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Robert P Gaffney

San Francisco, California
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EB-5 immigration attorney Robert P. Gaffney has been assisting individual and corporate clients through family-, investment- and employment-based immigration matters for nearly 30 years. Attorney Gaffney has been licensed to practice law in the state of California since 1980 and is certified by the California State Bar Association as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Located in San Francisco, the Law Offices of Robert P. Gaffney routinely represents clients from around the world.

Attorney Gaffney has earned an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for integrity and skill possible for individual attorneys. Martindale-Hubbell is widely recognized as the most trusted and complete source for identifying skilled legal counsel in the United States. Attorney Gaffney has also been chosen as being in the top 5 percent of all practicing attorneys in the peer-reviewed list by Super Lawyers of Northern California.

Attorney Robert P. Gaffney earned his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1980. Attorney Gaffney is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and earned his undergraduate degree, with highest honors, in Chinese studies from the University of California, San Diego in 1973. He went on to attend the University of Michigan where he was a National Defense Foreign Language Fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies from 1973 to 1976. Attorney Gaffney has been a long-term member of the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee, the Association of Asian Studies, and has been a speaker on business practices and legal issues to foreign visiting delegations and business groups. He has also been a longtime member of the San Francisco Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service’s panel on immigration and nationality law.

Attorney Gaffney has been widely recognized as a prominent practitioner of EB-5 immigration. He assists individual investors in obtaining permanent residence and also counsels U.S. businesses seeking direct investment from foreign investors. He authored a leading source of EB-5 visa information titled “Country Specific Issues and Challenges in Representing EB-5 Petitioners from the People’s Republic of China” which was published in Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs as well as “Practical Approaches to Lawful Source of Funds Issues” in The EB-5 Book, 2012-13 Edition.

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EB5 Investors Magazine and Articles

  • Can a Minor Child File an EB-5 Petition?

    The backlog in EB-5 visa availability has created multiple issues for Chinese investors and their families. One of these issues involves the very real risk that minor children within a few years of the age of 21 whose parents file I-526 petitions may “age out” while waiting for visas to become available and therefore be unable to immigrate with their parents.
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