How to Go From E2 Visa to Green Card: Step-by-Step Guide

E2 Visa to Green Card

 

The E2 visa is a very popular option for investors and entrepreneurs to live and work in the United States. Yet, one of the main issues for people with E2 visas is that the E2 visa does not directly lead to a green card.

 

The E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa, and so it is temporary and does not lead to permanent residence.

 

This can be especially troublesome for E2 visa holders who have children as dependents to their E2 visa. Once their children turn 21 years old, they no longer qualify as dependents of the principal E2 visa holder. So, they either have to leave the United States or get another visa for themselves. For this reason, many E2 visa holders look for ways to go from an E2 visa to green card.

 

The process of going from an E2 visa to a green card can be done with the help of an immigration lawyer.

 

In this guide, I’m going to discuss 5 ways for you to go from E2 visa to green card.

 

If you have any questions about anything that we discuss, please email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m very responsive to emails and would be happy to answer any questions you have.

 

Overview:

 

1. Introduction to the E2 Visa

 

  • Overview of the E2 Visa Requirements

 

  • Details of what it means that the E2 Visa is a Non-Immigrant Visa

 

  • How to go from an E2 Visa to Green Card

 

  • The E2 Visa “Intent to Depart” Requirement

 

2. 5 Different Visa Options to Convert Your E2 Visa to Green Card.

 

  • EB-5 Visa

 

  • Company Sponsored Green Card

 

  • EB-1 Visa if you have an Extraordinary Ability

 

  • National Interest Waiver

 

  • Marriage-Based Green Card

 

3. Conclusion

 

1. Introduction to the E2 Visa

 

The E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa which allows foreign nationals to start a business in the United States and work for that business. The E2 visa is only available to people from countries that have an E2 treaty with the United States. In order to get an E2 visa, you must invest a substantial amount of capital in a United States business and you must direct and develop that business. Additionally, the funds you use to invest in the E2 business must have been obtained lawfully.

 

The E2 visa is temporary, however, it can be renewed over and over without limit, as long as the E2 company continues to operate and satisfy all of the E2 visa requirements.

 

As a quick overview, lets go over the basic requirements to get an E2 visa:

 

  • You must be a from a country that has an E2 treaty with the United States

 

  • You must have the intent to depart the United States upon termination of your E2 status

 

  • You must make a substantial investment in a United States business

 

  • The E2 business cannot be a marginal enterprise

 

  • The E2 business must be an active bona fide business

 

  • You must be coming to the United States to direct and develop the E2 business

 

  • Your investment funds must have been obtained lawfully

 

  • Your investment funds must be at risk

 

Now that you know the requirements of an E2 visa, lets discuss a few basic aspects of going from an E2 visa to a green card.

 

The E2 Visa is a Non-Immigrant Visa

 

As mentioned earlier, the E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa category. This means that an E2 visa is temporary and does not directly lead to a green card.

 

How to go from an E2 Visa to Green Card

 

In order to get a green card from an E2 visa, you must apply for an immigrant visa. There are 2 different ways to convert from an E2 visa to a green card:

 

  • You can apply for an immigrant visa at a US Consulate abroad; or

 

  • You can adjust your status to an immigrant status, within the United States.

 

Applying for an Immigrant Visa at a US Consulate (Consular Processing)

 

  • If are not in the United States in lawful status, you will likely have to apply for an E2 visa at a United States Consulate within your home country.

 

  • This process is called “Consular Processing” or “Visa Processing.”

 

Adjustment of Status

 

  • If you are in the US in lawful status, you are eligible to apply for an adjustment of status.

 

  • An adjustment of status is the process of converting your non-immigrant visa status to immigrant visa status.

 

  • The entire process is handled within the United States. As long as you are in lawful status, you do not have to leave the United States.

 

  • If you are in the United States in E2 status, you will most likely do an adjustment of status.

 

Now that you know the two methods of actually converting your E2 to a green card, lets discuss one more aspect of the E2 visa.

 

The E2 Visa “Intent to Depart” Requirement

 

One of the requirements to get an E2 visa is that you must have the intent to depart the United States once your E2 status ends.

 

You might be thinking to yourself that this requirement will stop you from converting your E2 visa to a green card. This is not true.

 

According to USCIS, you are still eligible for E2 status, even if you have filed an adjustment of status application.

 

This means that you can adjust status from an E2 visa to a green card, and still comply with the requirement that you have the “intent to depart” the US once your E2 status ends.

