EB5 Investors Magazine "Top 25 issue" Volume 9 Issue 1 - Page 48

TOP IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS
CHRISTIAN TRIANTAPHYLLIS
JACKSON WALKER

Christian Triantaphyllis , who leads Jackson Walker ’ s Business Immigration & Compliance practice , represents foreign nationals in cross-border and business immigration matters , usually dealing with regional centers and direct investments . In his practice , Triantaphyllis regularly serves as counsel to real estate developers , regional centers , private equity funds , and family offices , and advises those on structuring potential EB-5 funding by providing EB-5 analysis on project business plans , securities offerings , and economic reports . He is particularly experienced in assisting immigrant investors from around the world through the EB-5 visa program , preparing and filing I-526 petitions and I-829 petitions for regional center and direct investors .

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE EB-5 REFORM AND INTEGRITY ACT OF 2022 ?
I am excited about what the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 has to offer to EB-5 investors and regional centers .
As someone who has been following closely potential new EB-5 legislation since it became a possibility in 2015 , I am relieved and optimistic about the positive impact the new legislation will have on the EB-5 industry . Overall , I think the highlights of the legislation include grandfathering of already filed investors , the longer term reauthorization of the regional center program , increased investor protection , and attempts to accelerate processing times , which puts the EB-5 industry in position to thrive .
WHAT NEW TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING IN THE EB-5 INDUSTRY ?
The early trends in the EB-5 industry due to the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 include a strong interest in rural projects to take advantage of reserved visas and priority processing , and a reinvigorated interest in the regional center program by developers of EB-5 projects . Also , the increased investment levels appear to be manageable for EB-5 investors so far and have not deterred too many immigrant investors I have spoken with about the EB-5 program over the last several months , but it will be interesting to see whether initial interest is due to pent-up demand from last year .
FREDRICK VOIGTMANN
LAW OFFICE OF FRED VOIGTMANN

Fredrick W . Voigtmann is highly skilled in investor and immigration matters . He has represented EB-5 regional centers and filed hundreds of I-526 and I-829 petitions and immigrant visa applications in connection with some of the most successful EB-5 projects . Voigtmann practiced immigration law from 1994 to 1997 in Taipei , Taiwan . He served as co-chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Investor Committee and has published numerous articles on EB-5 . Voigtmann is a board-certified specialist in immigration and nationality law , a graduate of The Ohio State University ( BA in English ) and Capital University Law School ( JD , with honors ).

integrity the RIA brings to the EB-5 marketplace in terms of an extended validity period and minimum investment amounts .
WHAT NEW TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING IN THE EB-5 INDUSTRY ?
I have not seen many new trends over the last year , except for more direct EB-5 cases , which was the only game in town during the regional center hiatus . I think we will see a modest resurgence in Chinese EB-5 investors looking for rural EB-5 projects to take advantage of the set asides . It remains to be seen how much interest will be generated for rural projects , but the combination of pent-up demand and current priority dates could spur growth in this area of EB-5 . It will be exciting to see where EB-5 takes us during the next five years !
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE EB-5 REFORM AND INTEGRITY ACT OF 2022 ?
I think it is better than not having an EB-5 program ! In general , I believe the industry has welcomed the certainty and
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