E2 Visa Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the E2 Visa

E2 Visa

The E2 Visa is a great option for investors and entrepreneurs. With an E2 visa, you can live in the United States, start a US business, and work for your business. 

 

In this guide I will discuss what you need to know the E2 visa.

 

If you have any questions about the E2 visa, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m very responsive via email and would be happy to answer your questions.

 

Overview:

 

1. What is the E2 Visa?

2. What are the Benefits of an E2 Visa?

3. What are the E2 Visa Requirements?

4. What is the Process of Getting an E2 Visa?

5. What are the Differences Between Getting an E2 Visa and Doing a Change of Status to E2 Status?

6. How Long Does it Take to Get an E2 Visa?

7. How Long Can I be in the US on an E2 Visa?

8. If I Get an E2 Visa, Do My Family Members Get Immigration Benefits?

9. Can I Get an E2 Visa as an Employee of an E2 Company?

10. How Can I Go From an E2 Visa to a Green Card?

11. Conclusion

 

1. What is the E2 Visa?

 

The E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa for investors, entrepreneurs, and people looking to run a business in the United States. With an E2 visa, you can start a US business or invest in a US business and work for that business.

 

To get an E2 visa, you must invest a substantial amount of capital into a US business and you must direct and develop that business. You can either start a new business or invest in an existing business to qualify for an E2 visa.

 

The E2 visa is only available to people from certain countries that have an E2 treaty with the United States (we will go over the countries that qualify for an E2 visa down below).

 

There is no limit to the number of times the E2 visa can be renewed. So as long as the E2 business continues to operate and meet the E2 visa requirements, and E2 visa holder can continue to renew their visa and live and work in the United States.

 

Summary:

 

  • The E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa for investors.

 

  • You qualify for an E2 visa by making a substantial investment in a US company.

 

  • The E2 visa can be renewed over and over as long as the business continues to operate and meet the E2 requirements.

2. What are the Benefits of an E2 Visa?

 

  • With an E2 visa, you can start a business in the United States and work for that business.

 

  • By getting an E2 visa, your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old can also qualify for E2 visas.

 

  • Your spouse can apply for work authorization, to work in the United States.

 

  • Your children can go to school in the United States.

 

  • There is no set minimum investment amount to qualify for an E2 visa. Investments as low as $50,000 or even lower have qualified for E2.

 

  • There is no limit to the number of times you can extend your E2 visa. Some E2 visa holders stay in the United States for 15 years or longer.

 

  • Unlike other non-immigrant visas, you do not need to maintain a foreign residence to get an E2 visa.

 

3. What are the E2 Visa Requirements?

 

There are 8 main requirements to qualify for an E2 visa:

 

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

 

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

 

  • You must make a substantial investment in a US company.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • The source of your investment funds must be lawful.

 

  • Your investment must be irrevocably committed to the E2 business and must be at-risk.

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

 

To get an E2 visa, you must be a national of a country that has a qualifying treaty with the United States.

 

To explain this concept, lets break this requirement into 2 sub-categories:

 

  • Nationality

 

  • Treaty with United States

 

Nationality

 

You must have the nationality of a country with a qualifying treaty with the United States.

 

  • You typically have the nationality of the country of your citizenship.

 

  • If your nationality is unclear, the nationality laws of your home country and the language of your home country’s treaty with the US will determine whether you qualify as a "national."

 

There are two ways to qualify for an E2 visa:

 

  • You can make an investment in a US business as an individual

 

  • Or your foreign business can make an investment in a US business

 

Investment as an Individual

 

  • If you are investing in a US business as an individual, then you will be considered the E2 principal investor.

 

  • Your country of citizenship will determine whether you satisfy the nationality requirement.

 

  • If you are a dual national (you hold nationality of two countries) you may still qualify for an E2 visa. You will have to apply for the E2 visa based on your nationality of the treaty country.

 

Investment by Foreign Business

 

  • If your foreign business is making the investment in the US business, the foreign business will be considered the E2 principal investor.

 

  • The nationality of the business is determined based on the individual owners of the business.

 

  • To qualify for E2, the business must be at least 50% owned by nationals of the treaty country.

 

  • If less than 50% of the business is owned by nationals of the treaty country, it may still qualify for E2 if the business is restructured so that treaty nationals own at least 50% of the business.

 

Qualifying Treaty with the United States

 

The second part of this requirement is that there must be an E2 treaty between the US and the E2 investor’s country of nationality.

 

Here's a complete list of all the countries that have an E2 treaty with the United States:

 

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Congo (Brazzaville)
  • Congo (Kinshasa)
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Grenada
  • Honduras
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Yugoslavia.

 

Here are some major countries that do not have an E2 Treaty with the US:

 

  • Brazil
  • China
  • India
  • Russia

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

 

To get an E2 visa, you must have the intent to depart the United States once your E2 status ends.

