About Michele Franchett
Michele Franchett is a partner at Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP. She has over twenty years of experience in the field, and her practice is focused on investor and entrepreneurial immigration, with emphasis on EB-5 capital group representation. She provides counsel to several regional centers seeking to obtain or amend regional center designations and exemplar petition approvals and offers due diligence reviews for EB-5 eligibility and compliance.
Having worked in the field of U.S. immigration law since 1986, Franchett has since accumulated experience encompassing virtually every area of business-based immigration. She has represented multinational corporations, research hospitals, universities, investors, entrepreneurs, academicians, artists and entrepreneurs from around the globe. Franchett has also represented clients applying for visas at U.S. Consulates in Toronto, Halifax, and Ciudad Juarez, as well as at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. In more recent years, she traveled to China to provide EB-5 training for licensed immigration consultants.
Franchett is a frequent speaker at EB-5 industry conferences and has been a member of the Invest In the USA (IIUSA) Public Policy Committee since 2015. She is admitted to the California Bar and is a Certified Specialist in the practice of Immigration and Nationality Law. She served for two years on the EB-5 committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is a former chair of the AILA Southern California Chapter.
Franchett earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She received her law degree from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law and is conversant in Mandarin. She began studying Mandarin at the age of 15 and completed a First-Year Intensive Japanese course at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, as well as coursework at the Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Training Center in Taipei.
Answers to EB-5 16 Questions Answered
- How could executive order on immigration affect I-551 renewal?
- Do I lose my EB-5 green card if my mother cannot meet residency requirements?
- Does USCIS require I-485 interviews for EB-5 investors currently?
- Do I have to apply for an EB-5 visa out of my home country?
- How can I use my EB-5 business for an E-2 application?
- What happens if our EB-5 business cannot meet the projected revenue?
- How will the new executive order affect EB-5?
- How many pages does an I-526 petition contain?
- How can my wife attend I-485 interviews with expired OPT?
- How can I file a EB-2 I-140 with a pending EB-5 I-485?
- How could extended stay outside U.S. impact I-829s?
- How can I apply for EB-5 on H1-b?
- What is the processing time and cost of a Mandamus action?
- How can I file an NIW I-140 with a pending EB-5 I-485?
- When should I file I-829 for my wife?
- Is contacting the congressman of my state advisable for accelerating my EB-5 case?