The EB-5 option is gaining momentum in Russia among its high net-worth residents despite cultural and financial challenges. ...
About Charles Raether
Charles Raether is an EB-5 immigration lawyer and the founder and managing partner of AmLaw Group, a boutique immigration based in the Miami, Florida, area. AmLaw assists entrepreneurs and investors with their immigration, investment and commercial matters in the United States.
Although AmLaw works with wealthy investors from Europe, Asia and South America, the firm specializes in matters for clients from Russian-speaking markets. In 2017, AmLaw accounted for more than 25 percent of I-526 petitions filed by Russian investors.
Fluent in Russian and with years of experience in Russia, Raether regularly travels to Russia and neighboring markets for individual consultations, participation in trade shows, and the organization of proprietary events with partner agents throughout the region. He has written articles on EB-5 and the Russian market for industry organizations such as EB5 Investors Magazine and the IIUSA. He was also featured on the Discovery Channel.
Raether assists developers and regional centers in sourcing investors from Russia and surrounding countries. As other markets such as China and Vietnam encounter challenges with backlogs due to retrogression, Russia has become a source of increased attention for sourcing investors. AmLaw helps developers create regional centers, prepare offering documents and secure investors.
Raether has a 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, 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, Raether worked in its Moscow office and as general director of its office in Kazakhstan.
He also served in the U.S. 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.
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, 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. Raether is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association as well as other professional associations.
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?
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