 

  • For most non-immigrant visa categories, you are required to prove that you have non-immigrant intent.

 

  • To prove non-immigrant intent you are usually required to show strong ties to your home country, such as having a foreign residence, a career, etc.

 

  • This is not required for an E2 visa.

 

  • For the E2 visa, you can satisfy the "intent to depart" requirement by submitting a signed statement that you intend to depart the United States once your E2 status ends.

 

iii. You must make a substantial investment in a US company.

 

To qualify for an E2 visa, you must make a substantial investment in a US company.

 

  • The regulations do not specify a minimum investment amount that qualifies as substantial.

 

  • The Foreign Affairs Manual specifically states: “No set dollar figural constitutes a minimum amount of investment to be considered ‘substantial’ for E-2 visa purposes.” [9 FAM 402.9-6(D)]

 

  • Instead, a proportionality test is used to determine whether an investment is substantial or not.

 

Proportionality Test

 

  • The proportionality test compares 2 numbers: the amount of money you actually invest in your business and the total value of the business.

 

  • The value of an existing business is typically its purchase price.

 

  • The value of a start-up is the total cost to bring the business to the point of being operational.

 

  • To determine if your investment is substantial or not, the immigration official working on your case will calculate the proportion between how much you actually invested in the business to the total value of the business.

 

  • For businesses with a lower value, your investment should be a very high percentage of the total value of the business to be considered substantial.

 

  • For businesses with a very high value, your investment may be a lower percentage of the total value of the business, to be considered substantial.

 

  • Unfortunately, there are no exact percentages used to determine what is substantial.

 

  • If the total value of your business is $100,000 or less, your actual investment should be 100% of the total value of the business, to be considered substantial.

 

  • On the opposite end of the spectrum, if the total value of your business is very high (for example $10,000,000), an investment of $5,000,000 would very likely be considered substantial even though proportionately it is only 50% of the total value of the business.

 

  • If you have any questions on your particular business, and whether your investment will be considered substantial, please email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’d be happy to help analyze your investment.

 

Rule of Thumb

 

  • As a general rule of thumb, at my firm, I like to see that at least $100,000 invested in the business and put at risk.

 

  • However, investments for $50,000 and even lower have qualified for E2.

 

  • The higher your investment is, the better chance that your investment will be considered substantial, and the stronger your case will be.

 

 

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

 

  • The business invested in for an E2 visa must be an active, for-profit, business. The business must conduct some sort of entrepreneurial activity.

 

  • Examples of businesses that would meet this requirement include companies that sell some kind of a product or service for profit.

 

  • Passive investments will not qualify. This means that an investment in a piece of residential real estate, or an investment in the stock market will not work.

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

 

 

To qualify for an E2 visa, the E2 business invested in cannot be a marginal enterprise.

 

  • A marginal enterprise is a business that does not have the present capacity or the future capacity to generate enough income to provide more than an minimal living for the E2 investor and their family. [CFR Section 214.2(e)]

 

  • Even if the business does not have the capacity to generate enough income, if it has a present or future capacity to make a "significant economic contribution" it is not a marginal enterprise. [CFR Section 214.2(e)]

 

There are 2 ways to prove that the E2 business is not a marginal enterprise:

 

  • Show that has the present or future capacity to generate more than enough income to provide a minimal living to you and your family.

 

  • Show that the business has the present or future capacity to make a "significant economic contribution." You can prove this by showing that the business either current employs or will employ multiple workers.

 

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

 

As an E2 investor, you are required to seek entry into the United States for the sole purpose of directing and developing the E2 business.

 

  • You can satisfy this requirement by showing that as the E2 investor, you own at least 50% of the E2 business.

 

  • If you do not own at least 50% of the E2 business, you can still satisfy the requirement by showing that you have operational control of the business.

 

  • You can show operational control by having a managerial position within the business. Other similar ways may also work.

 

  • You cannot be a passive investor and qualify for an E2 visa.

 

  • If a foreign business entity is the E2 investor, it must show that it is directing and developing the E2 business.

 

  • E2 employees do not have to show that they are seeking entry into the United States to direct and develop the E2 business.

 

  • If two parties own equal shares in the business entity (50/50), they can still meet the “direct and develop” requirement. Both parties must have full management rights and responsibilities.

vii. The source of your investment funds must be lawful.

 

The funds that you use use to invest in your E2 business must have been obtained lawfully.

 

  • Examples of lawful sources of funds include earnings from lawful employment, income from the sale of a property, gifts, an inheritance, etc.

 

  • You can also use the proceeds from a loan as your investment funds. The loan must be either unsecured or secured by your personal assets.

 

  • Loans secured by the assets of the E2 business will not qualify.

 

  • You must be able to sufficiently document how the funds were earned.

viii. Your investment must be irrevocably committed to the E2 business and must be at-risk.

