With more than a decade of EB-5 experience , Tom Martin leads the firm ’ s robust EB-5 practice . He chiefly works with professional writers , economists , analysts , and researchers to ensure that business plans and economic analysis reports are properly written using industry accepted methodologies . Martin has overseen the completion of more than 1,500 business plans across various industries ; from billion-dollar real estate projects in New York City to small solar farms in rural Indiana . He serves as a strategic advisor to real estate developers , regional centers , attorneys , community development advocates , and public sector officials . He has spoken on EB-5 topics at various international and domestic conferences .
WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE EB-5 INDUSTRY ?
I have been working exclusively in the EB-5 industry for over a decade and got involved in EB-5 when I saw an opportunity to assist clients that found the capital markets challenging coming out of the recession . EB-5 offered a unique solution to facilitate economic growth through an immigration channel that was both challenging and rewarding . I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the hundreds of clients I have had the pleasure of meeting through the years , and it has been a privilege to see these utilize EB-5 capital to spur economic growth and job creation .
WHAT NEW TYPES OF PROJECTS AND TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING IN THE EB-5 INDUSTRY FOLLOWING THE PANDEMIC AND REAUTHORIZATION ?
The industry has responded strongly to the RIA set aside visa categories , specifically for projects in rural areas . We are working with a number of clients to prepare offerings in rural locations throughout the country so that investors can also take advantage of priority processing . Asset classes that were impacted significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic , such as the hospitality sector , are recovering and seeking to move forward with development using EB-5 capital . We are also assisting clients utilizing serial raises in unique projects using the direct EB-5 path where single investors invest into a chain of individual locations .
TRISTANI LAW , LLC Dennis Tristani Managing Attorney