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The Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by immigrant investors by creating a new commercial enterprise or investing in a troubled business. There are 10,000 EB-5 immigrant visas available annually. In 1992 and regularly reauthorized since then, 3,000 EB-5 visas are also set aside for investors in Regional Centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth. EB-5 is a complex visa, and the EB-5 application process can be very intimidating. There are multiple steps that require professional assistance in order to successfully secure an EB-5 Visa. Understanding these steps and working with a team of highly-qualified EB-5 professionals is crucial to success in the EB-5 arena.

This CLE program will cover the background of EB-5, how to get into EB-5 if you are a developer or business owner, what is involved in vetting projects before they enter the EB-5 arena, the differences between regional center cases and direct investment, or non-RC cases, the typical investment structure, and the components of an EB-5 compliant business plan.

Lecturer Bio

Neil A. Weinrib, Esq.

Neil A. Weinrib graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania State University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in history. While attending Penn State, Neil studied in Israel with Brandeis University where he developed an interest in international affairs. After graduation, Neil received a Master’s degree in international relations, with a concentration in international law, from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in 1974. He continued his education at the Hofstra University Law School, graduating in 1977 with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Subsequently, Neil was admitted to the New York, Washington D.C., and Florida bars, in addition to the federal courts. He has also been admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.

After graduation, Neil worked for a general practice law firm on Long Island before joining a large immigration and general practice law firm in New York City. Desiring to open a law practice focusing on the needs of foreign nationals, opened his own immigration practice in 1979, which has significantly expanded over the years. Neil A. Weinrib & Associates (“NAWLAW”) is now recognized as a premier boutique law firm consisting of more than 25 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff - and is still growing. Neil is the principal and managing attorney of NAWLAW.

Although located directly across from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in Manhattan, NAWLAW practices on a national and international level, handling all types of U.S. immigration matters including the primary working visas (B, E, H, I, J, L, O, P, Q, R), investment visas (E), green cards (through job sponsorship, self-sponsorship and extraordinary ability and EB-5 investment), U.S. citizenship, employer compliance, and appeals (both at the administrative and federal court levels). NAWLAW has successfully worked with large and small companies throughout the U.S. and abroad, as well as many national and international start-ups seeking to enter the lucrative American marketplace. As a result, NAWLAW has as acquired vast experience in successfully solving challenging immigration scenarios and forging winning solutions.

NAWLAW’s notable immigration work has been recognized in top-tier publications, including decisions published on the front page of the NY Law Journal and in the New York Times. Additionally, NAWLAW successfully filed a writ to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in a decision in NAWLAW’s favor (Vartelas v. Holder, 132 S. Ct. 1479 (2012)). Neil’s personal accomplishments further reflect the level of success NAWLAW both strives for and achieves. Named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer Magazine based on peer recommendations, Neil frequently lectures on immigration topics for organizations around the country. He has lectured to organizations such as SCORE NY, community groups, and educational institutions including the Manhattan School of Music, NY Film Academy, and NYU Continuing Education. Neil’s lectures have extended to human resources executives at various companies as well as the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Neil has also conducted continuing legal education seminars, both locally and nationally, and has appeared on national radio and webinars. Neil wrote and published an article for the New York Enterprise Report regarding business immigration, and most recently, he was contacted by CBS News in connection with the story involving the nationality of a child born over Russia on an airliner flying from Canada to Japan.

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