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Robert Gaffney
(415) 989-1998
Attorney (Immigration)


601 Montgomery Street, Suite 1114, San Francisco, CA, 94111
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Robert Gaffney

Robert Gaffney


Robert Gaffney received his Juris Doctor degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1980.  Mr. Gaffney is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California and is certified by the California State Bar Association as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Through his law practice in San Francisco, Mr. Gaffney has nearly 30 years of experience counseling a wide range of corporate and individual clients in areas of employment-related, investment, and family-based visa matters.

Mr. Gaffney is rated "AV", the highest such rating for skill and integrity available to individual lawyers, by Martindale-Hubbell, generally recognized within the U.S. legal profession as the most complete and trusted source for identifying qualified legal counsel.  Mr. Gaffney is honored to have been selected through peer-review as one of only 5% of practicing attorney’s selected to the list of Super Lawyers of Northern California.

Mr. Gaffney, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, received his B. A. degree in Chinese Studies, with highest honors, from the University of California in 1973.  He attended the University of Michigan, Center for Chinese Studies as a National Defense Foreign Language Fellow between 1973 and 1976. He is a long-time member of the Association of Asian Studies; a member of the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee; and a regular speaker on the topics of the U.S. legal system, business practices, and immigration through investment to professional and business groups. 

Mr. Gaffney has developed significant expertise and a strong practice focus representing alien entrepreneurs under the “EB-5" visa program.  He is the author of “Country Specific Issues and Challenges in Representing EB-5 Petitioners from the People’s Republic of China”, a leading source of information on this rapidly evolving topic published in Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs, 2nd Edition,  (American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2010).


Speaking Engagements


"H1B to EB-5" Seminar, Phoenix, AZ 

"H1B to EB-5" Seminar, San Jose, CA


“What’s Happening in China? Investor Withdrawal Requests, Agent Marketing, And What It Means For The Market ”, Panelist, EB-5 Industry Forum (AILA & IIUSA) – Chicago, IL

“H-1B to EB-5”, Moderator, Conference – San Jose, CA


“Advanced Source of Funds and Path of Funds Issues”, Panelist/Discussion Leader, American Immigration Lawyers Association 2017 AILA EB-5 Investors Summit – Las Vegas, NV

“Tactics for Dealing with Investors who are Facing a Backlog”, EB-5 & Investment Immigration Convention – San Francisco

“EB-5 Program Update”, 2017 Hurun China Immigrant Investment White Paper Shanghai/Beijing


“US – Vietnam: Enhanced Opportunities for Trade, Investment and Global Mobility after TTP”, Vietnam VTV1 Panel Presentation

“Due Diligence and the EB-5 Program”, Vietnam VTC8 View 24 Interview EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and Developers in San Francisco, Discussion Leader

“China Focused Issues”, EB-5 Investors Summit – Washington DC

“China-Focused Issues”, AILA EB-5 Investors Summit: Representing EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers in a Time of Upheaval

2015 EB-5 Summit in San Francisco, Discussion Leader

“China Issues”, EB-5 Investors Summit: Representing EB-5 Investors and Regional Centers in a Time of Change

“Advanced Issues in Representing Individual Investors”, AILA EB-5 Investors Summit: Representing EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers


“Impacts of Visa Retrogression: Project Structuring, Investor Demand and Exit Strategies”, Third Annual Southern California EB-5 Conference

“Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs and Investors”, Immigration Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers Club & AILA’s Northern California Chapter

“China Issues”, 2014 AILA EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers Conference


“Ethical Issues in EB-5 Practice”, International Law Section Webinar

“Special Issues Inherent in Direct EB-5 Filings”, AILA EB-5 Conference


“EB-5 Foreign Investors”, EB-5 Foreign Investors Seminar


“Lawful Source of Funds and Other Consideration for EB-5 Investors From China, Korea, Russia, Iran and India”, AILA Fall 2009 CLE Conference




"Issues and Approaches to the Preparation of I-526 Petitions for Minor Petitioners", 4th ed., Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs


“Overview of Current Challenges in Representing EB-5 Investors/Entrepreneurs”, 29th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference Handbook


“Can a Minor Child File an EB-5 Petition?”, EB5 Investors Magazine


“Practical Approaches to Lawful Source of Funds Issues” The EB-5 Book, published by


“Country Specific Issues and Challenges in Representing EB-5 Petitioners from the People’s Republic of China”,Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs

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