How to Get Citizenship by Investment in the United States: Step-by-Step

How to Get Citizenship by Investment in the United States: Step-by-Step Guide

People are often surprised to learn that there are routes for foreign investors and entrepreneurs to get citizenship by investment in the United States.

 

The United States has multiple investment-based visa categories that can lead to lawful permanent residency (a green card) and can eventually lead to U.S. citizenship.

 

In this guide, I’m going to discuss how to get citizenship by investment in the United States.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m very responsive to emails and would be happy to answer your questions.

 

 

Overview:

 

1. Introduction to US Citizenship by Investment

2. Citizenship by Investment Through EB-5 Visa

3. Citizenship by Investment Through E2 Visa

4. Citizenship by Investment Through EB1C Visa

5. Conclusion

 

1. Introduction to US Citizenship by Investment

 

The United States has visa categories for investors to live and work in the USA based on making an investment in a US company. These visa categories can be divided into 2 main groups: 1. Immigrant visas and 2. Non-immigrant visas.

 

Immigrant visas lead to lawful permanent residence (a green card). Conversely, non-immigrant visas are temporary and do not directly lead to a green card.

 

The 2 main investment-based visa categories are the EB-5 visa and the E2 visa. The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa and the E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa.

 

Citizenship

 

It is very important to know that there is no visa category that directly gives you citizenship to the United States. To become a US citizen, you must go through the process of naturalization. Naturalization is only available to lawful permanent residents (green card holders). So as a general overview, the process of getting citizenship by investment in the United States actually requires you to first get become a lawful permanent resident and then naturalize when you are eligible to.

 

2. Citizenship by Investment Through EB-5 Visa

 

Introduction

 

The EB-5 visa is an investment-based immigrant visa. Because the EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa, successful applicants are eligible to get a green card for themselves, their spouse, and their unmarried children under 21 years old.

 

The general idea of the EB-5 visa is that it requires you to invest at least $1.8 million into a US company. In some cases, the EB-5 rules allow you to invest a reduced amount of $900,000. Also, your investment must lead to the creation of 10 full-time jobs for US workers. Based on this investment, you qualify for a US green card.

 

EB-5 Visa Requirements

 

The EB-5 visa has 6 basic requirements:

 

  1. Invest in a New Commercial Enterprise
  2. Invest a minimum of $1.8 million (or $900,000) in the New Commercial Enterprise
  3. Your investment must lead to the creation of 10 full-time jobs for US workers
  4. Your investment must be “at-risk”
  5. Your investment funds must have been obtained lawfully
  6. You must engage in the management of the new commercial enterprise.

 

 

1. Invest in a New Commercial Enterprise

 

What is a New Commercial Enterprise?

 

A new commercial enterprise is a for-profit business that was formed after November 29, 1990, that conducts lawful-activities.

 

  • For-profit means that the business’s purpose is to generate a profit. Examples of businesses that would not meet this requirement include non-profit organizations.

 

  • The business must be engaged in lawful activities. [nothing illegal]

 

  • In some cases, businesses formed on or before November 29, 1990 will qualify as “New Commercial Enterprises.”

 

Examples of Qualifying Investments:

  • Starting a business
  • Purchasing an existing business
  • Investing in a regional center
  • Invest in an existing business

 

 2. Invest a minimum of $1.8 Million in the New Commercial Enterprise

 

As an EB-5 investor, you are required to invest a minimum of $1.8 million dollars in the business you choose to invest in.

 

There is an exception which allows you to invest a reduced amount of $900,000 if the business you invest in is located in a Targeted Employment Area.

 

  • Targeted employment areas are areas of high unemployment or ‘rural areas’ as defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act.

 

3. Investment Must Lead to the Creation of 10 Full-Time Jobs for U.S. Workers

 

Your investment must create 10 full-time jobs for qualified workers.

 

  • Full time means at least 35 hours per week
  • Qualified workers include U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and other immigrants authorized to work in the US

 

4. Investment Must be At Risk

 

Your funds must actually be committed to the EB-5 business. The funds must resemble an investment and not a debt arrangement.

 

Your funds must be subject to gain or loss. This means that you cannot be guaranteed a return on your investment.

 

5. Lawful Source of Investment Funds

 

Your investment funds must have been obtained lawfully. The funds cannot be earned through any unlawful/illegal activity.

