EB-5 Process Explained [A Step-by-Step Guide]

EB-5 Process

Getting approved for an EB-5 visa can literally change your life.

 

Through the EB-5 process, a foreign investor can become a lawful permanent resident and take the next step to U.S. citizenship.

 

With that comes access to United States schools, a better life for you and your children, and many opportunities for financial success.

 

That said, the EB-5 process has many steps that must be carefully followed.

 

Without a proper understanding, the EB-5 process can become confusing and challenging.

 

This step-by-step guide was designed to give you an understanding of the EB-5 process from start to finish.

 

Once you finish this article, you will know the important aspects of the EB-5 process, from the time you hire an immigration attorney to the time you apply for U.S. citizenship.

Roadmap of what we will Cover:

 

Quick Overview of the EB-5 Visa

 

Step 1. Consult with an Immigration Attorney

 

Step 2. Select a Business or Project to Invest In

 

Step 3. Get A Comprehensive Business Plan

 

Step 4. Invest Your Funds into the New Commercial Enterprise

 

Step 5. Prepare and File the Form I-526

 

Step 6. USCIS Gives a Response

 

Step 7. Wait for Your Priority Date to Become Current (Nationals of Mainland China)

 

Step 8. Adjustment of Status OR Consular Processing

 

Step 9. 2 Year Period of Conditional Lawful Permanent Residency

 

Step 10. Preparing and Filing Form I-829

 

Step 11. Apply for Naturalization to Become a U.S. Citizen (Optional)

 

Lets get started…

 

As a quick overview, lets go over the basics of the EB-5 visa:

 

  • The EB-5 visa is an investment based immigrant visa.
  • Successful applicants can become U.S. lawful permanent residents, based on their investment in a U.S. business.
  • Investors are required to invest a minimum of $900,000 or $1,800,000 in a U.S. business (depending on the location of the business).
  • The investment must lead to the creation of 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers.
  • The investment must be at-risk (meaning that the investment must be subject to either gain or loss).
  • The source of the investor’s funds must be lawful.

 

For a complete explanation of the EB-5 visa, see here:  EB-5 Visa Guide [30 Most Important Questions Answered]

 

Now, back to the EB-5 Process…

 

We’re covering the main stages of the EB-5 process as well as many of the little things you won’t see other EB-5 guides discuss.

 

Lets go…

 

Step 1 of the EB-5 Process 

 

Before you do Anything Consult with an Immigration Attorney that has Experience with the EB-5 visa.

 

Your immigration attorney is crucial to the success of you EB-5 application. They will:

 

  • guide you through the entire EB-5 process
  • determine which investment option best meets the immigration requirements of the EB-5 visa
  • plan the best way to structure your source of funds
  • instruct you on which documents to provide for them to include in your EB-5 petition
  • advise you on which locations qualify as a TEA (targeted employment area) which can qualify for the reduced investment amount of $900,000
  • Along with many other benefits

 

You may already know of all the benefits of consulting with an experienced attorney. But, what I want to draw your attention to is the fact that speaking with an attorney is the very first step you should take.

 

Here’s why:

 

  • An immigration attorney can help you determine whether an EB-5 visa is the right option for you, based on your unique situation.
  • People often have interest in the EB-5 visa because someone they know got a green card through the EB-5 process. Or they may have read something about the EB-5 program and it sounds interesting to them.
  • But by consulting with an attorney, you may likely discover that there’s a much easier and faster way to meet your immigration goals.
  • You wont figure this out until you consult with an immigration attorney that can go over all your other options before deciding on an EB-5 visa.
  • Also, most immigration attorneys offer a FREE initial consultation. So there’s no reason not to get an attorney involved early on.
  • If you still need another reason to start off the EB-5 process by contacting an EB-5 attorney, know this:
  • most immigration attorneys bill on a flat-fee basis.
  • This means that they will charge you a set price to handle your EB-5 application.
  • WHY NOT get more value for your money. Start benefiting from an attorney’s advice as soon as possible (its probably going to cost you the same amount either way).

