Foreign National Entrepreneurs: Creative Approaches to Developing an Immigration Strategy

Foreign National Entrepreneurs: Creative Approaches to Developing an Immigration Strategy

Foreign National Entrepreneurs: Creative Approaches to Developing an Immigration Strategy - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 2/24/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Foreign national entrepreneurs have always formed an integral part of the U.S. economy. Those looking to move from their home countries to start, transfer, or develop a new enterprise still see the United States as a viable option. U.S. immigration law is staggeringly complex when it comes to determining the correct short- and long-term options for foreign national business entrepreneurs. Many options that address a short-term need to develop and establish a business quickly become insufficient to address the longer-term goals and needs of foreign national entrepreneurs. In this beginner-to-intermediate seminar, the expert faculty will review options through the lens of a typical business cycle.

Featured Topics:

  • Beyond the B-1 and Ready to Do Business: Short-Term Investor Visa Options, Including E-1, E-2, O-1, and New Office L-1A
  • Moving to Permanent Residency: Labor Certifications for Spouses, National Interest Waivers for Business Entrepreneurs, and EB-5
  • Is the International Entrepreneur Parole (IEP) Program a Viable Option?
  • Pro-Tips on Thinking Like an Entrepreneur When Developing a Viable Immigration Strategy

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Elsie Hui Arias, AILA Editor, Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs, 4th Ed., Los Angeles, CA

Elsie Hui Arias is a partner of SGG Immigration LLP, a full-service immigration law firm in Los Angeles, California. She is a certified specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California, with expertise in EB-5 investor and business immigration. She is a prior chair of the AILA EB-5 Conference committee. Ms. Arias graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Davis School of Law.

Jennifer Hermansky, AILA EB-5 Committee Vice Chair, Philadelphia, PA

Jennifer Hermansky is a Shareholder in the Philadelphia Office on Greenberg Traurig LLP. She represents a wide range of investor clients, including E-2 and L-1 nonimmigrants, as well as EB-5 investors in both the direct and regional center context. She is a frequent speaker and author on issues affecting foreign investors and foreign direct investment.

Mark Davies, New York, NY 

Mark I. Davies is the Global Managing Partner of Davies & Associates and chairs the firm’s Investor Visa team which focuses on EB-5, L-1, E-2, citizenship by investment, and other business immigration solutions. A former General Counsel, Mark is relied on as primary counsel to corporations, investors, non-profits and businesses of all sizes. He is dual qualified in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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