Immigrant investors who were allegedly defrauded by developers in the Northeast Kingdom are afraid their families will be deported in a matter of weeks unless officials take action very soon.
Mohammed Adil, an Indian investor in the Jay Peak Resort who lives in Dubai, said in an interview that his daughters, who attend Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, could be forced to leave the United States on June 23 unless U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services grants his family an extension of their temporary visas through the EB-5 investment program.
USCIS has refused to comment to the press or respond to state officials who have sought information about the immigration status of investors in Jay Peak and a biomedical facility in Newport that has not been built. The EB-5 program gives foreign investors the opportunity to secure permanent U.S. residency.
Michael Goldberg, the court-appointed receiver for properties in the alleged Northeast Kingdom fraud, and state officials say they are doing what they can to help investors and their families stay in the United States. Goldberg said his first priority was stabilizing the properties and that he is now focused on investors.
“We recognize the issue, and we are on top of it,” Goldberg said. “The immigration status of investors is at the top of the list now.”
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