EB5 Investors Magazine - Page 63

[ IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS ] Larry Behar has been an attorney since 1979, long before the establishment of the EB-5, and he has been following the program since its inception. He filed his first EB-5 case in 1995 for an individual applicant from China. He now runs Behar Law Group in Florida, which has established multiple regional centers since 2007. In addition to representing regional centers, Larry counsels individual investors and feels particularly capable of doing so due to his own immigrant background. For the past decade, Larry’s practice has focused nearly entirely on EB-5 and he has organized two EB-5 teams—an in-house legal team and an outside “EB-5 dream team,” made up of other service providers. The multicultural and multilingual nature of his practice is a point of pride for Larry; he speaks three languages and his office boasts a total of seven languages spoken in-house. Working within the EB-5 program rewards Larry in many ways. Most notably, he cites the personal stories of investors that he has worked with. Recently, he was able to secure permanent residence for a learning disabled woman who emigrated from Canada through the EB-5 program, and is now thriving in Florida. Additionally, he speaks of past clients that have come from security-challenged nations, such as Venezuela, and is proud that the EB-5 program can offer them a safe solution. Edward Beshara, managing partner of Beshara Professional Association in Orlando, Florida, has over 33 years of experience in business and family immigration law. He first achieved notable success on a high volume of E-2 and L-1 cases, and with the advent of the Immigrant Investor Program, Ed brought his expertise to the EB-5 arena. As such, Ed has been involved with EB-5 from the very beginning, helping international investors to immigrate to the United States on a permanent basis for more than 25 years. Having practiced law long enough to see the field evolve, Ed has become well-versed in the program’s various transformations, from initially only handlin