EB5 Investors Magazine "Top 25 issue" Volume 9 Issue 1 | Page 96

David Hirson : A pioneer in the EB-5 industry

By Anayat Durrani

Not many immigration attorneys can say they filed one of the very first EB-5 direct hire investment cases in the U . S . But David Hirson holds that distinction .

Hirson has spent nearly 40 years practicing immigration law with a focus on EB-5 investment . He remembers that first case well and the hope and promise the EB-5 investor program brings for those seeking a pathway to American citizenship . Although , back then , the process was a little quicker .
“ The investor and family were back in my office within six months in conditional residence status under the EB-5 program ,” says Hirson .
In fact , Hirson has been very much a part of the EB-5 program from day one , even if it was by happenstance . In June 1990 , he was in Washington , DC and decided to take a break from an immigration conference , and popped into the Senate to see if anything interesting was going on .
“ Coincidentally , the Senate Judiciary Committee was in session and were debating the merits of having an employment creation visa later to be known as EB-5 ,” says Hirson . “ The speakers were the late Senator Kennedy and Senator Biden .”