To get an E2 visa, you must make an investment that is at risk and your investment funds must be irrevocably committed to the E2 business.

 

  • Basically, what this means is that your investment funds must actually be spent on the business and cannot just be sitting in your operating account.

 

 

At Risk

 

  • To satisfy the at risk requirement, your E2 investment funds must be subject to either partial or total loss.

 

  • This means that there can be no guarantee that you will get any part of their funds back.

 

  • To determine whether your investment is truly at risk, you can ask yourself the following question: If the E2 business fails, how much money would be lost?

 

Investment is Irrevocably Committed

 

  • Your investment funds must be already invested in the E2 business at the time of filing or they must be in the process of being invested in the E2 business at the time of filing.

 

  • You must also be close to starting actual business activities.

 

  • This is to ensure that you, as the E2 investor, are committed to the success of the E2 business.

 

  • Your intent to invest, without a present commitment is insufficient. Also, putting the investment funds in a bank account, without an actual commitment, is not enough to qualify for an E2 visa.

 

  • That said, a reasonable amount of funds kept in a business operating account can qualify toward your investment capital.

 

  • To meet the irrevocability standard, you may be able to place the investment funds in an escrow account. The release of the funds can be solely conditional on the approval of your E2 visa or E2 change of status.
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5. What are the Differences Between Doing a Change of Status to E2 and Getting an E2 Visa?

 

There are many factors that you should consider before you decide whether to change status or go through consular processing. Before you decide which option to choose, you should discuss with an immigration attorney.

 

Here are a few factors to consider…

Are you lawfully present in the US?

 

  • Filing for a Change of Status is only available to nonimmigrants who are lawfully present in the US

 

  • If you are abroad you will not qualify for a Change of Status.

How quickly do you need the E2 visa?

 

  • One of the reasons some people choose to do a Change of Status is because of the speed of processing.

 

  • USCIS offers Premium Processing. This means that a Change of Status can be processed in as little as 15 days. Consular Processing can take much longer.

Will you need to travel outside of the US?

 

  • Keep in mind that if you change status to E2 status, once you leave the United States, you will no longer have status.

 

  • To re-enter the US, you will have to get an E2 visa at a US Consulate abroad.

 

  • US Consulates do not base their decision on a prior approved E2 Change of Status from USCIS. So you will be applying all over again for an E-2 visa at the consulate. You will have to re-submit the documents proving that you meet the E2 requirements.

How much are you investing?

 

  • Some consular posts are more strict than others and will want to see a higher investment amount, to qualify as a ‘substantial’ investment.

 

  • If your consular post is strict, you may want to change status. This is so that you can grow your E2 business. Then, at that time, you can apply for an E2 visa abroad with more funds invested in the business.

 

  • Keep in mind that this strategy can also work against you if your E2 business does not perform as well as you expect. In this situation, the consular post would have two years of actual business activity to judge your business.

6. How Long Does it Take to Get an E2 Visa?

 

There are three main stages of the E2 visa process that determine how long it will take:

  • Document Gathering
  • Legal Preparation
  • Consular Processing or Change of Status

 

Document Gathering

 

  • Once you hire an immigration attorney, they will review your case. They will then provide you with a list of all the documents they need from you to file your E2 visa application.

 

  • The gathering of documents takes clients around 1 month. This can be much faster or slower depending on you.

 

Legal Preparation

 

  • Once you send the documents to your immigration attorney, they will take about two weeks to prepare and complete everything. They will then file your completed E2 petition.

 

Consular Processing/Change of Status

 

  • Your application will then be sent to the US consulate of your home country (consular processing). Or, if you are in the US you can change status to E2 status (change of status) by sending your application to USCIS.

 

  • Consular processing takes around 2-3 months.

 

  • A change of status through USCIS takes 2 to 3 months. You can choose to speed up the process by paying an extra fee of $2,500.00 for premium processing. This will reduce the total processing time to 15 calendar days. A request for additional evidence (RFE) can slow down this process.

 

  • Keep in mind: If you select Premium Processing, USCIS only has to issue a response within 15 days. USCIS can send a request for more evidence if they believe your application is missing something or if they are confused about something.

 

  • Once you respond to a request for evidence, USCIS is no longer required to respond within 15 days. USCIS can take longer to respond.

7. How Long Can I be in the US on an E2 Visa?

 

  • The length of time your E2 visa is valid for depends on the country issuing the visa. The period of visa validity generally ranges from 1 year to 5 years.

 

  • If your E2 visa is valid for 5 years, this does not mean that you can stay in the US for 5 years at a time.

 

  • Your status (not your visa) determines how long you can stay in the US at any one time.

 

  • With an E2 visa, you are granted 2 years of status each time you enter the US.

 

  • With a valid E2 visa, you can exit and re-enter the US to get an additional 2 years of status.

