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EB-5 and Visa Quota Retrogression

October 22, 2013
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EB-5 and Visa Quota Retrogression

This 90 minute web seminar was presented live on October 22, 2013, from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time.

This panel explores the likelihood, timing, and consequences of retrogression in the EB-5 visa quota for China. Chinese investor applications were up 70% last year and visa demand continues to be strong with the increase in approved regional centers. Panel members discuss the implications of retrogression on individual visa applicants, their children, and their investments, as well as the effect on regional center operations and investor recruitment.

  • Addressing the Competing Interests of Project Developers and Investors
  • Escrow Agreements and Release of Funds Under Retrogression Scenarios
  • Impact of Retrogression on Direct EB-5 Filings
  • Changes to Investment Time Frames and Exit Strategies
  • Impact on Regional Center Debt Equity Financing Models
  • Job Creation Timeframes --Can the Two and a Half-Year Rule Survive Retrogression?
  • New Recruitment Strategies --Explaining Retrogression and its Consequences


Robert C. Divine (dl), Chattanooga, TN
Robert C. Divine chairs the global immigration group of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. He served from July 2004 until November 2006 as chief counsel of USCIS, and for a time also served as acting director of USCIS. He is the author of Immigration Practice, a 1,600-page practical treatise on all aspects of U.S. immigration law, now in its 15th Edition. He has practiced immigration law since 1986, and has served as chair of various AILA national committees. He is vice president of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), an association for EB-5 regional centers.

Michele A. Buchanan, Los Angeles, CA
Michele A. Buchanan is a partner with Stone, Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP, and a past chair of the AILA Southern California Chapter. Her practice is focused on investor and entrepreneurial immigration, and she has spoken on EB-5 topics at a number of conferences. Ms. Buchanan is conversant in Mandarin, having earned a degree in Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and studied Mandarin at Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Training Center.

Chun Yun ("Elizabeth") Peng, Mercer Island, WA
Chun Yun ("Elizabeth") Peng is a Co-Founder and Senior Attorney at Peng & Weber, PLLC, an immigration law firm in Seattle/Mercer Island, Washington. She earned her L.L.B. degree at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China in 1983 and her J.D. degree at the University of Kansas in 1988. She has 25 years of experience representing Chinese businesses and entrepreneurs and has extensive experience with EB-5 immigrant investors and L-1A/EB-1C multinational executives and managers. Ms. Peng frequently speaks nationally and internationally on EB-5 visa matters, with a special focus on investors from China.

Seminar Recording

Included with registration, participants in the live seminar will receive a free downloadable recording of the seminar. It will be available in participant's Agora Digital Library approximately 4-7 business days from the seminar date.

Registration & Pricing

  Registration Price
AILA Member/International Associates $129.00
AILA Members’ Paralegals $129.00
AILA Nonprofit Members $129.00
AILA Law Student Members $129.00
Nonmember Attorneys $199.00
Other Nonmembers $199.00
Nonprofit Nonmembers $199.00
Nonmember Law Students $199.00

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The "EB-5 and Visa Quota Retrogression" audio seminar takes place Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the times noted below:

  • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm eastern time
  • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm central time
  • 12:00 pm-1:30 pm mountain time
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm pacific time

The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on 10/21/2013.

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