Our site is optimized for screen resolutions of 1024 x 768 and higher. We’ve detected yours is set below this. For the best experience, please adjust your resolution. To close this message click here

How Can We Help?

Team Leader

prev Back    Team Page    More next

In The News

Q&A with Phillips Lytle’s Rana Jazayerli  More

Robert V. Cornish, Jr. To Serve As Panelist on EB-5 Webinars  More

Ms. Rana Jazayerli Partner Phillips Lytle LLP to Speak at KC’s I-9 Violations: Too Hot to Handle Live Webcast  More

View all for this practice area

Press Releases

Rana Jazayerli to Serve as Moderator at the IIUSA 7th Annual EB-5 Industry Forum in Miami  More

Rana Jazayerli to Moderate Panel at 2017 San Francisco EB5 Investment Immigration Convention  More

Rana Jazayerli to Speak at Empire State Development Global NY Event  More

View all for this practice area

Speaking Engagements

“EB-5 Project Due Diligence: A Growing List of Material Considerations Any Reasonable Investor Would Want to Know,” IIUSA EB-5 Industry Forum, October 2017  More

“Current Source of Funds Issues and the Effect of Local Laws Governing Transactions,” 2017 San Francisco EB5 Investment Immigration Convention, July 2017  More

“Immigration issues,” An Exploration of the Finger Lakes and Western NY: FDI, Education and Tourism Opportunities, Empire State Development Global NY Event, May 2017  More

View all for this practice area


“Stop in Wyoming on the Way to America: The Use of Wyoming Trust Structures to Administer EB-5 Investment Funds Pending Removal of Conditions on Residence,” Regional Center Business Journal, March 2017  More

“What the EB-5 Industry can learn from Hedge Funds?,” EB5 Investors Magazine, January 2017  More

“Are you a Business Visitor in the U.S.?” Access U.S., Buffalo Niagara Enterprise Newsletter, February 2015  More

View all for this practice area


The complexity of the U.S. immigration system stems from a basic conflict between businesses seeking “the best person for the job” and U.S. immigration laws aiming to protect U.S. workers while preventing lower cost foreign labor from depressing the U.S. labor market.

However, the government also recognizes the significant contributions foreign businesses, entrepreneurs and workers have made to the U.S. economy, and the importance of a relatively free flow of goods and services around the world. In order to reconcile these two conflicting realities, the government developed specific policies and procedures to allow foreign workers, entrepreneurs and business people to invest, work and immigrate to the U.S.

Phillips Lytle understands the need for immigration solutions for corporations, entrepreneurs, professionals, investors, business owners, non-profit organizations and individuals. Our depth of experience and knowledge with this broad base of clients allows us to address the intricacies and variations of each immigration case, and to develop and execute strategies to meet business and personal goals.

EB-5 Investor Program

Our immigration attorneys are recognized for their expertise in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa area. They have years of experience assisting U.S.-based companies in obtaining Regional Center certification from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to allow them to accept investments from foreign nationals seeking U.S. residency under the investor visa program, while ensuring full compliance with U.S. securities laws and reporting requirements. They regularly represent individual foreign nationals seeking U.S. permanent residency under the program. In addition, our banking and financial services attorneys represent EB-5 qualified entities in structuring, negotiating and closing EB-5 financings and investments secured by real estate, equipment and other assets.

Specific examples of our EB-5 experience include:

  • Successfully prepared and submitted an I-924 application to USCIS for an EB-5 designated regional center in the Philadelphia area. This included approval of a $65 million multi-use commercial and hotel development as an "exemplar" project, allowing individual EB-5 immigrant investors to submit their petitions based on a project that had been pre-approved by the immigration service.
  • Represented a regional center in the NYC area that has raised funds for several EB-5 projects, preparing corporate offering documents for the EB-5 projects and handling annual filings and communications to remain compliant with USCIS. 
  • Assisted numerous foreign nationals from countries ranging from China to Venezuela to obtain U.S. permanent residency based on EB-5 qualifying investments in regional center-sponsored projects throughout the United States.
  • Represented several foreign nationals in obtaining U.S. permanent residency based on their direct investment in businesses that they own and operate, including a hotel in Florida and a restaurant in Delaware.