 

  • There is no limit to the amount of times you can renew your E2 visa.

 

  • You can continue to renew your E2 visa as long as your company meets all the E2 visa requirements.

8. If I Get an E2 Visa, Do My Family Members Get Immigration Benefits?

 

  • Yes, as the principal E2 applicant, you can bring your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old.

 

  • Your spouse and unmarried children with also have E2 status.

 

  • Your spouse may apply for a work permit to work in any lawful capacity in the United States.

 

  • Your children may attend school in the US but they may not work.

9. Can I Get an E2 Visa as an Employee of the E2 Business?

 

Yes, a noncitizen may get an E2 visa through employment with an E2 business enterprise.

 

There are generally 3 classes of employees that can get an E2 visa:

 

  1. Executive Employees
  2. Supervisory Employees
  3. Employees with Special Skills that are Essential to the E2 Enterprise

10. How to Go From an E2 Visa to Green Card

 

Yes, there are a few things to go over:

 

  • The E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa category. This means that the E2 visa is temporary and does not directly lead to a green card.

 

  • So, to get a green card you will have to apply for an immigrant visa or adjust status to an immigrant status.

 

  • Remember, the E2 visa requires you to have the intent to depart the United States once your E2 status is terminated.

 

  • Still, you cannot be denied E2 status just because you get approved for an immigrant visa petition.

 

  • This means that you can apply for an immigrant visa or adjust status in the US while you have an E-2 visa.

 

  • Now that you know the basic issues, lets discuss the different green card options.

 

Green Card Options:

 

EB-5 Visa

 

  • The EB-5 visa is an investment based immigrant visa. This means that it leads to a green card.

 

  • The EB-5 visa requires that you invest a minimum of $1.8 million in a US business. Or, you can invest $900,000 if the investment is located in a targeted employment area. Your investment must also lead to the creation of 10 full-time jobs for US workers.

 

  • The benefit of transferring from an E2 visa to an EB-5 visa is that in some cases, your investment to get the E2 visa will count for your EB-5 visa.

 

  • Also, if you’ve created jobs for your E2 business, these jobs may also count for your EB-5 visa.

 

  • If you already invested a lot of capital in the E2 business, and created enough jobs, you may be able to get an EB-5 visa with little effort.

 

Family Based

 

  • Your close family members that are US citizens or lawful permanent residents may be able to sponsor you for a green card.

 

Spousal

 

  • You may qualify for a green card if you enter into a legitimate marriage with a US citizen.

 

Employment Based

 

  • You may qualify for a green card if a US company offers you a job and sponsors your green card.

 

  • The US employer would have to get a Labor Certification through the US Department of Labor.

 

EB-1 A

 

  • The EB-1 A visa is for people with “extraordinary ability.”

 

  • The benefit of this visa is that you can self-petition. This means that you can apply for your green card without a company sponsoring you.

 

EB-2 National Interest Waiver

 

  • The EB-2 visa is for people with “exceptional ability" or “advanced degree professionals.”

 

  • The unique aspect of an EB-2 visa is that, along with an EB-2 visa, you can apply for a “National Interest Waiver.”

 

  • With a National Interest Waiver, you can apply for an EB-2 visa without a US company sponsor.

 

  • To get a National Interest Waiver, you must show that it is in the national interest of the United States, to allow you entry without a US company sponsor.

11. Conclusion

 

Now that you’ve read this guide, you should have a good understanding of the most important aspects of the E2 visa.

 

We have covered: What the E2 visa is, the requirements to get an E2 visa, the benefits of an E2 visa, and much more. I know that this is a lot of information to understand. If you are confused about anything, don’t worry, I’m here for you.

 

If you have questions, I welcome you to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I'm very responsive via email and would be happy to help you.

 

Resources:

 

 

 

 

 

