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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

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Press Releases

Robert V. Cornish, Jr. to Participate in The Knowledge Group Webcast “EB-5 Program Reforms on the Horizon: Implications of the Jay Peak Enforcement”  More

Robert V. Cornish, Jr. and Rana Jazayerli to Participate in IIUSA’s 6th Annual EB-5 Industry Forum in Los Angeles  More

Rana Jazayerli to Participate in The Knowledge Group’s Live Webcast titled “EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program’s Likely Renewal: What Your Firm Should Be Aware Of”  More

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Speaking Engagements

“EB-5 Program Reforms on the Horizon: Implications of the Jay Peak Enforcement,” The Knowledge Group Webcast, November 2016  More

“Issue Spotting in EB-5 Legislation for Investors,” Invest In The USA (IIUSA) EB-5 Industry Forum, October 2016  More

“Compliance with U.S. Securities Laws,” Invest In The USA (IIUSA) EB-5 Industry Forum, October 2016  More

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“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

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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.