The Journey from an E-2 Visa to an EB-5 Green Card: A Fast Track - Recording (.MP3)

The Journey from an E-2 Visa to an EB-5 Green Card: A Fast Track - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 8/6/2019
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2019-08-06-DL

Eighty countries have treaties with the United States that permit foreign nationals to obtain E-2 treaty investor visas, which allow an investor or certain key executives permission to work in the United States. But, the E-2 visa does not lead to a U.S. green card, and minor children can only stay on their parent’s visa until reaching 21 years old. The EB-5 visa does provide, however, a path for a foreign national to become a lawful permanent resident. Thus, the question arises: how may an E-2 treaty investor convert his or her nonimmigrant visa into an EB-5 investor green card to allow him or her to remain permanently in the United States and (after five years) apply to become a U.S. citizen? Our expert panelists will address this journey to permanent residency for E-2 treaty investors. They also will discuss the careful planning and detailed strategy required for E-2 investors to properly structure their respective businesses to transition the visa into an EB-5 green card.

Featured Topics

  • E-2 Treaty Investor Visa and EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program: Similarities and Critical Differences
  • Business Plans, Lawful Source of Funds Issues
  • Minimum Investment Requirements: Initial Investment Strategies (Including Amount and Location of Business)
  • Job Creation: Showing from Inception of the Enterprise That the Investment Will Create the Requisite Jobs for American Workers
  • Planning for U.S. Residency and Tax Implications Upon Conversion to an EB-5 Immigrant Investor

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Christine Alden serves individual clients, especially unique and complex cases, as well as business and corporate clients across a variety of industries – in the U.S. and abroad. Over the last two decades, Christine has helped countless individuals successfully immigrate to the U.S. including foreign nationals and entrepreneurs investing in the U.S. and creating jobs. She has helped meet the business needs of American companies in securing visas to bring their skilled workers, multinational executives and managers to add to their workforce and contribute to the U.S. economy. Additionally, she has helped individuals who qualify to self-sponsor in the extraordinary ability and national interest waiver categories obtain permanent residence. She has also been honored to help reunite families and loved ones, creating a positive impact on their lives and helping strengthen their communities. She practices Immigration and Labor & Employment. Christine was educated and received a J.D., from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. (1993-1996), 1996. She also attended the Institute on International and Comparative Law, Magdalene College; Oxford, England, 1994. She received her B.S. from University of Florida, Finance, 1993. Her Bar Admission is within the state of Texas.

Carolyn S. Lee is the Chair of AILA EB-5 Committee; Founder, Carolyn Lee PLLC. Organizer of numerous AILA EB-5 conferences for AILA and EB5Investors Magazine, and other international EB-5 venues. Since 2005, represented regional centers, developers, funds, and investors numbering in the thousands. As EB-5 Committee Chair, Vice-Chair and Member, authored key legislative commentary since 2012 advocating for workable EB-5 reform and visa capacity expansion. Authors leading publications,including for AILA, EB5Investors Magazine, Bender's Immigration Bulletin, and

Ronald Klasko (Ron) is widely recognized by businesses, universities, hospitals, scholars, investors and other lawyers as one of the country’s leading immigration lawyers. A founding member of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP and its Managing Partner, he has practiced immigration law exclusively over three decades. A former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Ron currently serves as Chair of the Administrative Litigation Task Force and is a member of the National Committee for the 2018-2019 term. He served as General Counsel of AILA for three Presidents and has been a member of its Board of Governors since 1980. He has served as National Chair of AILA’s U.S. Department of Labor Liaison Committee and Business Immigration Committee, and he served as National Chair of that organization’s INS General Counsel Liaison Committee and the National Task Forces on Labor Certifications, H-1 visas, L-1 visas and Employer Sanctions. He completed his fifth term as Chair of the EB-5 Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in 2017. Ron is one of only three practicing attorneys ever honored with the AILA Founders Award for his contributions to immigration jurisprudence. At the request of members of Congress and their staffs, Ron has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. He has been invited to lecture and provide training to staff members and lawyers of the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, INS General Counsel Management Conference, Immigration Judges Association and U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Villanova University Law School and is a frequent lecturer on immigration law subjects.

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