Miller Mayer partner Carolyn Lee named incoming Chair of American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National EB-5 Committee

Carolyn S. Lee, Partner, Miller Mayer LLP

Miller Mayer is pleased to announce that partner Carolyn Lee will serve as Chair of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)’s national EB-5 Committee. Carolyn is a partner in the EB-5 Immigration Group of Miller Mayer, LLP, based in Ithaca, New York with a legal representative office in Shanghai, China. Her practice focuses on EB-5 regional centers, developers, funds, and investors.

AILA is the national association of immigration lawyers with over 15,000 members established to promote justice and advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy. Carolyn served as Chair of the AILA EB-5 Committee from 2012 to 2013 and Vice-Chair and Co-Chair from 2014 to 2016, having served as member since 2009. She also serves on the Public Policy Committee of Invest In the USA (IIUSA), the EB-5 regional center trade association.

Carolyn’s years in EB-5 industry leadership have coincided with the most dynamic years in EB-5 program history. Prompted by shortage of traditional capital during the Great Recession, the EB-5 regional center program rocketed in growth in the late 2000s. In fiscal year 2008, there were just over 1,400 EB-5 visas issued. By fiscal year 2014, the roughly 10,000 annual quota on EB-5 visas had been reached. There is currently a multi-year visa backlog, with cases filed in June 2014 only now ready for visa issuance.

USCIS itself has undergone dramatic changes in recent years to keep pace with program growth. In 2012, USCIS realigned all EB-5 adjudication to the Investor Program Office in Washington, D.C. from the California Service Center. In May 2013, USCIS issued its first comprehensive EB-5 Policy Memorandum. On AILA’s behalf, Carolyn led the effort in…

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