When reviewing EB-5 project documents, it is important to not reflexively dismiss a project because there are certain guarantees. This article will distinguish the difference between permissible and impermissible guarantees in the EB-5 field so that EB-5 practitioners and investors can better evaluate projects and projects can offer their investors more assurances regarding the investment....
About Catharine Yen
Catharine Yen is an immigration attorney in the Los Angeles office of Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP. With her practice focused on EB-5 investment matters since December 2011, Attorney Yen has experience helping EB-5 investors obtain U.S. permanent residency through I-526 petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing, and I-829 petitions. She also counsels developers and regional centers regarding compliance issues, and advises on regional center applications and the preparation of EB-5-suitable investment offerings. Her clients come from a variety of countries, including Nigeria, Taiwan, Mexico, China, and Russia.
In addition to EB-5, Attorney Yen’s experience encompasses various other immigration matters, such as assisting multi-national companies with Ls and TNs. She has assembled H-1B, EB-1, and O-1 petitions for a number of companies, and has responded to USCIS requests for evidence for H-1B and L visas. Attorney Yen previously worked at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and prior to that, at FosterQuan, LLP. Throughout her career, Attorney Yen has filed hundreds of EB-5 petitions with a 100 percent approval rate.
A member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Texas, Attorney Yen also holds professional memberships in the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Los Angeles. She has volunteered in the Citizenship and Immigration Forum at Neighborhood Centers, is a court-certified mediator, and has worked pro bono as an attorney for the non-profit organization, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). In 2009, she was honored with the Judicial Internship Award from the Asian American Bar Association, and in 2010, she was honored with the Public Interest Award from the Asian American Bar Association. She is active in the EB-5 community, having authored several articles for EB5 Investors Magazine, the National Law Review, and ABA International Law News, and she has served as a speaker at ILW conferences.
Attorney Yen completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Rice University and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center. As a student attorney, she worked pro bono at an immigration clinic at University of Houston Law Center. During that time, she won a case (Matter of M-A-M-, 25 I&N Dec. 474 (BIA 2011)) before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Attorney Yen speaks English and Mandarin Chinese.
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