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EB-5 Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) Regional Center

In 2010, - The LEDC Regional Center was approved by the USCIS, a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security, to raise capital via the EB-5 program. Congress created the EB-5 program to stimulate economic development through foreign investment. The program’s mandate is to use foreign investment to spur job creation while simultaneously affording eligible foreign investors the opportunity to become lawful permanent residents of the United States. The Lansing Regional Center is first and only municipally managed Regional Center in Michigan.  Currently, all investments must be made within the City of Lansing's boundaries.

Global Talent by the Numbers

6% of Michiganders are foreign born
6.8% of Michiganders are Latino or Asian
72% of immigrants are in the U.S. legally
49.1% of immigrants in the state are eligible to vote
Asian-owned businesses in Michigan contribute $7.7 billion to the economy
Latino-owned businesses in Michigan contribute $3.9 billion to the economy
86.4% of Michigan's children with immigrant parents are U.S. Citizens

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Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan

Funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and a grant from the New Economy Initiative of Michigan (NEI) and housed in the University Research Corridor (URC), the Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan (GTRI) is a collaboration between the Global Michigan Initiative, Global Detroit, Michigan universities, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Michigan's economic development agencies, ethnic chambers and professional organizations throughout Michigan.

GTRI is the first and only known program in the United States developed to retain international student talent as a strategy for economic growth.  The goal of GTRI is to provide international students and Michigan employers with training and resources on relevant immigration regulations, finding a job and working in Michigan, and the cross-cultural issues that both employers and international applicants may experience during the hiring process. 

Office for International Students and Scholars 
The mission of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) is to provide support to Michigan State University’s international students, scholars and families.

Services include:

  • Advising on and facilitating compliance with U.S. immigration regulations.
  • Conducting orientations and other special programming that help international students and scholars integrate into and adjust to the academic, cultural and social life of MSU.
  • Serving as a liaison with U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies, sponsors and educational foundations that support international students and scholars.
  • Contributing to the internationalization of MSU by providing opportunities for growth through cross-cultural interactions.
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