EB-5 Changes Imminent as Washington’s Dysfunction Continues

I am sitting in Doha, Qatar, waiting for my connection, and it just dawned on me that this whole business of trying to predict the future of EB-5 has become less of a “science” and more of an interpretive study in human dynamics since the launch of this most-unpredictable Trumpian era.  We are all s...

Jose E. Latour Jan 15, 2018

WSJ Reports SEC Investigation of Big EB-5 China Activities

The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (i.e., the SEC, the U.S. federal agency responsible for governing how investments are offered by U.S. issuers) is investigating the real-estate company run by the family of President Donald Trump’s senior ...

Jose E. Latour Jan 06, 2018

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 ...

Jose E. Latour Sep 19, 2017

HELP! Miami Office Needs Admin Assistant: Fluent Mandarin Required

Folks, I posted an ad earlier and got several attorneys applying...I apologize for the confusion.  I am actually looking for an Administrative Assistant who is fully fluent in Mandarin.  This person will be serving as my primary "vocal chord" in Miami so poor Sharon doesn't ...

Jose E. Latour Dec 05, 2011

Sinophobia Rears its Ugly Head: Mamtek’s Forgotten EB-5 Investors

Remember October 13th's Immigration Insider, On Trust and EB-5 Marketing in China, where I mentioned Missouri's Mamtek EB-5 mess, where a number of EB-5 investors from China got taken for a ride, along with the State of Missouri?  Well, it's finally making the mainstream media in...

Jose E. Latour Dec 04, 2011

EB-5 Won’t Be the Only Chinese Money Creating U.S. Jobs

With Sinophobia now officially hitting the Republican primary debates (astonishingly triggered by no less than the former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman -- excellent Christian Science Monitor article HERE ), the Chinese government's announcement that it wants to bankroll U.S. infrastruct...

Jose E. Latour Dec 02, 2011

USCIS/DHS Gets Serious About EB-5

To the ABSOLUTE DELIGHT of the EB-5 Community, on August 2, 2011 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas just unveiled a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts “to fuel the nation's economy an...

Jose E. Latour Aug 05, 2011

Positive Changes on U.S. Visas for Iranian Nationals

Two of my best friends are Iranian-Americans...well, like me, they really are just plain old "Americans".  The "Iranian" prefix for these guys -  like the "Cuban" prefix for me -- is really more of a heritage stamp than any sort of embedded ethnic identity....

Jose E. Latour May 26, 2011

ARTICLE LINK: TCKs…Third Culture Kids

Folks, my son Alex sent me an article I truly enjoyed and I wanted to share it with you.  It is definitely a pro-Obama piece, but that's not why I'm linking it.  I'm doing so because Alex, after reading it, commented that he was glad for the international experience he'...

Jose E. Latour May 18, 2011

Bin Laden’s Death and U.S. Immigration Policy

On September 11th, 2001, I was in Miami when a realtor friend phoned to tell me that an airplane had crashed into the World Trade Center.  I thought, as many did, that this initial news must be a mistake.  But it wasn't.  It was the beginning of what would be, ultimately, the sin...

Jose E. Latour May 03, 2011

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