EB-5 Visa Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the EB-5 Visa

EB-5 Visa

This EB-5 visa is a great option for investors and entrepreneurs to get a green card to the United States. With an EB-5 visa, you can live and work in the United States. You can also get a green card for your spouse, and your children through the EB-5 visa.

 

In this guide, I will explain the most important aspects of the EB-5 visa. 

 

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

Overview:

 

1. What is the EB-5 Visa?

 

2. What are the Benefits of an EB-5 Visa?

 

3. What are the Requirements to get an EB-5 Visa?

 

4. What is a New Commercial Enterprise?

 

5. What Types of Businesses Qualify for an EB-5 Investment?

 

6. What is a Targeted Employment Area?

 

7. What is a Regional Center?

 

8. What are the Differences Between Investing in a Regional Center and Making a Direct Investment?

 

9. What are  Some Examples of Lawful Sources of Funds for an EB-5 Visa?

 

10. Can I Use a Gift for my EB-5 Investment?

 

11. Does my Investment have to be Money or can I Invest Something Else of Value?

 

12. What does it mean for My Investment to be “At Risk?"

 

13. What is the Process of Getting an EB-5 Visa?

 

 14. How Long Does the Entire EB-5 Process Take?

 

15. Will the EB-5 Program Change in the Future and what will the Changes be?

 

16. What are the Details of the Job Creation Requirement?

 

17.  If I Buy a Business that Already has 10 Employees, will they Count Toward the 10 Jobs I’m Required to Create?

 

18. What Does it Mean for the EB-5 Investor to Engage in the Management of the Enterprise?

 

19. Can I Become a Citizen with an EB-5 Visa?

 

20. What Documents Do I need to Include in my EB-5 Application?

 

21. What is My Immigration Lawyer's Role in the EB-5 Visa Process?

 

22. How do I find a Business to Invest in for my EB-5 Visa?

 

23. Who Qualifies for an EB-5 Visa?

 

24. What is the "Visa Backlog" and who does it Affect?

 

25. When do my Investment Funds Need to be Invested in the EB-5 Business?

 

26. Can my Family Members Come to the US on my EB-5 Visa?

 

27. What does it mean for My Child to "Age-Out?"

 

28. Once my Visa is Approved How Soon do I have to Enter the United States?

 

29. Do I Have to Live in the US Once I have my Green Card?

 

30. If I Already Have a Business in the US can I Use it as my EB-5 Investment?

 

31. If I’m in the US on an E-2 Visa, can I Covert to an EB-5 Visa?

1. What is the EB-5 Visa?

 

The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa for investors, entrepreneurs, and anyone who is looking to start a business in the USA. To qualify for an EB-5 visa, you are required to invest a minimum of $1,800,000 in a US business. If your investment is located in an economically depressed area called a "targeted employment area," you may be eligible to invest a reduced amount of $900,000.

 

In addition to investing the minimum amount required, the business invested in must create 10 full-time jobs for US workers. The business must also be a commercial business that is for-profit. Real estate investments and non-profit enterprises do not qualify for EB-5.

 

To get an EB-5 visa, an investor can make a direct investment or they can invest in a regional center. Regional centers are specialized companies that collect investment funds from multiple EB-5 investors to fund a large-scale project such as a resort or apartment complex. A direct investment is any investment not made in a regional center. Examples of direct investments are if you start your own business or purchase an existing business.

 

The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa classification, so it leads to a green card for successful applicants. By getting an EB-5 visa, your spouse and children can also get their green card as well.

 

The process of getting a green card through the EB-5 visa has 2 main steps. You first become a conditional permanent resident for 2 years. You can remove the condition from your green card after 2 years by showing that you officially created 10 jobs for US workers, and that you kept your capital invested in the US business for the entire period of time (This process will be explained in detail down below).

 

Summary:

 

  • The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa for investors and entrepreneurs. 

 

  • To get approved for an EB-5 visa, you are required to make an investment in a US company and create jobs for US workers.

  • With an EB-5 visa you can get a green card for yourself, your spouse, and children

 

2. What are the Benefits of an EB-5 Visa?

 

  • The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa category, so as a successful EB-5 applicant, you can get your green card are be on the path to US citizenship.

 

  • As an EB-5 investor, your spouse and your unmarried children under 21 years old can also qualify to get their green cards.

 

  • Your children have access to a US education.

 

  • As an approved EB-5 visa holder, you do not have to work for a sponsor company. You are free to work in any lawful capacity.

 

  • You are free to live and work anywhere in the United States.

 

  • You are eligible to work in the US without having to apply for special work authorization.

 

3. What are the Requirements to get an EB-5 Visa?

 

To qualify for an EB-5 visa:

 

  • You must invest in a "new commercial enterprise."

 

  • You must invest at least $1,800,000 in the new commercial enterprise. (You may qualify to make a reduced investment of $900,000 if the investment is located in a "targeted employment area.")

 

  • Your investment must lead to the creation of at least 10 full-time jobs for US workers.

 

  • Your investment funds must be "at risk."

 

  •  The funds used for your investment must have been lawfully obtained.

 

  • You must engage in the management of the new commercial enterprise.

 

4. What is a New Commercial Enterprise?

 

  • A New Commercial Enterprise is a for-profit business, conducting lawful activities, that was established after November 29, 1990.

