Bill Gresser to Speak in London - June 21st and 22nd

Bill Gresser to Speak in London - June 21st and 22nd

London, England, June 21st and 22nd, 2018

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC will speak on two panels related to the EB-5 Program and Conducting Business in the USA during the BLS Media London 2018 Global Investment Immigration Summit.

Bill will provide background information on the EB-5 program, discuss the benefits of EB-5, explain various aspects that should be considered in choosing an EB-5 project/regional center and emphasize the importance of investor repayment.

Bill has been active in the EB-5 industry since founding EB-5 New York State in 2007, and currently sits on the industry’s trade association, IIUSA, as its Vice President. Bill speaks regularly on EB-5 topics at events around the world.

If you are in London during this time and would like to meet with Bill, please email Phoebe Gresser at peg@eb5nys.com.

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Bill Gresser Re-Elected as Vice President of Invest In the USA

Bill Gresser Re-Elected as Vice President of Invest In the USA

Washington, D.C., April 24, 2018

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC, was re-elected to serve as the Vice President of Invest In the USA (IIUSA) during the 11th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference. EB-5 New York State is very proud of the work that Bill does with IIUSA to protect, improve and grow the EB-5 program.

During his last year serving as Vice President of IIUSA, Bill worked as a key advocate of the EB-5 program. He has spent the last year working to gain support for the EB-5 program in the US Congress, as well as reforms to improve the EB-5 program and to foster industry unity on best practices.

EB-5 New York State sends our warmest congratulations to Bill’s fellow IIUSA board members that were elected to serve in other IIUSA leadership positions.

To learn more about the work that IIUSA does on behalf of the EB-5 industry and receive updates on IIUSA’s work, visit https://iiusa.org.

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Bill Gresser Speaks at EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference in Sao Paulo Brazil

Bill Gresser Speaks at EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference in Sao Paulo Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 12, 2018

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC, spoke on the panel “Where Do We Go From Here? The Future of the Brazilian Markets and EB-5” during the EB-5 Investors Magazine Sao Paulo 2018 EB-5 Expo.

EB-5 New York State is proud to have many successful Brazilian EB-5 investors in our EB-5 projects.

Bill and his fellow panelists discussed the key drivers for the growing interest in EB-5 among Brazilian investors. They emphasized the importance of the Brazilian market as the fastest growing EB-5 market in the world.

Bill also explained the EB-5 program, the EB-5 process, and our current EB-5 investment projects that are available to EB-5 investors from Brazil and Latin America. Over 500 people were predicted to attend the EB-5 Investors Magazine Sao Paulo 2018 EB-5 Expo, including over 250 organizations from Brazil and greater Latin America.

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Congratulations to Bill Gresser for EB-5 Hero Award Nomination

Congratulations to Bill Gresser for EB-5 Hero Award Nomination

March 26, 2018 – We are excited to announce that Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC and Vice President of IIUSA has been nominated to receive the EB-5 Hero award during the IIUSA EB-5 Industry Achievement Banquet.

The EB-5 Hero award celebrates “a true hero of EB-5 – someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to promote and follow IIUSA’s Code of Conduct and live our values of being guardians of ethics, embody professionalism, are fair and reliable, campions of the code and committed to fostering an industry that is adherent to best practices.”

EB-5 New York State is incredibly proud of the work that Bill has done and continues to do on behalf of the EB-5 industry.

The IIUSA EB-5 Industry Achievement Banquet will be held on April 22, 2018 in Washington, DC, prior to the start of the IIUSA EB-5 Advocacy Conference. 

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Bill Gresser Speaks Regarding EB-5 Legislative Policy EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference – Las Vegas, NV, January 2018

Bill Gresser Speaks Regarding EB-5 Legislative Policy  EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference – Las Vegas, NV, January 2018

Las Vegas, NV, January 27, 2018

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC and Vice President of IIUSA participated on the very popular panel “EB-5 Legislative Policy Update” during the annual EB-5 Investors Magazine conference in Las Vegas, NV.

