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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Eric Askerov
17:18 14 Oct 22
Ashoori Law is a law firm you can trust and be sure they won’t leave you alone with your problems. I’ve been working with a few other lawyers before, but they all are working with you only because of money and don’t really care about you and your... situation.I contacted Ashoori Law’s team with an urgent situation and they were able to take my case, get everything done super smooth and fast. Ashoori Law’s team is reliable, professional and easy to work with. They take care of everything, all you need to do is cooperate and provide necessary papers on time.I highly recommend the firm and specially Shruti, who was working on my case. Only 5 star!read more
Genx Solutions LLC
21:55 13 Oct 22
They handled my E2 process professionally. Collecting all the necessary documents were done systemically. I'm fully satisfied with the service. Michael review the file personally and answer any questions come up. Would recommend Ashoori Law office... with no doubt.read more
Frida Davidsson Art
19:39 13 Oct 22
I’m very happy I choose Ashoori law! They have been so helpful and very quick with responding! Whenever I have questions they really take their time to explain, and my case has been processed quicker expected! Everything has been going very smooth... without any issues. I strongly suggest Ashoori Law!read more
Hiitokiri
00:13 12 Oct 22
Milena she will take care of you in your case of the Mater. Experience and excellent service she explained everything in to easy detail...I give her 💯 top notch service if you have any questions she respond back fast efficient...quick and... easy process....and make it easy for you to process your paper work....thank you so much Milena OUSTANDING Work!!! Thanks Ashoori Lawread more
Guru
19:36 11 Oct 22
Excellent service extended by Lorianne & team @ Ashoori Law. Kudos.
Brian Tetreault
02:37 06 Oct 22
Fantastic experience with Ashoori Law. Michael and his team were methodical in their handling of our E2 case. Communication with the firm was excellent and all queries were responded to in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law.
Karen Brizuela
01:04 06 Oct 22
Michael and team thankyou very much!! Right and professional answers. you guys did the the job as we agree.. and we did get our E2 visa status.Abe Brizuela.
Winston Stewart
13:50 27 Sep 22
ashoori law took my case in April 2021. They made sure that everything was done correctly before fileing. upon receipt of the case we awaited uscis decision. our petition was approved august 2022. during this time period ashoori law was always... available for my concerns or questions. therefore without reservation I recommend ashoori law to anyone seeking professional legal services in the immigration field.read more
Allen Gibbons
20:02 24 Sep 22
They were informative and very professional. Got the case done smoothly and on time. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law Firm.
Christian Rodriguez
18:23 23 Sep 22
I am incredibly thankful for this law firm. Ever since day 1 they have made things clear and have answered every question that has come to mind along the way. Their way of making sure that all information is correct and up to standards is a main... reason why I am happy with the service. For anyone having doubts...DONT! You will not be disappointed!read more
Shyam Chandrasekharan
17:05 22 Sep 22
Team Ashoori did a great Job on my Visa Approval.
ash yousefi
21:19 20 Sep 22
Ashoori law supported my case for the re-entry permit and they have a very supportive staff. Everything moves very organized.
Callen Schaub
18:20 09 Sep 22
The Ashoori Law team helped secure my USA O-1 Visa (Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement). Looking forward to making the world even more colorful! Thank you Ashoori Law.All the colors,Callen Schaub
Kubra Cingirlar
17:57 06 Sep 22
Because of the location, I couldn’t hire them but they were so fast to response
Malla R
23:31 01 Sep 22
Ehsan Mari is very patient and respectful while working with him . I highly recommend him for Immigration related services
Kanwarbir Singh Minhas
22:32 29 Aug 22
Highly recommend law firm.Thanks to Ashoori Law firm.I have used their service for my E2 visa as well as E2 change of status as i needed both of them.I just got my E2 change of status approved.Great service by the Michael Ashoori and his team.... Very professional ,easy going and helpful. If you are looking for one, this is the place. I will be using their service for my E2 visa also and later on with future applications also.read more
marjan f
23:20 25 Aug 22
I had some immigration questions regarding my application, so I booked a free consultation time with their office. I received a call an hour later from Mr. Ehsan, a consultant of the office. He helped me with all my questions patiently and I have to... say that he was so professional and knowledgeable.I want to thank him for the time and consideration.read more
Sari Sari
22:04 25 Aug 22
Very informative videos and blog post! Very Easy to understand! Great customer service! Kudos!!
