CLE = “EB-5 Roundtable with USCIS Deputy Chief and Senior Economist”

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The International Practice Section of the WSBA is organizing a lunchtime CLE on Tuesday, May 23, with the Deputy Chief and Senior Economist of the Immigrant Investor Program of the USCIS.  The program will be held at the offices of Garvey Schubert Barer.

During the program, USCIS officials will provide EB-5 program updates and recent developments in the EB-5 program.  The second half of the program will be dedicated to Q&A with the USCIS officers. Registered participants will also have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the program which will be addressed during the program.

Lunch is provided for this CLE.

Date & Time:
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
11:30 am – 12:00 pm  Registration, checking in, and getting lunch
12:00 pm – 12:05 pm  Welcome, Opening Remarks by Host and Moderator, Introductions of Speakers
12:05 pm – 12:30 pm  EB-5 Program Updates, Julia Harrison, Deputy Chief, IPO
12:30 pm –   1:05 pm  Roundtable Discussion regarding EB-5 Program
– Gregg Rodgers (Moderator), Garvey Schubert Barer
– Julia Harrison, Deputy Chief, IPO
– Jan Lyons, Senior Economist, IPO
1:05 pm –   1:30 pm  Audience Q&A

Garvey Schubert Barer
Second & Seneca Building
1191 Second Avenue, 18th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101-2939 (MAP)

Moderator: Gregg Rodgers, Shareholder, Garvey Schubert Barer
Presenter: Julia Harrison, Deputy Chief, Immigrant Investor Program
Presenter: Jan Lyons, Senior Adviser for Economics, Immigrant Investor Program

Law & Legal Procedure: 1.5

Free for IPS members
$40 for non-IPS members
$18.75 for law students

Registration is open but space will be limited.  We would appreciate hearing from you beforehand to ensure that enough seats are available.

RSVP by mailing or faxing the registration FORM;


Julia L. Harrison was named as the Deputy Chief of the Immigrant Investor Program Office in July of 2014.  Julia brings more than 20 years of experience with INS and USCIS, and a wealth of program and operational experience to IPO.  Most recently she served for four years as the Chief, Operations Division within Field Operations Directorate.  There, she led four branches in developing and implementing national policy, operational guidance, and training in many areas of immigration law including citizenship, family based immigration, national security, fraud detection & international adoption.  Julia previously served USCIS in many other capacities, including as the Field Office Director in Seattle, Washington for seven years, and prior to that, as a Supervisory Port Director and Supervisory Immigration Inspector.

Jan Lyons is the Senior Adviser for Economics for the Immigrant Investor Program of USCIS.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Lyons served as the Division Chief for Economics and was responsible for the direction and management of the Economics Division, including the supervision of a staff 30 economists and 6 supervisory economists in the due diligence review and adjudication of regional center proposals.  Before joining the government in 2004, Mr. Lyons worked in investment banking and municipal finance for over 20 years. This work included the economic and financial analysis of funding for large-scale infrastructure projects.  His portfolio includes work supporting over $11 billion in financing.  Mr. Lyons holds degrees in Economics from both Northwestern University and the University of London.

Gregg Rodgers is an owner in the Seattle office of Garvey Schubert Barer, a full-service law firm of more than 100 attorneys with offices in Beijing, New York, Portland, Seattle and Washington, D.C.  He is the chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice Group.  He concentrates his practice on the areas of immigration (business, healthcare professionals, and families) and employment law.  Mr. Rodgers provides legal advice to individuals, business owners, managers, and executives on each of these areas.  He conducts audits and advises clients on Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance.  He also conducts training sessions for clients, trade associations, and educational groups, on immigration and Form I-9 issues.