Winter 2013/2014 EB-5 Events -

Winter 2013/2014 EB-5 Events Staff


October 22-24 | 4th Annual EB-5 International Investment & Economic Development Forum | San Francisco

IIUSA will hold the Fourth Annual EB-5 International Investment & Economic Development Forum at The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, Ca. Started in 2011, this annual event is one of the largest gatherings in the EB-5 industry, with upwards of 450 attendees from more than five different countries expected to attend. The conference should attract a diverse group of stakeholders, including migration investors, EB-5 regional center principals and tax attorneys, among others. In addition to an EB-5 trade show, this IIUSA forum will feature panels and presentations by expert speakers, with both domestic and international networking opportunities available between the line-up of events.

January 17 | Second Annual Las Vegas EB-5 Convention | The Wynn Encore Resort – Las Vegas, NV

EB5 Investors Magazine and will host their second annual Las Vegas EB-5 Convention on January 17, 2015. This all-day event will be headlined by experienced EB-5 professional speakers offering perspective on current EB-5 visa issues, and a dual track program of panels throughout the day will provide both beginner level and in-depth technical EB-5 program information. All EB-5 stakeholders are encouraged to attend, including immigration attorneys, regional center principals and migration agents. The conference will be held at the elegant Wynn Encore Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.


September  6-10 | IIUSA Second Annual Trade Mission to CIFIT | Xiamen, China

IIUSA and the American Chamber of Commerce in South China co-hosted the U.S. Pavilion at the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen, China from Sept. 6-10. The 18th Annual CIFIT was expected to welcome more than 16,000 attendees from 120 countries over the course of five-days. The conference focused on international networking within the EB-5 field, with the event comprised of seminars, receptions and private meetings. The U.S. delegation was the largest in history, with 230 delegates from 80 different organizations in attendance to represent the EB-5 program and IIUSA. The IIUSA event covered numerous topics, from China’s exit-entry policy and regulations, to retrogression scenarios for Fiscal Year 2015, to recommended industry best practices.

September 3 | GT and EB5Investors Magazine Webinar: Understanding the Impact of Visa Retrogression for Chinese EB-5 Applicants | Online

Greenberg Traurig and EB5Investors Magazine hosted a complimentary webinar to discuss the impact of the recent visa retrogression for Chinese EB-5 applicants. Expert speakers Ali Jahangiri, Laura Foote Reiff, Kate Kalmykov, Ali Brodie, and Nataliya Rymer discussed topics such as “What Retrogression Means for Regional Centers and Projects,” “The Impact on I-526 filings and Greencard applications through Consular Processing and Adjustment of Status,” and a “Legislative Update from Capitol Hill.” All EB-5 stakeholders were invited to attend this one-hour online seminar.

August 22-23 | 2014 AILA EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers CLE Conference | Chicago

The 2014 AILA Conference, held in Chicago, Ill at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, was geared towards attorneys seeking preliminary information about the EB-5 visa program, and those looking to develop their expertise in the field. The two-day event featured more than a dozen panels, all led by experienced EB-5 attorneys, and featuring securities lawyers and economists. These EB-5 visa program experts were available for Q&A sessions following each panel and during designated networking breaks. All registered conference attendees also received a complimentary copy of the book Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs.

July 21 | Third Annual Southern California EB-5 Conference | Newport Beach and EB5 Investors Magazine hosted the Third Annual Southern California EB-5 Conference in sunny Newport Beach, Ca. The one-day conference increased attendee knowledge of current immigration reform, while also functioning as a networking opportunity for the 350 stakeholders in attendance. Congressman Issa and Congressman Bob Goodlatte both served as keynote speakers, discussing pressing EB-5 immigration topics such as the Skills Visa Act. The dual-track format of the conference featured concurrent beginner and advanced panels, with accomplished panelists covering global and local EB-5 topics, including international differences in sources of funds, and the basics of raising EB-5 capital. A wide range of EB-5 stakeholders were in attendance, from immigration attorneys to developers to regional center creators, making the event a success.

