John B. Kern International Law LLC
334 E. Bay St., Ste. 246
Charleston, SC 29401
Toll Free from the US:
+1 (843) 730 1133
From the UK & Europe:
+44 (0) 203 411 9600
Via degli Aceri, 14
Rep. of San Marino
+378 (0549) 911-007
Since 1990, the United States has invited High-Net-Worth individuals from around the world to become citizens through the EB-5 program tailored to provide immediate conditional permanent residency in consideration of a properly structured American investment beginning at $500,000. Several European countries have similar programs, including Portugul, Spain, San Marino, Greece and Bulgaria. Mr. Kern guides and advises investor-immigrants on the detailed workings of these programs.
Beginning in 2001, Mr. Kern was local counsel and later lead counsel in a prominent case brought on behalf of 60 families to protect their EB-5 interests after the US government threatened to terminate their residency. Having worked with investors from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, India, Canada, Italy Mr. Kern has advised many families of investors and those hosting investments.
In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Kern was asked by the Minister of the Interior of Greece to develop investment-based programs for residency and citizenship. His work resulted in a new statute providing for inbound investors to secure residency in Europe. Mr. Kern has also consulted the governments of Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Ireland and the Republic of San Marino on international law matters.
In November 2013, Mr. Kern addressed investors and their advisors at a major conference in Hong Kong on the subject of tax-related issues surrounding immigration to the US under the EB-5 and other similar programs. He will be returning to this conference in 2018.
In 2015, Mr. Kern represented a Californian developer in resolving a dispute that emerged with a group of disident immigrant-investors in Shanghai. The problems were resolved and the project successfully funded and situated in Lake Tahoe, California.
For many years, Mr. Kern has been the U.S. State Department's designee in South Carolina to address international legal disputes involving the abduction of children across national boundaries.