As the first 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency draw to a close, it has already become clear that US immigration reform is a priority.
During his first weeks in office, Trump’s executive orders clamping down on travel to the US by citizens of a handful of Muslim-majority nations prompted widespread controversy, while last week he ordered a review of the H-1B visa programme, which is relied on by technology firms to bring in high-skilled foreign workers.
Meanwhile, in a move that could have particular consequences for Chinese, the future of America’s immigrant investment visa programme – the EB-5 visa – has also come under review.
What is the EB-5?
In 1990, the US Congress created the EB-5 programme, allowing conditional residency and eventual lawful permanent residency (green cards) to foreigners who invest US$1 million in new commercial enterprises that create at least 10 full-time jobs.
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