Step 2 of the EB-5 Process 

 

Select a Business or Project to Invest In

 

Now that you have an attorney, its time to determine where you will invest your funds.

 

The EB-5 program allows you to invest by making a direct investment or by investing in a regional center.

 

Examples of direct investments are starting a new business, purchasing an existing business, or investing in an existing business.

 

Regional centers are businesses designated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. They gather capital from many EB-5 investors to develop large projects like hotels and resorts.

 

If you want to learn more about the difference between regional centers and direct investments, check here: EB-5 Visa Guide [30 Most Important Questions Answered]

 

Selecting the right investment is a critical step in the EB-5 process. You should do extensive research to make sure that you’re picking the best investment to suit your needs.

 

Keep in mind: Your immigration attorney is not your investment advisor. They should not provide you with investment advice unless it pertains to the immigration aspects of your investment.

 

If you would like professional investment advice, you can work with a Registered Investment Advisor or a Broker/Dealer. Be sure to confirm that your advisor has experience with EB-5 investments.

 

There are some differences between these two types of advisors:

 

  • Registered investment advisors charge you for providing investment advice.
  • Broker/dealers usually collect a finders fee from the project that you invest in.
  • Both of these types of advisors are regulated extensively. You can use the Finra BrokerCheck website to get a lot of information on different advisors. This resource will show you how long they’ve been licensed and which exams they’ve taken and passed.

 

Once you narrow down your choices for what to invest in, run these choices by your immigration attorney. They will tell you which investment options best meet the EB-5 immigration requirements.

 

Remember, your investment must create 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers.

 

If the business you plan to invest in is projected to create 40 jobs and there are 4 EB-5 investors, if one of the jobs isn't created, one investor isn't getting their visa.

 

Step 3 of the EB-5 Process

 

Get A Comprehensive Business Plan

 

Now that you’ve hired an immigration attorney and selected a business to invest in, its time to get your comprehensive business plan.

 

Make sure to work with an business plan writer that has experience preparing EB-5 business plans. Your immigration attorney will help you select an appropriate company.

 

When you apply for an EB-5 visa, you have to submit a comprehensive business plan.

 

Your business plan will show the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the following:

 

  • what type of business you will be investing in
  • how much money you will be investing in the business
  • how many jobs you are projecting to create
  • when your jobs are projected to be created
  • how your funds will be spent
  • along with a host of other details

 

An EB-5 business plan is different that an ordinary business plan. It must be compliant with the precedent EB-5 case: Matter of Ho 

 

Don’t worry about the details.

 

An experienced EB-5 business plan writer will know what to do. If there are deficiencies in the business plan, your immigration attorney should be able to spot them and have them corrected before you file your application.

 

Important Note: If you are investing in a regional center, they will usually provide you with a comprehensive business plan.

Step 4 of the EB-5 Process

 

Invest Your Funds into the New Commercial Enterprise

 

Now that you’ve selected a project to invest in and your business plan is complete, its time to invest your funds into the new commercial enterprise.

 

Keep in mind that you are not obligated to actually invest the funds at this point.

 

The EB-5 visa requirements state that at the time of I-526 filing, you are required to provide evidence that you have invested or are actively in the process of investing your capital into the new commercial enterprise.

 

This means that you can transfer the funds into an escrow account. You can then make the release of the funds to the new commercial enterprise conditional on I-526 approval and visa issuance.

 

But, evidence of your mere intent to invest is not enough. Evidence of future arrangements to invest that have no binding present commitment will also not work.

Step 5 of the EB-5 Process

 

Prepare and File the Form I-526 

 

Now we’re getting to the heart of the EB-5 process.

 

Your attorney has likely been working on this step since you hired him/her. Now that you’ve picked your investment and your business plan is ready, preparing and filing the Form I-526 is the main focus.

 

The Form I-526 is the Immigrant Petition for Alien Entrepreneur.

