to Refund $17.9 Million to AnC Bio Investors

The Truth of the Matter: Casualties of the Shumlin Administration

Dale E. Percy, Inc., Mike’s Electric, and VHC Company, Inc., are not recognizable business names throughout Vermont. Nor are they in businesses that garner a great deal of attention – notably, ski resorts, maple sugaring, dairy and organic farming, and craft beer distilleries. The three companies are in the construction trades. According to an article … Read moreThe Truth of the Matter: Casualties of the Shumlin Administration

EB-5 Faces Uncertain Fate With New Bill, Trump Presidency

A mere week before Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) added fuel to the fire of political uncertainty by proposing a series of changes to the ever-controversial EB-5 immigrant investor program. Though the president-elect has yet to take a stance on the much-debated program, set to … Read moreEB-5 Faces Uncertain Fate With New Bill, Trump Presidency

CanAm Hosts a Gala – Celebrating Repaying 1673 Investors

At the request of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) of the Department of Commerce conducted an assessment of the EB-5 Program to determine its size and its contribution to the U.S. economy. The EB-5 Program provides qualified foreign investors with the opportunity to earn “conditional” immigrant visas in return … Read moreCanAm Hosts a Gala – Celebrating Repaying 1673 Investors

Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs

The Secretary amends the regulations of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in order to require, subject to certain categorical exceptions and case-by-case exceptions, that Department grantees awarded competitive grant funds openly license to the public copyrightable grant deliverables created with Department grant funds. Please follow and like us:

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Radisson RED, a hotel-Airbnb hybrid targeting millennials, opening in Miami in 2018

Miami’s maturing millennial scene is attracting hotels brands that cater to the experience-focused traveler. One of those brands, Radisson RED, breaks ground Thursday on its third U.S. hotel (the other two REDS are set for millennial favorites Minneapolis, which recently opened, and Portland). The 155-room hotel, which opens near Miami International Airport in fall 2018, caters … Read moreRadisson RED, a hotel-Airbnb hybrid targeting millennials, opening in Miami in 2018

SEC Charges Businessman With Misusing EB-5 Investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against an Oakland, Calif.-based businessman accused of misusing money he raised from investors through the EB-5 immigrant investor program intended to create or preserve jobs for U.S. workers. The SEC alleges that Thomas M. Henderson and his company San Francisco Regional Center LLCfalsely claimed to foreign investors that their $500,000 … Read moreSEC Charges Businessman With Misusing EB-5 Investments

Trump’s Inauguration Has Canada Guessing What’s In Store

The inauguration of  Donald Trump as President of the United States in a few days is not only impacting the American political landscape, but has also sparked a cabinet shuffle in Canada. From an immigration point of view, Trump’s policy related to “America first” as it is applied to  jobs is a key area of … Read moreTrump’s Inauguration Has Canada Guessing What’s In Store

Landlord: Quiros Owes $86,721 In Back Rent For Florida Eatery

A Florida shopping center that says Ariel Quiros owes $86,721 in back rent for his now-shuttered Key Biscayne restaurant has received approval to throw him out. Quiros, facing state and federal investor fraud lawsuits stemming from developments at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont, did not contest the move to clear out his leased space in the shopping … Read moreLandlord: Quiros Owes $86,721 In Back Rent For Florida Eatery