  • E-1 and E2 Nonimmigrants - Updated by Henry J. Chang.
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Kristina Karalic
18:56 29 Sep 21
We accidentally found Ashoori Law online, but we're so happy we did because they have been nothing but outstanding! Ashoori Team has been helping us with multiple cases, including B, L visas and green cards. Their portal is very user friendly, and... their staff is always responsive, caring and detailed. I'd like to give a special shout-out to their Director of Legal Operations, Lahaina Araneta, who has been an absolute delight to work with. I am highly recommending Ashoori Law to anyone seeking immigration services!read more
Zulfa Sultana
18:18 29 Sep 21
I am glad I chose them. Above everything, they are friendly and work closely with you. Owner of the law firm himself is available to talk if needed. Highly recommending them.
Joao Castro
00:31 29 Sep 21
Michael and his team deserve more than a five star rating. I hired Mike already based on a recommendation from a friend of mine, who also requested his services. My friend gave him five star as well, and this could simply not be different.Since my... first contact with Michael, I've perceived his solid ethical principles, responsive professionalism and personal attention to all details in US immigration complex process. In my case, he was key for me to obtain I-131 permits for three Green Cards - and the documents were shipped after just six weeks after the process initiation. In another process, he has been immediately responsive to replace Green Cards. And all my contacts were online - which is a testimony of his great online reputation.If you are looking for US Immigration lawyer assistance for true delivery, great value and avoid risks and potential problems, the answer is Michael Ashoori Law, with his fantastic team, that really and personally takes care of your immigration needs.JCread more
Ahmad Jawid
01:45 28 Sep 21
Ashoori Law, Michael and his team are very professional , helpful and great people for their clients . i am very glad that i had Ashoori Law team for my paperworks . I recommend everyone Ashoori Law especially for Immigration purposes ask for... Michael .read more
Ariel 0054 Realty
01:43 28 Sep 21
Extremely professional teamWithout any doubt, they can handle with knowledge and expertise any caseYou are in good hands with them
Mittal Patel
20:29 27 Sep 21
Have worked with many immigration Lawyers. Ashoori law was very affordable and got back to me in timely manner. Made sure I was on time with my fillings and that we responded to our RFE with adequate info. Lahaina is one of their E2 lawyers and was... expert with these kinds of cases. Will hire them again for renewals.read more
Pragalath Mohandas
20:30 25 Sep 21
Amazing experience. Ashoori Law firm gave me hope and prepared a strong case & I got my E2 case approved in one week. I spoke to other immigration lawyers & i was not satisfied. its easy to communicate with everyone! I highly recommend them to... anyone looking to get immigration help!read more
bhakti savai
12:26 21 Sep 21
I had great experience with Ashoori Law. Professional, knowledgeable, responsive, client-centric, and timely! Highly recommended!
William & Heather Oon
01:17 20 Sep 21
We are grateful and thankful to Ashoori Law and its team. They are very understanding, patient, responsive with all our enquiries and prompt in providing updates to our status. We highly recommended their service.
Kaushik Kuila
19:43 17 Sep 21
I have used Michael Ashoori's Law Firm for my mother's Green Card processing. I have found them very professional and responsive along the way, answering all my queries in a timely manner. I'll readily use them for any immigrations needs in future.
Hyunwook Shin
07:45 10 Sep 21
Michael Ashoori and his firm helped us navigate the complex filing process, answer any questions we have with care, and eventually attain successful approvals. Highly recommended!
Sharon Shanaya
21:53 05 Sep 21
My case was a bit complicated due to my ex-husband and his family but this firm dealt with my I-485 case so nicely and professionally. I was given only 2 weeks to lodge my application due to my messy divorce. This firm made sure my case was filed... before my conditional green card expires. Got my green card in 5 months even during this Covid time when everything takes ages to process. I Will recommend them to anyone who is having difficulty with immigration. Absolutely the best. Don't waste ur time with other attorneys.read more
H. George
02:10 01 Sep 21
Very professional, they have a very good system to prepare your case and make proper follow ups.My case was a little bit complicated and other places they were taking advantage trying to charge me a lots of money but Michael never did... that.Recommending 100% best lawyer ever.read more
A Noory
21:15 26 Aug 21
I am so happy I found Ashoori Law. They have been very responsive and helpful with all the questions and has helped my family a lot. I am thankful and I highly recommend this form to anyone seeking immigration. All the staff are great and... responsive. Thank you all at Ashoori Law.read more
Linda Bradley
06:06 25 Aug 21
Very happy with your services 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
jarka sakacova
01:08 24 Jul 21
I have a very pleasant experience with Rohit from Ashoori Law , he was very patient, professional and had a strong knowledge and answered all my questions in detail. I would recommend highly to use Ashoori Law service.
samah elwakkad
15:36 23 Jul 21
I would like to thank Ahoori law office and all the team who was helping us to obtain our L1A approvalThis office Law is truly dedicated to clients, very responsive and professional, they helped me get through so many obstacles.Can't thank them... enough for their effortsIt's really amazing how they guide their clients until they achieve their goals.Thank you Michael for the amazing dedicated team and a special thanks for Lahaina who is really an amazing person and very knowledgeable and really helpful and supportive, also Christina who has helped me a lot through this.You're the best guysKeep it upread more
raechel schofield
22:07 22 Jul 21