The panel included:

  • Bill Gresser, EB-5 New York State, LLC
  • Angelique Brunner, EB5 Capital
  • Daniel Healy, Civitas Capital Group
  • Enrique Gonzalez, Fragomen Worldwide
  • Tom Rosenfeld, CanAm Enterprises, LLC

The panelists discussed the likelihood of legislative changes to the EB-5 program in 2018 and the impacts of potential legislation. The panelists discussed the EB-5 program in the context of the larger US immigration debates. Bill and his fellow panelists focused on the key legislative issues for stakeholders in the EB-5 industry: Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs), the push for an increase in EB-5 visas and minimum investment amount increases.

Bill focused on the changes which may come from either (1) legislative changes (new law) passed by the US Congress or (2) changes from Regulation promulgated by the US Department of Homeland Security.  Potential legislative changes which are being discussed in Congress may include needed integrity reforms, tightly defined targeted urban employment areas, visa set asides for rural and high unemployment urban areas, a 5 or 6-year re-authorization, coupled with increases in minimum investment amounts (from the current $500,000, up to $925,000 to $1,025,000). 

The other mechanism for changes are regulations from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The DHS proposed regulations include changes which would tighten the definition of Targeted Employment Areas (but not as tightly defined as in the legislative proposals) and would greatly increase the minimum investment amount (up from the current $500,000, up to $1.3 million in a TEA or Rural area and $1.8 million per investor in all other areas).  Of particular importance, the DHS’ regulatory changes cannot include the same integrity reforms and cannot reauthorize (or extend) the program – only Congress can make those changes. 

Bill also stressed that although many in Congress support legislative reform, even if there is a compromise on an EB-5 legislative reform package, there must be a legislative vehicle (like the upcoming Omnibus bill expected to pass by March 23, 2018) upon which the EB-5 legislation would “ride.”  The EB-5 program cannot realistically be passed on its own, and the upcoming Omnibus bill is the next appropriate legislative vehicle upon which the EB-5 program could be passed.  Again, the Omnibus bill is expected to pass by March 23, 2018 with the end of the current continuing resolution.

Finally, Bill answered questions about the legislative and regulatory uncertainties which exist in the EB-5 program today and the challenges and opportunities that those uncertainties create for Regional Centers and project developers. The key, Bill stated, is the importance of planning for uncertainty in both Regional Center and EB-5 Investment Project design.

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Bill Gresser Receives PRESTIGIOUS Award for I-829 Approvals – Miami, 2017

Bill Gresser Receives PRESTIGIOUS Award for I-829 Approvals – Miami, 2017

Miami, Florida, October 24, 2017

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC receiving an award from Peter Joseph, Executive Director, IIUSA during the IIUSA Conference. This award was given to EB-5 New York State, LLC for the Company’s success in bringing EB-5 projects ‘full circle’ – meaning that the Company has EB-5 projects in which EB-5 Investors’ I-829 Petitions were approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).

This is a great accomplishment not only for the Regional Center, but also for the EB-5 Investors and their families who have earned unconditional permanent residency (permanent US green card) through EB-5 New York State’s affiliated investment projects.

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BILL GRESSER SPEAKS ON EB-5 POLICY PANEL AT THE IIUSA CONFERENCE – MIAMI, 2017

BILL GRESSER SPEAKS ON EB-5 POLICY PANEL AT THE IIUSA CONFERENCE – MIAMI, 2017

Miami, Florida, October 24, 2017

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC and Vice President of IIUSA speaking on the panel "How EB-5 Fits into the Political & Policy Puzzle of the 115th Congress" during the IIUSA Conference.

Bill Gresser and his fellow panelists,

  • Leon Rodriguez, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP and former director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) from 2014 to 2017
  • Hunter Bates, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Tom Loeffler, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Adam Greene, President, Live in America Financial Services LLC

provided updates on the state of affairs in Washington, DC as they relate to the EB-5 program. Bill and his fellow panelists provided insight into the possibility of a long-term re-authorization, discussed policy issues (and possible solutions) and provided an analysis of EB-5 related legislation in relation to the larger context of US immigration policy. The panelists also discuss the proposed EB-5 regulatory changes published in the Federal Register this year, which may become effective in 2018. 