 

  • This is the initial Form that your attorney will file on your behalf to USCIS.
  • Upon approval of the Form I-526, you qualify to apply to become a Conditional Lawful Permanent Resident.
  • As a conditional lawful permanent resident, you have the same rights and privileges as any other lawful permanent resident with one exception: your lawful permanent resident status is only valid for 2 years.
  • The point of this conditional status is that USCIS is giving you a period of 2 years to fully comply with the requirements of the EB-5 program.
  • During this 2 year period, you are to create 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers. You are also required to keep your capital invested in the EB-5 project.

 

Within your I-526 petition, you will include many documents including:

 

Documentation proving who you are

  • copy of your passport
  • your resume
  • copy of your social security card if you have one
  • copy of your marriage certificate if you have one
  • copy of your diplomas and professional degrees

Documentation Relating to the Business

  • Your comprehensive business plan
  • Articles of Incorporation (for corporation) or Articles of Organization (for LLC)
  • Form I-9 for jobs already created

Documentation Relating to the Source and Path of Funds

  • This documentation will vary quite a bit depending on how you derive your source of funds.
  • For a more detailed breakdown of some of the documents to include in your source of funds section, check the ‘Source of Funds’ section of: EB-5 Visa Guide [30 Most Important Questions Answered]
  • To give you an idea of some of the documentation that will be included:
  • Individual tax returns for the last 5 years
  • Bank statements from your personal bank account before and after your investment funds are transferred to the project you are investing in.
  • If your investment funds are coming from the sale of a property, you will include the purchase and sale agreement, a letter verifying the terms of the sale, and many other documents.
  • If your investment funds are coming from ownership of a business, you will include the tax returns of the business over the last several years, the business’s balance sheets, along with many other documents.
  • If your investment funds are coming from a gift, you will include a letter from the person gifting the funds attesting to the amount of the gift, any conditions associated with the gift, and other important details. You will also include documentation demonstrating how the person gifting the funds obtained the funds lawfully.

 

NOTE: The above list is not a complete list of the documents needed. There are several other documents that must be included in your EB-5 petition.

 

Once you compile all this documentation, your attorney will organize it, and file the completed Form I-526 with USCIS.

 

USCIS takes on average about 18 months to process an I-526 application. 

 

(I know, its a really long time, but we’re hoping and expecting that this timeframe will improve in the future)

Step 6 of the EB-5 Process

 

USCIS Gives a Response

 

Upon reviewing your application USCIS can issue an Approval, a Request for Evidence, a Notice of Intent to Deny, or a Denial.

 

Approval: Congratulations! USCIS has determined that your I-526 petition meets the requirements. Its now time to move to Step 6.

 

Request for Evidence: Not to worry, although not as ideal as an approval, Requests for Evidence (or RFEs) are very common.

 

This just means that USCIS has a question about your application and they want more evidence to clarify something.

 

If you get an RFE, your attorney should prepare a response for you. The response should  provide documentation to answer whatever question USCIS is asking.

 

Assuming that USCIS is satisfied with the additional evidence, they will likely issue an approval.

 

Notice of Intent to Deny: Just as is sounds, Notices of Intent to Deny (or NOIDs) are not good.

 

This means that USCIS has reviewed the application. The application does not appear to have any evidence missing or needing clarification. Still, USCIS intends to deny the petition.

 

Keep in mind, you still have an opportunity to address the issues brought up by USCIS. So, if you haven't hired an immigration attorney up to this point, do so immediately!

 

Denial: USCIS can deny an I-526 petition without first issuing an RFE or an NOID, but, I have never seen this done.

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Step 7 of the EB-5 Process

 

Wait for Your Priority Date to Become Current (For People Born in Mainland China)

 

If you were not born in Mainland China, you can skip this step.

 

This section gets a little technical, so bear with me…

 

(If you don’t fully understand this part, don’t worry, just do the best you can)

 

There are 3 terms I want to quickly go over:

 

Priority Date: The date your immigration petition is filed.