Highly recommend Ashoori Law. My adjustment of status was a smooth and easy process. They are always happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.
Kishore Kumar
21:13 22 Jul 21
I highly recommend Michael and his legal team for being thorough professionals. I worked with Lahaina Araneta and Kelly Raposa. Both are so helpful. They made my adjustment of status to register permanent residence a smooth and seamless process. I... definitely recommend their service !read more
Manoj Gunawardena
13:46 22 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law is very good, all of my questions were quickly answered and clearly. The staff was qualified, friendly. Specially I worked with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa . I can highly recommend them.
Mohammad Ahraz Hussain
19:55 20 Jul 21
The whole process of evaluating the case, submission of RFE and then correspondence was extremely well done!
Zed Karkar
15:06 20 Jul 21
A Very helpful and professional law firm. helped us out with our application.
Inger Nicolaisen
14:57 15 Jul 21
Michael Ashoori’s professionalism and expertise is unmatched in the industry! My experience with Ashoori Law is very positive, all of my questions were quickly answered making my adjustment of status a very smooth process. The staff was... unbelievably friendly and ensured the best amount of care was taken with my case! I can’t recommend them enough!!read more
Sadaf Nadeem
00:42 09 Jul 21
I highly recommend Micheal and his legal team for being thorough professionals. Their knowledge and expertise are second to none and their work ethic is unmatched.
kvshirazi
18:28 08 Jul 21
I had a great experience with Ashoori Law. Lahaina, Michael and Ehsan helped me to get my TN visa approved in no time.Lahaina is very responsive. Being able to reach out and talk to your lawyer/attorney is exactly what you need when you apply for... your visa...I definitely recommend them for any immigration services.read more
Julien Jeanneau
17:38 07 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was great, even with the current situation, everybody always answered promptly and comprehensively to our questions. They made my adjustment of status a smooth and seamless process. I definitely recommend their service... !read more
Dispatch S
03:09 06 Jul 21
I worked with Lahaina and James. Both are so helpful. I wanna give more than five star for their excellent guidance and professional service. I must recommend their service.
Nael Gharzeddine
00:40 02 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was not my only experience with a US immigration law firm but it was the real one. I will not speak of others, but will list what to expect from Ashoori Law.Expect energetic and dynamic people to be on your case, so... if you call or message or email, they are faster than you in responding,Expect creative and resourceful minds to find you solutions, so if plan A was risky, you know there is a plan B and a plan C,Expect decency, much from the owner and as much from his colleagues. I can’t emphasize this enough, but you will be treated with the highest standards of decency,Expect real concern in your best interest, a clear understanding of time and resources available and a sincere will to get you the best results,Expect clarity from everyone while they make sure your spirits remain high and your expectations remain reasonably high too,And finally, expect to get what you were promised because these guys don’t give vague answers or empty promises.I know that at times I was demanding, nervous, anxious, and doubtful, but they met that with confidence, understanding, and taking my concerns very seriously.I could have left a review of a sentence or two, but Micheal Ashoori and his colleagues are exemplary and exceed expectations in what they do. Highly recommended.read more
Linus Verus
18:26 01 Jun 21
Hands down, Ashoori Law is a firm that you can rely on. As a greencard holder working abroad, It can be quite a struggle to do your own legwork in applying for a travel document especially in these trying times with the pandemic. I tried looking up... other lawfirms that could help me but found that they seemed more interested to engage me in a chargeable phone consultation rather than answer my questions. Then I came across Ashoori's Youtube channel with videos providing valuable information and updates on immigration laws and that's when I decided to look them up on Facebook to learn more about them. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that you can actually book a free phone consultation with them and so I did. They will explain everything clearly and answer all your questions so that you can decide for yourself and weigh out if your situation calls for their service. Sign up was so simple and the guidance with the documentations were so easy to follow. A sharp contrast to the time when I did my own filing, where I had to book an appointment with a USCIS field office only to find that they don't accept applications there. I've had to do the runs to review the tediously worded process from the USCIS website, print documents, mail them and hope that it gets through without hitting a snag (it did). With Ashoori Law, I definitely felt represented and truly was by a professional team that kept me posted and were very responsive to my questions. I've had a recent change of address which they quickly filed for me at no extra cost. All I had to do was wait until my travel document was granted which I received in the mail via express courier. Great value for professional services from beginning to end. Easy to engage with. A big thanks to the Ashoori team for getting me through this process free of stress. Folks, save yourself from pain. Get representation from Ashoori Law!read more
Steven Tadros
18:50 20 May 21
I had a very positive experience getting my TN visa as a Canadian. The firm was very helpful, quick in their replies and helped guide us in filing the right documents in order to get the approval. This was important for me in a time where the... approval for a new job was fundamental. I am grateful and would recommend their services.read more
Dean Katz
17:23 20 May 21
