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Angelo Paparelli
Attorney (Immigration)


333 S. Hope Street | Suite 3900 , Los Angeles, CA, 90071-1406
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Angelo Paparelli

Angelo Paparelli


Seyfarth’s EB-5 Team is led by Angelo Paparelli, one of the nation’s preeminent immigration attorneys and repeatedly ranked among the top 25 EB-5 attorneys by EB-5 Investors Magazine, and Gregory White, a partner with over 25 years of experience in securities and corporate finance. Our audit and investigative response team is headed by Chris Robertson, a former senior counsel with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in Washington D.C. The team is supported by a network of experienced attorneys across our national platform and in China.

Our Capabilities

  • Obtaining U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) designated Regional Center for project pre-approvals and amendments (Form I-924) and Annual Reporting (Form I-924A)

  • Advising developers and other sponsors on the appropriate EB-5 vehicle and capital structure based on their business and fundraising objectives

  • Advising Regional Centers, broker-dealers and others on SEC and FINRA compliance to minimize regulatory roadblocks and provide investor protections

  • Representing investors in connection with the direct EB-5 job-creation program and with investments in qualifying Regional Center projects

  • Advising Regional Centers, project developers, private equity firms and other business entities in understanding, achieving and maintaining compliance with federal immigration laws and federal and state securities laws, including exemptions from registration and investor disclosures in private placement memoranda


Our EB-5 Difference

  • Angelo Paparelli, co-chair of our EB-5 Team is recognized as one of the most renowned immigration attorneys in the United States with top rankings by Chambers and Legal 500. Chambers has given him its highest accolade as first listing under Band 1, noting that Angelo is regarded as ”a real powerhouse and a thought leader.” 

  • Gregory White, co-chair of our EB-5 Team, serves on IIUSA’s Banking Committee, working to address important issues within the EB-5 industry.

  • Ranked among the top immigration practices in the United States by Chambersand Legal 500.

  • Angelo Paparelli is recognized by EB5Investors Magazine in their 2014 and 2015 annual list of Top 25 EB-5 Immigration Attorneys. 

  • Angelo Paparelli serves as the discussion leader for ILW.COM’s “EB-5 Roundtable” telephone seminar series, offered every month since January 2013.

  • Members of our EB-5 Team collaborated to edit and write articles in “The EB-5 Book 3rd Edition” (ILW.COM, March 2015; Angelo Paparelli, Editor). 

  • Members of our EB-5 Team collaborated to write and publish “Forming and Operating an EB-5 Regional Center: A Guide for Developers and Business Innovators” (ILW.COM, May 2014; Angelo Paparelli, Lead Editor). 

  • An active office in Shanghai, China to give on-the-ground advice and representation. 

  • Leading complementary practices include real estate, finance, corporate and construction practices to serve the needs of EB-5 projects and their developers.



2010 AILA Edith Lowenstein Award for Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law :

2009 Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year Award :


Mr. Paparelli is a partner in the Immigration Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A Certified Immigration Law Specialist (CA), he is known among clients and peers for providing creative solutions to complex immigration law problems, especially those involving mergers and acquisitions. He also serves as an expert witness and consultant on immigration issues arising in litigation. 

Angelo A. Paparelli, a partner in the 800-lawyer firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP, practices immigration law in Los Angeles and New York. His practice covers the full range of immigration law issues with special emphasis in employment-based immigration, particularly the H-1B, L-1 EB-5 and E-2 visa categories, immigration worksite4 compliance and defense of employers in government investigations, and the immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions and other forms of corporate restructuring. Angelo is the founder and a past President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, a 40-member worldwide alliance of leading immigration firms. With an immigration career spanning more than 35 years, he has substantial experience in helping businesses and families obtain immigration benefits and advising and defending employers in U.S. immigration compliance and enforcement actions. A Certified Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist (State Bar of CA Board of Legal Specialization), Angelo has been rated three times as the World’s Leading Corporate Immigration Lawyer in annual peer rankings of the International Who’sWho of Corporate Lawyers, and as a Star Individual in Immigration Law – the highest rating – by Chambers and Partners in several annual rankings. A 2010 recipient of the Edith Lowenstein Award for advancing the practice of immigration law, he also blogs on solutions to America's dysfunctional immigration system at and served as the Lead Editor of Forming and Operating an EB-5 Regional Center: A Guide for Developers and Business Innovators (ILW, May 2014), and Editor, with Matt Gordon and L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, The EB-5 Book 2014-2015 Edition (ILW, April, 2015). 


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