Greenberg Traurig Immigration attorney, Ali Brodie, recently returned from China where she gave EB-5 presentations and met with EB-5 investors in both Beijing and Shanghai.  She accompanied regional center clients and immigration business consultants to assist in providing legal advice on the I-526 application process to potential investors as part of the services Greenberg Traurig offers to clients on the ground in China.  Additionally, she worked with Dawn Zhang and her EB-5 team, including Echo Gao and Jennifer Yu, from the GT Shanghai office and met with investor clients.

MY OBSERVATIONS: China is the world’s largest EB-5 market.  The Chinese maintain a robust interest in the EB-5 program, with particular attention to regional center projects that are affiliated with a U.S. municipality and/or in the national interest.  With the multitude of projects being marketed in China, investors are doing their own due diligence and are tremendously appreciative of the opportunity to interact with U.S. EB-5 immigration attorneys.  There is also growing curiosity regarding the Direct EB-5 (Individual EB-5) program for entrepreneurial  Chinese nationals favoring establishment of their own business in the United States.