Rovie Sayson
21:21 25 Aug 22
Michael provided excellent service. Highly recommended!!!
Alan Kryemadhi
05:54 23 Aug 22
I called ashoori law firm after I watched their very helpfull videos on YouTube for an e2 visa application (most informative e2 videos on YouTube in my opinion).Hands down they are the BEST emigration attorneys! Although applying for the e2 visa... was completed, the whole process went very smooth. I was impressed by their quick responses! They are very responsive and informative. Cannot recommend them enough! Thank so much guys!read more
Bob Edge
15:05 20 Aug 22
They helped me applied for my mom's green card and provided guidance and assistance through the whole process and more!
Adam Weston
18:25 19 Aug 22
Although I am halfway through the immigration process with my wife, it has been an excellent experience so far. Ashoori Law is very responsive and gets back to me quickly when I have a question. They made everything very easy which is key. Highly... recommend.read more
Chel Onates
17:42 18 Aug 22
I would like to Thank Ashoori Law team specially to Jeser I really appreciated the updates and follow ups. I highly recommend this firm.
Martha Castrejon
17:52 17 Aug 22
I just got my E2 visa renewal,thank you for the great team of the best immigration Michael Ashoori law company,thanks Lahaina,james,Michael for your help,and would like to give you more than 5 stars,sure will continue to work with you.
Mahesh Lal Rawat
14:56 14 Aug 22
महेश लाल जिला फतेहपुर भारत
Sweta Bharodia
18:23 12 Aug 22
Michael Ashoori and his team were very helpful and guided us through each and everything in getting our E2 visa. I highly recommend Ashoori Law firm.Initially when were looking for E2 visa lawyer, we had been in contact with many lawyers, but we... are fortunate we made a correct decision by making Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer. For any visa application documentation is very important. Ashoori Law team gave us a very clear and easy to understand step by step application process, which made it very easy for me to collect the relevant documents and submit. Starting from setting up a new company for the business till getting visa, Ashoori law firm has been always there, they have always answered to all our questions to the best of their abilities. We are very satisfied by choosing Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer.They are very approachable and will answer all your questions quickly. Special thanks to Lahaina, Chris, Elaine and all the team members with whom we interacted during the visa application process.Sincerely,Sweta Bharodia.read more
Michael - David
12:45 11 Aug 22
It is my pleasure to testify to my extremely positive experience working with the Ashoori Law Team in regards to the recent renewal of my O-1 Visa. This Visa renewal was complex as it involved factors such as a patent I hold, the relationship with... the company that I am working with, as well as an arts and entertainment component. The members of the team were professional and attentive and were able to secure the renewal within a surprisingly short amount of time. I would highly recommend their services for anyone who is seeking the right immigration solution particularly where the petition has a business component.Sincerely,Michael-Davidread more
Jessie Vasquez
17:47 10 Aug 22
Ashoori Law made sponsoring an employee's visa very easy and free of stress. They explained everything in detail and were very prompt with their responses and action items. It was a very fast and smooth process that was not outrageously expensive. I... would definitely recommend them and use them again.read more
mubashir ahmed
01:56 10 Aug 22
Thank you so much Michael Ashoori for all your help regarding my wife's work Authorization as an E2- dependent. We truly appreciate your honesty and making this whole process very easy and straight forward for us from the time of the application... till getting the EAD card. Your whole team was exceptional in providing the great advice. Thank you for responding to our emails and phone calls promptly. Our special thanks to James and Lahaina, both were very active and efficient. This was our first experience with any immigration lawyer, and it was very pleasant.We highly recommend Michael Ashoori Law office for any immigration services.read more
Ritesh Chutani
19:11 09 Aug 22
Michael has been very helpful with my reentry permit application. He has been very prompt in answering all the questions I had. He explained how I should go ahead with my application and has supported all along in last few months since the... application process started. I highly recommend his services.read more
Junko Iizuka
22:43 28 Jul 22
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my gratitude to the Ashoori Law team, especially Kelly Raposa. Much of my time & energy was needed to go to the hospital daily to take care of my very sick mom. Thanks to Kelly’s genuine kindness... & willingness to answer even the smallest of questions, I was able to focus more of my time & energy on my mom, & was able to be by her side during her last final week. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone - from the moment I started working with them, it was evident that they deeply care about all their clients.read more
Travis Steinke
20:23 27 Jul 22
The team at Ashoori law were helpful throughout the entire visa experience. Would, and have, recommend to anyone looking into the E2 visa route. Thank you!