 

The lawful source of investment funds will be proven by submitting various documents including tax returns and bank statements along with your EB-5 petition.

 

Your investment funds can come from a gift or inheritance, but you will have to show how the funds were obtained lawfully by the party gifting or bequeathing the funds.

 

6. Engage in the Management of the New Commercial Enterprise

 

To qualify for an EB-5 visa, you are required to engage in the management of the EB-5 business. This requirement is to ensure that the EB-5 investor isn’t just a passive investor.

 

You can prove that you have sufficient engagement in the management of the EB-5 project in either of two ways:

 

  1. You can show that you are engaged in the day to day management of the business.

 

  1. You can show that you are engaged in the policy formation of the business.

 

You can prove that you have sufficient engagement in the management by submitting a statement of your job title and your job duties.

 

If you are investing in a regional center, you will likely be classified as a limited partner. You can prove that you sufficiently engagement in management of the business by showing that you have the rights typically given to limited partners, including voting rights.

 

 

Now that we’ve discussed the requirements for an EB-5 visa, lets discuss how an EB-5 visa can lead to US citizenship

 

EB-5 Process

 

The Process of Turning an EB-5 Visa into U.S. Citizenship has 3 main stages:

 

  1. Conditional lawful permanent residency

 

  1. Removal of Condition

 

  1. Naturalization

 

1. Conditional Lawful Permanent Residency

 

As I mentioned earlier, the EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa category. Therefore, successful EB-5 visa applicants are eligible to become lawful permanent residents.

 

However, before becoming a lawful permanent resident, an EB-5 investor first becomes a conditional lawful permanent resident for a 2-year period.

 

This period of conditional permanent residency is designed to allow the EB-5 investor to fully satisfy the requirements of the EB-5 visa, including keeping the investment funds at-risk and creating the 10 full-time jobs for US workers.

 

2. Removal of Condition

 

Within 90 days before the expiration of your 2-year period of conditional lawful permanent residency, you are eligible to apply to have the condition removed from your green card to become an unconditional lawful permanent resident.

 

At this stage, you are required to demonstrate that you have kept your investment funds at risk and that you have created 10 full-time jobs for US workers.

 

Upon approval of your Form I-829 you are officially an unconditional lawful permanent resident.

 

3. Naturalization

 

The last step to get citizenship by investment through the EB-5 visa is to naturalize. Naturalization is the process of applying to become a US citizen.

 

Lawful permanent residents are eligible to naturalize after a minimum of 5 years of lawful permanent residency.

 

For EB-5 investors, the 2-year period of conditional lawful permanent residency counts toward the 5-year requirement.

 

So as an EB-5 investor, you may be eligible to naturalize as early as 5 years after becoming a conditional lawful permanent resident.

 

Keep in mind, there are other requirements to becoming a U.S. citizen. Here are some:

 

  • During the 5 years period as a lawful permanent resident, you must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 2 and a half years without any single absence longer than 180 days.

 

  • You must pass a United States Civics examination

 

  • You must demonstrate good moral character

 

  • You must take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States

 

 

 

Now that we have discussed how to get citizenship by investment through the EB-5 visa, lets discuss 2 other visa categories.

 

 

 

3. Citizenship by Investment through E2 Visa

 

Introduction

 

The E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa for investors. The basic concept of the E2 visa is that it allows someone to start a business in the United States, make a substantial investment in that business, and based on their investment, they can live in the US and work for their business.

 

Because the E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa, it is temporary and does not directly lead to a green card. To go from E2 visa to citizenship, you must first apply for an immigrant classification to get your green card. Once you have a green card, you may be able to naturalize once eligible.

 

The process looks like this:

 

  1. E2 Visa –> 2. Green Card –> 3. Naturalization

 

E2 Visa Requirements

 

To get an E2 visa, there are 8 main requirements:

 

  • You must be a national of a country with an E2 treaty with the United States.

 

  • You must have the intent to depart the US once your E2 status ends.

 

  • You must make a substantial investment in a US company. (I typically recommend at least $100k)

 

  • Your E2 business must be an active, for-profit business.

 

  • The business that you invest in cannot be considered a marginal enterprise.

 

  • You must be entering the United States to direct and develop your E2 business.

 

  • The source of your investment funds must be lawful.

 

  • Your investment must be irrevocably committed to the E2 business and must be at risk. This means that the funds should actually be spent. They should not just sit in the business bank account.

