EB-5 Immigrant Investment
At Jackson Walker, EB-5 stakeholders have access, within a single firm, to the full scope of legal advisory services required to navigate the complexities of the investment and compliance processes, including immigration, corporate, tax, real estate, and finance.
Our lawyers help real estate developers, regional centers, private equity funds, and family offices manage risk and structure potential EB-5 funding by analyzing project business plans, securities offerings, and economic forecasts. We assist foreign nationals, entrepreneurs, and high-net worth families from around the world through the EB-5 visa program, preparing and filing I-526 petitions and I-829 petitions for regional centers and direct investors. Throughout the process, our lawyers are mindful of the significant role this program can play in helping to secure a green card, raising capital for a real estate development, and creating new jobs in the U.S.
Jackson Walker’s EB-5 team is led by Christian A. Triantaphyllis, an EB5 Investor Magazine Top 25 Immigration Attorney* who speaks about business immigration investment topics in the U.S. and internationally. He is also a prolific writer and has contributed to various publications, including EB5 Investor, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and The National Law Review, among others.
February 3, 2023
‘EB5 Investors’ Quotes Christian Triantaphyllis on USCIS Extending the Validity of Permanent Resident Cards
On January 23, 2023, USCIS announced an extension of the validity of permanent resident cards (“green cards”) to accommodate current processing times for forms I-829 and I-751. In an EB5 Investors article discussing the extension, Jackson Walker partner Christian Triantaphyllis shared insights on how the updated policy may ease previous challenges EB-5 investors and dependents encountered.
December 12, 2022
Understanding the New EB-5 Rural and Set-Aside Visas, With Christian Triantaphyllis | EB-5 Investors Podcast
The USCIS in 2022 reserved 20% of EB-5 visas for investors that put their money into rural areas, 10% for investing in projects in high-unemployment areas, and 2% towards infrastructure projects. In The Voice of EB5 podcast, partner Christian Triantaphyllis, chair of Jackson Walker’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice, provides an in-depth review of the changes to the EB-5 visa categories.
November 4, 2022
Christian Triantaphyllis Named to ‘EB5 Investors’ List of “Top 25 Immigration Attorneys” for Fifth Consecutive Year
In EB5 Investors Magazine’s listing of the “Top 25 Immigration Attorneys” of 2022, Christian Triantaphyllis was featured among the industry’s most distinguished EB-5 attorneys for the fifth consecutive year.
July 5, 2022
By Christian Triantaphyllis
Thanks to a recent decision by a California federal judge, previously authorized regional centers are allowed to continue operations while litigation is pending, “or until the agency engages in a reasoned decision-making process regarding how to treat these centers under the Integrity Act.”
January 17, 2022
USCIS Retains $500,000 Minimum Investment Amount After Voluntary Dismissal of Behring Regional Center Appeal
By Christian Triantaphyllis | The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on January 5, 2022, filed an unopposed motion to dismiss its August 2021 appeal to a district court ruling in Behring Regional Center LLC v. Chad Wolf, et al. As a result of the unopposed motion to dismiss, the standard minimum investment amount for the EB-5 program will remain $1 million, and the minimum investment in a targeted employment area (TEA) is $500,000.
July 29, 2021
Christian Triantaphyllis will participate in a joint webinar with EB5 Affiliate Network to discuss recent changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and what investors should know about the temporary reduction of the standard minimum investment amount. The webinar, “Direct EB-5 Investment at $500K with Top Immigration Attorneys – What Investors Should Know for Direct EB-5 Investment,” will take place on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 1 p.m. CT.
July 21, 2021
By Christian Triantaphyllis
As of June 30, 2021, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program has lapsed, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has since rejected any submissions received on or after July 1, 2021, of the forms I-924 and I-526.
June 24, 2021
Judge Voids EB-5 Immigrant Investor Modernization Rule, Restoring Old Investment Amounts and Targeted Employment Area Standards
By Christian Triantaphyllis
On June 22, 2021, Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the Northern District of California ruled that Former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan exceeded his statutory authority in issuing the July 2019 EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization Rule, which implemented substantial changes to the EB-5 investment immigration program.
May 13, 2021
~9.5 minutes | Following a shift in U.S. presidential administrations and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Christian Triantaphyllis, who leads the Investment Immigration practice, covers some potential changes and current trends in the EB-5 industry and for its investors.
May 11, 2021
Christian Triantaphyllis Named to ‘EB5 Investors’ List of “Top 25 Immigration Attorneys” for Fourth Consecutive Year
In EB5 Investors Magazine’s listing of the “Top 25 Immigration Attorneys” of 2020, Christian Triantaphyllis was featured among the industry’s leading and most influential EB-5 attorneys for the fourth consecutive year.