1. Overblogged

    Okay, AVSEB5 Readers, for those of you who are gluttons for punishment, here you are:  the entire library of all of my immigration blogs written since 2007 is officially online at AVSEB5.  I know what you are thinking: "Why on EARTH would Jose re-post all of his old blogs when most of it is no longer even relevant??" Well, there are three answers to that: Because it's all still online, I just consolidated blogs which were on various sites. Because, among all the ranting and raving, there are still useful nuggets of information here and there, as well as prophetic predictions of EB-5 doom which were subsequently proven true after the USG finally addressed  EB-5 Regional Center abuses involving migration agent kickbacks and TEA abuse. Because it is inevitable that some of you have troub…Continue Reading...

  2. Celebrating AVS Vietnam’s One Year Anniversary

    It's true: time DOES fly when you are having fun!  Consider that it was only last September when brand new AVS Country Director Nguyet ("Monica") Pham and I were looking at our first little Regus office at the very tony Saigon Tower, across the street from the U.S. Consulate.  We were arguing: ever the pragmatist, Nguyet was insisting that the specific closet-sized office we were about to rent did NOT need to have a window.  She didn't want to spend the extra few hundred dollars a month for a window.  But the thought of our ONE Vietnam team member sitting alone in a windowless office was awful, and I won the argument.  (She later confessed that she was very happy to have the window but it was an "unnecessary expense...." (-:) Fast forward a year later and here we are, in the same won…Continue Reading...

  3. Top 10 Places to Live – Part 2

    American Venture Solutions offers viable immigrant investment opportunities to foreign investors that are looking to gain permanent residency. Though most of our website and our blogs so far have focused on what EB-5 investment programs have to offer, we felt it was important to cover topics such as where to live after you gain permanent residency. Though moving to the U.S. has many opportunities and advantages for foreigners, we also understand that knowing there is a place that will easily feel like home is important as well. In this blog, we continue to cover which cities are the most welcoming and advantageous for immigrant investors. Louisville, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky probably was not the first place that you thought of as a welcoming new home for you and your family. Unlike so…Continue Reading...

  4. IRS Requires Electronic FBAR Filings Beginning July 1, 2013

    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has announced that its form for reporting foreign bank and financial accounts will only be accepted for electronic filing beginning Monday.  The so-called "FBAR" - which stands for "Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts" -- requires anyone who is subject to U.S. taxes to report any interests in financial accounts, trusts, etc. overseas.  Here's a link to the IRS page on FBAR: IRS' FBAR FAQs I know I sound like a broken record, but I continue to be astonished at the number of inbound EB-5 investors I meet, especially those from the Pacific Rim, who have given absolutely no thought whatsoever to pre-immigration tax planning.  Once you land at the airport and get stamped as a U.S. conditional resident, you ARE subject to worldwide taxation!  Ne…Continue Reading...

  5. Simplified Home Office Deduction

    Okay, I know, I know...I've lost it when I start sharing IRS YouTube videos, right?  Humor me on this one: I know tons of people who really DO use their home office for business but steer clear of the complexity of declaring it (me, for one.) Here's a cool and simple new rule which actually can put some beer money in your pocket courtesy of a very smart and simple solution from the folks whose acronym terrifies us all:…Continue Reading...

  6. Top 10 Places to Live

    If you are considering becoming an investment immigrant, you may have already began to think about where you might want to live. The U.S. is a very large and diverse place that can accommodate a variety of lifestyle needs, as well as give you and your family a comfortable and exciting place to call home. Today, on our blog we are going to shift our focus from investment immigration itself and talk about what happens after; where you should live and which cities most immigrants have found most comfortable for their transition to the U.S. Austin, Texas If you speak to any younger American, you will probably hear an overflowing positive review of Austin. Austin offers those who live their much, making it easy to integrate into their population of around 150,000 people, easy. The Hispanic comm…Continue Reading...

  7. 5 Ways to Create Jobs in the US – Part 2

    Jobs are the heartbeat of the American economy, and continuing to create viable jobs is a way to continue to grow the American economy and set ourselves and those who come after us up for success and prosperity. In our last blog, we began discussing a few ways that jobs can be created in the U.S. In Part 1 First, we began discussing the the importance of inviting foreign investors to invest in the U.S. economy. EB-5 investors programs give foreign investors incentives to invest their wealth in the U.S. economy by offering a means for permanent residency. The investor program that American Venture Solutions EB-5 offers requires that our investors create and maintain 10 jobs offered by our investment programs. We also discussed the importance of students finding viable education options afte…Continue Reading...

  8. 5 Ways to Create Jobs in the US

    Though some claim to be seeing the light with the unemployment rate of the United States, there is always still work to be done. To continue to stimulate the economy, more jobs must be created. To have better products and more innovation, there must be competition or at least the opportunity to implement new ideas. Jobs are the heartbeat of the economy and the center of the American dream. Today, we are going to discuss how we can create more jobs for the success of the individual and the country at large. EB-5 Investors EB-5 Investors are one of the ways to stimulate the economy, continue to create viable jobs, and give non-Americans the chance to become citizens of the United States. Immigrant investors stimulate the economy by investing in projects that create and sustain jobs. American…Continue Reading...

  9. Congressional Heat on Kushner and Big EB-5

    On June 1st, 2017, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representatives Zoe Lofgren and John Conyers, Jr. wrote a joint letter to Laurent Morali, the president of Kushner Companies, indicating in the opening that they: “…are concerned about recent reports detailing Kushner Companies' use of the EB-5 Regional Center program, especially in light of Jared Kushner's role in the Trump administration and the potential for conflicts of interest. These reports indicate that Kushner Companies and its latest EB-5 project, "One Journal Square," may be seeking to benefit from the Kushner family's connections to the White House. These reports also suggest that luxury developers have aggressively lobbied Congress to prevent reforms to the EB-5 program. Such lobbying appears intended to benefit luxury developme…Continue Reading...

  10. Advantages of EB-5 Investment Immigration

    Investment immigration through the EB-5 programs is a fairly recent opportunity provided to those who wish to become permanent residents and citizens of the US. EB-5 is considered a “win-win” for both the investor wishing for residency and for the US: Investment immigration provides the investor with the opportunity to not only grow their investment, but to gain positive opportunities for not only them, but also their family in the US. At the same time, the US economy is stimulated and permanent jobs are created. But why choose EB-5 investment immigration? Below are just some of the reasons why investment immigration is a profitable opportunity for you: No Need for Business Experience For many other types of investment opportunities that can give you as big of a return on your investme…Continue Reading...