Comment: Attorneys Don't Pay

Whenever there is an EB-5 event anywhere in the world, the primary reason investors or agents come to the event is to hear from immigration attorneys. While other players such as Regional Centers present material of interest to the attendees, the primary content value is provided by immigration attorneys. Because EB-5 is primarily an immigration program, and immigration is the fundamental reason why investors look to EB-5, it is not a surprise that the audience considers immigration attorneys the best source about EB-5 information. Those who agglomerate audiences, like ILW and its competitors, must identify that immigration attorneys are the key part of the program of any conference.

The economic value of an investor to an immigration attorney is a relatively modest amount of $25K. But for Regional Centers, the lifetime value of an investor is much higher as roughly estimated in the chart below:

Retrogression

Therefore, the revenue for Regional Center from each investor is 3 to 20 times that of immigration attorneys. While immigration attorneys bring the primary content value to events they get less value from the event; therefore it is only fair that Regional Centers bear the cost of the events and not immigration attorneys.

Two years ago, knowing immigration but not finance, we did not grasp this point, and we charged attorneys on par with Regional Centers. We realized the above economic point in 2017, and slashed our fee to attorneys by 75%. We are happy to note that our competitors followed suit by reducing the amount they charged to immigration attorneys, creating a two tier price structure for industry events--a higher price for RCs and a lower price for attorneys. In early 2018, we completely eliminated fees charged to attorneys. This is true for both group events and custom events. All attorneys need is to be nominated by a Regional Center that is participating in the ILW event. Attorneys don't pay.

We encourage immigration attorneys to ask the Regional Centers they work with to nominate them to participate in ILW events. Should an immigration attorney decide to speak at or attend any event of our competitors, we suggest you insist on a fair deal, wherein attorneys don't pay.

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