 

 

How to Get US Citizenship by Investment Through E2 Visa

 

The E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa, so it is temporary and does not lead to lawful permanent residence. To become a US citizen, you must first become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder). Once you are a lawful permanent resident, you can then naturalize once eligible.

 

So, after getting your E2 visa you must apply for an immigrant visa category. One category that works well for E2 investors is the EB-5 visa. By going from an E2 visa to an EB-5 visa, there are multiple advantages.

 

Remember, the EB-5 visa requires you to make a minimum investment of $1 million (or $500,000 in some instances) in a US business and also requires you to create 10 full-time jobs. If you already have an E2 visa, and you plan to use your E2 company as the company for your EB-5 investment, then you may be able to count the jobs you’ve already created and the funds you’ve already invested toward your EB-5 visa. See my guide on going from an E2 visa to green card for a more detailed explanation.

 

This is a highly complex area of immigration law. Feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com with any questions.

 

 

4. Citizenship by Investment Through EB1C Visa

 

Introduction

 

Another way to get citizenship by investment in the US is through the EB1C visa. The EB1C visa is an immigrant visa for multinational managers and executives. Because the EB1C visa is an immigrant visa, it qualifies you, your spouse, and unmarried children under 21 years old for a green card.

 

The basic concept of the EB1C visa is that it allows a foreign company to transfer a manager or executive to the United States to work for a US branch office, parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of the foreign company.

 

If a foreign investor satisfies the requirements of the EB1C visa, they can either start a business in the USA or purchase an existing business and transfer themselves to the US company.

 

The basic process of getting citizenship through EB1C looks like this:

 

  1. Get green card through EB1C –> 2. Naturalization

 

EB1C Visa Requirements

 

The EB1C visa has 5 main requirements:

 

  • There must be a qualifying relationship between the foreign company and the US company. The foreign company and the US company should either have a parent/subsidiary relationship, an affiliate relationship, or one company should be a branch office of the other.

 

  • You must have worked for the foreign employer for at least 1 continuous year during the preceding 3 years prior to filing the EB1C visa petition.

 

  • You must have worked for the foreign company as a manager or executive.

 

  • You must be coming to the United States to be working full-time for the US company as a manager or executive.

 

  • The US company must have been doing business for at least 1 year prior to filing the EB1C petition.

 

How to Get Citizenship by Investment Through the EB1C Visa

 

This process is highly complex so as a general disclaimer, I will be simplifying the process to explain it more clearly. If you have any questions, please email me at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

For foreign investors, if you satisfy the requirements for the EB1C visa, you may be eligible to either start a business in the United States or to purchase an existing business and transfer yourself to the US company to work as an EB1C manager or executive. Once you obtain your green card through EB1C, you may then be eligible to naturalize after you’ve been a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years and satisfy the other requirements to naturalize.

 

  • The US business should either be a parent or subsidiary of the foreign company, a branch office of the foreign company, or an affiliate of the foreign company.

 

  • You must have worked as a manager or executive for the foreign company.

 

  • You must have worked continuously for the foreign company, full-time, for at least 1 year within the 3 years prior to filing the EB1C petition.

 

  • You must be coming to the US to work full-time for the US company as a manager or executive.

 

  • And the US company must have been operational for at least 1 year before you file the EB1C petition.

 

5. Conclusion

 

There are multiple ways for foreign investors and entrepreneurs to get citizenship by investment in the United States. In this guide, we’ve discussed 3 separate routes to do this: 1. EB-5; 2. E2; and 3. EB1C.

 

In the United States, there is no visa that gives you citizenship. Instead, you must first become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder). Once you have a green card, you may be eligible to naturalize to become a US citizen. Naturalization is the process of becoming a US citizen. As a green card holder, you are eligible to naturalize after a minimum of 5 years of lawful permanent residency.

 

If you have any questions over the material discussed in this guide, please email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m very responsive via email and would be happy to help you.