 

  • Example: The date your Form I-526 is filed.

 

Visa Bulletin: The Department of State resource that provides updates regarding each visa category’s cut-off date (by country).

 

 

Cut-Off Date: This is the date shown on the visa bulletin.

 

  • To get your visa or adjust status, your priority date must be before the cut-off date shown on the visa bulletin.

 

How this applies…

 

There are 10,000 visas set aside each year for the EB-5 visa category.

 

Of these 10,000 visas, the Immigration and Nationality Act sets a maximum on how many visas can go to people of a particular country.

 

Over the last several years, the vast majority of EB-5 visas have gone to citizens of Mainland China.

 

The demand for EB-5 visas in Mainland China has exceeded the number of available visas over the last few years.

 

There are now many EB-5 investors from Mainland china with approved I-526 petitions. Still, they must wait for a visa to become available for them before they can apply to become conditional green card holders.

 

These investors cannot get their EB-5 visa or adjust their status until their “priority date” becomes current. This means that they have to wait until their priority date comes before the cut-off date shown on the visa bulletin.

 

What this means for you as an EB-5 investor is…

 

If you were born in Mainland China, be aware that after your I-526 is approved, you will likely have to wait for your priority date to become current before you can apply for your visa or adjust status.

 

If you were not born in Mainland China, the visa backlog currently does not impact you. Proceed to Step 7.

Step 8 of the EB-5 Process

 

Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing

 

Now that your Form I-526 is approved and your priority date is current, you are eligible to apply for your conditional green card.

 

There are two routes to getting your conditional green card once your I-526 is approved: adjustment of status or consular processing.

 

The route you proceed with will depend on whether you are inside of the United States or abroad, at the time you are applying.

Adjustment of Status

 

  • If you are lawfully present in the United States at the time of your I-526 approval you will may apply for an adjustment of status.
  • To adjust status your immigration attorney will file a Form I-485 with USCIS on your behalf.
  • You will also need to have a medical exam conducted by a USCIS-approved doctor to determine whether you have any disqualifying medical conditions.
  • You will also need to be fingerprinted and cross-checked against law enforcement databases.
  • The adjustment of status process takes about six months.

Consular Processing 

 

  • If you are abroad at the time of your I-526 approval, you will likely go through consular processing.
  • If you selected consular processing on your Form I-526, then once your I-526 is approved, your file will be sent to the National Visa Center in New Hampshire.
  • The National Visa Center will then send your immigration attorney instructions on submission of the Form DS-260 (Immigrant Visa Application).
  • After your immigration attorney submits the DS-260 along with all of the necessary documents to the National Visa Center, they will schedule an interview at the U.S. embassy in your home country.
  • Assuming you are admissible to the U.S., upon successful completion of your visa interview, you will receive a visa to enter the United States as a conditional lawful permanent resident.
  • You must also undergo a medical examination.
  • Consular processing takes about 8 to 12 months.

 

Regarding your visa interview:

 

  • The consular officer that interviews you cannot re-adjudicate your I-526 petition. However, they will still likely ask about your EB-5 investment.
  • They may ask who you are, why you decided to make the investment that you made, and where you obtained the funds required to make the investment.
  • The more you are aware of the types of questions that will be asked of you, the more you can prepare for these questions, and you will have a stronger chance of having a successful interview.

Step 9 of the EB-5 Process

 

2 Year Period of Conditional Lawful Permanent Residency

 

Upon completion of your adjustment of status or your entry to the U.S. following consular processing, you are a conditional green card holder.

 

As a conditional green card holder, you have the same rights and privileges as a lawful permanent resident. The main difference is that your conditional green card only lasts for 2 years.

 

During this 2 year period, you should be conducting business pursuant to the EB-5 business plan that you submitted with your Form I-526.

 

During this time you should:

 

1. keep your investment capital at-risk; and

2. create 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers.

