4th Session of the U.S. Investment Immigration Forum (USIIF) - Exclusive Chinese Delegation
Co-Hosted by EB5 Investors Magazine
October 15 – 17, 2015
Shenzhen Ritz-Carlton Hotel – Shenzhen, China
The 2015 USIIF Shenzhen Private Delegation, in collaboration with EB5 Investors Magazine, was a premier international gathering for U.S. and Chinese EB-5 stakeholders. The three-day event took place at the stately Ritz-Carlton in Shenzhen, China on Oct. 15–17, 2015. Attendees built valuable EB-5 industry connections over the course of the conference, and had access to policy updates and technical industry information presented by experienced EB-5 professionals.
The event enjoyed strong U.S. political support, with U.S. Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO-2nd) providing a Welcome Address via a live video stream. Concurrently, the conference served as a forum for Chinese migration agents to personally meet with a select group of U.S. EB-5 delegates to discuss their projects and services.
The event kicked off on Oct. 15 with a full day touring various migration agent offices. Participants from each U.S. company in attendance spent the day visiting three local Shenzhen migration agencies. Each agency gave a brief presentation on their business focus and EB-5 practice, along with an industry update and tour of its offices. Following the agency tours, attendees participated in an EB-5 networking function at an evening cocktail reception, held at the Ritz-Carlton’s poolside rooftop oasis.
The conference itself began on the morning of Friday, Oct. 16, with Congressman Polis’ Welcome Address, specially recorded for the USIIF audience and broadcast over breakfast. Following this speech, speaker Charles Foster of Foster LLP provided an update to attendees on potential EB-5 policy changes, as well as an annotation of the events that had led to the Sept. 30 temporary extension of the Regional Center program. For the remainder of the day, attendees benefitted from educational panels, with time set aside for each U.S. project to present directly to migration agents.
Networking sessions throughout the day allowed attendees to mingle, and all participants were invited to a Welcome Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen on Friday evening.
The momentum continued on Saturday morning, with several members of established Chinese migration agencies arriving for the conference’s second day. David Hirson of David Hirson & Partners LLP delivered a morning address discussing the possibility for reform – and what reforms stakeholders might expect to see in possible legislation – prior to December 11. In addition to the project exhibition hall, migration agencies in attendance had the opportunity to join educational panels such as a two-part project underwriting workshop, securities law panel and an immigration law panel focusing on the effects of retrogression on Chinese born EB-5 visa applicants.
U.S. projects, regional centers, attorneys, and service providers can continue to build connections with our foreign partners at the upcoming 2016 Las Vegas EB-5 Conference, hosted by EB5 Investors Magazine on Jan. 16, 2016. Over 100 migration agent principals have been invited to attend the event as guests of EB5 Investors Magazine, and we look forward to welcoming a strong presence from our international partners.
We would like to thank the many project and service provider sponsors of the 2014 USIIF Shenzhen Private Delegation, without whom the intimate but successful networking event wouldn’t have been made possible.
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