 

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Emily S.
16:00 26 Jan 21
When I decided to engage an immigration attorney in December, I knew I needed someone that had a track record of successful execution, had a support team that could collaborate to expedite the timeline, communicated professionally, and most... importantly, was confident in my ability to get the case approved.I interviewed thirteen highly experienced immigration attorneys that were recommended by my extensive business network. I came across many issues. First of all, I was quoted astronomically high rates with long timelines. I was recommended visas that did not fit my needs, which would ultimately result in more lengthy filings and high fees. Many of these attorneys had their own private practice where they had a bias towards one type of visa they were specialized in, so they recommended immigration solutions that did not meet my profile whatsoever. Further, they did not have a strong and large enough team so they couldn’t confidently work on an expedited timeline. On the other end of the spectrum were the attorneys who worked at large firms with hundreds if not thousands of employees – they recommended the most expensive and lengthy visas, which were unrealistic for my budget and timeline.When I shared my difficulty finding an immigration attorney with a friend of mine who is a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles, he was quick to recommend Michael Ashoori. After only a few minutes of speaking to Michael on the phone for our initial consult, I knew Ashoori Law could help me with my immigration case because of their customized approach, experienced team and confidence in the visa they were recommending. Over the course of a week, I worked with his team to put together a stellar and thorough case. A few weeks later, we received an approval! Working with the Ashoori Law team on my case was a great experience! I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone who needs US immigration services.read more
Roberto GCB
23:38 11 Jan 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was really! Lahaina Araneta helped me through out all of my visa process and everything was really amazing. They really pay attention to every detail and try to deliver the best case possible. Totally recommend it!
Sameer Agashe
23:08 29 Dec 20
Keep up the good work!
Yousuf Dadi
02:34 29 Dec 20
I had a great experience with Ashoori law Working with Lahaina has been great. She is very professional and knowledgeable in her field. I would strongly recommend this firm. I would like to thank all team of Ashoori Law from bottom of my heart.... They respond me immediately when i need their help, I appreciate all that they have done for me.your consideration,guidance,help and time. Thanks in bunchesread more
Rhys Gray
22:07 28 Dec 20
Rohit is a credit to the company. Really took the time to listen to & understand our situation, then talked us through all of our suitable options clearly & concisely with a friendly & pressure-free manner. Absolutely would recommend to anyone who... needs help & guidance in navigating what can be an incredibly confusing processread more
karla marro
05:23 22 Dec 20
Michael and Lahaina are the best they support me from the beginning and always answering my questions and concerns and following up so I super recommend them !
3 Dots IT Solutions
18:20 07 Dec 20
I just want to say Ashoori Law firm has been the best I ever dealt with. Starting from the front desk receptionist, everybody is very professional and responsive. Lahaina is my attorney whom I worked with. She is very well organized and guided me on... the right direction towards a successful approval of H1 for my consultant. To my surprise, there wasn't a RFE at all. Thanks so much for your service and I would highly recommend them for any immigration related service.read more
Art E
18:49 30 Nov 20
After multiple, futile attempts to seek Immigration Attorneys who are knowledgeable in worker visas (specifically L1A), we were finally able to find Ashoori Law! Our first L1A case submitted to Ashoori Law was successfully APPROVED. Despite the... most recent restrictions and suspensions with worker visas, Ashoori Law was able to put forth a compelling petition. Ashoori Law's internal processing systems and network of subject matter experts makes submitting a petition much easier and understandable. Highly recommended!read more
Jaco
23:58 19 Nov 20
Working with Michael and his team has been a great experience. You can see they have been doing this for years and everything is very well organized. I would highly recommend them for any immigration or visa requirements.
ujjwal luthra
18:43 13 Nov 20
I had wonderful Chat with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa. He was very kind, loyal and helpful. He is truly an asset for the firm. Looking forward to work with Ashoori Law firm. Keep it Up. Stay Blessed.Good Luck.🤝
Karthik Easwaran
16:47 10 Nov 20
Rohit S was very responsive!
Kemi Bamidele
18:26 05 Nov 20
Ehsan Mehri was very professional and compassionate when I spoke to him. He answered all my questions and I was so at peace after speaking to him. I absolutely recommend this law firm. They are a bunch of geniuses and they know what they are doing.
Lung Lee
05:02 29 Oct 20
Professional, kind and really helpful. I'd like to special thank to Rohit for his passion and caring.
Deepak Chandani
19:10 23 Oct 20
Michael, Lahaina and team are the best immigration lawyer firm - I wish I had them before I see the difference in service they are very responsive and professional. They got my H1B approved for three years.