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Ed Carroll Speaks on Source of Funds Panel at the IIUSA Conference – Washington, D.C. 2017

Ed Carroll Speaks on Source of Funds Panel at the IIUSA Conference – Washington, D.C. 2017

Washington, D.C., April 28, 2017

Ed Carroll, General Counsel for EB-5 New York State, LLC and Founding Partner, Carroll & Associates, PC spoke on the panel, “Changing Fast: Source of Funds in the FATCA, post-Panama Papers World of Today” during the during the 10th Annual IIUSA EB-5 Regional Economic Development Advocacy Conference.

Ed Carroll was proudly joined by his fellow panelists:

  • Rana Jazayerli, Partner, Phillps Lytle LLP
  • Edward Beshara, Managing Partner, Beshara, P.A.
  • Julia Park, Managing Director, Advantage America EB-5 Group
  • Jinhee Wilde, Principal and Managing Attorney, Wilde & Associates, LLC

The panelists discussed how recent global financial events have affected Source of Funds analyses in EB-5 Investor’s I-526 petitions.  

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Bill Gresser Speaks on EB-5 Legislation Reauthorization & Reform Panel at the IIUSA Conference – Washington, D.C. 2017

Bill Gresser Speaks on EB-5 Legislation Reauthorization & Reform Panel at the IIUSA Conference – Washington, D.C. 2017

Washington, D.C., April 27, 2017

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC and Vice President of IIUSA speaking on the panel “What is at Stake in EB-5 Reauthorization & Reform: Review of Legislative and Regulatory Issues” during the 10th Annual IIUSA EB-5 Regional Economic Development Advocacy Conference.

Bill Gresser was proudly joined by his fellow panelists:

  • Peter Joseph, Executive Director, IIUSA
  • Hans Rickoff, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Adam Greene, President, Live in America Financial Services LLC
  • Michael Homeier, Founding Shareholder, Homeier & Law, P.C.

The panelists discussed the likelihood of the EB-5 program being reauthorized without change. Bill and his fellow panelists also discussed the potential for the final implementation of the proposed EB-5 regulations and the impact on the industry. The panelists also discussed the differences between current legislative proposals and the proposed regulations, which were issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

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Bill Gresser Chairs the IIUSA Public Policy Committee during the IIUSA Conference – Washington, D.C., 2016

Bill Gresser Chairs the IIUSA Public Policy Committee during the IIUSA Conference – Washington, D.C., 2016

Washington, DC, April 20, 2016

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC and Director of IIUSA, chaired the IIUSA Public Policy Committee meeting at the 9th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference.

During the Public Policy Committee meeting, Bill and his fellow Committee members discussed proposed EB-5 legislative and regulatory changes as well as IIUSA’s strategy for addressing the proposed changes.

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Bill Gresser, Phoebe Gresser and Ann O’Connor with Senator Jeff Flake during the EB-5 Investors Magizine Conference – Las, Vegas, NV 2017

Bill Gresser, Phoebe Gresser and Ann O’Connor with Senator Jeff Flake during the EB-5 Investors Magizine Conference – Las, Vegas, NV 2017

Las Vegas, NV, January 13, 2017

Bill Gresser, President, Phoebe Gresser, Public Relations and Ann O’Connor, Latin America Director of EB-5 New York State, LLC had the opportunity to speak with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R – AZ) (second from the right) during the 2017 EB-5 Investors Magazine Convention.

Senator Flake has been a strong proponent of the EB-5 program and sensible immigration reform in the United States Senate. During the EB-5 Investors Magazine conference, Senator Flake discussed his dedication to extending the EB-5 program and requiring increased integrity measures for participants in the industry. EB-5 New York State, LLC strongly supports his efforts in all of these regards.   

