EB5 Investors Magazine "Top 25 Awards Edition" Volume 8 Issue 1 - Page 43

TOP IMMIGRATION AT TORNEYS VIVIAN ZHU IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS EB5 INVESTORS MAGAZINE V ivian Zhu is a partner at Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP and is the supervising attorney of the firm’s EB-5 department. Zhu specializes in EB-5 cases, including representing investors, regional centers and projects, distressed projects, complex age-out cases, mandamus litigation, consular inadmissibility, responses to request for evidence, notice of intent to deny and notice of intent to revoke. Zhu also practices in the areas of E-2 investor visas, L-1 intra-company transferee visas and EB-1 petitions for alien workers with extraordinary ability. Zhu’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, high-net-worth individuals, investors, executives and highly-skilled professionals. HOW DO YOU THINK THE EB-5 PROGRAM SHOULD BE REFORMED? adjudication and immigrant visa issuance have also caused issues such as redeployment, material change, priority date retention, aging-out children etc. and more lawsuits will be expected. WHAT NEW TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING IN THE EB-5 INDUSTRY? Unfortunately, the delays in processing EB-5 cases are now getting longer and adversely impacting the lives of EB-5 investors. As a result, more immigrants are turning to the courts and using the authority of the U.S. judicial system when experiencing unreasonable delays for immigrant benefits. Filing a lawsuit against USCIS to finalize the adjudication of I-526 and I-829 petitions have, unfortunately, become more common. Our office continues to have success with lawsuits against USCIS and expects the demand for these cases to rise as USCIS’ delays continue. USCIS processing times have been frustratingly long and made even worse due to COVID-19. I believe, the USCIS’ delay is not justified or merely due to lack of agency resources, the number of cases on file, or any provision in the law. The delays in I-526 EB5INVESTORS.COM 43