Vincent Morrow
05:57 19 Oct 20
First of all, let me tell you why you should take my review seriously. I've lived in the US for almost 14 years, and I've always kept my visa status current. So, in the past 14 years, I worked with 4 immigration law firms. I've also met, exchanged... emails, and/or talked with countless other immigration attorneys and lawyers. So, I have A LOT of experience with immigration attorneys (by the way, you should also know that there is a difference between an attorney and a lawyer. You'd want an attorney if possible). And 3 out of the 4 firms who actually worked on my case(s) were excellent (that's why my visa status is still current… obviously haha). I don't want to talk about the one (out of the 4 firms) because that one was bad (thank god, he didn't end up working on my case). I only want to talk about the good ones, and in this case, it's Ashoori Law firm. And I'd like to tell you that, if you're looking for an immigration attorney and/or an immigration law firm, look no further! You have found it! You don't even need to read the rest of my review. Just go, sign the contract, and start working with them now, period!Okay, so you've decided to read further down the line? Fine. Here is why you should choose Ashoori Law. I'm a small business owner, so I know a thing or two about how a group of people get things going and get things done. And in order for something to go right, a lot of other things have to work right as well. Your dinner tastes good? The person(s) who cooked it must have done it right. And so does the farmer who helped grow the veggies you’re having now. Similarly, Ashoori Law must be doing a lot of things right because they just got my visa extended in 14 days! How great is that!?In addition, I’d really like to talk about the one attorney at Ashoori Law who worked on my case and got my visa extended. Her name is Lahaina Araneta (I also want to mention her paralegal, Daniel Chausow, who also did a great job on my visa extension. Moreover, there may be other people at Ashoori Law who helped with my case that I don’t know about). In short, Lahaina is one of the best immigration attorneys I have ever met. She is smart, thorough, resourceful, and positive. She is a genuinely good person who actually cares about immigrants and understands the hardships immigrants go through (let’s face it. The system is stacked against immigrants in every possible way, so having an excellent immigration attorney who truly cares about immigrants is crucial). She always answers my emails within 24 hours if not immediately. She is resourceful, and she has ideas. She knows how to present a case and get positive results (I mean… you may have a good case, but you still need to present it in a good way to get the result(s) you want). And like I said, if something works right, a lot of other things must be working right as well.Okay, I’ll stop here for now (I’ll update my review and write even more as time goes on). In short, just go and work with Ashoori Law. You’ll be glad that you did. Thank you!read more
eddie lavian
21:58 16 Oct 20
MR Ashoori was amazing!!help a lot with the case. Thank you
highland cell24connect
18:45 12 Oct 20
I give an excellent 5 star review to Michael Ashoori law firm and his team especially Lahaina Araneta for their excellent service for E-2 approval. The whole team is very professional and detail oriented and they provide response very promptly.... Along with being compassionate towards their clients, they provide amazing legal advice on immigration matters which helps clients get approval in quickest time possible. Hats off and highly recommend to others !!read more
Life Mizrahi
19:30 08 Oct 20
I would like to thank Michael Ashoori and his wonderful team!We had a very complicated immigration situation that he and his team were able to clear up and accomplish our goals.The price was very reasonable and The timing was excellent.Thank... you for all of the wonderful work.read more
chaya mizrahi
19:17 08 Oct 20
We had a very difficult situation with our legal immigration status and thanks to Michael and his Wonderful team they were able to fix everything within a reasonable amount of time and for a decent price.We highly recommend this team of attorneys... for all of your Immigration needs and beyond.read more
Bhavna G
21:10 29 Sep 20
Phenomenal service! Rapid response and attention to detail. The team were extremely diligent with the entire process and kept me up to date through the process! We had lots of hiccups with USCIS and CoVid causing multiple delays. I was extremely... impressed by Lahaina and her team. Right until the very end they messaged me, shared updates and provided guidance on next steps. Phenomenal service and. I’ll definitely be using them again. Thank you to the entire team at Ashoori law! I couldn’t have gotten through this process without you!!I highly recommend for all your immigration legal needs!!! Thank you so much!read more
Gene Boekhoudt
02:22 29 Sep 20
Lahaina Araneta of ASHOORI LAW was instrumental in assisting me to get my E2 Visa. The service was always on point and result driven. I was always well informed and prepared for my Interview.I highly recommend using the service of ASHOORI LAW.
Umesh Joshi
20:49 26 Sep 20
It was very nice experience and really helpful for all kind of services
Dmitry Bak
23:46 13 Sep 20
