投资人致区域中心,项目方和律所请求支持AAED的邮件模板

请将相关内容填写邮件正文,并在邮件附件加上 AAED 的 MEMO 后发给你项目的区域中心、项目方、律所,一共两封模板,及一份 MEMO 。

此为模板一:

________________(请在此处填写日期)

Dear ___________,(请在此处填写区域中心负责人/项目方负责人/律师名字)

I am one of the EB-5 investors in Project __________(请将项目名称填在此处)sponsored by ______________ Regional Center (请填写区域中心英文名称). The EB-5 industry is facing a tremendous challenge of visa backlog, which has caused frustration and anxiety among all relevant parties. There have been extensive efforts to solve the EB-5 visa backlog issue, including both litigation and legislative initiatives. The key is to take actions right away. We can’t afford waiting around. 

American Alliance for Economic Development (AAED) serves as the premiere non-profit trade association with an exclusive focus on advocacy efforts for policy issues impacting EB-5 investors through substantive and meaningful legislative reforms. AAED collaborates with all the stakeholders related to the EB-5 visa backlog issue, such as investors, brokers, regional centers and trade associations. 

I have joined AAED to take actions and find solutions for EB-5 visa backlog issue. I urge you to do the same. The more efforts we put together, the better chances for everyone in the EB-5 industry to survive this crisis. 

For your convenience, I have attached the detailed information about the actions you can take to reach out to the policymakers in your district. 

I appreciate your support very much. Your efforts will also help the EB-5 industry (including your own business) to continue to survive. Please feel free to email AAED at contactus@aa-ed.org if you have any questions. 

Sincerely,

Investor Name (此处填写投资人名字)

中文翻译(仅供参考,请勿一并发送):

尊敬的______,

我是您所服务过的______ EB5 项目的投资人。

EB-5 产业面临着签证积压的巨大挑战,给各方带来了失望和焦虑。为解决 EB-5 签证积压问题,各方付出了广泛努力,包括诉讼和立法举措。关键是立即采取行动。我们等不起。

美国经济发展联盟(AAED)是第一家专门致力于通过实质性和有意义的立法改革,为影响 EB-5 投资人的政策问题进行倡议和游说的非营利性贸易协会。AAED 期待与所有受到 EB-5 签证积压问题困扰的利益相关者,如投资者、中介、区域中心和行业协会合作。

我加入 AAED 是为了采取行动解决 EB-5 签证积压问题。我敦促你也这样做。我们付出的努力越多,EB-5 行业的每个人在这场危机中生存的机会就越大。

为了您的方便,我附上了您可以采取哪些行动与您所在地区的决策者取得联系的详细信息。

非常感谢您的支持。你们的努力也将帮助 EB-5 产业(包括你们自己的公司)继续生存下去。如果您有任何问题,请发送邮件给 AAED:contactus@aa-e.org

此为模板二:

Dear  ______(填写区域中心或者项目公司或者律师的名字),

I am an investor of EB5 project ______(填写项目名字)related to your service. 

I’m writing to ask for your immediate action that will benefit the whole EB5 industry and of course, your business. 

The American Alliance for Economic Development (AAED) is now pushing EB5 program legislation reform in Congress. 

As you may well know, the EB-5 visa backlog is more and more severe. Investors and the whole industry are dampened by this. AAED is aiming to resolve this problem and hence recover the vitality of this immigration program. 

In their efforts to convince members of Congress of the urgent need to reform the EB-5 program, they need the support of the regional centers and all other related stakeholders that utilize the program to bring much needed jobs to communities across the country. 

Detailed information is attached. You may find very useful information you need about what actions to take and how to take them.

As a Chinese investor, we know that if no reform happens, there will be no EB-5 visas for us in several years at all. Having no other choice, we will take all means to withdraw our investment. Some investors are already doing that through lawsuits and other methods.

If AAED’s appeal achieved, we investors will have the option to work and live in America and our green cards will be more likely to be secured. We may choose to stay in waiting line for green cards, meaning to keep stake in your business.

What’s more, if AAED’s efforts succeeded, the whole industry will recover, you will have good EB5 related businesses to run again.

Please take actions to support AAED, to support their efforts. It’s win-win for both you and us, and is much appreciated. Please feel free to email AAED at contactus@aa-ed.org if you have any further questions.

