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High-skilled visa applications hit record high - again

by Kijner & Sons International Realty





KSI Realty New York Inc. is pleased to share with you a recent article by Sarah Ashley O'Brien entitled "High-skilled visa applications hit record high - again" and published on CNN Money on April 12th, 2016.

Highly skilled foreigners who study at some of our Nation's top universities often find themselves creating their first startup right where they received their Master or PhD degree. From Harvard to Stanford, from the University of Chicago to Columbia University or the University of Florida, more and more highly skilled foreign brains are seeking a legal path to stay in the U.S.A.

Only 80,000 H1-B Visas are awarded under a lottery each year and most of them are already called for by April 9th of each year. 20,000 of these Visas are reserved for Master graduates or above.

America's top businesses and most innovative startups have over half of their founders as foreign nationals. The need to attract and secure the most skilled workers is one of our Nation's greatest interests. Not only will it benefit domestic workers by creating hundreds of thousands of jobs each year but avoid the loss of talents to foreign countries such as Canada, France, Germany, the UK, India and China that are trying to attract US educated top talents to fuel their thriving economies.

KSI Realty New York Inc. is pleased to inform you that many highly skilled investors can seek a legal path to permanent residency through our EB-5 programs or a legal non-immigrant work authorization through E-2 Treaty programs that are other excellent options vs. the hard to get H1-B Visa (sponsored by the prospective employer).

To read the full article, click here or on the image below:


NAR Global Perspectives: Foreign Direct Investment and Immigration

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you the latest report from the National Associations of Realtors® (NAR), entitled "Global Perspectives, October 2014: Foreign Direct Investment and Immigration".

This issue covers important insights on how immigration and foreign investments have a positive impact on the North American housing market and how Economic Development Organizations (EDO) can help connect businesses with foreign nationals looking to invest in residential or commercial real estate and relocate to the U.S.

To read the full report, look below or click on the following link

How can KSI Realty help you invest in or relocate to South Florida? Visit our dedicated page by clicking here

Questions? Comments? Looking to buy a house or a condo in Miami Florida? Contact us at info@kijner.com

Global Perspectives, October 2014: Foreign Direct Investment and Immigration

NAR Global Perspectives: Investment Visas

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you the latest report from the National Associations of Realtors® (NAR), entitled "Investment Visas: Competing for Investors on a Global Scale". 

This issue of Global Perspectives takes a spin around the world looking at investment visas, initially examining the U.S.’s EB-5, as well as similar initiatives in countries around the world. Each program uses different levers to attract specific types of capital, investment and entrepreneurial skills - and each is designed to benefit various aspects of a country’s economy.

To read the full February 2014 NAR report, click here or on the image below.




To learn more about the EB5 and how KSI Realty can help you invest in or relocate to the US, visit our dedicated page by clicking here

Questions? Comments? Looking to buy a house or a condo in Miami or Sarasota, Florida? Contact us at info@kijner.com

Hong Kong SMART Expo - Our Booth

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

We are pleased to share with you some photos of our 18m2 booth at the Hong Kong SMART ExpoChina's most successful as well as Asia's longest running Investment and International Property Showcase (10-11 December 2011).

The property show is taking place at the Hong Kong Convention Center in Hall 1D (booth C9-C11) so come and meet with us to learn more about investment opportunities in the USA, Costa Rica, France and Thailand!

If you are considering investing in the USA through the EB5 Green Card Program, purchasing a short sale or a forclosure in Florida, retiring to Thailand or acquiring a casino or a land in Costa Rica, Kijner & Sons International Realty can assist you. We are also offering you exclusing listings and unique residential and commercial properties in Florida (i.e.: Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo), Thailand (i.e: Resort in Town I & II, Bangkok), Costa Rica and France!


 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premium Processing for the EB-5

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

The Director of USCIS, Alejandro Mayorkas, announced on May 19, 2011, a proposal to implement premium processing of cases under the EB-5 program. The significance of premium processing is that it is a program under which USCIS, in return for an additional fee of $1,225, currently, commits itself to deciding the case, or taking further action on the case by requesting additional evidence, within 15 days. There was a public comment period for the proposal that ended on June 17, 2011. On August 2, 2011, Director Mayorkas announced that within 30 days, USCIS will take the first step to implement premium processing for the EB-5 program. This does not mean that the program will be available then, but rather that USCIS will finish the first of multiple steps directed toward implementing premium processing for the EB-5 program.

An EB-5 investor's ability to file the I-526 petition with premium processing will depend on the regional center, in which he or she invested, obtaining USCIS's approval of its project ahead of time under the application procedures for the I-924 application. The I-924 application is currently used for obtaining approval of a regional center designation or of an amendment to an existing regional center designation. However, under the new procedures, either an entity that is just applying for its designation as a regional center could also present a project for approval of its eligibility for premium processing, or an existing regional center could apply to have its latest project approved as eligible for premium processing. A crucial factor in determining whether a project would qualify as eligible for premium processing is the extent to which work under the project can begin right after approval of the EB-5 investors' I-526 petitions, at which point the investment funds are normally released to the regional center's project. If the project is ready to that extent, then the regional center can opt to pay the additional fee for premium processing for the I-924 application, which would result in a processing time of 15 days. Otherwise, for such projects, if the regional center does not opt for premium processing, USCIS would, nevertheless, commit itself to a processing time of no more than 2 months. If the project is not ready to this extent, or the project is still only hypothetical, then the processing of the I-924 application could take up to 5 months or longer.

Once USCIS gives EB-5 investors the option to use the premium processing service for their I-526 petition, this will be a tremendous benefit to EB-5 investors from multiple perspectives. First, this will constitute a considerable improvement over the current processing time of 6-8 months for a decision on the I-526 petition. Second, there will be greater certainty that the I-526 will not be denied due to the regional center's project, since it will have been approved under the I-924 application process. Third, the availability of premium processing will improve EB-5 investors' chances to complete the process to obtain conditional permanent residence prior to the sunset of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program, which is the EB-5 program for the regional centers, on September 30, 2012. Fourth, for those EB-5 investors with a specific need for faster processing, such as those who are already living in the U.S. under a visa that will soon expire, or those EB-5 investors living outside of the U.S. who have plans to get their kids into school or university by a certain starting date, have a job offer in the U.S. with a certain starting date, or have other urgent plans to move to the U.S., the premium processing option for the I-526 petition will be tremendously beneficial.

When will premium processing of the I-526 petition become available? In remarks during the USCIS EB-5 Stakeholder Meeting on June 30, 2011, Director Mayorkas explained that premium processing will be phased in after USCIS accomplishes several steps in preparation. He stated, then on August 2, 2011, that the first step in implementing premium processing of the I-526 petition, will occur within 30 days of August 2, 2011. The remaining steps will presumably be accomplished over the coming weeks and months. Even once premium processing becomes available, regional centers will have to go through the process of applying for approval of their project to make it eligible for premium processing. Therefore, it will take an additional 15 days to 2 months for regional centers to obtain approval of projects that they can offer them as eligible for premium processing. So, we are looking at several months, at least, before premium processing will become effectively available to the public.

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Source: Article courtesy of our exclusive partner Anthony Olson, P.A., Immigration Law Firm (Sarasota, FL, August 21st, 2011)

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