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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, 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.   

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 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.

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 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.

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

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