Best,

____________(您的名字)

中文翻译(仅供参考,请勿一并发送): 

亲爱的______,

我是贵公司服务的 EB5 项目______的投资人。

我写信要求你立即采取行动,这将有利于整个 EB5 行业,当然也有利于你的公司。

美国经济发展联盟(AAED)正在国会推动 EB5 计划的立法改革。

你可能很清楚,EB5 签证积压越来越严重。投资者和整个行业都受到了打击。AAED 的主张旨在解决这个问题,恢复这个移民项目的活力。

为了让国会议员相信改革 EB-5 计划的紧迫性,他们需要各地区中心和相关企业的支持。

详细资料附呈。你可能会发现所有有用的信息,包括你需要采取什么行动和如何采取行动。

作为一名中国投资者,我们知道,如果不尽快进行改革,几年后,美国将没有 EB5 签证可以发给中国投资人。我们将别无选择,只能采取一切手段撤回投资。一些投资者已经通过诉讼和其他方式做到了这一点。

如果 AAED 的主张得以实现,我们投资者将有机会在美国工作和生活,我们的绿卡将更有可能获得保障。我们可能会选择继续排队等候绿卡,这意味着我们将继续与您的企业保持联系。

更重要的是,如果 AAED 的努力成功,整个行业将复苏,你将有良好的EB5业务再次运行。

请采取行动支持 AAED,支持他们的努力。这对你我双方都是双赢的,非常感谢。

请接受我最美好的祝愿!

______(您的名字)

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Contact: +1 (828) 490-4420 ,  contactus@aa-ed.org

AMERICAN ALLIANCE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

PROMOTING JOB DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY

TO: EB-5 Regional Centers, Businesses & Investors 

FROM: The American Alliance for Economic Development

DATE: April 12, 2019

RE:EB-5 Stakeholder Outreach to Members of Congress 


The American Alliance for Economic Development (AAED) is a nonprofit advocacy association representing regional centers and individuals in the United States and around the world who have committed to promoting the American economy through capital investment and job creation via the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. AAED is the only advocacy organization that represents the industry as a whole, including investors, regional centers, and all the other key stakeholders. 

In our efforts to convince members of Congress of the urgent need to reform the EB-5 program, we would appreciate the support of the regional centers and businesses that utilize the program to bring much needed jobs to communities across the country. 

To achieve this goal, we need your help as constituents to educate your representatives about the benefits of the EB-5 program and urge them to resolve various issues, such as the ever-expanding backlog of applications. As business leaders, workers and regional centers in their districts, you can help persuade lawmakers of the need to preserve the EB-5 program and the significant investment it provides to U.S. businesses. 

Legislative reforms must increase the annual EB-5 quota, allowing qualified pending status investors to receive a work permit in order to reside in the U.S. while they wait for their EB-5 green card, and providing protections for EB-5 investors that ensures their applications will not be affected by future changes to the program.  

In addition, protections must be extended to the family members of investors.  Family members should not be counted against the annual quota limits and the age of minor children should be frozen at the time an application is submitted, ensuring they do not age out of eligibility for a green card due to the significant wait times.

To make this happen, we are asking you to contribute in the following ways:

●Letters to Congress: Writing to Congressional offices is one of the most effective ways to influence lawmakers. We urge you to contact your representative, using your own unique version of the form letter below.

●Tell Us Your Story: One of the most overlooked aspects of the EB-5 program is how it has helped improve the lives of everyday Americans. Workers were hired, entrepreneurs were able to start businesses, and regional centers were able to better serve their communities as a result of the program. Real world examples of how the EB-5 system benefits constituents will help AAED better convince lawmakers to support EB-5. We will highlight your success stories on our website and social media platforms. 

●Utilize Social Media: Social media has become a great tool to reach influencers and lawmakers. We urge you to use your company and leaders’ social media channels following the social media guide provided below to reach lawmakers. 

LETTERS TO CONGRESS

We urge you to utilize the below template to write to your public officials and explain the benefits of the EB-5 program, and why reform is necessary and beneficial to their constituency:

[STAKEHOLDER LOGO]

Date

Recipient Name / Address

Dear Representative/Senator [INSERT NAME],

As a business owner that relies on investments through the EB-5 program, I am concerned about the program’s current state.  The EB-5 program was created by Congress in 1990 in order to stimulate job growth and economic development through foreign investments into U.S. businesses and communities.  The program works by allowing 10,000 foreign investors to apply for permanent residency in the United States each year if they make the required investment of $1 million (or $500,000 in a rural or high-unemployment area) in commercial enterprise in the U.S. and create or preserve at least 10 permanent, full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.

Since its creation, the EB-5 program has been extraordinarily successful, resulting in billions of dollars in investments and the creation of millions of U.S. jobs, all with no costs to taxpayers.  Over the last decade alone, over $27.6 billion of foreign direct investment has been injected into the U.S. economy through the EB-5 program.

In our district alone, the EB-5 program has created [INSERT DISTRICT-SPECIFIC DATA / PERSONAL EXPERIENCES].

