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Cute little girl from Honduras needing justice in the developing world.

Justice in the Developing World

I wanted to take a break from the EB-5 and Investment blogs to talk briefly about Oppenhuizen Law Firm, PLC and my personal commitment to justice in the developing world.  As you may have seen, if you have visited my website, I am actively involved in property rights in Honduras.  My role is a supporting…
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Impact Investment: The Future of Capital

Where EB-5 investment is intended to be a means for job creation in the United States, impact investment is becoming an increasingly popular form of economic growth for social or environmental development. While the field is still in its formative years, the practice of impact investment is becoming more mainstream. What is Impact Investing? Impact…
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Minors as investors: Asian teenage girl reading in a math class.

Minors as Investors in EB-5 Immigration

Can a minor be the investor for EB-5 immigration purposes, and if so, should he or she be?   The question posed is one of the hardest questions to answer in the EB-5 Industry today and is also one of the hottest topics under discussion.  My response is not intended to be comprehensive and presumes…
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Natural resources in Honduras provide economic opportunity for business development.

Developing Economic Opportunity in Honduras

Each time I visit, or am fortunate enough to speak with a Honduran here in the States or elsewhere, I am reminded of what an amazingly beautiful country Honduras is, and how wonderful the Honduran people are.  Despite all of the difficulties, corruption, gang violence and poverty the country is beautiful.  I don’t just mean…
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Chinese Visa after the Visa Bulletin update

EB-5 Visa Bulletin for August 2016

The 2016 August Visa Bulletin was released on July 11, 2016.  The update for the EB-5 Visa category reveals news for China. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has decided not to make any changes on the application cutoff date for mainland born Chinese applicants. The cutoff date for China will remain…
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Who’s Looking Out for the Investor? Part 3

In the most recent blog, we discussed an example case in which the immigration lawyer was acting in the best interest of the regional center and developer, and many investors lost their immigration benefit and all of their money.  During this case, the developer has continued to spin a story that he will sell the…
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Lighting the Way for Capitalism in the Developing World

Sam Goldman, co-founder of d.light, has figured it out. Investing in developing countries isn’t financially prohibitive, and it certainly doesn’t need to be purely charitable. The margin for growth is enormous in the developing world. After living in Africa during his time in the Peace Corps Sam witnessed firsthand the dangers of using kerosene as…
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Who’s Looking Out for the Investor? Part 2

The investor holds the money, which means that, although it often does not feel like it, each investor has the power in his or her transactions with regional centers and developers, at least at the onset.  Today, there are far more EB-5 projects than could be financed given the limitation on visas available in the…
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Who’s Looking Out for the Investor? Part 1

Much has been written lately about the importance of having a broker dealer involved in your EB-5 project if you are a developer or regional center, or both.  The importance of this is both compliance, and to ensure that the investors can confidently invest knowing that someone with a license has reviewed the documents and…
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Legal Due Diligence For Regional Centers and Immigrant Investors

Independent Due Diligence in the EB-5 Industry For Regional Centers & Immigrant Investors Many in the EB-5 industry and those who follow investment news closely have heard about the SEC’s investigation and civil complaint against Jay Peak, a Vermont ski resort.  Jay Peak relied heavily on EB-5 immigrant investors to finance its development.  The allegations are simply…
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