Revelations that the sister of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, promoted a program offering a path to USA citizenship to Chinese backers in a Kushner family project bring new scrutiny to a foreign investor visa program.
Before being asked to leave, reporters heard Jared Kushner's sister Nicole Meyer tell Chinese investors that they could participate in a New Jersey real estate project that "means a lot to me and my entire family". Its advertising highlights the controversial EB-5 visa program, which provides a path to a green card to foreign nationals who invest at least half a million dollars and create 10 full-time jobs.
"Kushner Companies 'apologizes if that mention of [Meyer's] brother was in any way interpreted as an attempt to lure investors, ' it said in a statement emailed to NPR, adding that it was not her intention". While Kushner, the husband of Ivanka Trump, has stepped down from managing the firm, he remains the beneficiary of trusts that hold some business interests, and so he still holds a financial stake in the company's success.
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