Michael helped us a lot preparing and sending all the needed documents to USCIS. We were very squeezed in time, and I even had to drive from SF to LA to deliver the originals in person, quicker than USPS or Fedex could do, to save one day. Michael... met me in his office at night time, so kind! During the entire period, Michael's team kept us informed about every single step they did, and finally we got all the needed approvals from USCIS. I highly recommend Michael, his company is a great example of how an ideal lawyer/attorney should work.read more
Freuet Solutions LLC
22:49 08 Sep 20
Mike reached out to me personally and gave a good and detail explanation of possible options to take in my case.I recommend you reach out to him with your immigration matters.
Ha Ka
17:48 02 Sep 20
I can only recommend Michael Ashoori for all your immigration needs and inquiries . Very proffessional. Thanks to Michael Ashoori and all his team. I will be back soon again!
Tarek
11:57 02 Sep 20
Started working with Michael Ashoori firm around march this year during the pandemic, but despite these difficult times they guided me step by step and they were always there when ever i had a question or clarification.Lahaina was great, very... professional immigration attorney and of very help through out all the process.She guided me all the way till i got my L1 visa approved.They have this portal system while they post in details every single document needed to ensure the success of the petition. I just had to collect all these documents, upload them on the portal and then they take it from there, they prepared everything and filled up the petition. Their job doesn’t stop here since most of the petitions gets an RFE from USCIS, so they continue by preparing whats needed and resubmit again till i got the reply that my petition was approved.Over all, Michael and his team are very professional and they really know what they are doing and they stay updated with all the recent laws and regulations going on. Highly recommendedread more
Ahmed Gaber
21:44 03 Aug 20
Good office because he offer free consultation
Vj M
03:58 14 Jul 20
Mike and his team helped me with E2. They were very patient and professional throughout the process which got significantly delayed due to Covid. The attorney assigned to me was very knowledgeable and available to advise even at a short notice.... Overall, I had a very pleasant experience and would highly recommend Ashoori Law. Looking forward to working together again in the near future.read more
Gustavo Mas
18:03 07 Jul 20
My experience with Michael is remarkable, he is very professional and has profound knowledge in immigration laws, he made me feel like I was with the right lawyer, so rest assure, if you decide to work with him, you are very likely to be successful... at your case.read more
Allen Pourkhomami
18:58 25 Jun 20
Great institutions like Ashoori law firm are made by great people, and there are no finer individuals than those who dedicated themselves to assist clients with different cases like mine. “HONEST & EMPATHETIC” are the words that come to mind when I... think of Lahaina and the rest of her amazing team! Highly professional and experienced immigration attorney who provided excellent service, demonstrating personal attention to all details of your cases. They show compassion by studying clients' stories.They certainly know the immigration process and help you fully prepare for the case and interview. They are always making sure that the whole process goes very smooth. I especially want to thank “Lahaina Araneta” attorney & Michael Ashoori. If you are a really nervous client like me, these people are always super patient and kind with you. If anyone is looking for immigration help, “Ashoori law firm” should be your very first choice for sure because they can really get things done!Working with Lahaina Araneta was absolutely great. She helped me through my entire journey without any hesitations. I always got answers whenever I had questions. I will definitely work with “HER” again on my next journey. She helped me a lot from the beginning of my case (naturalization case). She is attentive to details and very informative. She also quickly responded to my questions about my status. I can't say enough about her. I was completely dazzled by her communication skills and courage in communications with the USCIS office. I am blown away by her integrity and all the hard work she has done on my behalf. I will always be grateful for all of her efforts. Lahaina I just want to thank you for the excellent work you did as my immigration attorney. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for all the cares and concerns you have shown me, and for working tirelessly. if it weren’t for your analytical skills and knowledge, the matter wouldn’t have been settled by now. I knew you have a lot of clients, so your prompt responses and attention to detail really meant a lot to me. Having an experienced attorney like you on my side was a good sign that I was walking into the right path to win the case. Thank you Lahaina for your support during my N-400 application process, and for helping me to get the desired outcome. You don't know how much your passion impacts the lives of others.read more
Sandie Galloway
18:41 10 Jun 20
Lahaina was one of 4 lawyers that I had an Initial consult with. She was the only one who took the time to truly understand my case. She was patient with me and very responsive. The most important thing is she was the only lawyer who believed in me.... She has world class professionalism. We successfully got my visa and I couldn’t have done it without her. Will never use another law firm. Highly recommend. She truly cares about her clients and goes the extra mile.read more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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