I am an experienced investor visa attorney who helps foreign nationals obtain a US green card by investment. I combine my business law and immigration law experience to represent you throughout the entire investment immigration USA process, including initial investment planning, transaction structuring, contract drafting, and your investor visa application. I listen to your short and long-term goals to advise you on the best investor visa for your specific needs. I design and execute your personalized entrepreneur visa USA strategy. My investor visa USA services, include:
The EB-5 investor green card is a great option for individuals with significant financial resources. An EB-5 investor visa may be the fastest way for you to obtain permanent residence in the US, if you do not have a US employer or family member who can sponsor you for a US green card or visa. I have the experience to help you successfully navigate the EB-5 investor visa USA program.
To qualify for an EB-5 green card by investment, you must invest at least $500,000 or $1,000,000, depending on the geographic area, into a US enterprise that will employ 10 full-time US workers. You may also invest in specifically designated investment projects, known as Regional Centers, which will indirectly create employment for 10 US workers. As an EB-5 investor you do not have to be involved in the day-to-day operation of the business, but you are not allowed to be an entirely passive investor. The funds you invest must be at risk. It is critical that you be able to demonstrate a lawful source of your investment funds.
Alternatively, you may choose to invest in your own commercial enterprise. If you are an entrepreneur with a specific business idea, this may be the best entrepreneur visa USA option for you. You may invest in any enterprise to qualify for an EB-5 US green card by investment as long as the commercial enterprise creates 10 jobs for US workers. If you choose the Direct Investment route, I have the experience to effectively represent you through the entire entrepreneur visa USA process, including your company formation, investment related transactions, and your EB-5 investor visa application.
The E-2 visa is a great option if you lack the funds for an EB-5 investment but would still like to invest in a US enterprise and obtain a visa. It may be the best option for you if you are an entrepreneur with a business idea you would like to develop in the US.
The E-2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa, meaning it does not lead to permanent residence. If processed at a US consulate, the visa can be valid for up to 5 years. After expiration of the visa, you will have to renew it to continue to be able to work and reside in the US. However, the E-2 visa can be renewed indefinitely, which makes it one of the best entrepreneur visa USA options.
As your investment immigration USA attorney, I represent you throughout the entire E-2 visa process, from the initial investment transactions to your E-2 visa application.
The EB-1-A category is one of the fastest ways of obtaining a green card because you do not need a job offer from a US employer and do not have to go through the lengthy PERM Labor Certification process. In order to qualify for an EB-1A green card, you must be able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim.
To qualify for an E-2 visa you must meet the following requirements:
Although the L-1 visa is generally used for intracompany transfers of employees, it is also a viable option for investors from non-treaty countries who cannot qualify for an E-2 visa or an EB-5 green card. If you are the owner of a foreign company which does not have a US subsidiary or other affiliated office, you can transfer a manager or executive of your company, including yourself, to the United States to establish a new US office. This makes the L-1 visa a great entrepreneur visa USA option.
The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa, meaning it is issued for a limited duration. If you are entering the US on an L-1A visa to establish a new office, you will be granted a maximum initial stay of 1 year. You may extend your stay by 2 years, and may continue to do so until you reach your maximum time of 7 years in L-1A status. Unlike the E-2 visa, an L-1 visa is a dual intent visa which allows you to apply for a green card in the US through the adjustment of status process. For example, an L-1A manager or executive may qualify for an EB-1-C Multinational Manager green card.
I rely on my cross-border transaction, foreign direct investment, and international subsidiary formation experience to provide legal advice and guidance through the entire L-1A investment immigration USA process.
To qualify for an L-1A new office investor visa there are several requirements for both you and the company:
First, your company must establish a new US affiliate office and make all necessary investments to commence doing business in the US. I have the necessary foreign direct investment experience to help you plan and structure your company’s US expansion. Once your new US office is established, your company files a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, on your behalf with USCIS. Once approved, your case is transferred to a US consulate or embassy where you can apply for your L-1A investment immigration USA visa.
I combine my immigration and business law experience to advise real estate developers in obtaining USCIS Regional Center designations. I conduct extensive planning and due diligence to ensure the right project structure for your business and industry needs. I represent you throughout the lifecycle of your development project. This includes representation in all corporate transactions and USCIS compliance and applications, including preparation and filing of Form I-924, Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program. If your project experiences any problems or delays, I advise on restructuring and recapitalization, and devise strategic solutions to maintain your USCIS Regional Center designation.
In addition to my investment immigration USA services, I also work with foreign legal counsel and global mobility professionals to help you obtain a second citizenship or residence in many international countries through investment. Although the US does not formally recognize dual citizenship, it also does not make you forfeit your US citizenship if you take up residence or citizenship in another country. Numerous US citizens hold dual citizenship.
Many countries worldwide have established citizenship and residence by investment programs, similar to the US EB-5 investment immigration USA program. For example, in Europe, countries like Cyprus and Malta offer citizenship for qualifying investors, while Greece, Portugal, and Bulgaria provide valuable European Union (EU) residence if you meet specific investment criteria. If you do not want to venture as far as Europe, several Caribbean nations close to the US, including Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts and Nevis also provide citizenship by investment programs. I help you analyze the various programs based on your short and long-term goals, and assist you in determining the best program for your and your family’s specific needs. I use my extensive global contacts to help make your second citizenship or residence dreams a reality.
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