 

This process is complex.The timing for filing paperwork is very important to the success of your green card approval.

 

Working with an immigration lawyer with experience in this process is critical to your success. So get an immigration lawyer involved as soon as possible.

 

Now that we’ve gone over the introductory information on the E2 visa, lets discuss some different immigrant visa categories.

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2. 5 Different Visa Options to Convert Your E2 Visa to Green Card.

 

To get a green card, you will have to convert your E2 visa to an immigrant visa category.

 

There are many immigrant visas classifications to consider. Below, we will discuss 5 ways to convert your E2 visa to a green card:

 

 

  • Company Sponsored Green Card

 

  • EB1A Visa if You Have an Extraordinary Ability

 

  • National Interest Waiver

 

  • Marriage-Based Green Card

 

a. EB-5 Visa

 

The EB-5 Visa is an immigrant visa for investors. With an EB-5 visa, you are eligible to get a green card for yourself, your spouse, and your unmarried children under 21 years old.

 

To get an EB-5 visa, you are required to invest a minimum of $1,800,000 in a US business. If the business is located in an economically depressed area classified as a “target employment area” you may be eligible to invest a reduced amount of $900,000. In addition, the US business must create 10 full-time jobs as a result of your investment.

 

The EB-5 visa is very similar to the E2 visa. Yet, there are many key differences.

 

Both the E2 visa and the EB-5 visa are investment-based visas. Because of their similarities, converting your E2 visa to an EB-5 visa is one of the most straightforward and natural ways to go from an E2 visa to green card.

 

There are 6 basic requirements to get an EB-5 visa:

 

  • Invest in a New Commercial Enterprise

 

  • Invest a Minimum of $1,800,000 (or $900,000 for Targeted Employment Areas)

 

  • Create 10 Full-Time Jobs for US Workers

 

  • Lawful Source of Funds

 

  • Funds Must be “At-Risk”

 

  • Engage in the Management of the New Commercial Enterprise

 

i. Invest in a New Commercial Enterprise

 

To get an EB-5 visa, you are required to invest in a “new commercial enterprise.”

 

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

 

As an E2 visa holder, you have a few options for how to set-up your EB-5 investment. You can:

 

  • Invest additional capital in your E2 company, to get an EB-5 visa

 

  • Invest in a new business

 

  • Invest in an existing business other than your E2 company

 

  • Invest in a Regional Center

 

One of the most convenient ways to go from an E2 visa to green card is to invest additional capital in your E2 business. This is because, you probably already have a lot of familiarity with how to run your E2 business and there are unique advantages when using your E2 business as your future EB-5 business (we will discuss these advantages below).

 

Yet, there may be reasons why you don’t want to invest additional capital in your E2 business. Instead of investing in your E2 business, you may want to invest in a regional center. A regional center is a business, authorized by USCIS, to collect money from several investors to develop a large scale project. Regional centers develop major projects such as resorts and commercial office buildings.

 

If you invest in a regional center, you will have very little involvement in the management of the business. With regional centers, there is typically a managing partner, or a managing member that handles the day to day operations. Your role as an investor is typically limited to voting on major decisions.

 

ii. Invest a Minimum of $1,800,000 (or $900,000 for Targeted Employment Areas)

 

To get an EB-5 visa, you must invest a minimum of $1,800,000 in a US business. This amount may be lowered to $900,000 if you invest in a “targeted employment area.”

 

A targeted employment area is either an area of high unemployment or a rural area.

 

Benefit of Investing Additional Capital in Your E2 Company to Get an EB-5 Visa

 

One of the main benefits of investing additional capital in your E2 business to get an EB-5 visa has to do with the minimum investment amount.

 

If you choose to invest in your E2 business to get an EB-5 visa, the amount of your initial investment to get the E2 visa, and all additional capital invested into the business may count toward the minimum investment amount to get an EB-5 visa.

 

So if you’ve already made an initial investment of $100,000 in your E2 company, to get your E2 visa, this amount may count toward your EB-5 minimum investment amount.

 

Example:

 

  • Initial Investment in E2 business: $100,000

 

  • Minimum Investment Amount for EB-5 Visa: $1,800,000

 

  • Current Total Required Investment for EB-5 visa: $1,800,000 - $100,000 = $1,700,000

 

Important Note:

 

Retained earnings do not count toward your EB-5 investment. The money that your E2 business has earned, and is currently in your E2 operating account does not count toward your EB-5 investment. In order for business earnings to count toward your EB-5 investment, you will have to pull the money out of the company and re-invest it in the E2 company. From a financial standpoint this makes no sense. Yet, it is what is required for immigration purposes.

