IIUSA and IMC Announce Collaborative Partnership Agreement
Cooperation between trade associations to promote global standards of best practices for investment migration professionals
On April 21st, Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the U.S.-based not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the “Program”) and the Investment Migration Council (IMC), the worldwide association for Investor Immigration and Citizenship-by-Investment, announced a strategic partnership arrangement that will enhance collaboration on initiatives for industry best practices, education and development.
“As the leading EB-5 industry trade association, IIUSA is proud to commence a long-term partnership with the IMC to enhance public understanding of issues facing investment migration professionals in the U.S. and around the globe, “ said IIUSA Executive Director Peter D. Joseph. “This partnership will enable IIUSA’s existing members and partners to access a range of exciting new resources and connections to increase awareness worldwide of the EB-5 visa category.”
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the two organizations will lead to streamlined cooperation in the following five areas: membership exchange, conference collaboration, industry & professional development, organizational promotion and industry best practices.
Bruno L’ecuyer, CEO of the Investment Migration Council commented, “The collaboration between the IMC and IIUSA is a natural step forward for both organizations but also benefitting the investor immigration industry globally. After opening our regional office in New York a few months ago, our commitment to serving American practitioners who work in the industry is cemented through this exciting new partnership,’’ L’ecuyer said. ‘’I am personally looking forward to sitting down with many EB-5 professionals and understanding how the IMC can provide support in a global context’’.
The agreement was officially announced at IIUSA’s 9th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference, the EB-5 industry’s premier conference for grassroots advocacy, industry education, networking. The conference boasted over 350 people in attendance and a full schedule of speakers, Capitol Hill visits, networking and meetings. Attendees were treated to seven Guests of Honor from the federal government, 30+ additional speakers on seven industry panels, and two nights of receptions.
The Investment Migration Forum, to be held June 6-8 in Geneva, Switzerland, will serve as another global platform to highlight the cooperation between IIUSA and the IMC. The Forum is the world’s premier independent forum on the subject of citizenship-by-investment and investor immigration, and will discuss many issues directly relevant to IIUSA members. To learn more about the event, click here.
IIUSA is the national not-for-profit trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center industry with a mission of advocacy, education, industry development, and research. The organization represents more than 290 Regional Centers and 230 associated members, collectively representing big and small projects, urban and rural economic development, and industry sectors ranging from real estate and manufacturing to energy and infrastructure. IIUSA’s members are engines of economic growth and job creation, accounting for over 95 percent of capital flowing through the Program.