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Should I have the same attorney for all EB-5 applications?

I am looking for an attorney for I-829 application. Should I continue with an attorney who previously helped filing my I-526? Since the attorney has a better understanding of my case and already has all my documents from I-526 application. However, I wasn''t completely satisfied with the service provided by the previous attorney.

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    Reza Rahbaran

    Immigration Attorney
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    You are not required to use the same attorney.

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    Shahzad Q Qadri

    RC Creator
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    While it is easier, as that attorney has your file and knows your case, you are certainly not required to do so.

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    Lei Jiang

    Immigration Attorney
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    Your new attorney will not have much problem with your I-829 application. You do not need to use the same attorney if you are not happy with the previous service.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is generally a good idea to continue with the same attorney who prepared your I-526 petition as he or she knows your case best and it will be cost efficient for your to continue with the same legal counsel. However, if he or she did not met your expectations, you should consider engaging the legal services of another counsel as I-829 petition is complex. It would be practical if you provide your new attorney with a full copy of your I-526 petition. Please do not hesitate to contact our office should you have any questions or need further assistance.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can retain a different Attorney to assist and represent you with the filing of the I-829. In fact, our law firm has represented many investors in the preparation and filing of the I-829 petitions.

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    Rachel Lew

    Immigration Attorney
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    No, there is no requirement that you use the same attorney who prepared the I-526 filing. But you might pay a little more in attorney fees for the I-829 petition just because the new attorney needs to spend more time to familiarize with your case.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    Like anything that you pay for, you should be happy with the quality. If you were not satisfied with the services of the attorney that assisted you in the initial processing, there''s no need to go back to that attorney. As long as you have copies of what was initially filed, your new attorney should be able to proceed with filing the I-829 without any problems.

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    Philip H Teplen

    Immigration Attorney
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    Normally you file with the same attorney but if you were not satisfied, you should change. This is a vitally important application. If you would like to speak, please feel free to call me.

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    Boyd Campbell

    Immigration Attorney
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    It might be somewhat costly to change attorneys at the I-829 stage, but if you were not satisfied with your attorney''s work on the I-526, perhaps you should give serious consideration to the change.

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    Robert West

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should hire any attorney you like. If the previous attorney did not do a good job, then move on.

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    Margo Chernysheva

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is always beneficial to continue with same attorney as he/she has knowledge of your case but it is not a must. You can hire a different attorney as well.

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    David Tseng

    Immigration Attorney
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    It is beneficial to have the same attorney who assisted you with your I-526 Visa petition to assist with your I-829 application. He or she will be familiar your involvement in the subject commercial enterprise, your qualifying relationship with the commercial enterprise and the evidence submitted in support thereof. These are all pertinent to efficiently and properly preparing your I-829 application. Having said that, depending on the basis of your dissatisfaction with your prior counsel, it may be worth making a change, particularly if you concerns center around his or her competence or honesty. While there are certain efficiency benefits to retaining the same attorney for both applications, a competent diligent attorney should be able to review your prior application and effectively complete your I-829.

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    Ying Lu

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, you can choose another attorney for your I-829. You can ask your I-526 attorney to give you a copy of the I-526 filing so as to facilitate your I-829 attorney.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    The filing of the I-829 comes with its own unique challenges, different from those faced in the I-526 petition. While remaining with the original attorney does indeed afford you with consistency, retaining an experienced and qualified EB-5 attorney like the attorneys at our law firm can help you prepare and file an approvable package with USCIS. A new attorney would correspond with the Regional Center to obtain all the necessary documentation for the filing, and prepare the forms and other supporting documentation.

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    Denyse Sabagh

    Immigration Attorney
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    You can have a different lawyer. You should have a complete copy of your I-526 application. It is your choice and you should feel satisfied with your lawyer.

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    Aleksandr Troyb

    Immigration Attorney
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    In a perfect world you would stay with the same attorney throughout the process. As you pointed out, that attorney already has information about your petition. Having said that, I think that it is critical that you have an attorney you can trust guiding you through the process. At the end of the day, you will need to look at your case history and decide whether you want to continue with your attorney. You may want to speak with the attorney to address some of your concerns.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no reason you have to use the same attorney especially if you weren''t satisfied with their service to you, unless you signed a Retainer that included the I-829.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    This is entirely up to you. There should be a good working relationship between any client and his or her attorney. If you, as the client, do not have confidence in your previous attorney, then that says a lot. It may be difficult if you continue with the same attorney. The fact that the previous attorney has a good understanding of your case counts for something, but there are other very good EB-5 immigration attorneys, myself included, who can review your file and work with you so that you are completely satisfied and not second-guessing about whether or not your attorney has your best interests in mind. It is a tough decision, but if it were me, I would want an attorney in whom I could have the highest confidence.

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    Anthony Korda

    Immigration Attorney
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    While there are obvious advantages in using the same Attorney for both petitions, if you were not happy with the service provided, you may be wiser to choose another. While the I-526 focuses on project documentation, biographic and source of funds material, the I-829 Petition focuses on project expenditure, job creation and compliance with the original business plan. Whomever you chose to represent you, ensure that the Attorney is EB-5 experienced and, if practicable, familiar with the project concerned.

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    Karen Weinstock

    Immigration Attorney
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    You do not need to have the same attorney for the I-829 and you can switch attorneys for this step if you were not happy with the service.

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    Jeffrey E Campion

    Immigration Attorney
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    You do not need to use the same attorney. My recommendation, however, is that you speak with the attorney and tell her the issues and ask for commitment to better service. If you cannot, I would be happy to help.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
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    It does not make much difference.

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    Rohit Kapuria

    Immigration Attorney
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    You are certainly not restricted to using the same attorney for the I-829 application. The only logistical caveat is ensuring that the new attorney will have access to all the originally submitted documentation utilized in the I-526 application. This is generally never a problem and your current attorney should easily be able to share these documents with the new attorney. After your new attorney has taken a few days to get up to speed and gathered all the necessary evidence to support your I-829 application (this part may take more than a few days depending on the complexity of the case), then you should be good to file.

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