Understanding the differences between E-2 and EB-5 is essential to advising clients on their best option. Here are the differences and analysis of possible transition from E-2 to EB-5....
About Martin J Lawler
Martin J. Lawler is an EB-5 immigration attorney and founder of Lawler & Lawler Law Offices located in San Francisco, Calif. He has specialized in immigration law for over 30 years and is recognized by clients and colleagues as one of America’s leading lawyers in the immigration sector. Considered an authority on investor visas, family-based visas, asylum, and deportation defense, he has secured temporary visas, permanent resident, naturalization, and passports for thousands of people from around the world.
Attorney Lawler has authored the first book dedicated to H-1B visas, Professionals: A Matter of Degree. The book has since expanded to become the leading authoritative text on business visas.
He has written and published two op-ed articles in the Wall Street Journal regarding immigration law and co-authored an article in HR Magazine concerning H-1B visas. Attorney Lawler was featured on CNN as an expert on the EB-5 visa program and appeared on National Public Radio’s Science Friday program in September of 2007 to speak about visas for scientists and engineers. He is a regular speaker at American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) conferences and his lectures on immigration law have taken place at prestigious venues such as Harvard, Stanford, University of San Francisco, and the American Chemistry Society.
Attorney Lawler revolutionized the criteria by which visas are awarded by leading the way for H-1B visas to be granted based not strictly on a professional’s education level, but also in consideration of their work experience. He was also the first to win approval from the State Department in recognizing that E-2 investor visas may be based on intellectual property.
Attorney Lawler understands that the visa process is complex and stressful. He is committed to helping unify families and helping entrepreneurs through the attainment of permanent resident status (green card). He listens to his clients, discusses all available options, and provides recommendations that he believes will best suit the interests of his clients. His thorough explanations of procedures, timeframes, and costs make it simple for his clients to understand the process that they are involved in.
Among other prestigious awards and distinctions, attorney Lawler has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, has been designated a Northern California Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine, and received an American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) top award.
Answers to EB-5 8 Questions Answered
- Are any countries excluded from the EB-5 program?
- How can I bring my child from a previous marriage?
- Can a recent investment qualify for EB-5?
- How can I invest in a start-up company and take an equity stake?
- Can I invest in multiple EB-5 projects?
- When can a project use the investment capital?
- Can I transition from an L-1 visa to an EB-5 visa?
- What is the usual procedure to compensate an attorney for legal fees?