 

Step 10 of the EB-5 Process 

 

Preparing and Filing the Form I-829

 

At this stage, you are coming to the end of your 2 year period of conditional residency.

 

Within 90 days of the expiration of your 2 year conditional green card, you are required to file a Form I-829.

 

The Form I-829 is the petition to remove the condition on your green card to become an unconditional lawful permanent resident.

 

With this petition, you are proving that you have met the requirements of the EB-5 program.

 

Specifically, you are showing that you maintained your investment in the new commercial enterprise for the 2 year period of conditional permanent residence and that you have created 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers.

 

To prove job creation, here are some of the documents you should include:

 

  • Form I-9 for all employees
  • payroll records
  • Evidence demonstrating each employee’s legal ability to work in the U.S.
  • Examples:
  • copy of birth certificate (for U.S. citizen employees)
  • copy of permanent resident card (for lawful permanent resident employees)

 

To prove that your investment was sustained, here are some of the documents you should include:

 

  • the business’s federal income taxes, balance sheets, and income statements.
  • the K-1 forms for all partners
  • the business’s bank statements

 

Upon approval of your Form I-829 you are officially a lawful permanent resident (a U.S. green card holder)! 

Step 11 of the EB-5 Process 

 

Apply for Naturalization to Become a U.S. Citizen (Optional)

 

As a lawful permanent resident, you may be eligible to become a U.S. citizen.

 

  • The process of becoming a U.S. citizen is called naturalization.
  • You may be eligible to naturalize after you have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years.
  • In order to naturalize, you are required to be physically present in the U.S. for at least 2 and a half years without being absent at any one time for longer than 180 days.

 

Keep in mind: Your 2 years as a conditional lawful permanent resident count toward the 5 year requirement of lawful permanent residency.

 

Therefore, if you’ve consistently lived in the United States since becoming a conditional lawful permanent resident, you may be eligible to naturalize about 5 years after becoming a conditional lawful permanent resident.

 

Some of the other requirements to naturalize:

 

  • You must pass a United States civics examination
  • You must show that you have good moral character
  • You must take an Oath of Allegiance to the USA

 

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Congratulations, you have just gone through the entire EB-5 process from start to finish. I hope that you learned something new and found this guide helpful.

 

If you are confused about any particular area, don’t worry, it’s completely normal. The EB-5 process is very complex. If you need proof, just know that many immigration attorneys do not handle EB-5 cases due to their complexity.

 

If you have any questions about any of the points discussed or about the EB-5 visa in general, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com

 

Working with investors and entrepreneurs is one of my passions and I would be happy to answer any questions you have!

