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

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

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

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

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