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Joseph Whalen
716-604-4233 or 716-768-6506


238 Ontario St., #6
Buffalo, New York 14207
United States
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EB-5 Project Research, Due Diligence & Analysis, Business Plan Development, Business Valuation, Immigration Consulting , Due Diligence, Business Strategy
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Joseph Whalen

I provide highly-individualized training based on consultation with my clients. I serve Regional Center Principals and their counsel as well as prospective EB-5 investors who wish to learn to LOOK before they LEAP! I am not an attorney myself although I have trained numerous attorneys and INS/USCIS adjudicators in complex issues within immigration and nationality law. I do not prepare forms, write business plans, or create economic analyses. I do review them for clients prior to submission, check for errors, and suggest corrections.

I highly recommend that my clients get as deep of an understanding of EB-5 and especially the Role of the Regional Center before moving forward or selecting anyone to prepare a submission or manage a Regional Center for them.  

 DISCLAIMER: Work is performed by a non-attorney independent business consultant.  It is the client's responsibility to have any and all non-attorney work products checked by an attorney and investment professional(s).


Joseph Whalen

Independent Consultant Offering Articles & Comments here for free.  Also available for specific and general consultation, research, individual and/or group training--materials and presentation made to order.

I am not an attorney. I am a former government employee who is familiar with the INA. My education is in Anthroplogy with a concentration in Archaeology and have both a BA (from SUNY Buffalo) and an MA (from San Francisco State University) in Anthroplogogy. I previously worked as an Archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service before becoming an Adjudicator with INS which became USCIS.

I found at that time that if I stayed with archaeology in the Forest Service, I'd probably have to wait 20 years for someone to retire or die in order to move up the carrer ladder. INS (and later USCIS)  seemed much faster (and it was). Also, archaeology is a branch of anthroplogy which suited my interest in other cultures while the subdiscipline of archaeology that I followed involved processes and statistical analyses. My training in processual archaeology helped me understand the complexities of the INA. In addition, working for the Forest Service forced me to learn a great deal about the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as well as the underlying statutes. For the random archaeologist who stumbles across this, I am well versed in NHPA, NEPA, and CEQA as well as the INA and numerous Precedents.

The INA subjects (benefits) and/or forms in which I am well versed include:  EB-5 Immigrant Investor issues, Regional Centers, Naturalization, Citizenship claims, adjustment, extension, and change of status; immigration adoption issues; numerous complex stautory definitions, inadmissibility, deportaion,  and removal grounds; N-300, N-336, N-400, N-470, N-565, N-600, N-600K, N-648, I-290B,  I-129, I-129F, I-130, I-140, I-360, I-485, I-526, and I-829, among others.

I shall be posting articles and entertaining questions from time to time, please join in the discussions. 

I can read a smattering of key legal words and phrases in several languages other than English but am not conversant in any other language.

I am indicating "Practice Areas" BUT do not confuse these as "legal practice areas". I am not an attorney or a CPA or an Economist or anything else but an Op-Ed Contributor, Commentator, and a TRAINER with a proven track-record.