Green Card Options for Entrepreneurs

Green Card Options for Entrepreneurs

Green Card Options for Entrepreneurs - Recording (CLE Included)
Recorded 10/27/2020
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Web Seminar
SKU WS2020-10-27-DL

Once company founders have navigated the many obstacles involved with securing a nonimmigrant visa while maintaining equity in their company, entrepreneurs are then faced with an even more limited number of options for pursuing permanent residence in the United States. Our experts will discuss strategies for the most promising green card categories for entrepreneurs and current adjudication trends practitioners need to know. They also will discuss considerations such as maintaining nonimmigrant status throughout the various processes and visa backlogs. This intermediate-level panel presents a discussion of green card options specifically for foreign nationals who are trying to continue operating their businesses in the United States while maintain their ownership and pursuing permanent residency. 

Featured Topics:

  • Establishing EB-1A Extraordinary Ability in Business and Maintaining NIV Status During the EB-1A Backlog
  • National Interest Waiver (NIW) Considerations for Entrepreneurs and Current Trends for Business NIWs in the Era of Dhanasar 
  • Is EB-1C Executive and Manager an Option for a Small to Mid-Sized Business Since BAHA? How to Document These Cases and RFE Trends
  • "Downgrading" to a Different Visa Category: Implications for Previously Filed PERM Applications in a Different Category
  • Considerations for Entrepreneurs Making EB-5 Direct Investments in Their Own Companies, and Balancing NIV Statuses with Current Processing Times and Backlogs
  • Circumventing the EB-5 Backlog: Gaining Citizenship in Third-Party Countries and Obtaining an E-2 Visa

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About the Faculty

Lincoln Stone (DL), Los Angeles, CA
Lincoln Stone's 30 years of practice includes a federal court clerkship, business and immigration litigation in federal courts, and several thousand investor and entrepreneur clients. Lincoln served AILA‘s national EB-5 committee for more than 10 years, and 5 years as Chair; received AILA President Commendations for creating the EB-5 investor visa conference and outstanding leadership of EB-5 investor visa practice; and is the creator and Editor in Chief of Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs. He also received honors and AILA President Commendations for his pro bono work and innovative leadership of the AILA national pro bono committee.

Tammy Fox-Isicoff, AILA Board of Governors, Miami, FL
Tammy Fox-Isicoff is a former Trial Attorney for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service and Special Assistant United States Attorney. Tammy has been selected by Best Lawyers as the Best Lawyer in Immigration Law in S. Florida in 2012, 2016, 2019 and 2021. SuperLawyers has recognized Tammy as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Florida. Tammy 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 Tammy as being in the top 1% of attorneys in the entire U.S.

Brenda Boudreaux, San Francisco, CA
Brenda Boudreaux, an associate at Jewell Stewart & Pratt PC, focuses on matters of extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers, exceptional ability, and national interest waivers. She is a mentor for AILA in these areas. She has served on the AILA NorCal Chapter Advisory Council and the AIC Community Education Center Committee. Brenda holds a J.D. from the University of Memphis School of Law and an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University.

Ian E. Scott, New York, NY
Ian E. Scott is the founder & president of Scott Legal, P.C., a law firm founded on an E-2 visa. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School & an M.B.A from the University of Toronto. Mr. Scott is also a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), and for over 10 years he worked at an investment bank. Prior to that he was an external auditor for Financial Institutions at Ernst & Young. Mr. Scott has sat on a number of E-2 visa panels and currently serves on a committee in the Rome District Chapter.

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