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.

Presidential Proclamation Limits Immigrant Admissions but Exempts EB-5

By |2020-04-23T18:18:40+00:00April 23rd, 2020|Alerts|

Presidential Proclamation Limits Immigrant Admissions but Exempts EB-5 April 23, 2020 Presidential Proclamation limits immigrant entry for 60 days starting today, April 23, 2020. But EB-5 visa applicants are exempt along with healthcare workers, U.S. armed forces members and families, and admissions in the national interest among other categories. See Proclamation here. Nonimmigrant visa holders, [...]

CLP Webinar April 28, 2020: COVID-19 and EB-5 Material Change

By |2020-04-22T00:42:34+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Events|

    EB-5 PROJECTS AND INVESTORS -- Attend my upcoming free webinar where I’ll discuss COVID-19 and EB-5 Material Change with special guest, John D. Tishler, partner at Sheppard Mullin sharing his insights from EB-5 project finance, securities compliance, and corporate restructuring perspectives.  Hope to see you there! When? April 28, 2020 11AM PST / 2PM EST RESERVE YOUR [...]

FAQs about COVID-19 and EB-5

By |2020-03-23T22:15:35+00:00March 23rd, 2020|News|

Assembled below are answers to COVID-19 related questions for the EB-5 community. I hope you find these to be helpful. What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is an abbreviation for “coronavirus disease 2019.” According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), COVID-19 has caused a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel [...]

Carolyn Lee’s Blog on IIUSA re: USCIS March 13, 2020 EB-5 Stakeholder Engagement

By |2020-03-18T00:42:20+00:00March 18th, 2020|Posts|

  Read my IIUSA blog analyzing the March 13, 2020 USCIS EB-5 Stakeholder Engagement on the new I-526 petition process. Effective March 31, 2020, the new "inventory management" approach will prioritize petitions with visa availability. Quicker visa processing is anticipated in 12-18 months as a result. See the most recent Visa Bulletin to see visa [...]

Carolyn Lee Quoted in Bloomberg Law re: USCIS EB-5 Process Change

By |2020-01-31T15:25:26+00:00January 31st, 2020|News|

Carolyn Lee Quoted in Bloomberg Law re: USCIS EB-5 Process Change See the article on Bloomberg Law news here. Carolyn Lee quotes: “This is a measure, presumably, to increase efficiency, address fairness and issues in visa allocation,” said Lee, who heads the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National EB-5 Committee. But there’s “tremendous operational opacity” in [...]

EB-5 Alert – USCIS Processing Change

By |2020-01-30T03:15:17+00:00January 30th, 2020|Alerts|

EB-5 Alert New EB-5 Processing Plan Announced -- FIFO to FIVA January 29, 2020 USCIS stated in an announcement this morning that starting March 31, 2020, USCIS will "prioritize" petitions filed by investors from non-backlogged countries. Rather than processing cases "first in first out," it will focus on "visa availability," going from FIFO to FIVA. This [...]

EB-5 Notes – What EB-5 Needs Now

By |2020-05-12T02:05:23+00:00January 28th, 2020|Posts|

What EB-5 Needs Now January 27, 2020 We start another year in EB-5 without long-term reauthorization. Yet, even in this environment, there are brave ventures and reassuring constancy in EB-5 – new businesses exploring regional center formation, great projects rebooting to meet new regulations’ requirements, advisors delivering steadfast guidance amid lengthening processing times and heightened [...]