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Simon Holland
00:24 10 Nov 21
Had a great experience with the team from Ashoori Law from start to finish.
Kritika Shah
22:41 09 Nov 21
I had a very good experience with this law firm. I will definitely recommend this to my friends.
Akolom Gebreamlak
03:45 09 Nov 21
Friend of mine recommended for Ashoori law firm for my spouse adjust status application.All team members at Ahoori law firm are responsive and professional. My spouse application approved with their help. I recommend ashoori law firm anyone who... want apply any immigration application.read more
Winta Alem
18:29 08 Nov 21
Ashoori Law team went out of there way to show us they cared and give us the best service. So far Because of them my green card application process is going very well. I really recommend to anyone who is looking immigration process advice.
Heena Saini
18:11 08 Nov 21
They are very professional. I got my EAD card with the help of Michael on time. His team is really responsive and hard working. I was really worried about my application. But they made my life easier. Thank you. Highly recommended if anyone wants to... apply for adjustment of status.read more
Mohamed Gharib
17:52 08 Nov 21
I had the chance to work Ashoori Law office and team. They were able to help with my case in a very professional and efficient way. very grateful for their help.
Fazel Roustaei
06:04 07 Nov 21
Thank you Michael Ashoori to you and your team for your continued help with my adjustment of status application! I highly recommend Ashoori Law to any who need a great friendly team. Always honest and highly efficient and helpful. Definitely great... customer service and professionalism. Very precise, orderly and organized with a great platform to get the documents in. Thank you all again for your invaluable help!read more
Rahul Nair
21:16 06 Nov 21
Had an excellent experience dealing with Ashoori Law! Michael and the team made everything seamless + efficient without lots of back and forth. Thank you!
Peter lazarczyk
11:33 05 Nov 21
Ashoori law was available to answer any question or deal with any issues that came up. Their expertice in the process was a obvious and their knowledge of the system will achive your goals faster.
A A
03:20 05 Nov 21
Very good immigration lawyer and prompt services, highly recommended. I always love reading their newsletters and emails which have relevant info and helpful services. Definitely my go to immi team state side. Big ups Ashoori Team✊🙏 -... Anand ALread more
Flawless Stone
00:49 05 Nov 21
From the comments, I am giving 5 stars 🌟 ⭐🌟⭐🌟
Aida Walker
23:55 04 Nov 21
Thank you Ashoori Law! I got my reentry permit thanks to you.
Anthony Depatie
18:02 03 Nov 21
Ashoori Law were great, responsive, and attentive partners. Their intake and case management technology also made the process as seamless as immigration proceedings can be.
Van thang
01:19 30 Oct 21
They quick respond
Vw
18:17 28 Oct 21
Micheal and his team were extremely professional and responsive right from the get go as they walked us through the entire immigration process and handled everything in a timely manner. The most impressive thing was all the paperwork and... documentation was handled through their cloud platform which brought transparency and clarity to the whole process.read more
Bar B
18:43 27 Oct 21
Ashoori law has assisted and keeps assisting me in a proffessional manner ever since I first aproached them. To me, immigrations matters can be very complex and cause great distress, however my many questions and concerns are always addressed in a... timely manner. I have a few immigrations issues and having such a dedicated team backing me puts my mind at ease.read more
Travis Martin
03:10 26 Oct 21
Thank you!
Matt Grayson
17:52 25 Oct 21
I am greatly satisfied with the services provided by this law firm (marriage based green card). The responsiveness and accuracy of provided information exceeded my expectations. Thank you for your help.
Edmund Yang
01:29 21 Oct 21
Mr. Michael Ashoori. Thank you for your help. If I need any immigration service, I will definitely work with you. Your law firm and every staff member of your firm is professional and helpful. Your employees even helped solve some unrelated issues.... Highly recommend to your future clients.read more
Aman Ahuja
19:27 20 Oct 21
I had the most wonderful experience working with Ashoori firm. Michael and team are super helpful and extremely knowledgeable people in the market right now. They deliver what they promise and are with you throughout the journey. Best part is... YouTube videos from Michael which helps us in keeping posted with latest news from USCIS.read more
Raveena Mathur
20:44 14 Oct 21
Ashoori Law is amazing! We collaborated with Jesser and I only have great things to share about the experience . Extremely accountable, humble and responsive work by him. Whole immigration process is hard but having him by our side was such a... blessing. Those difficult times with no answers, were made easier by Jesser. Would highly recommend:)read more
Ahmed Mohamed
02:37 14 Oct 21