June 11 | Real Estate Developers EB-5 Finance Workshop & Networking Event | Missoula

Hosted by Brian Su, this half-day private workshop was designed for real estate developers seeking finance to fund construction and real estate projects. This workshop taught developers about raising EB-5 capital in China, how to work with regional centers and fee structures, project marketability, EB-5 capital early release, investor exit strategies, investor returns, and dealing with emigration agents, among other topics. There was a networking session after the workshop.

May 14 | The Chinese Immigration Lawyers EB-5 Conference | San Gabriel

The Artisan Business Group invited both new and experienced Chinese immigration attorneys from around the United States to this one day event. An expert panel of speakers discussed such issues as regional center management and development, USCIS policies, SEC regulations and EB-5 project development and exit strategies.

May 7-9 | 7th Annual IIUSA EB-5 Regional Center Advocacy Conference | Washington D.C.

IIUSA invited all EB-5 regional center industry stakeholders to this cutting edge event on May 7-9. The conference combined grassroots advocacy, business development opportunities and advanced education. Expert speakers from the EB-5 industry and the federal government addressed trending topics and the future of the EB-5 regional center program.

March 22-23 | The Invest in America 2014 (Shanghai) Summit and Exhibition | Shanghai

This two day event featured 80 exhibition booths and was located in the largest economic center in China – Shanghai. The event welcomed a variety of professionals related to the EB-5 field, including regional centers, real estate brokerage firms, franchises, attorneys and government officials, among others. The summit attracted large crowds of prospective immigrants and business executives interested in business opportunities.

March 20 | Pacific Northwest – China Trade and Investment Summit | Tacoma

Located at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Wash., the two day event focused on increasing trade between the Pacific Northwest and China, including opportunities in real estate and EB-5 projects. The summit highlighted growing opportunities in the Washington area, including in the food/beverage industry and clean technology and environmental services. The event featured expert speakers, project presentations and one-on-one matchmaking meetings between companies and potential partners.

March 8 | First Annual Las Vegas EB-5 Conference | Las Vegas

On March 8, 2014, and EB5 Investors Magazine hosted the First Annual Las Vegas EB-5 Conference at the Encore Resort. Conference attendees were brought up to speed on trends currently taking shape in the EB-5 industry, with keynote speaker Congressman Jared Polis discussing the future of EB-5, and the goal of the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2014 to make the EB-5 visa program permanent. Steve Hill, Executive Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, was also present for a Q&A session in which he addressed the political developments of the visa program. Experienced panelists presented on beginner and advanced EB-5 topics ranging from professional ethics issues, to the rising role of broker dealers in legally selling EB-5 securities, and all attendees left the conference with valuable information.

February 25 | EB-5 Financing Workshop | Dallas

The Public-Private Partnership Alliance invited attendees of the 2014 Public-Private Partnership Conference to participate in this workshop and learn from the nation’s EB-5 experts. After an introduction to the basics of the program, attendees learned about the goals of the investors, if their project was right for EB-5, and how to establish or associate with a regional center.

February 18 | International EB-5 Finance Seminar | Mexico City

Greenberg Traurig hosted “The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program: A Unique Financing Opportunity,” a seminar designed to expose participants to an alternative project financing opportunity – the EB-5 program. A panel of experienced immigration and tax attorneys from Greenberg Traurig’s EB-5 team spoke on the EB-5 program and how to navigate indirect versus direct investment, among other topics. There was a cocktail reception immediately following the seminar.

February 13 | NMD CLE: Fundamentals of EB-5 Visas | San Francisco

The Northern California Chapter New Members Division of AILA presented Fundamentals of EB-5 Visas with Brandon Meyers. Meyers discussed challenges in EB-5 practice, including hype from reality, potential conflicts of interest, and SEC regulations. There were also networking opportunities prior to the event.

