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.

Shayan Gaziani

Shayan Gaziani

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5678

Graham McCall

Graham McCall

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6126

Catharine Yen

Catharine Yen

Senior Counsel, Houston
713.752.4429

Christian Triantaphyllis

October 18, 2023
Attorney News

Christian Triantaphyllis Named to ‘EB5 Investors’ List of “Top 25 Immigration Attorneys” for Sixth Consecutive Year

In EB5 Investors Magazine’s listing of the “Top 25 Immigration Attorneys” of 2023, Christian Triantaphyllis was featured among the industry’s most distinguished EB-5 attorneys for the sixth consecutive year.

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February 3, 2023
Mentions

‘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.

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January 25, 2023
Insights

Conditional Permanent Residents Take Note: USCIS Has Extended 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. As a result, new receipt notices will be issued to petitioners who properly filed either form extending their green card’s validity for 48 months beyond the card’s expiration date.

By Christian Triantaphyllis

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December 12, 2022
Mentions

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.

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November 4, 2022
Attorney News

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.

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July 5, 2022
Insights

EB-5 Regional Centers Temporarily Regain Authorization

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.”

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January 17, 2022
Insights

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.

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July 29, 2021
Webinars

Christian Triantaphyllis to Discuss What Investors Should Know for Direct EB-5 Investment

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.

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July 21, 2021
Insights

What Investors Need to Know About Lapsed Authorization for EB-5 Regional Center Program

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.

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June 24, 2021
Insights

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.


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