Carolyn Lee

About Carolyn Lee

Carolyn Lee has vast experience in EB-5 representation and has served as industry leader and EB-5 commentator for over a decade. She is Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National EB-5 Committee. She has steered clients through the most dynamic period of growth in EB-5 program history and is an advocate for long term reauthorization and expansion of the EB-5 program.

USCIS Request for Public Input on Reducing Administrative Barriers

By |2021-05-19T14:42:16-04:00May 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Carolyn Lee Provides Feedback to Improved EB-5 Processing On May 3, 2021, Carolyn Lee PLLC Principal and Founder, Carolyn Lee submitted the following comments to USCIS opining on how the service may reduce administrative and other barriers and burdens within its regulations and policies, including those that prevent foreign citizens from easily obtaining [...]

DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Parole Program

By |2021-05-11T14:01:47-04:00May 11th, 2021|Uncategorized|

DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Parole Program Program Will Provide Opportunities for Foreign Entrepreneurs WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that the Department of Homeland Security is withdrawing a 2018 notice of proposed rulemaking that proposed to remove the International Entrepreneur program from DHS regulations. The International Entrepreneur (IE) parole program, [...]

Possible Sunset Effects on EB-5 Cases Come June 30, 2021

By |2021-04-19T11:42:56-04:00April 19th, 2021|Articles|

Possible Sunset Effects on EB-5 Cases Come June 30, 2021 By Carolyn Lee This is a practical piece. I strongly support S. 831, the bill sponsored by Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Leahy (D-VT) to extend the regional center program for 5 years, introduce strong but reasonable program oversight, and grant generous investor protections [...]

EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2021 Introduced

By |2021-03-22T14:26:06-04:00March 18th, 2021|Alerts, News, Posts|

EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2021 Introduced March 18, 2021 Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a senior member and former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, today introduced the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2021 (the Integrity Act). The Integrity Act brings a [...]

Observations for January 2021 Visa Bulletin

By |2021-01-25T14:11:45-05:00January 25th, 2021|Articles|

Observations for January 2021 Visa Bulletin China FAD is August 15, 2015, unmoved from September 2020. Note: the EB-5 regional center program was reauthorized after Visa Bulletin publication to June 30, 2021. Vietnam FAD is September 15, 2017, having advanced 2 weeks since December 2020. China DFF is December 15, 2015, unmoved from [...]

Cure for EB-5 Visa Backlog: Prioritize Adjustment of Status for Indian Investors

By |2021-01-20T09:45:17-05:00January 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Cure for EB-5 Backlog 2021: Prioritize Adjustment of Status for Indian Investors January 2021 By Carolyn Lee If there is consensus within the EB-5 community, it is that we have too few EB-5 visas. Efforts before Congress, federal courts, and the Executive under varied theories to expand visa capacity have not [...]

U.S. INVESTMENT OPTIONS FOR HONG KONG NATIONALS IN 2020 and 2021

By |2020-12-18T14:44:18-05:00December 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Despite the many uncertainties in the Covid-19 world, one thing is certain: Hong Kongers have emigration options. Countries including the U.K., Japan, and Australia have all expressed a desire to welcome Hong Kong residents into their countries. Most notably, the U.K. has offered Hong Kong BN(O)s a path to residency and [...]

Important: USCIS Clarifies I-924A Filing Instructions – FY 2020

By |2020-12-14T13:25:03-05:00December 14th, 2020|Alerts|

Important: USCIS Clarifies I-924A Filing Instructions – FY 2020 December 14, 2020 While the USCIS Form I-924A filing instructions here indicate that “you can use the 11/21/19” edition until January 5, 2021, there are two versions of the 11/21/19 edition circulating. USCIS will accept the correct version [...]

EB-5 Annual Certifications Due December 29: What Regional Centers and Developers Need to Know about the Form I-924A

By |2020-11-09T12:48:35-05:00November 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The annual I-924A filing season is upon us. Why is this of critical importance to all EB-5 stakeholders? Because failure to file a timely Form I-924A is cause for USCIS to issue a notice of intent to terminate (NOIT) against the regional center. Under the current USCIS policy, if a regional center is [...]

IIUSA’s 2020 Virtual EB-5 Industry Forum

By |2020-11-05T12:05:19-05:00November 5th, 2020|Events|

Join us Thursday, November 19th, at 2:00 pm EST, as Carolyn Lee, Principal of Carolyn Lee PLLC, will moderate an essential discussion covering the state of EB-5 visa numbers at the IIUSA (Invest in the USA)’s 2020 Virtual EB-5 Industry Forum. The panel features top EB-5 legal experts who will provide their analysis [...]

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