Boca Raton Attorney Facilitates EB-5 Visas for Investors
Demystifying the Visa Process for International Business People
The EB-5 visa is an excellent option for international investors looking to live and work in the United States. And for many investors, it is essential to be physically located in the country to oversee business interests. Yet, the EB-5 visa is one of the most difficult and expensive to obtain, requiring significant amounts of documentation. At the Law Offices of Grant Kaplan, our immigration attorneys provide step-by-step support, ensuring your petition is correct and complete. Principal attorney Grant Kaplan has more than 25 years of experience helping investors navigate the visa system, so you can focus on your business.
Who is eligible for the EB-5 visa?
Officially known as the Immigrant Investor Program, the EB-5 visa is aimed at growing the U.S. economy by promoting capital investment among foreign investors. Generally, to qualify as an investor, you must take an active role in the business and show:
- A capital investment of $1 million ($500,000 in a high unemployment area); and
- That the venture will create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers within two years of the investor receiving conditional permanent resident status.
In addition to giving investors conditional permanent resident status, the visa also allows investors’ spouses to work in the U.S. and for their unmarried children under the age of 21 to attend American schools.
This is a very simple overview of the EB-5 visa requirements; there are numerous caveats and qualifications. For example, investors can be credited with preserving jobs, rather than creating them, only in a troubled business. As you might imagine, “troubled business” has its own lengthy definition. What is clear is that you should not wade through the complexities of American immigration law alone. With offices located in Boca Raton, Florida, our skilled immigration lawyers have successfully guided hundreds of business people through the visa process.
What is considered a capital investment?
For the purposes of the EB-5 visa, your capital investment can include:
- Other tangible property
- Cash equivalents, and indebtedness secured by assets owned by the Investor
Your investment will be valued at fair-market value in United States dollars, and cannot be borrowed capital. To support your petition, you will need to supply business plans, an economic analysis, and documentation that you own the capital invested. What’s more, the U.S. government may subject your EB-5 petition to even greater scrutiny because of this category’s history of fraud and misuse. It is essential to have a savvy legal advocate by your side that is well-versed in the intricacies of the EB-5 visa. Trust our immigration lawyers to work closely with accountants and corporate attorneys to meticulously prepare your petition and ensure it is adequately supported.
Premier Florida immigration attorneys offer experienced advocacy with a personalized approach
Each individual is unique, and requires a distinct approach to their visa petition. Our immigration attorneys know the challenges the U.S. immigration system poses. Through years of experience, we have calibrated our legal technique for maximum effectiveness, helping people throughout the world. Principal attorney, Grant Kaplan, is available to travel to foreign embassies and consulates as needed. Call our office at 561-347-8440 or contact us online for a free consultation to determine which visa or green card option is right for you. Our office is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency situations.