Last September, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas participated in discussions with EB-5 stakeholders in an in-person and phone-in session dubbed "Conversations with the Director."
Now it looks like he'll be doing it again, and it's happening tomorrow, November 9, at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. The event is a teleconference, and it comes just one day after the director published an update on The Beacon, the official blog of USCIS.
According to Mayorkas, he recently participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for a New American Economy in Nashville, Tennessee. Noting that the area "has become a magnet for entrepreneurs and innovation," the director says he understands just how important a role immigrants can play in bolstering economic growth.
And with participation in the EB-5 immigrant investor program increasing to unprecedented levels, there's no better time than now for the director to focus his attention on this important demographic.
In his comments on the Nashville event, Director Mayorkas acknowledged that reforming the EB-5 program is part of the agency's overall effort to create new jobs through streamlined processing of petitions. Other reforms meant to make the immigration process smoother for EB-5 investors and stakeholders include the creation of a decision board staffed by economists and direct email communication between adjudicators and stakeholders.
The latter reform has already been implemented.
Given the significant changes the EB-5 program is experiencing, it's a great time to tune into the director's discussion this week, especially if you missed the September session. Click here to get the phone number and passcode for the teleconference. It doesn't cost a thing.