Michael Ashoori is an outstanding professional. He knows the details of his practice. He will get his clients through difficult times with knowledge and with care.
Dawit Gezaw
01:35 07 May 21
I recommend 100%
Sofia Malferrari
22:32 05 May 21
Amazing service. I had a conversation with Karla who helped me get the big picture of my situation. She's a smart and lovely person to talk with. I 100% recommend their service!
Harsh Patel
19:34 04 May 21
They guided me really well through the process for my mom's travel document. Prompt response and processing of application. Ms. Karla helped me really well. I just explained my mom's situation to her and she guided me based on that really well. The... youtube video updates on new immigration stuff from Mr. Michael are really helpful too. Ms. Milena helped me really well to get my mom's travel document delivered to my address. Very reliable service.read more
Liza Macaspac
17:14 03 May 21
Just recently we got our E2 approval by the help of lawyers and staff of Ashoori Law office. They been very responsive with all my queries, full of knowledge and advance technology that can easily upload my documents without going to their office. I... would not hesitate to recommend to my relatives and friends who will be needing help to process their visa. It is also been help that Attorney Michael Ashoori who always sending updates about immigration policies and changes through his vlog that can watch in YouTube and now tiktok. It's a big help for us to be updated and learn about US immigration law and policy. Thanks to my laywer Lahaina Araneta, Atty Michael Ashoori and the rest of the staff and manager in this office. You are all such a big help and very professional in handling our case. Thank you!read more
Alexander Simpson
22:06 29 Apr 21
Exceptional service, professionalism and respect towards their clients!
LINDA NHAMBU
05:08 23 Apr 21
I had the privilege of being represented by Ashoori Law in filing for a re-entry permit. They were highly exceptional, professional, detailed and well versed with immigration law. I was extremely pleased with their services especially how they... followed up with USCIS and gave me constant feedback. Ashoori Law works diligently on your behalf , and I truly felt like I was their only client.Thank you for the outstanding service .read more
Nupur Dave
02:36 10 Apr 21
I used Ashoori law for my permit application. What I loved about working with them is the care that they took of me and my case. They were genuinely interested in helping me. They were responsive and give me almost personalised attention by... answering all my questions in detail.I also loved the way they manage the cases Through a dashboard where you can see the latest status of your case. It really helped me access the status of my application at any time I wanted.Their fee was very reasonable. Their understanding of the legal implications of my application was comprehensive. I intend to continue to use their services in the future. 👍read more
Ricardo de Santiago
22:44 02 Apr 21
Ashoori Law firm provided outstanding service to my immigration need. Lahaina Araneta, Esq. helped me obtain the highly sough-after TN Visa as a Management Consultant and I couldn't be more grateful. The staff is very friendly, responsive, and... knowledgeable. I highly recommend this firm.read more
Zohir Berkane
16:14 25 Mar 21
Miss Karla was really nice and very helpful. She was answering all my questions and gave me many advices. Miss Karla, thank you so much, you made my day.
Jane Lopez
17:08 19 Mar 21
The best Law Firm I have ever called. Very friendly Staff. Was able to answer my inquiries right away. And was able to solved my Problem. Thank you so much Ashoori Law.
Elsha Shaju
22:01 11 Mar 21
I would highly recommend the firm Ashoori Law for any immigration cases or concerns and had a great experience with, Mr.Rohit Srinivasa. I am very much satisfied and will look forward working with them in future for any related cases. Best Wishes to... the entire team and sincere thanks for all your efforts.read more
Ravil Sharma
04:25 11 Mar 21
Ashoori Law were able to accommodate me quickly enough to meet my deadlines. They have been helpful throughout the entire process, answered many questions and always got back to my emails or voice messages in a timely manner. Michael and his team... are professional. I came across them after not completely satisfied with the work of my previous immigration law firm as they were cheaper. I then teamed up with Ashoori law and saw a huge difference from the first consultation and continue to see that standard throughout. I highly recommend to anyone to chose Ashoori law, it can be a daunting experience if not handled properly. However Michael’s team have done so many times before will manage to take the stress out and take care of business at hand.read more
Donna Hua
23:59 10 Mar 21
The team has all the right ingredients to success: Knowledgeable, responsive, efficient and informative. What more could you ask for?
Mahendra Satya
22:27 05 Mar 21
Initial consultation was great, able to clear my doubts in single shot, thanks Karla
Shaheen Ali
19:05 05 Mar 21
I am Canadian born citizen who had a general question in regards to moving to the US. I spoke to Karla Samayoa. I must say my consultation experience was nothing but exceptional. I had a general inquiry on the preferred methods of obtaining a visa... with dual intent. Karla was extremely helpful and answer any question I had from her. For anyone is not sure which path they should take in terms of immigration, book a free consultation with Ashoori Law. Ask for Karla, she is hands down the best person to ask for advice.read more
Susan Borzou
03:41 05 Mar 21
I couldn't be more blessed by finding Ashoori Law on google. Mr. Ehsan is so professional and helpes his clients from the heart, which was genuinely precious for me. I am also thankful for the bunch of useful videos they have on youtube 😇
Sarbjit Singh
04:49 25 Feb 21
Michael Ashoori is the Quickest ANSWERING Immigration Lawyer in the entire USA, even it’s 08:38 pm In west cost Los Angels and I texted him thru google and he immediately replied to me Question and answer booked my Free appointment for tomorrow... which is gonna be February 25 ,Well I feel very positive about it so let’s see what happens TomorrowJust want to sayThank you MichaelBestSabiread more
