CONGRATS Queensfort Sonic: First Investor is Their First I-526 Approval!

Congratulations out to Arthur, Carolina, and all the folks at Queensfort/Sonic for their first I-526 approval!   The EB-5 investor, who wanted an equity-based EB-5 project, contacted me via Immigration Insider.   He was the first to invest in QS and LatourLaw filed his I-526 - their f...

Jose E. Latour Dec 16, 2011

Important Tax Update for Expats

Steve Cantor and Hal Webb are among the best private client tax practioners in the U.S. and, fortunately for me and many of my clients, located right here in Miami.  Today the firm sent out an email advising of recent IRS guidance for U.S. Citizens or Dual Citizens Residing Outside the U.S.&nbs...

Jose E. Latour Dec 13, 2011

JOB OPENING IN MIAMI: Fluent Written and Spoken Mandarin Required

F-1 with EAD okay, will sponsor H-1B for the right person. Qualifications:Must be TRULY fluent in business Chinese, as in native-level fluencyPrefer AA or BS in business, English, or IT but open to all educational BGsMust be fully competent in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and possess the ability to writ...

Jose E. Latour Nov 23, 2011

The China Real Estate Market and Its Effect on EB-5 Investment

I’ve been trying for a few months now to explain to my Regional Center and EB-5 Project clients the nature of “hot money” in China, and why I believe we in America have a unique opportunity right now to drive EB-5 capital to our shores.  In the past three weeks with Sharon, traipsing through a ...

Jose E. Latour Nov 15, 2011

Thoughtful Editorial on Proposed Bill to Give RE Investors Green Cards

First Objective Critique of "Homes for Visa" Legislation…

Jose E. Latour Nov 14, 2011

Green Cards for Green Acres? Not So Fast, Folks

[Fraud Warning: in the preceding days, I have learned of at least one California real estate broker as well as of several unscrupulous Chinese brokers who are marketing the “buy real estate, get a green card” concept despite it NOT being law. Please be careful out there!. Sharon will soon be joining...

Jose E. Latour Nov 14, 2011

Chinese Capital: Changing the World

Given the typically "unglobal" American world perspective, many U.S. ventures seeking EB-5 capital approach guys like me with the mistaken presumption that “it’s all about America”, that is, that U.S. permanent residency is so coveted that even the most fiscally-flaccid EB-5 offering well ...

Jose E. Latour Nov 10, 2011

Shanghaied: It’s a Wrap

Day 3 in Shanghai, off to Saigon tomorrow. Another set of incredible meetings with incredible people cherry-picked by Sharon Shi.  China is happening and the notion of a straight-shooting EB-5 program is a breath of fresh air to a hungry market.  My expectations have been blown out of the water on a...

Jose E. Latour Nov 02, 2011

Enter the Draggin’: Big Promises, Slow Execution Creates EB-5 Turmoil in China

As busy as some EB-5 megaprojects are in China, and as much money as much as they are collecting, seems the "shovel" in the "shovel-ready" is a bit behind the momentum: our second full week in China has led to a number of conversations with Chinese brokers with clients who funded...

Jose E. Latour Oct 30, 2011

Xiamen Food for Thought…

This Xiamen delicacy almost proved too much for HRM Sharon, who politely declined when the dish was unveiled at dinner last night by our gracious host.  I've never seen Sharon even WINCE with all the zany Chinese stuff we've been honored with, so I took great delight thinking for a mo...

Jose E. Latour Oct 30, 2011

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