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Bill Gresser Speaks on Preparing for I-829 Success Panel at the EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference – Las Vegas, Nevada, 2017

Bill Gresser Speaks on Preparing for I-829 Success Panel at the EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference – Las Vegas, Nevada, 2017

Las Vegas, NV, January 13, 2017

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC and Vice President of IIUA participated on the two-part panel “Monitoring, Compliance and Preparing for Success Through I-829” during the 2017 EB-5 Investors Magazine conference.

Bill Gresser was proudly joined by his fellow panelists:

  • Michael Homeier, Homeier & Law, P.C.
  • Dawn Lurie, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Julie Myers, Guidepost Solutions, and
  • Reid Thomas, NES Financial

The panelists discussed common reasons for, and strategies to avoid, RFEs at the I-829 stage. As the panelists discussed, the key to avoiding RFEs is to prepare for the I-829 petition from the onset of project contemplation. Bill and his fellow panelists emphasized Regional Center compliance in their discussion of the interdependent variables that contribute to I-829 success.

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Bill Gresser Speaks on Legislative Proposals Panel at the IIUSA Conference – Dallas, 2015

Bill Gresser Speaks on Legislative Proposals Panel at the IIUSA Conference – Dallas, 2015

Dallas, Texas, October 21, 2015

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC and Director, IIUSA speaking on the panel “Deep Dive in Legislative Proposals: What Would It Mean to Your Business” during the IIUSA Conference.

Gresser was accompanied by his fellow panelists, Angel Brunner, Charles O’Byrne and Stephen Strnisha. Gresser and his fellow panelists discussed the implications for legislative proposals that address integrity, TEAs/investment levels, effective dates, job creation methodology and USCIS processing procedures/requirements.

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Bill Gresser Speaks on EB-5 Panel with Congressman Jared Polis at the EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference – Las Vegas, 2015

Bill Gresser Speaks on EB-5 Panel with Congressman Jared Polis at the EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference – Las Vegas, 2015

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 17, 2015

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC speaking on a panel about the EB-5 program with the Keynote Speaker, Congressman Jared Polis, during the Second Annual EB-5 Investors Magazine conference.

Congressman Jared Polis (D – CO 2nd District) is a Chair of the New Democrat Coalition Immigration Task Force, who has shown a strong interest in the EB-5 program and has introduced legislation to make the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program permanent.

Gresser and Polis discussed legislative solutions for the EB-5 program as well as the importance of the EB-5 program for regional economic development in the US.

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Bill Gresser Speaks on EB-5 Due Dilligence Panel at the IIUSA Conference – Washington, D.C., 2014

Bill Gresser Speaks on EB-5 Due Dilligence Panel at the IIUSA Conference – Washington, D.C., 2014

Washington, D.C., May 8, 2014

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC and Director, IIUSA speaking on the “EB-5 Project Due Diligence” panel during the 7th annual IIUSA EB-5 Regional Economic Development Advocacy Conference.

Gresser and his fellow panelists, Daniel Healy, Peter Joseph and Dawn Lurie discussed investment project due diligence from EB-5, business and capital repayment perspectives.

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Bill Gresser Speaks on Legislative Proposals Panel at the IIUSA Conference - Dallas 2012

Bill Gresser Speaks on Legislative Proposals Panel at the IIUSA Conference - Dallas 2012

Dallas, Texas, October 22, 2012

Bill Gresser, President of EB-5 New York State, LLC speaking on the “Deep Dive in Legislative Proposals: What Would It Mean to Your Business” Panel during the 5th Annual IIUSA EB-5 Regional Economic Development Advocacy Conference.

Gresser and his fellow panelists discussed the potential impacts of current legislative proposals on the EB-5 program and on EB-5 Regional Centers. Gresser’s thoughts on the impact of the current legislative proposals are shaped both by his experience as a successful Regional Center operator, and his experience working on Capital Hill.

The three-day event featured EB-5 professionals from around the globe to network, discuss infrastructure and development opportunities in the U.S., and learn about trending topics from leading experts on immigration and investment. The Guest of Honor speaker was Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China and former Governor of Utah.

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