Ale
00:03 24 Feb 21
Karla Samayoa was very knowledgeable regarding my case and gave me thorough advise. She was very professional and kind. I will definitely look of Ashoori Law's help should I have a case to proceed further. I recommend to contact them for your legal... case regarding immigration.read more
Harim
01:10 10 Feb 21
Ashoori Law was very helpful throughout the whole process of applying for a travel document (re-entry permit). I asked them to process my case ASAP and they tried their best to expedite the process. They were informative and responsive. The most... helpful part was their prompt responses to my emails, especially given the pandemic situation. Also, their online system for filling out necessary documents was convenient and allowed me to easily track my case status. Overall, I definitely recommend working with them!read more
Natasha Methwani
00:49 10 Feb 21
We are really impressed with their services. Really professional, knowledgeable, up to date with all immigrantation changes. Our case got approved. We will recommend them for any immigration services.
Jaskiran Dhillon
17:05 03 Feb 21
My friend Ujjwal recommended Mr. Rohit Srinivasa. Had an amazing consultation with Rohit. He was very helpful and kind. He gave me ample time, guidance and resolved all my queries. I am looking forward to work with Ashoori Law Firm. Keep it up,... Rohit. Good Luck.read more
Emily S.
16:00 26 Jan 21
When I decided to engage an immigration attorney in December, I knew I needed someone that had a track record of successful execution, had a support team that could collaborate to expedite the timeline, communicated professionally, and most... importantly, was confident in my ability to get the case approved.I interviewed thirteen highly experienced immigration attorneys that were recommended by my extensive business network. I came across many issues. First of all, I was quoted astronomically high rates with long timelines. I was recommended visas that did not fit my needs, which would ultimately result in more lengthy filings and high fees. Many of these attorneys had their own private practice where they had a bias towards one type of visa they were specialized in, so they recommended immigration solutions that did not meet my profile whatsoever. Further, they did not have a strong and large enough team so they couldn’t confidently work on an expedited timeline. On the other end of the spectrum were the attorneys who worked at large firms with hundreds if not thousands of employees – they recommended the most expensive and lengthy visas, which were unrealistic for my budget and timeline.When I shared my difficulty finding an immigration attorney with a friend of mine who is a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles, he was quick to recommend Michael Ashoori. After only a few minutes of speaking to Michael on the phone for our initial consult, I knew Ashoori Law could help me with my immigration case because of their customized approach, experienced team and confidence in the visa they were recommending. Over the course of a week, I worked with his team to put together a stellar and thorough case. A few weeks later, we received an approval! Working with the Ashoori Law team on my case was a great experience! I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone who needs US immigration services.read more
Roberto GCB
23:38 11 Jan 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was really! Lahaina Araneta helped me through out all of my visa process and everything was really amazing. They really pay attention to every detail and try to deliver the best case possible. Totally recommend it!
Sameer Agashe
23:08 29 Dec 20
Keep up the good work!
Yousuf Dadi
02:34 29 Dec 20
I had a great experience with Ashoori law Working with Lahaina has been great. She is very professional and knowledgeable in her field. I would strongly recommend this firm. I would like to thank all team of Ashoori Law from bottom of my heart.... They respond me immediately when i need their help, I appreciate all that they have done for me.your consideration,guidance,help and time. Thanks in bunchesread more
Rhys Gray
22:07 28 Dec 20
Rohit is a credit to the company. Really took the time to listen to & understand our situation, then talked us through all of our suitable options clearly & concisely with a friendly & pressure-free manner. Absolutely would recommend to anyone who... needs help & guidance in navigating what can be an incredibly confusing processread more
karla marro
05:23 22 Dec 20
Michael and Lahaina are the best they support me from the beginning and always answering my questions and concerns and following up so I super recommend them !
3 Dots IT Solutions
18:20 07 Dec 20
I just want to say Ashoori Law firm has been the best I ever dealt with. Starting from the front desk receptionist, everybody is very professional and responsive. Lahaina is my attorney whom I worked with. She is very well organized and guided me on... the right direction towards a successful approval of H1 for my consultant. To my surprise, there wasn't a RFE at all. Thanks so much for your service and I would highly recommend them for any immigration related service.read more
Art E
18:49 30 Nov 20
After multiple, futile attempts to seek Immigration Attorneys who are knowledgeable in worker visas (specifically L1A), we were finally able to find Ashoori Law! Our first L1A case submitted to Ashoori Law was successfully APPROVED. Despite the... most recent restrictions and suspensions with worker visas, Ashoori Law was able to put forth a compelling petition. Ashoori Law's internal processing systems and network of subject matter experts makes submitting a petition much easier and understandable. Highly recommended!read more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

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

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

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