Comment: Renewal of EB-5 Program
There is great concern in the EB-5 community that there could be legislative action in the last session of the current Congress in November & December that will modify the EB-5 Regional Center program. This fear is understandable, but the evidence does not bear out any reason for fear. Here is why:
The key issue shaping what happens in the last session of Congress is lack of time. Regardless of which party wins control of either Chamber of Congress in the November election, and regardless of who wins the Presidential election; the primary business of Congress is appropriations. There are around 300 programs like EB-5 which are up for renewal. Given that Appropriations covers all government operations, Congress does not have time to make even cosmetic changes to these programs--especially if there is no overwhelming preexisting consensus.Congress simply does not have the time to resolve any contentious issues. In September, Congress did make changes to 3 programs - Zika, Flint water and Planned Parenthood of Puerto Rico but EB5 does not rise to this level of political importance.
We expect the 300 programs including EB-5 to be renewed cleanly till September 30, 2017, and at the same schedule as the Federal Budget - EB5 constituents have not established political consensus for a shorter term extension.
Turning to the Executive side, USCIS is expected to write comprehensive rules on EB-5 affecting TEAs, investment amount and integrity measures. It appears that such rules will be published before end of the year. We believe that USCIS will follow standard APA procedure, i.e., publish a proposed rule for comment later this year, which is not expected to go into effect as an interim final rule till next fall.
So both through legislative and executive channels EB-5 is on track for significant change, but such change is not expected till next fall.
Why then is there fear among the EB-5 community of legislative action? Some members of Judiciary committees on both House and Senate sides are scare-mongering because they would like to see changes--even though they do not have the power to effect any change--the issue is now above their pay grade. Along with all appropriations issues, the fate of EB-5 now rests directly with leadership of both parties in both chambers. In the scheme of all appropriations, there is simply no political capital available for something as small and as contentious as EB-5 in budget negotiations. Which means that status quo will prevail.
Surprises can happen, but they are not very likely--that is why they are called surprises.
Our best current analysis based on all the data available is that in spite of scary private and public posturings from some members of House and Senate Judiciary Committees, the EB-5 Regional Center program is set to be renewed cleanly till September 30, 2017. Share your thoughts by writing to email@example.com
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