 

One important consideration will be whether your E2 company is located in a targeted employment area or not.

 

Ideally, to qualify for an reduced investment, your E2 business should be located within a targeted employment area. This would allow for the reduced minimum investment amount of $900,000.

 

If the E2 business is not located in a targeted employment area, your minimum investment amount will likely be $1,800,000, assuming that you will invest in your E2 company. There may still be a way to qualify for the reduced investment amount by moving your E2 business to a targeted employment area. Contact me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com to discuss this option further.

 

If you choose to invest in a regional center, a new business, or an existing business different from your E2 company, you can still qualify for the reduced investment amount if the business is located in a targeted employment area.

 

Be sure to consult with an immigration lawyer before making any investment decisions. They can help you determine if the area you are considering investing in qualifies as a targeted employment area.

 

iii. Create 10 Full-Time Jobs for US Workers

 

  • To get an EB-5 visa, you are required to create 10 full-time jobs for qualified US workers.

 

  • Full-time means at least 35 hours a week.

 

  • Qualified US workers include US citizens, lawful permanent residents, and other immigrants that are authorized to work for your company.

 

  • Nonimmigrants do not qualify toward the 10 jobs.

 

  • Your children and spouse do not count toward the 10 jobs.

 

Benefit of Investing in Your E2 Company to Get an EB-5 Visa

 

Another benefit of investing in your E2 business to get an EB-5 visa is that the jobs you already created through your initial E2 investment may count toward the 10 jobs you are required to create.

 

So if you have already hired 5 qualifying US workers for your E2 business, you may only need to hire 5 additional workers to get your EB-5 visa.

 

iv. Lawful Source of Funds

 

To get an EB-5 visa, your funds must come from a lawful source. Your funds cannot be derived from any illegal activity.

 

Examples of lawful sources of funds are:

 

  • Income from lawful employment

 

  • Income from the sale of a property

 

  • Income from the sale of a business

 

  • A gift

 

  • A loan

 

The E2 visa also requires that your funds come from a lawful source. But, the source of funds requirement for the EB-5 visa is more strict than the source of funds requirement for an E2 visa.

 

If you are planning on converting your E2 visa to an EB-5 visa, make sure to consult with an immigration lawyer. They will help you plan how to prove that your funds come from a lawful source. They will also provide you with a detailed list of documents that must be included with your EB-5 petition.

 

v. Funds Must be At-Risk

 

Similar to the E2 visa, to get an EB-5 visa, your investment funds must be “at-risk.” This means that your funds must be subject to gain or loss.

 

The investment capital cannot just sit in a bank account as reserves. The funds must actually be spent for the business.

 

vi. Engage in the Management of the New Commercial Enterprise

 

To get an EB-5 visa, you are required to “engage in the management” of the new commercial enterprise.

 

You can satisfy this requirement by:

 

1. Handling the day to day managerial responsibilities; or

 

2. Exercising policy formulation

 

If you are investing in your E2 business, this should not be a problem.

 

The E2 visa requires that you direct and develop the E2 business. The “direct and develop” requirement of the E2 visa requires much more involvement in the business than the EB-5 requirement to “engage in the management of the business.”

 

So if you are currently meeting the “direct and develop” standard, you can either continue this level of involvement once you convert to an EB-5 visa or you can lessen your involvement to merely exercising policy decisions.

 

Now that you’ve read how to go from an E2 visa to an EB-5 visa, lets discuss other options to convert your E2 visa to a green card…

 

b. Company Sponsored Green Card

 

Another way to go from an E2 visa to a green card is by having a company sponsor you for a green card by giving you or your spouse a job offer.

 

One unique benefit of the E2 visa is that it permits your dependent spouse to apply for work authorization. You as the primary E2 visa holder are only permitted to work for the E2 company. However, if your spouse gets work authorization, they can work in any lawful capacity.

 

To get a green card through a company sponsorship, a US employer must get an approved Labor Certification through the Department of Labor, you must get approved for either EB-2 or EB-3 visa, and you must adjust your status or get a visa abroad.

