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.

EB-5 Notes – Backlog Management

By |2019-04-09T01:38:13+00:00April 9th, 2019|Events|

EB-5 Notes - Material Change Seminar – April 17th I’ve written extensively about the faulty legal premise girding USCIS’s material change policy.[1]  Fundamentally, those articles advance a simple point: USCIS should use authority correctly in formulating its policies. This EB-5 Note on material change is more immediately practical. In the era of EB-5 backlogs, EB-5 projects and [...]

EB-5 Notes

By |2019-03-26T18:30:23+00:00March 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Toward a Constructive Conversation about EB-5 Like so much of our conversations about the public good these days, the conversation about EB-5 tends to the black and white. To some, it’s riddled with “abusive gerrymandering” and involves allowance of “visas for sale.” To others, the “golden visas” present a triple home run for all – [...]


By |2019-03-12T13:44:28+00:00March 12th, 2019|Articles|

EB-5 Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) brought to you by Carolyn Lee PLLC. Question 1: What is an EB-5 visa? Answer: An EB-5 visa is a U.S. immigrant (meaning U.S. permanent residency) visa. Another name for an “immigrant visa” is a “green card.” There are different green card categories, based primarily on family-based relationships or [...]

EB-5 Notes

By |2019-02-25T21:01:04+00:00February 25th, 2019|News|

February 25, 2019 Happy Monday to EB-5 Citizens. A few notes to start your EB-5 week on an informed footing.    EB-5 Modernization Regulations to OMB  On February 22, 2019, the “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization” regulations were received for review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a part of the Office of [...]

EB-5 Notes

By |2019-02-18T22:02:26+00:00February 18th, 2019|News|

February 18, 2019 Happy President’s Day! A few notes to start your EB-5 week on an informed footing. EB-5 Reauthorization to 9/30/2019 On Friday, February 15, 2019, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, funding the EB-5 Regional Center Program to September 30, 2019. The EB-5 Regional Center Program was extended along [...]

EB-5 Investment “At Risk” and Sustaining Investment

By |2019-02-06T02:45:35+00:00February 6th, 2019|Articles|

Note:  This article originally published June 2017 on just before June 14, 2017 USCIS Policy Manual Update released. Carolyn Lee PLLC is re-posting the article by popular demand. By Carolyn Lee* There is much confusion today about whether EB-5 investors’ funds must be “redeployed” if it’s repaid to the new commercial enterprise before [...]

Litigation to Expand EB-5 Visa Capacity

By |2019-02-06T02:57:43+00:00January 5th, 2019|Articles|

On July 25, 2018, Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A. filed a lawsuit against the United States challenging the way the U.S. Government counts EB-5 visas.[1] The suit can have profound consequences. If successful, the visa backlog disappears. Even without winning, the suit has the potential to galvanize stakeholders to find other solutions to [...]

New USCIS EB-5 Redemption Policy Update

By |2019-02-06T02:57:25+00:00January 5th, 2019|Articles|

On October 30, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services updated its Policy Manual on the point of immigrant investors and debt arrangements as announced on the Policy Alert of the same date. [1] Since May 2018, there have been four EB-5 related Policy Manual revisions out of a total of ten covering all areas [...]