I highly recommend Ashoori Law and the team that works there. Great and easy to work with, highly efficient and helpful. I will certainly continue to use their service.
Annette llanera
17:35 12 Oct 21
I like Ashoori law office because they are very good. They helped me with my papers to get my permanent residence card .All the staff were professional and responsible. Ashoori law office is very trustworthy and I highly recommend... this to my friends. A million thanks to all the staff and most of all to Michael Ashoori .God bless us..read more
Mufakhar Raza
19:46 11 Oct 21
They've been really helpful. Responded to all my questions and everything went really smooth so far. Strongly recommended!
Amit Patil
14:55 11 Oct 21
I am very happy with the service provided by Ashoori Law firm. I have processed my green card and employment authorization card from Ashoor Law. They are very professional and responsive.Throughout in my green card process Ashoori Law is very... cooperative, knowledgeable and supportive in the process. I really recommend Ashoori Law firm for the immigration law services.read more
Alannah Paul
18:12 10 Oct 21
Great experience with Ashoori Law. Very straight forward process and additional guidance provided when we needed it. Took me 5 months from application to interview for a spousal green card. Very pleased with the service and outcome!
Rijo Joy Kattukaran
16:51 10 Oct 21
My experience so far with Ashoori Law has been awesome. I was in a hurry as it was years of waiting, and then the turn came up quickly, I had to act fast, am very glad I made the decision to choose Ashoori Law. Right from the initial request for a... consultation, the entire team was very responsive, attentive, prompt, detailed oriented. They were very transparent, with their fees (which is very reasonable) and clear. Especially during this pandemic made it as much as they could easier for me through virtual online submissions as much as possible. Ashoori Law exhibited had prepared documentation which was very easy to fill in and complete. Special mention to Lahaina Araneta, who helped me with all my queries and I hardly had to wait more than a day for all those to be answered. Though my journey is still not yet complete, would use Ashoori Law for any of my future needs and also would recommend them for all who is looking for immigration needs. Again a big note of thanks for all your help.read more
ALI ALNASAR
21:26 08 Oct 21
They are quick to respond and answer any questions I have. The staff was friendly, helpful, and easy to understand. This is the most professional office I had dealt with!
Seann Farrell
01:36 08 Oct 21
Citizenship acquired from beginning to end in under 10 months. Professionally prepared paperwork, documentation easy to submit online, very pleased with the outcome. Without the professional services of Ashoori Law there's a good chance delays and... issues could have occurred. I recommend Ashoori if peace of mind is your goal.read more
Juliana Chen
21:30 04 Oct 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was excellent. The teams were very attentive, always there to help with any of my questions. Always quick to respond and deal with any of my concerns. They are very knowledgeable and professional. I couldn’t be more... pleased with the services that they provided to me. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone with legal needs.read more
amit singh
16:04 04 Oct 21
I had a consultation with Rohit today. He patiently listened to my case and questions and provided satisfactory responses to all. I am happy with the discussion. I may end up taking a paid consultation for more details. I would recommend them to... others as well. Thanks Rohit!read more
Ashish sinha
00:27 02 Oct 21
I reached Michel to get help on i765(L2 EAD) expedite request. He explained me the chances are slim yet filed the request on my behalf.They are just a message away and revert phone calls anytime. They try to explain every bit of your... case.Despite of my expedite request having a low chance of approval, I am glad that my case was picked it's all because Michel and his team prepared my case so well that I got the expedited request approved.I am so happy, kudos to Michel, venshkha, jaser.Ashish Sinharead more
Dina Ibrahem
22:56 01 Oct 21
I've been dealing with them for a year now, they helped me a lot, very professional and friendly! I am always comfortable taking their advices and consult them through my case and they never let me down. and most importantly is that they are very... humble and available literally any time i needed an advice or if I have any concerns.I also LOVE that they email me before any important appointment I would have, making sure that I receive the mails and always sending me soft copies just in case which is GREAT and they constantly keep reminding all the way till my appointment comes. I am still a client with them and very happy, Thanks to Vaneskha Wilson, Jeser Romero, Lahaina Araneta, Milena Manukyan, Elaine Leduna , Karla Samayoa and of course Michael Ashoori.read more
Sach Gill
19:39 30 Sep 21
Had a chat with Rohit Srinivasa. He is informative and possess good knowledge about the immigration related matters. Highly recommended.