February 11 | 2014 Success Strategies for EB-5 Regional Centers Seminar | Los Angeles

The 2014 Success Strategies for EB-5 Regional Center event, hosted by NES Financial, featured expert panelists sharing their experiences navigating the sector’s most challenging issues. Industry experts shared their insight on the latest trends, meeting USCIS requirements, legal issues, tracking investor funds and running a more efficient operation. This event took place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

February 6 | 2014 Success Strategies for EB-5 Regional Centers Seminar | Miami

The 2014 Success Strategies for EB-5 Regional Center event, hosted by NES Financial, featured expert panelists sharing their experiences navigating the sector’s most challenging issues. Industry experts provided their insight on the latest trends, meeting USCIS requirements, legal issues, tracking investor funds and running a more efficient operation. This event took place at the Miami Intercontinental.

February 5 | Accelerated EB-5 Capital Raising Process Workshop | Las Vegas

This all-day event was hosted by Brian Su of Artisan Business Group and featured Jeff Carr as a special guest speaker. The workshop was targeted toward both new and experienced regional center developers and provided tools to help in developing an EB-5 regional center project and marketing projects in China.

February 4 | 2014 Success Strategies for EB-5 Regional Centers Seminar | New York

The 2014 Success Strategies for EB-5 Regional Center event, hosted by NES Financial, featured expert panelists sharing their experiences navigating the sector’s most challenging issues. Industry experts shared their insight on the latest trends, meeting USCIS requirements, legal issues, tracking investor funds and running a more efficient operation. This event took place at the W Hotel in New York.

January 30 | Immigration Issues for Entrepreneurs, Tech Professionals, and Startups Conference | Menlo Park

Expert speakers addressed immigration issues that were confronting both foreign-born entrepreneurs and tech professionals in Silicon Valley, along with hiring organizations. There was a presentation and a question and answer segment to discuss issues regarding entrepreneurial visa options (such as E-2, H1-B, L-1 and O-1 visas) and investor based green card options, such as the EB-5 immigrant visa. There were networking opportunities before and after the presentations.

January 29 | Leveraging EB-5 Capital in Your Venture Seminar | Boston

EB-5 Jobs for Massachusetts invited immigration attorneys, developers, investors and business professionals to an intimate seminar about the EB-5 program. This 1-2 hour seminar covered a variety of topics on EB-5, including qualifications for new projects, targeted employment areas and tips on how to create a marketable EB-5 project.

January 24 | AILA Midyear/Winter CLE Conference: Strategies in Advising and Processing Entrepreneur & Investor Visas | Grand Cayman

The American Immigration Lawyers Association Midyear Conference in the Cayman Islands brought together industry insiders to provide tools to assist immigration practitioners in processing corporate, individual investor, innovator and entrepreneur-based visas.

January 16-17 | Global Summit 2014 China Enterprise Outbound Investment | Shanghai

Located at the Grand Soluxe Zhongyou Hotel Shanghai, this two day conference was designed to help attendees understand the current situation of Chinese enterprises and globalization. Over 1500 exhibitors, 200 entrepreneurs, 100 professionals and 30 speakers were expected to attend the conference.

December 17 | 2013 Year in Review & What’s Ahead in 2014 | Online

As the final installment of IIUSA’s fall 2013 webinar series, the 90-minute 2013 Year in Review webinar glanced back at the past year and looked ahead to opportunites and challenges to come in 2014. Panelists included K. David Andersson, President of IIUSA; Stephen Yale-Loehr, President Emeritus of IIUSA, EB5 Investors Magazine editorial board member, and member of the community; and Peter D. Joseph, Executive Director of IIUSA.

December 2 | 16th Annual AILA New York Chapter Symposium | New York

2013’s AILA New York Chapter Symposium focused on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, along with discussions of current practices and the latest developments in immigration law. The event was split into two sections, with the morning program focusing on CIF and the future of immigration legislation, and the afternoon program addressing the two tracks of business and removal/family immigration. The EB-5 program was discussed, along with I-9 compliance, NIV options for entrepreneurs, and PERM and non-PERM permanent residency.

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