The family of Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law of President Trump, has reportedly been trying to attract Chinese investors to a New Jersey real estate venture by touting the opportunity to secure a U.S. visa.
According to the Washington Post, Nicole Kushner Meyer, Kushner's sister, conducted a presentation to wealthy prospects in a Beijing ballroom on Saturday.
In addition to a lengthy sales pitch, the publication says an event brochure featured the tagline, "Invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United States."
Called the EB-5, the visa program provides foreign citizens a path for legal U.S. residency if a minimum of $500,000 is invested in an eligible project, notes CNBC.
The application pool has become increasingly dominated by wealthy Chinese who are said to be interested in the U.S. for its schools and lower pollution levels, among other reasons.
Despite local advertising for the recent event, which was centered around investments for a building called Kushner 1, the Post reports that "the hosts were exceptionally anxious about the presence of reporters."
In fact, Emily Rauhala, the media outlet's China correspondent, tweeted a recorded clip of Kushner's sister at the presentation but explained that it was "Short bc press kicked out."
There has been previous scrutiny over the Kushners' interactions with the Chinese.
In late March, Bloomberg reported that Anbang, a Chinese insurance company, had been in talks to invest more than $400 million in a different Kushner Companies real estate project, but that deal ultimately fell through.
Meanwhile, the following month, the New York Times released a story that said Chinese officials considered Jared Kushner "the man to know" in the Trump administration.