Susan Pilcher



Susan Pilcher


Susan L. Pilcher brought her business and investment immigration practice to SGG Immigration LLP in 2014.

Ms. Pilcher’s immigration practice has been devoted substantially to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program since early 2007.   She counsels and represents clients in a diverse range of investment-related immigration matters, ranging from working with entrepreneurs on nonimmigrant status and long-range strategic planning, to preparing I-526 and I-829 petitions and template filings, guiding developers in the preparation of investment offerings suitable for EB-5 funding, developing I-924 Regional Center applications, and counseling Regional Centers and developers on ongoing compliance issues.  Ms. Pilcher’s investment immigration clients have included individual E-2 and EB-5 investors from 40 countries, EB-5 project developers and fund managers, USCIS-designated regional centers, and regional center applicants.

Ms. Pilcher additionally has extensive experience with both routine and complex consular processing and border adjudications, and with servicing the business immigration needs of large and small companies, including hospitals, a Fortune fastest growing company, and large multinational enterprises.  A widely published author and frequent speaker on investment immigration topics, Ms. Pilcher’s background includes over 20 years of immigration practice and several years of commercial law practice and law teaching (including immigration law).

Ms. Pilcher earned her J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School, where she was managing editor of the Stanford Law Review and was awarded a prize for her legal research and writing.  After law school, she served as a judicial law clerk with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.


Speaking Engagements

  • “Representing Clients in Failed or Fraudulent Projects,” AILA EB-5 Investors Summit (AILA 2017)
  • “EB-5 Investor Visa Update,” 30th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference (AILA 2017)
  • “EB-5 Litigation,” 5th Annual EB-5 Market Exchange (IIUSA 2015)
  • “Investing Cash from Loan Proceeds,” California EB-5 Conference (EB-5 Investors Magazine 2015)
  • “Aboard the Luxury Cruise Liner: EB-5,” 15th Annual AILA NY Chapter Immigration Law Symposium (AILA NY Chapter 2013)
  • “I-829 Removal of Conditions,” The EB-5 Summit for Attorneys & Developers (ILW 2012)
  • “Winning the End Game: Removal of Conditions,” AILA EB-5 Conference (AILA 2011 – 2012)
  • “Hot Topics in EB-5 Practice,” International Venture Capital Workshop (ILW/USAdvisors 2012)
  • Speaker, AILA EB-5 Conferences (2009 – 2011)



  • Associate Editor, Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs (AILA 4th ed. 2019, AILA 3d ed. 2014, AILA 2d ed. 2010)
  • Editorial Board, IIUSA Regional Center Business Journal (2016 – present)
  • Editorial Board, EB-5 Investors Magazine (2015 – 2018)
  • Author, Preserving the EB-5 Option for the Entrepreneur: Strategic Considerations for Startup Counsel, Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs (AILA 4th ed. 2019, AILA 3d ed. 2014)
  • Co-author, EB-5 Site Visits and Regional Center Compliance: Operating with Vigilance, Integrity and Transparency, Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs (AILA 4th ed. 2019)
  • Co-author, The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program: Recent Developments and Trends in Investor Representation and Pointers for the Newer Practitioner, 30th Annual AILA California Chapters CLE: Conference Handbook (AILA 2017); Updated and republished, 2017 AILA EB-5 Investors Summit (AILA 2017)
  • Author, Loan Proceeds as Capital: Practice Advisory on USCIS “Indebtedness” Policy, EB-5 Investors Magazine (November 2015)
  • Author, Preserving the EB-5 Option for the Entrepreneur: Strategic Considerations for Startup Counsel, Immigration options for Investors and Entrepreneurs (AILA 3d ed. 2014)
  • Co-author, I-526, Immigrant Petition for Alien Entrepreneur, AILA Immigration Forms Toolbox, 2013-14 ed. (AILA 2013)
  • Co-author, I-829, Petition to Remove Conditions, AILA Immigration Forms Toolbox, 2013-14 ed. (AILA 2013)
  • Author, Permanent Residence Without Labor Certification: Using the EB-1 and EB-2 Classifications for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs, Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs 91 (AILA 2d ed. 2010)
  • Co-author, Practical Guidance in Preparing I-526 and I-829 Petitions (AILA 2017, 2014, 2010)



  • Stanford Law School, Juris Doctor with distinction
  • Smith College, A.B. in Music


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts