EB-5 VISA

Applying for an EB-5 Visa in Miami, FL

Are you a foreign national that’s made significant capital investments in commercial enterprises in Miami or around the U.S.? If so, you and your family are potentially eligible for conditional permanent residence (for up to two years). If the investments are successful, you can permanently live and work in the U.S. To fast-track your application, call today to speak to one of our experienced Miami immigration attorneys to apply for your EB-5 visa today.

General overview

This visa is available to foreign nationals (spouses and unmarried children under 21 years old) who have made capital investments in new “commercial enterprises” or “trouble businesses” in the United States. A commercial enterprise is any and all for-profit activities formed to lawfully conduct business. This ranges from holding companies to joint ventures to partnerships, and can be limited, general, public, or private. You may also invest in a troubled business, which is defined as an enterprise that has been in existence for at least two years and has reported a net loss in the last 12 or 24 months of at least 20% of net worth.

What is an EB-5 Visa?

The EB-5 Visa is a potential method of obtaining a green card for those foreign nationals who have or are willing to invest in a “new commercial enterprise”. The EB-5 visa will allow you and your family (spouses and children under 21) to live in the United States.

The two ways to apply for an EB-5 Visa are:

1. Investment of $900,000 or more in either a rural area or an area of high unemployment:

  • Applied through a Regional Center that has United States government approval to issue EB-5 visas. Please note that the investors must make a payment of $ 900,000 (+$ 50,000.00 administrative fees) in exchange for their American residence (Green Card).

2. Direct Method:

  • An investment of $1,000,000 is made into a new business that can create 10 full-time jobs for a duration of at least 24 months.

To start the application process, you must file Form I-526. Call us today to let our immigration experts in Miami ensure the best possible outcome!

E2 VISA

General information

An E-2 visa is available to investors (defined as a person, partnership, or corporate entity) from “treaty countries” (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation). The investor must meet the following general requirements to be eligible:

  • Must be either a principal investor or an employee in a managerial, executive, or “highly specialized skill capacity”
  • Have citizenship in one of the treaty countries
  • Be coming to the U.S. with the sole aim of directing the enterprise, which can be shown through no less than 50% ownership of the enterprise. Possession of operational control is also a valid means of proof
  • The enterprise has to be either commercial or entrepreneurial and already actively operating. It should be able to generate a positive economic impact for U.S. families

What is a E2 Visa?

This visa grants a stay of initially two years, and can be increased in successive two-year increments with no maximum limit. However, when the status expires, investors must leave. During your time, you may only work in the activity for which the classification was granted. However, investors may work for the treaty organization’s parent company.
Family of investors (spouses and unmarried children under 21) may follow the investor and seek E-2 non-immigrant classification, and will generally be granted the same period of stay.

To file for the E-2 visa, investors in the U.S. lawfully should file a Form I-129 to request a change to E-2 classification. If you are not in the U.S., you must contact an immigration lawyer to begin the application process.

To kick-start your E-2 visa application, contact our Miami immigration lawyers today.

L1 VISA

Applying for a L-1A Visa in Miami, FL

If your employer is a U.S. employer, they can transfer employees who serve in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity from their foreign office to a U.S. branch/office. Another way of utilizing the L-1A visa is if a foreign company is in the process of establishing a U.S. branch. In that case, employees may be sent to the U.S. on this visa. To learn more about how the L-1A visa can benefit your employees or company today, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of immigration attorneys in Miami today.

General information

The L-1A is a non-immigrant visa with the following qualifications.

  • The employer must be an organization where both the U.S. office and foreign office have a corporate relationship where there is a subsidiary, affiliate, parent, or branch relationship. The employer has to already be doing or will be doing regular business in the U.S. and at least one other country during the employee’s time in the U.S
  • The employee should no less than a year of continuous work abroad with the foreign branch within the last three years and be seeking to enter as an executive or a manager

What is a L1 Visa?

This visa grants a stay of initially two years, and can be increased in successive two-year increments with no maximum limit. However, when the status expires, investors must leave. During your time, you may only work in the activity for which the classification was granted. However, investors may work for the treaty organization’s parent company.
Family of investors (spouses and unmarried children under 21) may follow the investor and seek E-2 non-immigrant classification, and will generally be granted the same period of stay.

To file for the E-2 visa, investors in the U.S. lawfully should file a Form I-129 to request a change to E-2 classification. If you are not in the U.S., you must contact an immigration lawyer to begin the application process.

To kick-start your E-2 visa application, contact our Miami immigration lawyers today.

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