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Foster Adds New Attorneys to Growing EB-5 Immigrant Investor Practice

30 Jan

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Foster LLP, a leading immigration law firm delivering the full spectrum of U.S. and global immigration solutions, announces the expansion of their investor practice. Established more than 20 years ago, the firm’s nationally renowned investor team is growing as a result of increasing demand from Chinese, Middle Eastern and Latin American investors.

“We welcome all of our newest attorneys to our award-winning team of immigration experts and look forward to their many contributions”

As part of the expansion, Foster is adding three new attorneys with the expertise to handle investor-related immigration issues. The practice represents entrepreneurs in establishing EB-5 regional centers, as well as in existing regional centers, immigrant entrepreneurs and investors seeking permanent residency through the EB-5 investor visa program.

“With a strong U.S. economy, people around the world are seeking to invest in America,” said Charles C. Foster, founder and chairman, Foster LLP. “To meet the needs of an influx of investors seeking lawful permanent residency, we are excited to be adding to our team of highly experienced attorneys in our EB-5 investor section. We believe 2015 will be another landmark year for immigrants investing in the U.S.”

Of eleven attorneys recently added to Foster’s full-service immigration law practice, three attorneys have been added specifically to address immigrant investor matters. By augmenting the firm’s already formidable investor team, the firm continues to demonstrate commitment to the immigrant investor community and believes that their EB-5 investor program offers a uniquely advantageous avenue for immigration to the U.S., while also benefiting our robust economy.

Christian Triantaphyllis has four years of experience focusing his practice on EB-5 and business immigration matters, particularly those related to regional centers and direct investments. Triantaphyllis works with regional centers and real estate developers to setup EB-5 projects throughout the U.S. He specializes in advising businesses and developers structuring prospective EB-5 funding, providing analysis to clients on EB-5 project business plans, securities offering documents and economic reports. Triantaphyllis received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Southern Methodist University and received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Yiting (Dora) Hu has four years of experience counseling immigrant investors through various stages of the EB-5 immigration process. Hu specializes in preparing and filing I-526 and I-829 petitions, assisting EB-5 investors in gaining U.S. permanent residency through adjustment of status and consular processing, and preparing investors for immigrant visa interviews. Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, she is an expert in assisting Chinese EB-5 investors by properly documenting source of funds and navigating the EB-5 process from start to finish. Hu received her LL.B in international economic law from the University of Business and International Economics in Beijing, China, and an LL.M. in comparative law from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law School and is a member of the State Bar of New York.

Jeffrey Thomas has three years of experience counseling foreign investors and entrepreneurs from Latin America in nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters. Fluent in Spanish, Thomas specializes in nonimmigrant visa options for large and small business startups, including E-1 Treaty Trader, E-2 Treaty Investor and L-1 New Office petitions. He has provided immigration counseling to startup businesses in the information technology, international commerce and professional services industries. Thomas is experienced in representing EB-5 investors with direct investment matters and has experience facilitating the international transfer of executive-level employees to the U.S. Thomas received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

“We welcome all of our newest attorneys to our award-winning team of immigration experts and look forward to their many contributions,” continued Foster.