 

This is a 3 part process:

 

1. Company Gets Labor Certification

 

2. You Apply for the Employment-Based Visa

 

3. Adjustment of Status or Visa Processing

 

i. Labor Certification

 

In order for a company to sponsor a foreign worker for a green card, they have to get a labor certification from the US Department of Labor. This process is called a PERM Labor Certification.

 

The Labor Certification process is designed to prove 2 things:

 

1. That there are not sufficient qualified US workers that are willing and available to fill the position being offered by the US company; and

 

2. That hiring a foreign worker wont adversely affect the wages and working conditions of US workers with similar jobs.

 

To briefly summarize the labor certification process:

 

  • Your prospective employer is required to go through certain job recruitment activities, such as posting job listings in local newspapers.

 

  • The employer must be unsuccessful in finding a qualified US worker.

 

  • The job requirements must be typical for the position and cannot be unduly restrictive.

 

  • Your prospective employer must offer you a full-time, permanent position.

 

  • Your prospective employer must pay you the “prevailing wage” or more, for the position you are hired for.

 

  • The prevailing wage is the average wage paid to workers similarly employed in the area of intended employment.

 

  • Your prospective employer must demonstrate that they have the ability to pay you the prevailing wage.

 

ii. You Apply for an Employment Based Visa

 

Once the Labor Certification is approved, you must then apply for and get approved for an employment-based immigrant visa. This is separate from the labor certification. To do this, your US employer will file a Form I-140 on your behalf.

 

There are 2 main employment-based immigrant visa classifications that correspond to the PERM Labor Certification:

 

  • The EB-2 Visa

 

  • The EB-3 Visa

 

The EB-2 visa is available to advanced degree professionals or persons with exceptional abilities.

 

The EB-3 visa is available to certain skilled workers, professionals, or unskilled workers.

 

iii. Adjustment of Status or Visa Processing

 

  • Lastly you will need to either adjust your status or apply for an immigrant visa at a US consulate abroad.

 

  • An adjustment of status is done by filing a Form I-485.

 

  • Visa processing is done by filing a Form DS-260.

 

  • As mentioned above, an adjustment of status is only available for people currently in the United States in lawful status. Alternatively, you will have to apply for an immigrant visa at US consulate abroad.

 

c. EB1A Visa if You Have an Extraordinary Ability

 

Another option for going from an E2 visa to green card is the EB1A visa.

 

The EB1A visa is an immigrant visa for people with extraordinary abilities in either the arts, sciences, athletics, education, or business. Extraordinary ability means that you are one of the small percentage who have risen to the top of your field. You can learn more about the EB1A visa here.

 

In order to qualify for an EB1A visa, you must prove 3 things:

 

  • That you have an extraordinary ability

 

  • That you will work in the USA in your field of extraordinary ability

 

  • That your entry to the United States will substantially benefit the United States

 

One of the benefits of an EB1A visa is that it does not require an employer to sponsor you. You can file an EB1A visa on your own behalf without a job offer or a company sponsorship.

 

d. National Interest Waiver

 

Another option for going from an E2 visa to green card is the national interest waiver. The national interest waiver is a subcategory of the EB-2 visa and is available to advanced degree professionals or persons with exceptional abilities.

 

In short, the national interest waiver is basically a waiver of the requirement to have an approved labor certification from a US employer. With a national interest waiver, you can apply for an EB-2 visa without a company sponsor and without a US job offer. 

 

You can learn more about the national interest waiver here.

 

In order to qualify for a national interest waiver, you must satisfy 4 requirements:

 

  • You must qualify for an EB-2 visa (minus the labor certification)

 

  • The field you plan to work in must have substantial merit and national importance

 

  • You must be well positioned to advance your proposed endeavor

 

  • You must demonstrate that it is in the United States’ national interest to waive the requirement for you to have a US job offer from a company with an approved labor certification.

 

e. Marriage-Based Green Card

 

Another option to go from an E2 visa to green card is through marriage. A bona-fide legitimate marriage to a US citizen or lawful permanent resident may confer immigration benefits. Feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com to discuss this option further.

 

3. Conclusion

 

You are now in a much better position to understand the E2 visa, and how to go from an E2 visa to green card.

 

The E2 visa is a great option that allows you to live and work in the United States by investing in a US company. Yet, the E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa, so it does not directly lead to a green card. In order to go from an E2 visa to green card, you must apply for and get approved for an immigrant classification.

 

Some of the immigrant visa classifications you should consider are: the EB-5 visa; a company sponsorship; EB1A; National Interest Waiver; and a marriage-based green card.

