Jelsma: “There were concerns over national security in light of some of the visa issues raised following the shootings in San Bernardino, CA.” Jelsma: “There were concerns over national security in light of some of the visa issues raised following the shootings in San Bernardino, CA.”

Part 1 of 2

SAN DIEGO—The EB-5 financing program has become enormously popular, but critics say it is mired in red tape. According to Phil Jelsma, partner and chair of the tax practice team at Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLC in San Diego, in a positive move for commercial real estate investors, Congress passed the Omnibus Bill on Dec. 15, 2015, to fund the US Government—and that bill included the extension of the current EB-5 program until Sept. 30, 2016. This essentially means that none of the anticipated changes to the program will transpire, such as minimum investment amounts, definitions for targeted employment areas, or other proposed reforms. True to form, Congress had been working to introduce extensive changes to the EB-5 program, but ultimately could not agree on those changes. Jelsma says EB-5 financing has far reaching implications for commercial real estate. In part 1 of a two-part story, Jelsma explains to exclusively the latest legislative changes affecting the bill and what it means for CRE. In part 2, coming up, he discusses how developers can use the program successfully.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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