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  • What going to happen if my investment with franchies 250000$ and 6 full time employee

    My brother USA citizen, he file for me before 2 years ago I-130, I have B1B2 visa, I find franchies total cost 250000$, and require me to have 6 full employees, I m waiting for my EB5 visa , after 2 years if just I have 6 employees and just I inve...

    Robert’s Answer

    Your brother and taking the immigration laws into your own hands has created a mess. Your green card venture here is so defective in so many ways in terms of amount invested, number of employees, your participation in the business, etc. I can only wonder if this business is in compliance with labor and tax regulations in CA and elsewhere.

    You need experienced immigration and securities counsel to unwind or clean up this mess. And you need them today. Not next week,. Today.

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  • I believe I was a victim of a ponzi scheme. What route do I take from here? What kind of attorney do i need?

    I invested a substantial amount of money and now that Im supposed to be getting my investment back, the person makes endless excuses. He keeps assuring he is going to figure this out and blames it on banks freezing his accounts. I was due to be pa...

    Robert’s Answer

    Retain securities litigation counsel now to submit complaints to the SEC and NJ securities regulators, and of course evaluate your litigation options. Depending on what your investment actually is, you may have rights to demand books and records under applicable corporate laws. If you submit "original information" to the SEC under its whistleblower program with the assistance of counsel, your anonymity will be maintained and you may be entitled to a "bounty" based on the fines collected by the SEC. One issue with these sorts of case is that you don't know who else is suing or who else has the issues you have. There may be an advantage to being the first to litigate, but you may be opening the floodgates. This, among other things, is a reason you need to retain skilled securities litigation counsel as soon as possible. And I mean in the coming days, not weeks.

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  • I think I'm a victim of a Ponzi scheme. How would I go about reporting this individual?

    5 years ago a friend talked me into an investment into a new tech company started by a guy he used to work with. 6 months later he used that stock and started another company and looking for more investors. Over the years, roughly 4 companies have...

    Robert’s Answer

    if you are a shareholder, you have a right to demand inspection of books and records of the company. If you are convinced this investment has been an exercise in defrauding others, retain counsel and submit complaints to the SEC and the Arizona Securities Commission. You will need to do this with the assistance of an attorney to maintain anonymity. You also should do some research on whether these people have any money, which would or should drive a decision to institute litigation on your own.

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  • Shares authorized issued by court, are they free trading?

    In consideration of a debt, a state awarded me some shares in a tertiary Pink listed company. The amount issued will amount to over 50% of the issued and outstanding shares. Are these shares free trading?

    Robert’s Answer

    Your stock certificates should say whether it's restricted or not. If you've deposited the shares in a brokerage account, your brokerage firm can likely confirm whether the shares are freely tradable with the transfer agent. You may also wish to contact the transfer agent on your own.

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  • What information do I need to obtain from a friend who has asked me to invest in a start up company?

    I have also been asked to help name the businees. what types of questions should I be asking?

    Robert’s Answer

    Naming the business is not a big deal, so long as you do not seek to use a name already in use or that is the subject of intellectual property protection. As for the investment itself, you have to perform considerable due diligence on the deal. That means looking at the financials and corporate books, the business plan and what professionals (auditors, attorneys, etc.) are in place, among other things. There are likely numerous other things to review, depending on the nature of the business and its location.

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  • My husband and I are on a llc together .it is a small Buisness in Wyoming ...its come time for me to remove my name we both agre

    He started it in 2010 here,,I didn't want to be involved but he insisted so I could take care of office and not be on payroll .. Things aren't going well with us.he now wants my name off his business.. I have no issues doing so, but don't know how

    Robert’s Answer

    You should have an attorney look over the corporate documents to follow the procedures in the operating agreement for removal of a member or officer. Likely, there needs to be a vote or corporate resolution removing you. Then, you will need to file amended forms with the Wyoming authorities. If you actually have membership interests in this LLC, you may wish to tender them back to the company. Again, an attorney should be able to assist you with this.

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  • Can an investor who invests in a property and not a business receive an EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa?

    I have heard of this but I'm not sure of the particulars, speaking of other than the programs stated in the typical EB-5 details.

    Robert’s Answer

    You may be confused. There are many EB-5 investment programs that utilize property or real estate as the basis for the job creating enterprise. For example, many EB-5 investment products are constructed to facilitate investment in a hotel, resort, or mixed use commercial property. You won't have a deed to any of the real estate, but you will own part of a fund vehicle whose profitability will depend on the value of the real estate and/or a liquidity event. But chiming in to what others have said, you should review the basics of EB-5 and retain experienced securities and immigration counsel to assist you moving ahead.

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  • When can a person use EB5 Investment Money for his/her business establishment?

    1. How long does it taken to get EB5? 2. When can those transferred funds be used for Projects? 3. Does the person has to wait for the complete process of EB5 Approval, to start the business funding?

    Robert’s Answer

    While non-retrogression EB-5 investors (those from places other than China) can expect the EB-5 process to last at least 14 months, which would include submissions to USCIS on proof of funds, your question is unclear. Are you intending to invest in a project offered by a Regional Center or are you doing a direct EB-5 investment? Or are you doing something different? Whatever the case, it is very important to perform due diligence on firms and people in this area. Hire skilled immigration counsel AND corporate counsel to assist you in reviewing documents before you invest. There are also a number of broker-dealers that distribute EB-5 products as well.

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  • I have been asked to invest in the purchase of an offshore oil rig?

    the rig is in the atlantic.

    Robert’s Answer

    Ask this person with the oil rig who their attorneys are, as well as accountants and geologists so you can at least get an idea if this person is for real. And, as you might imagine, there are numerous licenses and permits needed to own and transfer an offshore oil rig. I am going to mark your question in the "admiralty" section because there are likely good attorneys out here who can explain the ocean of regulation you're about to encounter.

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  • Gaining the Green Card through investment?

    As you know that if someone invested 500,000$ or 633,000$ with taxes and legal fees, he is able to get the Green Card after two years. I do not know if there is a possibility to share the 500,000 investment? I mean can three brothers invest 500,0...

    Robert’s Answer

    Each individual needs to have $500,000 at risk in order to claim EB-5 benefits. You should speak with not only an immigration attorney but a securities attorney as well to assist in your EB-5 process.

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