About Matthew Kolodziej
An immigration attorney based out of the New York office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Matthew Kolodziej has more than ten years of experience assisting individuals and companies to successfully obtain visas. He specializes in the investor visa category (EB-5 and E-2), inter-company transferees (L visas), and skilled worker category (TN, E-3, and H-1B visas), and also has expertise in PERM labor certification, extraordinary ability, outstanding research, and various other employment and family-based temporary and permanent visas. His diverse spectrum of clients ranges from media organizations, to leading technology companies, to non-profits with international employee mobility requirements.
Having Form I-924 filing experience, along with submission of Forms I-526, I-485, DS-230/260, and I-829, Attorney Kolodziej has expertise in representing both regional centers and individual EB-5 investors from start to finish of the immigration process. His legal experience also includes litigating before immigration courts and agencies, and the federal courts of appeals. Before he joined the team at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, Attorney Kolodziej served as a legislative fellow in Washington, D.C., for the American Immigration Lawyers Association; he was responsible for analyzing the legal and policy aspects of legislation for immigration reform, and he also lobbied before Congress on behalf of U.S. industries and immigrants.
Attorney Kolodziej is oft-quoted in media publications on the EB-5 immigrant visa program and other immigration issues. His publications include a review of the history and benefits of the EB-5 visa program entitled, The U.S. Immigrant Investor Program: New American Investors Making a Difference in the Economy, published by the American Immigration Council. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Attorney Kolodziej earned his bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, his master’s degree from the University of Madrid, and his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the state of New York and before the 4th Circuit of the Court of Appeals. Attorney Kolodziej is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Answers to EB-5 25 Questions Answered
- How can I invest in EB-5 and still live outside United States?
- How will a submitted EB-5 petition affect my H-1B visa?
- How will a brief period of unlawful presence affect an EB-5 application?
- What if an EB-5 applicant is unable to provide tax returns?
- What types of EB-5 regional center projects are available?
- How can a novice investor ensure the success of their EB-5 investment?
- What criminal charges preclude immigration through EB-5?
- How are the visa limits determined for the EB-5 category?
- What immigration application should I file after I-526 approval?
- How can an EB-5 immigrant work in the United States?
- How do EB-5 requirements vary for different countries?
- How can an EB-5 investor determine regional center quality?
- How do investors become permanent residents if EB-5 is a visa program?
- What qualifications should an EB-5 immigration attorney have?
- What business ownership percentage is needed to qualify for EB-5?
- What qualifies as lawful source of funds documentation for EB-5?
- What areas in New York qualify for the $500,000 EB-5 investment?
- What is the I-829 approval rate for the EB-5 program?
- How will a history of mental illness affect my EB-5 immigration eligibility?
- How can I apply for EB-5 from outside my home country?
- How will individual employees affect I-829 approval?
- How can I make an EB-5 investment under TN nonimmigrant status?
- How can money for an EB-5 investment be gifted from the United States?
- How much profit can I expect from investing in an EB-5 project?
- What should I do if my temporary conditional green card expires before I-829 approval?