American journalist asked to leave 'Kushner family event' in China

Ms Meyer mentioned her brother on Saturday and Sunday while urging investors to put $500,000 (£386,500) into a New Jersey real estate project in exchange for investor visas and residency cards in the USA through the so-called EB-5 programme.

The Kushner family told a group of 100 wealthy Chinese investors Saturday that they could secure immigration visas to the US with an investment of half a million dollars, several media outlets revealed.

Bi said Kushner's sister Meyer spoke for more than 10 minutes, describing the history of the Kushner family and the highlights of the project.

Funding for the investor visa program remains intact but congressional critics have attacked it in the past as rife with fraud, with investment money supposedly targeted at improving life in impoverished communities ending up instead being used to build projects in affluent neighborhoods.

Kushner Companies later distanced itself from the photo.

However, eyebrows have been raised as the Chinese investment sought by his family firm will be funnelled through the US EB-5 visa programme. An attorney for Jared Kushner said he had sold his stake to a trust benefiting other members of the Kushner family, and would recuse himself from related policy matters while serving as an adviser to Trump.

Kushner Companies said Monday that the name drop at the event in Beijing on Saturday was not meant to be an "attempt to lure investors" to one of its projects in New Jersey.

Backlash for a sales pitch from Jared Kushner's family firm to Chinese investors came quickly, with one former White House ethics advisor calling the weekend's presentation "corruption, pure and simple".

A new proposal now in Congress could soon raise the minimum investment for the EB-5, or investment, visa.

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His point was that there's the appearance of the Kushners implying that if you invest with us, we'll make sure to get you a visa because of our connections with the Trump administration. The controversial program has been called "U.S. citizenship for sale", according to the New York Times. The apology stops short of admitting that the company was leveraging Kushner's role in the White House and his relationship to the president, his father-in-law.

If the Trump administration sees it through, lawmakers would have an opportunity to see the effects before taking any further legislative action.

The sister of U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law is in China courting wealthy people to invest $500,000 in luxury apartment towers outside New York City as part of a program that would grant them permanent U.S. residency.

At the event in Beijing, representatives of a Kushner family business told Chinese investors that the old immigration rules may change under Trump, who has taken a tougher stance on immigration.

(Answer: They can't.) The only way to stop the conflict might be to stop the EB-5 program altogether, as Sen.

Critics say numerous investments purportedly aimed at assisting poor areas of the US have instead wound up going to projects in more affluent neighborhoods, while many programs have been badly hit by fraud scandals.

Chinese citizens have snapped up more than 80 percent of the visas issued under the program since 2011, according to Invest in the United States of America, an industry association, and there's a huge backlog of applications.

Those apartments were also developed by Kushner Companies, and about a quarter of the funding - around US$50 million - was obtained via EB-5 investment, according to a report a year ago by Bloomberg News. In Shanghai, they were told they could not attend the "private event" even though it was publicly advertised.

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