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For more than 35 years, immigration attorney Mark Ivener has exclusively practiced immigration law. He has lectured on U.S. immigration law, visas and EB-5 investor Green Cards for organizations such as the World Trade Institute; the International, California and Los Angeles Bar Associations; the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); and Immigration Lawyers on the Web (ILW.com). His books include Handbook of Immigration Law, Volumes I & II; Doing Business in the USA Under Free Trade; Get the Right Visa; A Complete Guide to Getting An American Visa (in Japanese); and Have You Thought About Immigrating to the US? (in Spanish). In addition, he has authored many articles for such publications as the International Law Journal, the Canadian-American Bar Association Newsletter and Business and the Law.
A leader in his field, Mark Ivener is a founder of the National Consortium of Immigration Law Firms (IMMLAW) and the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). He is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Immigration and Naturalization), the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and Chambers Global and USA.
Areas of Practice
- Non-immigrant visas (E-1/E-2, H-1B, H-3/J-I, L-1A, L-1B, O-1, P-1 and TN)
- Immigrant visas (EB-5, PERM Labor Certifications, Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities, Advanced Degrees, Managers & Executives, Skilled Workers, etc.)
- Compliance work (I-9, H-1B, Social Security No-Match Letter Audits)
Mr. Ivener has lectured on EB-5 immigration law for the following organizations:
- "“What if EB-5 Project Fails?” panel, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Biennial EB-5 Conference, Universal City, February 13, 2016.
- ““EB-5 Green Card Program”, International Trade: Global Flows and the Digital Age, 4th Annual California Asian Business Summit, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce, Hilton OC Costa Mesa, California, September 18, 2015.
- ““Three EB-5 Investor Green Cards / E-2 Visas Seminars”, University of Illinois Champaign, April 8-11, 2015.
- ““International Investors and California Wineries GW”, Peninsula Beverly Hills, November 6, 2014.
- ““EB-5 Investor Green Cards”, Destination Los Angeles, Arcadia Association of Realtors, Pasadena, California, Thursday October 2, 2014.
- “"Advanced – Best Practices for Investor Filings", panel at the Southern California EB-5 Conference, Newport Beach, California, Monday July 15, 2013.
- “"Joint – Overview of USCIS Policy Memo", panel at the Southern California EB-5 Conference, Newport Beach, California, Monday July 15, 2013.
- “"EB-5 for Investors", EB-5 Investment Visa Match-Making Forum, City of Industry, California, Friday April 19, 2013.
- “"The EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and Developers" for ILW.com, September 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Ivener gave a speech on "Ethics—How to Avoid Conflicts of Interest and Professional Liability Insurance Considerations".
- ABIL U.S. Investment Visas and Green Cards for Foreign Nationals: SESSION 1: Visa options for individual investors"
- “ABIL Webinar, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, Mr. Ivener gave a presentation on Due Diligence for Regional Center EB-5 Green cases.
- “EB-5 Investor Green Cards,” Los Angeles County Bar Association, EB-5 Seminar, March 20, 2010, Los Angeles, California, Mr. Ivener gave an EB-5 investor Green Card presentation for investors due diligence.
- “EB-5 Regional Center Investments,” National Regional Economic Development Center Chinese Business Summit, January 4, 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada, Mr. Ivener was the main speaker.
- “Investors for Experts,” ILW.com EB-5 Seminar, Los Angeles, California, December 17, 2009, on a panel of speakers.
- “EB-5 Regional Center Investments,” NREDC, July 23, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Ivener was the main speaker.
- “Commercial Real Estate Purchases in the United States & the EB-5 Green Card,” Thai Appraisal Foundation, Monthly Forum, July 21, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Ivener was the main speaker.
- “Immigration Law Practice Success – EB-5 Marketing,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, June 5, 2009. Mr. Ivener was a participant on a panel discussion.
- “Interactive Multi-Jurisdictional Planning for Immigration and Expatriation Visas and EB-5.” The 2nd Annual STEP Pacific Rim Conference, May 8, 2009, Los Angeles, California. Mr. Ivener participated in discussion on immigration EB-5 residency and domicile changes.
- “Growing Your Practice in a Time of Chaos: EB-5 Marketing Options,” American Immigration Lawyers Association 2009 Midyear Conference, January 19, 2009, Aruba.
- “EB-5 Immigrant Investors: Here and Now,” ILW.com Seminar, November 20, 2008.
