Episode 8: Interview w/ John Roth, Esq./MBA & Financial Advisor

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Show Notes

​02:05 John Roth's background, education and early work
02:55 Work in Russia in the 90s
03:30 First learning about the EB-5 program
04:20 Providing EB-5 Due Diligence
05:20 About Wharton Business School
05:50 The decision to go to Business School
07:08 About John's time in Russia and Putin (book referenced: http://www.amazon.com/Fragile-Empire-Russia-Vladimir-Putin/dp/0300205228)
08:45 John's Immigration Practice
10:15 Having an office and employees (Employees v. Independent Contractors) 
11:40 Immigration v. Due Diligence Practice
13:00 How John got licensing to provide due diligence
14:22 Issues with attorneys and the S.E.C. 
16:39 How John Roth services for EB-5 Cases for Immigration Attorneys works
18:00 What to watch out for in EB-5 Regional Centers
22:00 Potential changes to the EB-5 program
25:20 Work on E-2s and other areas of immigration law
26:00 What has kept John's interest in immigration law
29:00 Dealing with foreign clients
35:02 Books and Technology that have helped John's practice (Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs: http://agora.aila.org/product/detail/2253)
36:19 How to learn and stay up on the EB-5 program/Mentoring with experienced attorneys
39:30 Software: Filemakers, basecamp, VCITA
42:20 Making a website
43:48 Challenges John has faced in his practice
45:20 Guidance to starting a firm
47:20 Advice to younger self
50:33 Work/Life Balance​

About John Roth, Esq,




John Roth is a 1983 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School of Finance. He has split his career between the law and entrepreneurial business ventures around the world. He has been an immigration attorney and member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

John began to increasingly focus his immigration law practice on the EB-5 visa field in early 2008. At that time, there where only 24 approved regional centers, and only a handful of them were active. Seeing a need for professional, independent advice to help EB-5 investors select a suitable EB-5 project, in 2010 he passed the rigorous Series 7 and Series 63 exams to become an SEC licensed and registered representative of a broker-dealer firm (what does this mean?).

Because the issues of immigration law, finance and securities overlap and are interdependent in so many ways when conducting EB-5 due diligence, John has sought to acquire as broad as possible an understanding of the various sub-fields in the EB-5 world. He has spoken at numerous EB-5 industry events and has published several articles on the legal, financial and securities law aspects of EB-5 project due diligence.

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