 

This is a lot of complex information. If you have any questions, or if you need help going from a E2 visa to green card, email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I would be happy to answer your questions and help you.

 

Ashoori Law is a Los Angeles based immigration law firm focused on helping professionals and entrepreneurs get visas to the United States.

 

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21:15 26 Aug 21
I am so happy I found Ashoori Law. They have been very responsive and helpful with all the questions and has helped my family a lot. I am thankful and I highly recommend this form to anyone seeking immigration. All the staff are great and... responsive. Thank you all at Ashoori Law.read more
Linda Bradley
06:06 25 Aug 21
Very happy with your services 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
jarka sakacova
01:08 24 Jul 21
I have a very pleasant experience with Rohit from Ashoori Law , he was very patient, professional and had a strong knowledge and answered all my questions in detail. I would recommend highly to use Ashoori Law service.
samah elwakkad
15:36 23 Jul 21
I would like to thank Ahoori law office and all the team who was helping us to obtain our L1A approvalThis office Law is truly dedicated to clients, very responsive and professional, they helped me get through so many obstacles.Can't thank them... enough for their effortsIt's really amazing how they guide their clients until they achieve their goals.Thank you Michael for the amazing dedicated team and a special thanks for Lahaina who is really an amazing person and very knowledgeable and really helpful and supportive, also Christina who has helped me a lot through this.You're the best guysKeep it upread more
raechel schofield
22:07 22 Jul 21
Highly recommend Ashoori Law. My adjustment of status was a smooth and easy process. They are always happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.
Kishore Kumar
21:13 22 Jul 21
I highly recommend Michael and his legal team for being thorough professionals. I worked with Lahaina Araneta and Kelly Raposa. Both are so helpful. They made my adjustment of status to register permanent residence a smooth and seamless process. I... definitely recommend their service !read more
Manoj Gunawardena
13:46 22 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law is very good, all of my questions were quickly answered and clearly. The staff was qualified, friendly. Specially I worked with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa . I can highly recommend them.
Mohammad Ahraz Hussain
19:55 20 Jul 21
The whole process of evaluating the case, submission of RFE and then correspondence was extremely well done!
Zed Karkar
15:06 20 Jul 21
A Very helpful and professional law firm. helped us out with our application.
Inger Nicolaisen
14:57 15 Jul 21
Michael Ashoori’s professionalism and expertise is unmatched in the industry! My experience with Ashoori Law is very positive, all of my questions were quickly answered making my adjustment of status a very smooth process. The staff was... unbelievably friendly and ensured the best amount of care was taken with my case! I can’t recommend them enough!!read more
Sadaf Nadeem
00:42 09 Jul 21
I highly recommend Micheal and his legal team for being thorough professionals. Their knowledge and expertise are second to none and their work ethic is unmatched.
kvshirazi
18:28 08 Jul 21
I had a great experience with Ashoori Law. Lahaina, Michael and Ehsan helped me to get my TN visa approved in no time.Lahaina is very responsive. Being able to reach out and talk to your lawyer/attorney is exactly what you need when you apply for... your visa...I definitely recommend them for any immigration services.read more
Julien Jeanneau
17:38 07 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was great, even with the current situation, everybody always answered promptly and comprehensively to our questions. They made my adjustment of status a smooth and seamless process. I definitely recommend their service... !read more
Dispatch S
03:09 06 Jul 21
I worked with Lahaina and James. Both are so helpful. I wanna give more than five star for their excellent guidance and professional service. I must recommend their service.
Nael Gharzeddine
00:40 02 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was not my only experience with a US immigration law firm but it was the real one. I will not speak of others, but will list what to expect from Ashoori Law.Expect energetic and dynamic people to be on your case, so... if you call or message or email, they are faster than you in responding,Expect creative and resourceful minds to find you solutions, so if plan A was risky, you know there is a plan B and a plan C,Expect decency, much from the owner and as much from his colleagues. I can’t emphasize this enough, but you will be treated with the highest standards of decency,Expect real concern in your best interest, a clear understanding of time and resources available and a sincere will to get you the best results,Expect clarity from everyone while they make sure your spirits remain high and your expectations remain reasonably high too,And finally, expect to get what you were promised because these guys don’t give vague answers or empty promises.I know that at times I was demanding, nervous, anxious, and doubtful, but they met that with confidence, understanding, and taking my concerns very seriously.I could have left a review of a sentence or two, but Micheal Ashoori and his colleagues are exemplary and exceed expectations in what they do. Highly recommended.read more