Aniruddha Ghosh
16:53 30 Sep 21
Talked to Rohit Srinivasa from Ashoori Law. He is incredibly knowledgable about US immigration laws and is quite freindly. Highly recommended if you are a student on F-1 (OPT, STEM) or are looking to file H-1B.
Kristina Karalic
18:56 29 Sep 21
We accidentally found Ashoori Law online, but we're so happy we did because they have been nothing but outstanding! Ashoori Team has been helping us with multiple cases, including B, L visas and green cards. Their portal is very user friendly, and... their staff is always responsive, caring and detailed. I'd like to give a special shout-out to their Director of Legal Operations, Lahaina Araneta, who has been an absolute delight to work with. I am highly recommending Ashoori Law to anyone seeking immigration services!read more
Zulfa Sultana
18:18 29 Sep 21
I am glad I chose them. Above everything, they are friendly and work closely with you. Owner of the law firm himself is available to talk if needed. Highly recommending them.
Joao Castro
00:31 29 Sep 21
Michael and his team deserve more than a five star rating. I hired Mike already based on a recommendation from a friend of mine, who also requested his services. My friend gave him five star as well, and this could simply not be different.Since my... first contact with Michael, I've perceived his solid ethical principles, responsive professionalism and personal attention to all details in US immigration complex process. In my case, he was key for me to obtain I-131 permits for three Green Cards - and the documents were shipped after just six weeks after the process initiation. In another process, he has been immediately responsive to replace Green Cards. And all my contacts were online - which is a testimony of his great online reputation.If you are looking for US Immigration lawyer assistance for true delivery, great value and avoid risks and potential problems, the answer is Michael Ashoori Law, with his fantastic team, that really and personally takes care of your immigration needs.JCread more
Ahmad Jawid
01:45 28 Sep 21
Ashoori Law, Michael and his team are very professional , helpful and great people for their clients . i am very glad that i had Ashoori Law team for my paperworks . I recommend everyone Ashoori Law especially for Immigration purposes ask for... Michael .read more
Ariel 0054 Realty
01:43 28 Sep 21
Extremely professional teamWithout any doubt, they can handle with knowledge and expertise any caseYou are in good hands with them
Mittal Patel
20:29 27 Sep 21
Have worked with many immigration Lawyers. Ashoori law was very affordable and got back to me in timely manner. Made sure I was on time with my fillings and that we responded to our RFE with adequate info. Lahaina is one of their E2 lawyers and was... expert with these kinds of cases. Will hire them again for renewals.read more
Pragalath Mohandas
20:30 25 Sep 21
Amazing experience. Ashoori Law firm gave me hope and prepared a strong case & I got my E2 case approved in one week. I spoke to other immigration lawyers & i was not satisfied. its easy to communicate with everyone! I highly recommend them to... anyone looking to get immigration help!read more
bhakti savai
12:26 21 Sep 21
I had great experience with Ashoori Law. Professional, knowledgeable, responsive, client-centric, and timely! Highly recommended!
William & Heather Oon
01:17 20 Sep 21
We are grateful and thankful to Ashoori Law and its team. They are very understanding, patient, responsive with all our enquiries and prompt in providing updates to our status. We highly recommended their service.
Kaushik Kuila
19:43 17 Sep 21
I have used Michael Ashoori's Law Firm for my mother's Green Card processing. I have found them very professional and responsive along the way, answering all my queries in a timely manner. I'll readily use them for any immigrations needs in future.
Hyunwook Shin
07:45 10 Sep 21
Michael Ashoori and his firm helped us navigate the complex filing process, answer any questions we have with care, and eventually attain successful approvals. Highly recommended!
Sharon Shanaya
21:53 05 Sep 21
My case was a bit complicated due to my ex-husband and his family but this firm dealt with my I-485 case so nicely and professionally. I was given only 2 weeks to lodge my application due to my messy divorce. This firm made sure my case was filed... before my conditional green card expires. Got my green card in 5 months even during this Covid time when everything takes ages to process. I Will recommend them to anyone who is having difficulty with immigration. Absolutely the best. Don't waste ur time with other attorneys.read more
H. George
02:10 01 Sep 21
Very professional, they have a very good system to prepare your case and make proper follow ups.My case was a little bit complicated and other places they were taking advantage trying to charge me a lots of money but Michael never did... that.Recommending 100% best lawyer ever.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
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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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