Comment: Top EB5 Practices
EB5 cases (I-526 petitions) are highly concentrated in a handful of practices in the country. Approximately 20 law firms account for about 70% of I-526 petitions, though this number of firms is headed gradually higher. Even among these 20 firms, there is further stratification. Immigration Daily estimates that perhaps only 5 practices in the USA file in excess of 200 I-526 petitions per year, these 5 account for almost half the I-526 petitions in the USA. A further 15 (approximately) file between 20 and 200 I-526 petitions per year (3 of these 15 firms are larger than the other 12). Regardless of the current state of affairs, EB5 practice is in a state of unusual flux, with the following being key drivers of change:

  • Major immigration law firms are getting into EB5, including many well-known law firms for Hs, Ls, and PERMs, which have historically shied away from EB5s
  • Expected regulatory action will make life difficult for several practices long established in the EB5 area, winnowing the current "top list" of some of its members
  • Recently, many new RCs have obtained approval, and several more are soon expected. These new RCs are often associated with immigration law firms new to the EB5 space
The situation for I-829s does not merit discussion at this time, since the volumes involved are too small to count at the moment. As to I-924 filings, the matter is quite different, since these are even more concentrated among even fewer firms. EB5 is a boutique sub-industry within the immigration law field, and if the EB5 space can overcome its current regulatory problems of non-compliance, significant growth is in the forecast.
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