Linus Verus
18:26 01 Jun 21
Hands down, Ashoori Law is a firm that you can rely on. As a greencard holder working abroad, It can be quite a struggle to do your own legwork in applying for a travel document especially in these trying times with the pandemic. I tried looking up... other lawfirms that could help me but found that they seemed more interested to engage me in a chargeable phone consultation rather than answer my questions. Then I came across Ashoori's Youtube channel with videos providing valuable information and updates on immigration laws and that's when I decided to look them up on Facebook to learn more about them. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that you can actually book a free phone consultation with them and so I did. They will explain everything clearly and answer all your questions so that you can decide for yourself and weigh out if your situation calls for their service. Sign up was so simple and the guidance with the documentations were so easy to follow. A sharp contrast to the time when I did my own filing, where I had to book an appointment with a USCIS field office only to find that they don't accept applications there. I've had to do the runs to review the tediously worded process from the USCIS website, print documents, mail them and hope that it gets through without hitting a snag (it did). With Ashoori Law, I definitely felt represented and truly was by a professional team that kept me posted and were very responsive to my questions. I've had a recent change of address which they quickly filed for me at no extra cost. All I had to do was wait until my travel document was granted which I received in the mail via express courier. Great value for professional services from beginning to end. Easy to engage with. A big thanks to the Ashoori team for getting me through this process free of stress. Folks, save yourself from pain. Get representation from Ashoori Law!read more
Steven Tadros
18:50 20 May 21
I had a very positive experience getting my TN visa as a Canadian. The firm was very helpful, quick in their replies and helped guide us in filing the right documents in order to get the approval. This was important for me in a time where the... approval for a new job was fundamental. I am grateful and would recommend their services.read more
Dean Katz
17:23 20 May 21
Michael Ashoori is an outstanding professional. He knows the details of his practice. He will get his clients through difficult times with knowledge and with care.
Dawit Gezaw
01:35 07 May 21
I recommend 100%
Sofia Malferrari
22:32 05 May 21
Amazing service. I had a conversation with Karla who helped me get the big picture of my situation. She's a smart and lovely person to talk with. I 100% recommend their service!
Harsh Patel
19:34 04 May 21
They guided me really well through the process for my mom's travel document. Prompt response and processing of application. Ms. Karla helped me really well. I just explained my mom's situation to her and she guided me based on that really well. The... youtube video updates on new immigration stuff from Mr. Michael are really helpful too. Ms. Milena helped me really well to get my mom's travel document delivered to my address. Very reliable service.read more
Liza Macaspac
17:14 03 May 21
Just recently we got our E2 approval by the help of lawyers and staff of Ashoori Law office. They been very responsive with all my queries, full of knowledge and advance technology that can easily upload my documents without going to their office. I... would not hesitate to recommend to my relatives and friends who will be needing help to process their visa. It is also been help that Attorney Michael Ashoori who always sending updates about immigration policies and changes through his vlog that can watch in YouTube and now tiktok. It's a big help for us to be updated and learn about US immigration law and policy. Thanks to my laywer Lahaina Araneta, Atty Michael Ashoori and the rest of the staff and manager in this office. You are all such a big help and very professional in handling our case. Thank you!read more
Alexander Simpson
22:06 29 Apr 21
Exceptional service, professionalism and respect towards their clients!
LINDA NHAMBU
05:08 23 Apr 21
I had the privilege of being represented by Ashoori Law in filing for a re-entry permit. They were highly exceptional, professional, detailed and well versed with immigration law. I was extremely pleased with their services especially how they... followed up with USCIS and gave me constant feedback. Ashoori Law works diligently on your behalf , and I truly felt like I was their only client.Thank you for the outstanding service .read more
Nupur Dave
02:36 10 Apr 21
I used Ashoori law for my permit application. What I loved about working with them is the care that they took of me and my case. They were genuinely interested in helping me. They were responsive and give me almost personalised attention by... answering all my questions in detail.I also loved the way they manage the cases Through a dashboard where you can see the latest status of your case. It really helped me access the status of my application at any time I wanted.Their fee was very reasonable. Their understanding of the legal implications of my application was comprehensive. I intend to continue to use their services in the future. 👍read more
