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EB-5 Regional Center Memorandum Updated– Info on New Programs in New Orleans and Milwaukee

Posted: May 8th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas | No Comments »

A while back, we created a document called the EB-5 Regional Center
Memorandum with Program Details. This document is available on the
ARTICLES page of

The memo is unique, because it describes some of the details and
differences between the various EB-5 Regional Center Programs. These
programs enable a foreign investor to invest $500,000 or more and
qualify for permanent residence in the U.S.

We have recently updated our EB-5 memo to include details about two
more Regonal Center Programs: one in New Orleans and one in Milwaukee.

Both of these programs have features designed to address some of the
problems and limitations of older EB-5 Regional Centers. Each of these
programs has provided additional information to us for intersted
parties. For more information, please contact

Brian Dumas Offers Advice on Investing in Franchises

Posted: May 7th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas | No Comments »

Sarasota business broker, Brian Dumas, has provided our readers with a
very informative document called "Steps to Owning a Franchise." This
document may be downloaded on the ARTICLES page of

Franchises can be a good vehicle for investors seeking to qualify for
an E-2 investor visa or an L-1 intracompany transfer visa, because much
of the groundwork involved in developing the business concept has
already been done by the franchisor. But, selecting a franchise can be

Prospective franchise investors should always work with a business law
advisor and a financial advisor. Reading the information provided by
Brian is also a great introduction to the subject.

For more information about franchise opportunities, contact Brian Dumas
at Murphy Busines Brokers in Sarasota at (941) 925-1511 or email him

USCIS Tampa Field Office Now Permits Cell Phones in the Building

Posted: May 6th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

The USCIS Tampa Field Office has not permitted cell phones in its
building for years due to security concerns. Recently, they changed
their policy.

The new policy has four requirements:

1. Cell phones must be set to vibrate when a person enter USCIS (the phone should not ring in the building);

2. Cell phones must be turned OFF during interviews;

3. Cell phone cameras may not be used with the exception of taking
photographs of naturalization proceedings; and, finally,

4. Persons speaking on cell phones should speak in low volumes when using cell phones so as not to disturb others.

In many cases, waiting times for interviews at the Tampa Field Office
can be an hour or longer. Having a cell phone available makes the
waiting time much more tolerable.

Bravo to the USCIS for changing its policy!