Countdown to Seattle: Highlighting Key EB-5 Industry Forum Panels

IIUSA looks forward to welcoming the EB-5 Industry to Seattle, WA this month for the 9th Annual EB-5 Industry Forum. It will be a packed event with excellent educational, business development and networking opportunities. To help you prepare (or encourage you to register) we wanted to highlight some of our key panels, which can be reviewed below.

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Key Panels Include: 

Visa Update with Charlie Oppenheim & Roundtable Discussion

The ever-changing visa update is of critical importance to all aspects and professionals of the EB-5 industry. Hear from the U.S. State Department’s Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control & Reporting Division, who will provide attendees with the most pertinent visa updates, including information on retrogression, final action dates, and predictions for the coming months. IIUSA member panelists will join Mr. Oppenheim to dig deeper and analyze the information in a roundtable discussion from their industry expert perspectives.


  • Irina Rostova, Rostova Westerman Law Group (Moderator)
  • Charles Oppenheim, U.S. Department of State
  • Kristal Ozmun, Miller Mayer
  • David Hirson, David Hirson & Partners

EB-5 Legislative & Regulatory Update: What Now?

The Administration has finalized the EB-5 regulations which will go into effect on November 21, 2018. Attendees in this session will learn exactly what changes are set to occur, how IIUSA and the industry is responding and what you can do to prepare. Panelists will also discuss any legislative action that may be applicable and how this affects the pending implementation of the regulations.


  • Bill Gresser, EB-5 New York State, IIUSA Vice President (Moderator)
  • Bob Kraft, FirstPathway Partners, IIUSA President
  • George McElwee, Commonwealth Strategic Partners
  • Joe McCarthy, American Dream Fund
  • Keith Pemrick, Commonwealth Strategic Partners

Opportunity Zones and EB-5: An Emerging Opportunity?

EB-5 has been around since 1990; Opportunity Zones only since 2017. OZs are designated census tracts in which federal tax liabilities on real estate gains are deferred or eliminated under certain conditions, such as a holding period of seven to ten years. Even though one is an immigration program and the other a federal tax benefit program, they share many similarities. This panel will explore= how the two programs can be combined to improve the viability and profitability of the underlying EB-5 development project.


  • Kyle Walker, Green Card Fund (Moderator)
  • Dave Souders, Todd & Associates, IIUSA Director
  • Coleen Danaher, NES Financial
  • Scott Thompson, American Lending Center

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