Investing in Foreign Citizenship for U.S. Immigration Benefits - Recording (.MP3)

Investing in Foreign Citizenship for U.S. Immigration Benefits - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 05/22/2018
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2018-05-22-DL

Approximately 17 countries have citizenship by investment (CBI) programs. Presently, only one of them has an investment treaty with the United States: Grenada. For nationals of many countries around the world that have no investment treaties with the United States, obtaining CBI in Grenada and then applying for an E-2 visa at the U.S. consulate is the best (and often only) option to create and work for a U.S. business. As an added advantage, it completely avoids USCIS and its restrictive policies. Finally, third-country citizenship is becoming of increasing importance to other clients who are faced with a travel ban or fear returning to their home countries.

Featured Topics

  • Reasons Why Clients Want Third-Country Citizenship
  • Evaluating Third-Country Citizenship Options
  • Grenada Citizenship and the E-2 Visa as an Option for Non-Treaty Country Nationals
  • CBI as an Option for Avoiding the Travel Ban
  • CBI for Removable Clients Who Fear Returning to Their Home Countries

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H. Ronald Klasko (DL), AILA Past President, Philadelphia, PA
H. Ronald ("Ron") Klasko is one of the country's leading lawyers representing investors in EB-5 cases and treaty investor (E-2) visas. He has served 5 terms as chair of AILA's EB-5 Investor Committee and previously chaired the Best Practices Committee of IIUSA. Mr. Klasko and his 25-person Investor Team represent both individual and regional center investors. He has spoken at conferences around the world on EB-5 and E-2 issues. His website,, is one of the world's most visited EB-5 websites. Numerous U.S. developers and business owners have sought Mr. Klasko's counsel in connection with using the EB-5 program to create regional centers and to raise capital for investment projects. The firm also has the industry-leading EB-5 compliance practice. He was the lead attorney on the famous Matters of Walsh and Pollard case, which established the key precedent for treaty investor visas. Mr. Klasko is a founding member of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP. Under his leadership, the firm has been chosen with five other firms by Chambers Global as the top U.S. business immigration law firms. Mr. Klasko, himself, was named as the most respected corporate immigration lawyer in the world by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. He was honored to receive AILA's Founders Award as the person who has had the most substantial impact on immigration law. Mr. Klasko is a former national president and General Counsel of AILA. His office is the North American Regional Office of the Investment Migration Council.

Tammy Fox-Isicoff, AILA Board of Governors, Miami, FL
Tammy Fox-Isicoff is a former trial attorney for legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service and Special Assistant United States Attorney. She has been selected by Best Lawyers as the Best Lawyer in Immigration Law in South Florida in 2012 and 2016. SuperLawyers has recognized Ms. Fox-Isicoff as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Florida. Ms. Fox-Isicoff holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell® and has been continually listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers Global, South Florida's Top Lawyers, SuperLawyers and International Who's Who of Corporate Lawyers. The National Association of Distinguished Counsel has recognized Ms. Fox-Isicoff as being in the top 1 percent of attorneys in the entire U.S. She has been a frequent immigration law consultant on the Today Show and Morning Show. She has served as immigration legal consultant to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNBC, FOX and MSNBC. An author and frequent lecturer on all areas of immigration law nationally and internationally, Ms. Fox-Isicoff has served as a legal expert on a number of occasions in federal court, state court, and in Florida Bar disciplinary proceedings. She has served on the Florida Bar's Certification Committee for Immigration and Nationality Law (where she has written and graded Florida Bar Certification exams) and is certified by the Florida Bar in Immigration and Nationality Law. She is past chair of the AILA South Florida Chapter, and incoming chair of the AILA Latin America and Caribbean Chapter. Ms. Fox-Isicoff has served on the AILA Board of Governors for almost 20 years. She currently serves on AILA's EB-5 Investor Committee. Ms. Fox-Isicoff has served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities Legal Services and has been the recipient of three AILA Presidential Awards for advocacy on behalf of immigrants. In 2009 and 2015, she was awarded the highest award given by the AILA South Florida Chapter.

Margo Chernysheva, AILA Nevada Chapter Chair, Las Vegas, NV
Margo Chernysheva is founding partner of MC Law Group based in Las Vegas, NV, since 2009. She concentrates on business and investment-based immigration cases. Ms. Chernysheva also does removal defense, federal and state courts representation in Nevada. She serves as arbitrator and mediator for the Nevada State Bar Fee Dispute Committee. Ms. Chernysheva volunteers as a chair for Practice Management and Ethics committees for AILA's Nevada and California Chapters, as well as New Members Division Liaison for the Nevada Chapter. She is a graduate of UNLV Boyd School of Law and is licensed to practice in Nevada and California.

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