Conference

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.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Phoebe Gresser at peg@eb5nys.com.

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Chief of the USCIS Office of Policy and Strategy Highlights Plans for Proposed EB-5 Regulations at IIUSA’s EB-5 Advocacy Conference

Chief of the USCIS Office of Policy and Strategy Highlights Plans for Proposed EB-5 Regulations at IIUSA’s EB-5 Advocacy Conference

“Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, Chief of the USCIS Office of Policy and Strategy, delivered a keynote address to kick off IIUSA’s 11th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC... Ms. Kovarik reinforced her department’s position that they will try to get EB-5 regulatory reform done this year, as indicated on the Unified Regulatory Agenda. Items of the regulation that she spoke about were the targeted employment area (TEA) designation and increases in investment amounts.”

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.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Phoebe Gresser at peg@eb5nys.com.

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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.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Phoebe Gresser at peg@eb5nys.com.

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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.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Phoebe Gresser at peg@eb5nys.com.

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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. 


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Phoebe Gresser at peg@eb5nys.com. 
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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.  

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Phoebe Gresser at peg@eb5nys.com.

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