Mr. Reza Rahbaran is a frequent speaker on television networks, answering complex immigration questions as an EB-5 and U.S. sanctions expert. He advises regional centers on developing new projects that qualify for EB-5 investments in multiple industries, including the creation of new regional centers, existing regional centers, and individual investors. Reza Rahbaran implements internal compliance practices for regional centers that address ongoing immigration and sanctions regulations. He also advises foreign nationals on immigration under the EB-5 regional program, with particular focus on countries that fall under U.S. trade sanctions regulations and currency restrictions. In this capacity, he works extensively on issues arising before the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”).
In his trade sanctions practice, Reza Rahbaran represents both private individuals and entities in a variety of matters before OFAC, seeking not only to protect their rights in current legal matters, but also to make certain that they are informed and aware of what it takes to comply with U.S. trade sanctions. His representations before OFAC frequently involve investigations concerning violations of the Iranian Transactions Regulations, Presidential Executive Orders, and Syrian sanctions. As part of these representations, Reza Rahbaran removes individual names from OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals list, procures OFAC specific licenses to engage in transactions prohibited by OFAC, drafts voluntary self-disclosures, develops and implements OFAC compliance programs for regional centers, and provides general counseling on OFAC related matters.
A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association, Reza Rahbaran has been admitted to the bars of New York State and the District of Columbia. He is fluent in Farsi, Mandarin Chinese, French, Russian, Portuguese, and Arabic.