About Charles Raether
Charles Raether is an EB-5 immigration lawyer and the founder and managing partner of AmLaw Group in Washington, DC. AmLaw Group is a legal services firm that is dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs and foreign businesses with their immigration, investment, and commercial matters in the United States.
Originally, AmLaw primarily concentrated on cross-border litigation and transactional issues for foreign-based clients. However, AmLaw has since successfully expanded its practice and now represents EB-5 investors in addition to providing other business immigration services. AmLaw has worked with an increasing number of wealthy investors from China, Russia, and other international markets to help them obtain permanent residency in the United States. Concurrently, AmLaw helps foreign clients with their U.S. business affairs and also helps U.S. businesses structure their operations so they can raise capital by participating in the EB-5 visa investment program.
AmLaw works closely with each client to ensure client satisfaction and to provide substantive, effective, affordable, and accessible legal services to those seeking to participate in the EB-5 visa program. AmLaw has seen a dynamic growth in its EB-5 practice. This growth has coincided with the increased interest that the program has received from both American developers seeking alternative sources of capital, and foreign investors seeking to permanently relocate to the United States. As a result of rising interest in the EB-5 visa program, there has also been an increase in the number of EB-5 Regional Centers. AmLaw helps EB-5 investors conduct their due diligence and choose the regional center that best fits their particular situation. After the regional center selection process, the AmLaw group continues to assist clients through all stages of the EB-5 process.
Attorney Raether has an exceptionally diverse background in government, business, and law. He has worked for some of the nation’s leading law firms in areas of private equity, venture capital, and corporate law. Previously, attorney Raether worked for Jones Lang LaSalle, a professional and financial services firm that specializes in investment management and commercial real estate. While at Jones Lang LaSalle, attorney Raether worked in their Moscow office and also served as general director of their office in Kazakhstan. He also served in the United States Department of Commerce. In this capacity, he served as head of the Kazakhstan country desk and worked with American and Eurasian business and government officials in growing U.S. commercial opportunities to emerging markets across Europe and Asia. Before this, he also acquired extensive international experience in fostering opportunities between emerging markets and developed markets.
Attorney Raether earned his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, attorney Raether studied abroad at Moscow State University where he became fluent in Russian. He is admitted to practice in the states of Virginia and New York. Attorney Raether is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Consumer Advocates.
Answers to EB-5 20 Questions Answered
- Which family members can qualify for an EB-5 immigrant investor visa?
- How long does it take to get a green card from the EB-5 program?
- How can you qualify as an EB-5 investor?
- How do I start the EB-5 Program application?
- Could we use the EB-5 program to acquire investors?
- Can I bring my family to the United States if I get an EB-5 visa?
- How many EB-5 visas are granted by the USCIS each year?
- Is there usually a return on EB-5 investments?
- How can I find out if a Regional Center is in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA)?
- Do the funds for an EB-5 Visa have to be personally owned by the entrepreneur?
- Do EB-5 investors have to sustain their investments after they receive their green card?
- How are Seasonal Employees counted towards job creation in the EB-5 Visa Program?
- Can investments made in multiple projects qualify for the EB-5 Visa Program?
- Do EB-5 visa investors get their investments back from the Regional Center?
- Will I have a chance to get I-829 approval if my EB-5 project experiences delays?
- How long does it take to get an EB5 visa?
- Will I meet EB-5 requirements for income?
- What if my I-526 Petition does not get approved?
- Do I have to be involved in the company that receives my EB-5 visa investment?
- What types of investments are available to EB-5 visa applicants?