Ricardo de Santiago
22:44 02 Apr 21
Ashoori Law firm provided outstanding service to my immigration need. Lahaina Araneta, Esq. helped me obtain the highly sough-after TN Visa as a Management Consultant and I couldn't be more grateful. The staff is very friendly, responsive, and... knowledgeable. I highly recommend this firm.read more
Zohir Berkane
16:14 25 Mar 21
Miss Karla was really nice and very helpful. She was answering all my questions and gave me many advices. Miss Karla, thank you so much, you made my day.
Jane Lopez
17:08 19 Mar 21
The best Law Firm I have ever called. Very friendly Staff. Was able to answer my inquiries right away. And was able to solved my Problem. Thank you so much Ashoori Law.
Elsha Shaju
22:01 11 Mar 21
I would highly recommend the firm Ashoori Law for any immigration cases or concerns and had a great experience with, Mr.Rohit Srinivasa. I am very much satisfied and will look forward working with them in future for any related cases. Best Wishes to... the entire team and sincere thanks for all your efforts.read more
Ravil Sharma
04:25 11 Mar 21
Ashoori Law were able to accommodate me quickly enough to meet my deadlines. They have been helpful throughout the entire process, answered many questions and always got back to my emails or voice messages in a timely manner. Michael and his team... are professional. I came across them after not completely satisfied with the work of my previous immigration law firm as they were cheaper. I then teamed up with Ashoori law and saw a huge difference from the first consultation and continue to see that standard throughout. I highly recommend to anyone to chose Ashoori law, it can be a daunting experience if not handled properly. However Michael’s team have done so many times before will manage to take the stress out and take care of business at hand.read more
Donna Hua
23:59 10 Mar 21
The team has all the right ingredients to success: Knowledgeable, responsive, efficient and informative. What more could you ask for?
Mahendra Satya
22:27 05 Mar 21
Initial consultation was great, able to clear my doubts in single shot, thanks Karla
Shaheen Ali
19:05 05 Mar 21
I am Canadian born citizen who had a general question in regards to moving to the US. I spoke to Karla Samayoa. I must say my consultation experience was nothing but exceptional. I had a general inquiry on the preferred methods of obtaining a visa... with dual intent. Karla was extremely helpful and answer any question I had from her. For anyone is not sure which path they should take in terms of immigration, book a free consultation with Ashoori Law. Ask for Karla, she is hands down the best person to ask for advice.read more
Susan Borzou
03:41 05 Mar 21
I couldn't be more blessed by finding Ashoori Law on google. Mr. Ehsan is so professional and helpes his clients from the heart, which was genuinely precious for me. I am also thankful for the bunch of useful videos they have on youtube 😇
Sarbjit Singh
04:49 25 Feb 21
Michael Ashoori is the Quickest ANSWERING Immigration Lawyer in the entire USA, even it’s 08:38 pm In west cost Los Angels and I texted him thru google and he immediately replied to me Question and answer booked my Free appointment for tomorrow... which is gonna be February 25 ,Well I feel very positive about it so let’s see what happens TomorrowJust want to sayThank you MichaelBestSabiread more
Ale
00:03 24 Feb 21
Karla Samayoa was very knowledgeable regarding my case and gave me thorough advise. She was very professional and kind. I will definitely look of Ashoori Law's help should I have a case to proceed further. I recommend to contact them for your legal... case regarding immigration.read more
Harim
01:10 10 Feb 21
Ashoori Law was very helpful throughout the whole process of applying for a travel document (re-entry permit). I asked them to process my case ASAP and they tried their best to expedite the process. They were informative and responsive. The most... helpful part was their prompt responses to my emails, especially given the pandemic situation. Also, their online system for filling out necessary documents was convenient and allowed me to easily track my case status. Overall, I definitely recommend working with them!read more
Natasha Methwani
00:49 10 Feb 21
We are really impressed with their services. Really professional, knowledgeable, up to date with all immigrantation changes. Our case got approved. We will recommend them for any immigration services.
Jaskiran Dhillon
17:05 03 Feb 21
My friend Ujjwal recommended Mr. Rohit Srinivasa. Had an amazing consultation with Rohit. He was very helpful and kind. He gave me ample time, guidance and resolved all my queries. I am looking forward to work with Ashoori Law Firm. Keep it up,... Rohit. Good Luck.read more
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
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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.

Got a question? Send me an email.

2 Comments

  1. Captain. Dharmesh Patel on February 24, 2020 at 11:42 am

    I have a few questions if you can help