Pradeep Sharma
14:35 27 Jul 22
Great attorney and very impressed with the professionalism. Highly recommend this place for E2 visa needs.
Osaid Abuelnasr
01:23 22 Jul 22
I have worked with many immigration attorneys for my personal and business needs. I have never had the pleasure of working with someone as helpful, genuine and professional as Ashoori Law.The attorney which handled both of my cases was Rebecca... McCarthy. She’s diligent, fast and an all around amazing attorney. She left no questions unanswered and was always on top of my case. Huge thanks to her and Michael for all their help and care.One thing I really liked about working with Ashoori Law is Michael was always available to answer any questions should no one else be able to answer them. He did not shy away from getting on the phone with me when I needed to speak to him. Unlike other firms where you feel the need to talk to 5 paralegals before getting real attention. I will definitely recommend my family and friends to Ashoori Law.read more
James Harvey
19:56 21 Jul 22
Michael and his team were extremely helpful throughout my whole visa application process.There was no other firm like it in terms of the effort that was put in to initially bring me on board, with there being numerous calls with me to answer my... queries first, and hear their recommendations on the best approach / visa for me, before giving them the go ahead to start my applicationTheir process was clear and easy, I was introduced to all team members who were working on my case. There was no limit of time from them with answering any questions or concerns that I had, which was huge for me as completing a visa application seemed like a daunting task initiallyFor anyone looking for this type of service I would highly recommend Michael and his team at AshooriA special thank you to James as well, who would of been my primary contact and helped tremendously.read more
Mary Kambai Chimbali
18:23 14 Jul 22
Ashoori law worked really fast. I’ve already had one of my cases approved. They made the process very easy for us and gave us confidence that things are getting done correctly. And they’ve kept us up to date with email and the online tracker along... the way.read more
Matt Mulholand
18:15 14 Jul 22
Ashoori Law has a very convenient online user portal which makes uploading documents very easy. They maintain good contact via email and staff can be reached by phone easily.
Jime Caballero
00:17 14 Jul 22
I'm so grateful of how helpful Ashoori was with my visa process. They did an excellent job!!
Dev Pawar
22:16 13 Jul 22
Nice to work with and they got the job done. Will certainly recommend them for all your immigration needs.
Mohamed Hegazy
16:09 12 Jul 22
totally satisfied with the results, I contacted the law firm to apply for E2. They got it done in time. They are professional and know what they are doing. The team was on top of the case. They reply to all the emails and at all the time. I was able... to schedule a call with them whenever I needed information. Highly recommended!.read more
ker smith
09:38 12 Jul 22
I would definitely recommend this law firm and their entire team to anyone who need immigration representation. They get the job done plus very affordable
Manisha Patel
20:38 08 Jul 22
Michael and his team is excellent at providing timely services and their turnaround time is very quick. I worked with Christina Missey for my immigration petition and she thoroughly reviewed every SINGLE documents of mine and guided me through... journey. She is the best. Appreciate the above and beyond efforts of Ashoori law firmread more
Emilio D'Angelo
17:03 05 Jul 22
I’ve worked with a lot of attorneys along my immigration journey but none have come close to the ease, organization, results of Ashoori Law!I’ll definitely be referring any of my fellow ex-pats over to the extremely capable team at Ashoori... Law.Thank you guys for just a stress free process!read more
Casa Guzmania
18:11 01 Jul 22
We worked with Ashoori Law to apply for E2 status, and it was approved on the first attempt with no request for additional information or any pushback! Big kudos to Christina and Lahaina, who were incredibly responsive, supportive, and patient... throughout the process. We highly recommend Ashoori Law for any immigration process, and we can confidently say that they are experts in E2 applications.read more
Salman Rauf
16:18 29 Jun 22
Excellent team and services.Always responded to my concerns whenever i wrote to them. Would highly recommend for Immigration servicing.
