EB-5 Investor Visas

By: Quan Law  09-12-2011
Keywords: Immigration Services, Citizenship And Immigration, Green Card

FosterQuan, LLP's Investor Visa Group is dedicated to advising clients on how investment offers the opportunity to immigrate to the United States - whether for themselves, their family or key employees. The group's attorneys are highly skilled business immigration advisors experienced at achieving immigration objectives through investment transactions. The Investor Visa Group's services are organized around 4 major practice areas.

1. Non-Immigrant Investor Visas

The Investor Visa Group is highly experienced at planning and executing temporary non-immigrant visas to provide clients with proper work visa status in the United States - acting successfully before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Consulates abroad.

The Investor Visa Group clients frequently select flexible non-immigrant visas such as the L visa for the opening of a new office in the United States, or E treaty trader or treaty investor visas, to permit clients to establish a new investment enterprise in the United States. Our attorneys are accomplished at resolving the challenges posed in planning and documenting these sophisticated visas. Our clients especially value our creative problem solving approach, and our ability to complete cases on a timely basis.

2. EB-5 Immigrant Visas Filed Through Your Own Company

FosterQuan, LLP has been a leader in immigrant investor visa petitions since the introduction of the EB-5 green card category in 1990. Under this petition, foreign investors contributing $500,000 to $1,000,000 to a new enterprise that they own and manage, and who directly create 10 new full-time jobs for local workers, are granted green card (i.e., permanent resident) status in the United States for 2 years. A second petition is then required within 2 years to obtain green card status without conditions.

Attorneys of the Investor Visa Group use their expertise to counsel clients on the three most significant issues relating to individual immigrant investor visas: the source of the funds invested in the company; the investor's ownership and actual management of the new company, and the creation of at least 10 new full-time jobs for local workers. Our keen understanding of immigrant investor petitions enable us to often find novel solutions to the complex questions of finance, corporate structures and investment planning that are essential to immigrant investor cases.

3. EB-5 Immigrant Visas File Through a Regional Center

The Investor Visa Group at FosterQuan, LLP has been highly successful at advising individual clients on the burgeoning number of EB-5 investor green card petitions filed through Regional Centers.

Regional Centers are businesses authorized by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) to support foreign investors in their green card petitions, and to develop and manage such investments in a specific location in the U.S. Generally, Regional Centers require investments of $500,000. There are over 50 USCIS-approved Regional Centers.

Regional Centers offer foreign investors several benefits, including enabling the pooling investments; using indirect job creation in the community to establish that 10 jobs were created, and having investments managed by the Regional Center - while still maintaining investor oversight.

Attorneys of the Investor Visa Group are sought by clients to act as detailed guides to the complex process of understanding the immigration steps involved in a Regional Center petition, and in understanding what risks and benefits each Regional Center offers investors from an immigration point of view. Investor team attorneys also analyze a client's potential assets to determine the most effective source of funds. When the initial investment has been completed, FosterQuan will prepare and file all necessary immigrant visa petitions before USCIS or a U.S. Consulate abroad.

4. Development of Regional Centers

The Investor Visa Group at FosterQuan has also successfully advised private entrepreneurs and local governments on how to create a USCIS-approved Regional Center. Regional Centers not only offer foreign investors a chance to immigrate, they also serve as springboards for attracting foreign investors to a community and creating local jobs. Our attorneys have been at the forefront of developing and structuring Regional Centers to comply with USCIS requirements, and successfully applying to USCIS for approval.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Citizenship And Immigration, Citizenship And Immigration Services, Green Card, Immigrant Visas, Immigration Services

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Temporary Work Visa

Other visa categories require that a petition first be filed by the foreign national or his employer and approved by the Department of Homeland Security's US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a port-of-entry in the United States, such as an international airport, a seaport or a land border crossing.


Naturalization and Citizenship

The applicant must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the five years prior to the date of filing of the application and must have resided for at least three months within the state in which the application if filed. All naturalization applicants will be fingerprinted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and have their criminal backgrounds reviewed by the FBI.


U.S. Permanent Residency

Permanent resident or 'green card' status allows an individual to live permanently in the United States with the right of employment and the ability to travel in and out of the U.S. Immigrant visas are primarily available in four basic categories.



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