While the EB-5 program has been essential in stimulating economic growth, the program is in serious jeopardy.  Despite the fact that tens of thousands of investors have already made the requisite investments in the U.S. economy, they are facing significant backlogs in the processing of EB-5 green cards, creating current wait times of more than 15 years.  Due to the uncertainty of whether they will ever receive their green cards, many investors are reconsidering their investments into U.S. businesses, putting billions of dollars and thousands of U.S. jobs at risk.

In order to preserve the EB-5 program and the significant investment it provides to U.S. businesses; congressional action is required. Reforms must increase the annual EB-5 quota, allowing qualified pending status investors to receive a work permit in order to reside in the U.S. while they wait for their EB-5 green card, and providing protections for EB-5 investors that ensures their applications will not be affected by future changes to the program.  In addition, protections need to be added to the family members of investors, including not counting family members against the annual quota limits and freezing the age of minor children at the time an application is submitted, ensuring they do not age out of eligibility for a green card due to the significant wait times.

Thank you for your consideration regarding strengthening the EB-5 program.  I have seen first-hand the extraordinary impact the program has had on communities across the U.S. and would appreciate your support in ensuring the program’s health for years to come.

Sincerely,

[SIGNATURE]

INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR EB-5 PROJECTS

In order to provide concrete evidence of the economic benefits of the EB-5 program to the members of Congress that represent them, we would recommend including the following information as an attachment to your letters to the Congress. Below is an example of a project that was made possible by EB-5 investors:

● Name of the Project: Blu at Northline (www.bluatnorthline.com)

● About the Project: Blu at Northline is a 377-unit multifamily apartment project completed in June 2018. Panorama Holdings develops and owns the property. It is located near the University City Station along the blue line extension of the light rail connecting the UNC Charlotte campus with uptown Charlotte. 

● Regional Center: Carolina States Regional Center

● Developer: Panorama Holdings LLC

● Total cost: $53.5 million

● Number of EB-5 investors: 28

● Job Creation (both direct and indirect jobs): 635

● Recognitions: Nominated as “New Property of the Year” for the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association Bravo Awards in 2017 and Winner of 2018 Charlotte Business Journal Heavy Hitters Awards

● Economic Impact: Blu at Northline is the first Transit-Oriented-Development (TOD) project completed in University City, Charlotte, North Carolina. It fits in the area plan approved by the Charlotte City Council. The area plan provides policy guidance for future development of the commercial core of University City, which includes the three Transit Station Areas, the UNC Charlotte main campus and the areas in close proximity to Interstate I-85 interchanges. The goal is to transform University City from an auto-dependent suburban area to a high-density urban center with multi-modal access for all people to live, work and play in the community. Blu at Northline is located at Exit 42 of Interstate I-85, right along the new light rail extension line between Tom Hunter and University City Blvd stations. Residents in the property can easily walk or bike to the light rail stations and stay connected with uptown Charlotte as well as UNC Charlotte. The project has achieved a trend-setting leasing record since September 2017. 

The project stands out by setting the tone for the development along the light rail extension in University City. At the groundbreaking ceremony in February 2016, District 4 Councilman Gregg Phipps praised Blu at Northline as the “catalyst project” for future developments in University City. Today, the 377-unit multifamily apartment complex has become landmark project welcoming renters from UNC Charlotte, University Research Park, and uptown Charlotte. This project is a unique example of the positive economic impact EB-5 funding could have on communities in the United States. It stands out in the market as a great place to live, work and play.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media has become a great tool to reach influencers and lawmakers. We urge you to use your company and leaders’ social media channels following the social media guide provided below to reach lawmakers. 

Messaging Recommendations: It is important to think about the content being posted through social media accounts, particularly when the goal is to influence legislators. Below are some guidelines to help construct an effective message. 

– Keep copy short, concise and to-the-point

– Make sure your “call to action” is clear using direct words like “support” or “oppose” when appropriate

– If possible, accompanying the post with a news article link, graphic or video to help support the point being made

Tagging Legislators: These days, nearly all elected officials have some form of social media which their official office monitors. When you are posting a message which is relevant to the issue at hand, be sure to “tag” the official account in the message.

– Facebook: If you search for the official page, follow the page, then write out the name within the message, it will be tagged. 

– Twitter: You will need to write the official Twitter handle in the message. A list of all the official Twitter Accounts can be found here: https://twitter.com/cspan/lists/u-s-representatives/members  

  o At the bottom of this memo are the Twitter handles for legislators who sit on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. 