Lung Lee
00:40 28 Jun 22
Great work! Professional, always willing to help and quick response.As a newcomer to the U.S., they settled me a lot of questions.They professionally advise which kind of visa is most suitable for you. And, guide you step by step throughout the... application process. Finally, I got the approval of my visa with no RFE.I'd like to special thank to Lahaina for her caring. Also, Rohit's referral to such a great team.I do highly recommend Ashoori Law to all immigrant and non-immigrant applicants to the U.S.read more
Omolola Baidoo
00:34 28 Jun 22
I had an awesome experience with this law firm. My papers was processed promptly. My phone calls was responded to promptly. No regrets. Money well spent.I will definitely recommend Ashoori law firm to friends and families who needs their services.... Thanks for everything.read more
Anja Kahn
17:28 27 Jun 22
My I-140 for the EB2 NIW has been approved!! Thank you Michael and Lahaina of Ashoori Law, and thank you USCIS!Prior to meeting Michael Ashoori, I had frustratingly worked with 3 other immigration law firms over the previous 6 years to ensure my... business, my children and I were always in authorized and lawful status. With these firms I felt not quite versed on the in-depth immigration picture, not sure of the chances of success of any particular route, uncomfortably wondering if the advise and steering was the right path for me and my family for the long term, or was it short term fixes thereby requiring further filings in the future. I paid some pretty hefty fees too, and often was left wondering if the option I was being recommended was the best option for me or was it the most lucrative for the law firm.Michael was a breadth of fresh air!Whilst researching my queries online I found Ashoori Law through the videos Michael posts - the videos were focused, informative, and dealt with pretty much the whole picture in respect of the topic he spoke on. The tone was chatty and Michael came across as very approachable, conveying the law in terms I could understand, without losing the detail. After watching the first video, I searched for more and binge watched all I could find before reaching out to Michael!During my initial consultation I felt so reassured by not only Michael's extensive immigration law knowledge, but also the way he explained options. Everything he said made so much sense, was applicable to my circumstances, and he laid out my options clearly, giving honest evaluation as to the process, the timeline, and chances of success. He didn't do it piecemeal or in isolation, he looked at the full picture as to how my application would affect my family in the long term - definitely an important factor when kids risk being aged out at 21. Michael looked at my background and was confident that I could be successful in the EB2 NIW category. His analysis of how I met the requirements and what I would need to do to evidence my experience, knowledge and expertise gave me the confidence to proceed in the belief I merited the category.The team at Ashoori Law handled the whole process so smoothly and efficiently, with full disclosure at every stage, and it was a speedy filing - under 30 days!!Ashoori Law have a fantastic online portal, where the whole application is managed - you can monitor step by step what is required, there are user friendly forms for information gathering, and easy uploading of evidence documents. Messaging is handled securely through the portal, enabling the whole application history to be in one place, readily accessible for any future query.Having filed, Ashoori Law didn't go silent on me! With the delays in processing at USCIS due to Covid and post Covid challenges, Michael and Lahaina were always happy to have an update discussion and keep me reassured - and sane!I leave this review because Michael's evaluation of what was required for success in my immigration journey has made a phenomenal difference to my life, for which I am forever going to be grateful. I leave this review as an experienced immigration applicant who has tried some of the most well known firms in the country - firms that promised the world, charged the earth, and generally failed in the objective they were contracted for. Michael delivered on his promise. Thank you Michael.read more
Kely Aliny Neves
12:30 27 Jun 22
Foram ótimos profissionais, sempre prestativos e tudo deu certo sem desafios. Recomendo!
