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EB-5 101 - What Is EB-5?

(543 Ratings)

Produced on: April 10, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes

EB-5 is a complex visa, and the EB-5 application process can be very intimidating.  There are multiple steps that require professional assistance in order to successfully secure an EB-5 Visa.  Understanding these steps and working with a team of highly-qualified EB-5 professionals is crucial to success in the EB-5 arena.


Join immigration attorney and EB-5 expert Lauren Cohen as she shares her experiences in this program.  She will discuss the background of EB-5, how to get into EB-5 if you are a developer or business owner, what is involved in vetting projects before they enter the EB-5 arena, the differences between regional center cases and direct investment, or non-RC cases, the typical investment structure, and the components of an EB-5 compliant Business Plan as set out in the 1998 precedent-setting Matter of Ho case as adjudicated by the AAO (Administrative Appeals Office).


Learning Objectives:

I.      Understand the basics of EB-5, including its historical relevance 

II.     Identify the different types of EB-5

III.    Recognize whether your investor client can qualify for EB-5 and if your business client will benefit from EB-5

IV.    Determine which of the different forms of EB-5 investment models are best for your client

V.     Comprehend the EB-5 legal requirements, including job creations, investment thresholds, and the conditional green card


Lauren Cohen, an attorney licensed in the US and Canada, is the Founder of e-Council Inc., which offers professional concierge-level strategic solutions across a broad spectrum of business categories for U.S. businesses seeking to raise capital and international clients seeking business visas and entrée to the U.S. market. As a nationally-recognized expert in the field, Lauren is a frequent local, regional and national speaker and guest lecturer, Lauren has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on NPR, the Palm Beach Post, The Real Deal and countless other media.  

Serving as the concierge to companies seeking turnkey legal and professional solutions, e-Council Inc’s stellar track record speaks for itself. The e-Council team works tirelessly to ensure that every client is not only satisfied with the work product, but also successful in achieving their goals.

Prior to launching e-Council Inc., Lauren obtained her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, and went on to secure licenses to practice in both Canada and the United States. After practising law for nearly 20 years as corporate counsel working with various healthcare, financial services, through which she honed her business acumen and expertise, Lauren founded e-Council Inc. As an immigrant, and now citizen of the United States, Lauren has had personal experience with the visa process e-Council Inc. was created to support. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Invest in the USA, EB-5 Investors, and numerous community and professional organizations. 

Because she believes fiercely in the importance of giving back, Lauren attaches a social component to everything she does. In 2013, she lost her beloved father and hero to ALS, one of the most profound events in her life, second only to the birth of her son in 2010. These events drive her volunteer and philanthropic work, which includes significant financial and other types of support for Israel, the Jewish Federation, local synagogues and the ALS Association. e-Council Inc. also sponsors a variety of events in support of Lauren’s charitable goals. 

In the rare moments when she has spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, travelling, working out/swimming, and spending time with family and friends. She also tries to learn something new each week by attending events, participating in classes, and a variety of hands-on learning activities. Three of her favorite sayings are “If you can dream it, you can do it,” (Disney) and “If you will it, it is no dream.” (Herzl) and “Quality is much better than Quantity” (Steve Jobs).


Donald D.

Smart Attorney.

Susan B.

This is a subject I knew nothing about. She made it very easy to understand and learn.

derryl c.

Interesting never heard of this program before

Richard C.

an impressive seminar!

Ryan D.

Thank you.

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Suzanne B.

Very informative and enlightening. Thank you

Tudor N.

It was grrreeaaat !

Larry D.

Great presentation!

Anna H.

Lauren was a good speaker and really did a great job of incorporating the handouts into her presentation to illustrate the process flow and requirements for EB-5.

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