Joseph “Joey” Barnett is a partner at the firm and a member of its EB-5 and business immigration practices. He is licensed as an attorney in Illinois, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia, and practices exclusively in immigration and nationality law.
Mr. Barnett has extensive experience representing immigrant investors seeking permanent residency in the United States through USCIS-designated Regional Centers and investment in their own businesses. Mr. Barnett also counsels U.S. businesses and developers in creating, managing, and using Regional Centers for the receipt of EB-5 capital to create jobs for U.S. workers.
He currently serves on the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Benefits Litigation Committee and is a former member of the IIUSA Editorial Board. Mr. Barnett was selected by industry peers as a Top 5 Rising Star in EB-5 in 2019 and a Top 25 Attorney in 2023. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.
Mr. Barnett’s practice includes the representation of foreign nationals under other employment-based green card categories, such as executive and managerial transferees in multinational companies as well as researchers, professors, medical professionals, engineers, musicians and artists, media and public relations professionals, and others with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.
Mr. Barnett is also responsible for a variety of other immigration matters, including temporary work visas (B-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1, O-1, P-1), F-1 reinstatements, administrative appeals, and federal writ of mandamus lawsuits and APA actions against the U.S. government.