Ramneek Lamba
02:28 23 Jun 22
I would highly recommend Ashoori law to anyone who is looking for a professional advice on immigration. Right from the beginning they explained me the procedure in detail. Lahaina was super helpful at all stages of the process. They respond quickly... and professionally. Anyone looking for immigration advice will not be disappointed. Thanks again!read more
Tommy T Chai8.
06:44 21 Jun 22
Thank you very much for this advice.I thing that next month i will submit this document. 🌷🌷
Rahila Samreen
02:07 17 Jun 22
Michael Ashoori is an excellent immigration lawyer. He has a great team. His team response is so quick. My daughter is also doing her immigration case with him. And definitely I will appoint for my son next. He is a very trustworthy lawyer and you... will never feel that your money is wasted. I definitely recommend to everyone. Thanks to Michael Ashoori that you assisted me every time .read more
Marina
00:45 17 Jun 22
Very great! Love, love, love Ashoori Law and his team. They make you feel like family. This is the team that will definitely get the job done. Very friendly and professional!
Vivek Sharma
00:54 16 Jun 22
The team at Ashoori Law did a wonderful job in helping me get my H-1B Visa approved on time. Special thanks to Lahaina and James who were always communicative throughout the process and ensured all information and documents were in place before... submitting the petition. I would highly recommend their services.read more
Erika Fifield
18:41 15 Jun 22
The Ashoori Law team was awesome in providing my company with employer sponsored visa services. They guided us through the entire process, were very professional and were able to file and get us the needed approval in a timely manner. As an HR... manager, I highly recommend Ashoori Law for your business or individual immigration needs. James, Milena, and the entire team were very helpful and made the process very simple with quick results!read more
Ross Hitchins
06:36 10 Jun 22
Our E2 visa request was professionally handled to a successful outcome. I would recommend this Law company for anyone who is trying to obtain a US visa. Good Job! Thanks Steve Hitchins
Romard Palmer
15:05 08 Jun 22
I had the opportunity to work with Ashoori Law to apply for my Re-entry permit. i must say it was seamless, all the work was handle by the staff at Ashoori Law. The service they provided was extraordinary, the staff are very knowledgeable and... provides timely feedback and is willing to spend countless hours on phone calls to explain any situation/issues you might have. I highly recommend this firm for any legal matters regarding immigration services. I will be using them for all my future needs moving forward. It was a great pleasure working with Ashoori Law, I look forward to work with them again.read more
Sandeep Kaur Pannu
02:02 08 Jun 22
I have watched all your videos, they are always great…. I read your blog online and it was very informative and after reading the blog I felt, you and your teams knows in depth about immigration that’s how I approached you guys for EAD. And it all... turned out so great!Thank you for getting us EAD approval in hand! So all five stars from our side.Thank you!read more
Kevin Kovacs
21:03 07 Jun 22
The Ashoori Law team has done a tremendous job representing me and successfully putting together my application. They are very knowledgable, organized, thorough, and straightforward. The team knows what it takes to get cases approved. Ashoori Law... has earned my trust and I will engage them in future cases. Highly recommend!read more
Juan perez don
01:10 02 Jun 22
Hola! Gracias por la asesoría, mi caso salió exitoso, mi cambio de status fue aprobado Gracias por la asesoría y el acompañamiento.
Malwa Truckline
03:04 01 Jun 22
We would like to thank Micheal and Team to work on a our case.which really went smoothly and made easy by them.we highly recommend Ashoori Law Firm and it was pleasure doing business with them.
Jarson Laguerta
21:04 31 May 22
I would highly recommend Ashoori Law office for the fast and reliable visa process. The staff are also accommodating , on point and on time, they're are very fast when it comes to processing my visa.
sunaina rayamajhi
22:42 27 May 22
Applied my marriage based green card from here and everyone was really friendly. Whenever i had any questions they were available to answer it. I really loved the service here. I will definitely recommend this place to family or friends if they ever... need any immigration service.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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