- “Foreign Nationals Who Should Consider EB-5 Regional Centers” and “Due Diligence Compliance and EB-5 Legal Issues,” Florida EB-5 Foreign Investor Seminar, October 24-25, 2008, Orlando, Florida.
- “Investor Visas Workshop EB-5,” ILW.com Seminar, New York, New York, December 7, 2007.
- “Investor Visas Workshop EB-5,” ILW.com Seminar, Orlando, FL, June 13, 2007.
- “Immigration For Investors: NIVs and IVs EB-5,” ILW.com Seminar, August 24, 2006.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- California State Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- International Bar Association (New York, Munich and Madrid)
- Law Societies of British Columbia and Alberta
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- World Trade Institute (New York, Houston, Chicago and San Francisco)
- Handbook of Immigration Law
- Doing Business in the USA under Free Trade
- Get the Right Visa
- A Complete Guide to Getting an American Visa (in Japanese)
- Have You Thought about Immigrating to the U.S.? (in Spanish)
- "Perm Labor Certification," with David Fullmer, The Immigrant Magazine, July/August, 2008.
- "Visas for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability," The Immigrant Magazine, May/June, 2008.
- "J-1 Visas for Interns and Trainees," The Immigrant Magazine, March/April, 2008.
- "Fast Track Green Cards through Investment," The Immigrant Magazine, January/February, 2008.
- “Immigration to the U.S.: Tax Planning and Fast Track EB-5 Permanent Residency,” with co-author Stephen A. Malley, The California International Law Journal, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2007. (PDF)
- "M&A And Immigration: Deals Can Affect Key Workers' Visa Status, Yet Immigration Compliance Remains An Often Overlooked Aspect Of M&A Due Diligence," Immigration Daily, 7/27/2006 (link)
- "Scrutinize Contractor Hires To Avoid Wal-Mart Problem," Immigration Daily, 7/6/2006 (link)
- "Green Cards Through Investment Typically In Less Than A Year," Immigration Daily, 3/9/2006 (link)
- “M&A and Immigration,” The Deal, September 5, 2005. (PDF)
- Member, The State Bar of California
- Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Founding Member, National Consortium of Immigration Law Firms (www.immlaw.com)
- Founding Member, Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (www.abil.com)
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Mark Ivener and Former US President George W. Bush
EB-5 Immigration Advice On Due Diligence
Mark Ivener, of Ivener and Fullmer LLP, an immigration law firm based in Los Angeles, recently spoke with EB-5 Investment Report’s Aimee Rios about due diligence, its impact on the EB-5 industry and the questions that must be asked.
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Questions and Answers
- Can all of the invested funds be a gift? (13 answers)
- Can I appeal an I-829 denial to USCIS? (7 answers)
- Do I need to invest before the I-526 petition is filed? (3 answers)
- How are EB-5 funds usually returned after I-829 approval? (9 answers)
- How can an EB-5 application be expedited? (5 answers)
- How can an EB-5 investment be split between several businesses? (3 answers)
- How can family members on different visas immigrate under EB-5? (3 answers)
- How can I apply for EB-5 from outside my home country? (3 answers)
- How can I change from E-2 classification to an EB-5 visa? (3 answers)
- How can I stay in the United States for EB-5 if my J-1 visa will expire? (5 answers)
- How can my fiance receive a green card through my EB-5 application? (2 answers)
- How can someone without an employment history apply for EB-5? (7 answers)
- How do investors become permanent residents if EB-5 is a visa program? (4 answers)
- How does an EB-5 investor's family member adjust their status after I-526 approval? (3 answers)
- How many Regional Centers are there? (8 answers)
- How much time it takes to process I-526 Petition? (8 answers)
- How will a spouse's I-485 denial affect an EB-5 investor's I-829? (2 answers)
- How will other EB-5 investors affect my own EB-5 application? (2 answers)
- How would an EB-5 policy change affect submitted I-526 applications? (3 answers)
- I have a Regional Center in Florida. Can I sell it? (3 answers)
- Is an investment in a regional center guaranteed? (8 answers)
- What business ownership percentage is needed to qualify for EB-5? (3 answers)
- What can an EB-5 investor do if they are dissatisfied with project progress? (4 answers)
- What is form I-924? (6 answers)
- What is the fee for Form I-526? (4 answers)
- What is the fee for Form I-829? (4 answers)
- What is the I-829 approval rate for the EB-5 program? (3 answers)
- What is the premium processing fee for EB-5 petitions? (5 answers)
- When is it possible to apply for U.S. citizenship? (6 answers)
- When must a spouse be included on an EB-5 application? (2 answers)
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