Example Facebook/Twitter Language: 

– Twitter Example 1: The #EB5 industry is a significant and honest contributor to the United States economy through foreign investment [@ ELECTED OFFICIAL] [LINK TO OPED]

– Facebook Example 1: [Tag ELECTED OFFICIAL], Since 2008, the #EB5 program has injected over $27.6 billion of foreign direct investments into the U.S. economy.  More than $8 billion worth of prospective EB-5 capital investments were pending in USCIS by the end of June 2018. We shouldn’t keep America’s underserved communities waiting. Learn more about the program at http://aa-ed.org/ and encourage your legislator to #resolvethebacklog. 

– Twitter Example 2: [@ ELECTED OFFICIAL] The #EB5 backlog is the most significant threat to continued investment in the U.S. economy [LINK TO OPED]

– Facebook Example 2: [Tag ELECTED OFFICIAL], The #EB5 program is responsible for thousands of high-paying American jobs, and we must create efficiencies in the program in order to sustain and build upon that success. Let’s encourage Congress to #resolvethebacklog and reduce the hurdles to investment in our communities. 

Below are the Twitter handles for members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. 

House Judiciary Committee

Majority (Democrats)

• Jerrold Nadler, New York, Chairman

@RepJerryNadler

• Zoe Lofgren, California

@RepZoeLofgren

• Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas

@JacksonLeeTX18

• Steve Cohen, Tennessee

@RepCohen 

• Hank Johnson, Georgia

@RepHankJohnson

•Ted Deutch, Florida

@RepTedDeutch

• Karen Bass, California

@KarenBassTweets

• Cedric Richmond, Louisiana

@RepRichmond

• Hakeem Jeffries, New York

@RepJeffries

• David Cicilline, Rhode Island

@davidcicilline

• Eric Swalwell, California

@RepSwalwell

• Ted Lieu, California

@RepTedLieu

• Jamie Raskin, Maryland

@RepRaskin

• Pramila Jayapal, Washington

@RepJayapal

• Val Demings, Florida

@RepValDemings

• Lou Correa, California

@RepLouCorrea

• Mary Gay Scanlon, Pennsylvania, Vice Chair

@RepMGS

• Sylvia Garcia, Texas

@RepSylviaGarcia

• Joe Neguse, Colorado

@RepJoeNeguse

• Lucy McBath, Georgia

@lucymcbath

• Greg Stanton, Arizona

@gregstantonaz

• Madeleine Dean, Pennsylvania

@RepDean

• Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Florida

@RepDMP

• Veronica Escobar, Texas

@RepEscobar

Minority (Republicans)

• Doug Collins, Georgia, Ranking Member

@RepDougCollins

• Jim Sensenbrenner, Wisconsin

@JimPressOffice

• Steve Chabot, Ohio

@RepSteveChabot

• Louie Gohmert, Texas 

@replouiegohmert

• Jim Jordan, Ohio

@Jim_Jordan

• Ken Buck, Colorado

@RepKenBuck

• John Ratcliffe, Texas

@RepRatcliffe

• Martha Roby, Alabama

@RepMarthaRoby

• Matt Gaetz, Florida

@mattgaetz

• Mike Johnson, Louisiana

@RepMikeJohnson

• Andy Biggs, Arizona

@RepAndyBiggsAZ

• Tom McClintock, California

@RepMcClintock

• Debbie Lesko, Arizona

@RepDLesko

• Guy Reschenthaler, Pennsylvania

@GReschenthaler

• Ben Cline, Virginia

@RepBenCline

• Kelly Armstrong, North Dakota

@RepArmstrongND

• Greg Steube, Florida

@RepGregSteube

Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Majority (Republicans)

• Lindsey Graham, South Carolina, Chairman

@LindseyGrahamSC

• Chuck Grassley, Iowa

@ChuckGrassley

• John Cornyn, Texas

@JohnCornyn

• Mike Lee, Utah

@SenMikeLee

• Ted Cruz, Texas

@SenTedCruz

• Ben Sasse, Nebraska

@SenSasse

• Josh Hawley, Missouri

@HawleyMO

• Thom Tillis, North Carolina

@SenThomTillis

• Joni Ernst, Iowa

@SenJoniErnst

• Mike Crapo, Idaho

@MikeCrapo

• John Kennedy, Louisiana

@SenJohnKennedy

• Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee

@MarshaBlackburn

Minority (Democrats)

• Dianne Feinstein, California, Ranking Member

@SenFeinstein

• Patrick Leahy, Vermont

@SenatorLeahy

• Dick Durbin, Illinois

@SenatorDurbin

• Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island

@SenWhitehouse

• Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota

@amyklobuchar

• Chris Coons, Delaware

@ChrisCoons

• Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut

@SenBlumenthal

• Mazie Hirono, Hawaii

@maziehirono

• Cory Booker, New Jersey

@SenBooker

• Kamala Harris, California

@SenKamalaHarris

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