 

  • To qualify for an EB-5 visa, the company you invest in must qualify as a New Commercial Enterprise.

     

  • The activity conducted by a new commercial enterprise must be commercial. So owning and operating a piece of residential real estate wont qualify.

 

Businesses established on or before November 29, 1990 can also qualify as a new commercial enterprise if:

 

  • the investor substantially reorganizes or restructures the business; or

 

  • if the investor increases the size of the business so that there is: a 40% increase in the number of employees of the business; or a 40% increase in the net worth of the business.

 

5. What Types of Businesses Qualify for an EB-5 Investment?

 

Most types of business entities qualify for the EB-5 visa including:

 

  • sole proprietorships

 

  • limited and general partnerships

 

  • LLCs

 

  • and many more.

 

To qualify for an EB-5 visa, you can:

 

  • Start a new business

 

  • Invest in an existing business

 

  • Buy an existing business

 

  • or, Invest in a regional center

 

 

6. What is a Targeted Employment Area?

 

  • As an EB-5 investor, you can qualify for a reduced investment amount of $900,000 if the business you invest in is located in a “targeted employment area.”

 

  • A targeted employment area is an area of high unemployment or a rural area (as defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act).

 

  • An area of high-unemployment is an area that has an unemployment rate of at least 150% of the national average unemployment rate.

 

  • A rural area is an area that is not located within a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and is not located within any city or town having a population of 20,000 people or more.

 

  • To qualify for the reduced investment amount, the new commercial enterprise must be principally doing business in the targeted employment area.

 

  • A business principally does business in the area where it “regularly, systematically, and continuously provides goods or services that support job creation.”

 

 

7. What is a Regional Center?

 

  • A regional center is a business entity regulated by USCIS, that is able to pool capital from multiple EB-5 investors to develop a project.

 

  • Regional centers must promote economic growth, regional productivity, and job creation. They usually develop large-scale hotels, resorts, and other real-estate projects.

 

 

8. What are the Differences Between Investing in a Regional Center and Making a Direct Investment?

 

To qualify for an EB-5 visa, an investor can either make a direct investment or they can invest in a regional center.

 

  • Examples of direct investments include: starting a business, purchasing an existing business, or investing in an existing business.

 

  • An investor can also qualify for an EB-5 visa by investing in a regional center.

 

  • Regional centers obtain capital from many investors to develop a large-scale project.

 

  • The primary differences between direct investments and regional center investments have to do with the investors level of control in the investment and the way the jobs get calculated, to meet the EB-5 job creation requirement.

 

Control

 

Direct Investment

 

  • In a direct investment, the investor is usually the sole-owner of the business, or one of a few co-owners.

 

  • With direct investments, the investor usually has significant control of the business and is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the business.

 

Regional Center

 

  • In a regional center investment, the investor has much less control.

 

  • The investor is one out of several tens if not hundreds of investors.

 

  • The investor in a regional center investment has very little to no involvement in the day-to-day operations of the business.

 

  • The investor’s control of the business is usually limited to basic voting rights.

 

Job Creation

 

  • One of the main requirements of the EB-5 program is that an investor’s investment must lead to the creation of 10 full-time jobs for US workers.

 

  • How the jobs get calculated depends on whether an investor makes a direct investment or whether they invest in a regional center.

 

  • For direct investments, the only jobs that count toward the job creation requirement are the jobs that are directly created by the new commercial enterprise; these are “direct jobs.”

 

  • A direct job is one where the new commercial enterprise is the employer.

 

  • Regional centers can count direct jobs and indirect jobs.

 

  • Indirect jobs are jobs “that are held outside of the new commercial enterprise but are created as a result of the new commercial enterprise.”

 

  • This means that regional centers are able to take credit for jobs that they don’t directly create. This includes jobs created as a result of the project the regional center is developing.

 

Example of the Job Creation Benefits of a Regional Center:

 

  • If a regional center develops a major hotel, it can take credit for all the employees of the hotel. These are direct jobs.

 

  • To build the hotel, the regional center would need suppliers for concrete, furniture, and other goods. These workers may get counted as indirect jobs.

 

  • Also, the development of the hotel would bring hundreds of new workers to the area and hundreds and thousands of guests. This influx of people would benefit surrounding businesses, including local restaurants and stores.

 

  • The regional center can also take credit for the jobs created by surrounding businesses as a result of their increased business. These are also indirect jobs.

 

  • But, if the same hotel investment is made as a direct investment, (not through a regional center), then the project cannot take credit for the indirect jobs.

 

  • Instead, the hotel would only be able to take credit for the direct jobs they create, like the hotel staff.

 

Another big difference between regional center investments and direct investments is how the investor proves job creation.

 

  • For direct investments, the investor must prove that 10 direct jobs were actually created. This means that the investor must submit the actual employment documents for each employee (including the Form I-9).

 

  • Regional centers do not have to prove the actual creation of each individual  job.

 

  • Instead, regional centers use economic multipliers and formulas that show the creation of the required number of jobs.

9. What are  Some Examples of Lawful Sources of Funds for an EB-5 Visa?

 

One of the key requirements of the EB-5 visa is that the funds used for an EB-5 investment must be lawfully obtained.

 

  • This means that the funds must have been obtained through lawful activity and cannot be obtained through any illegal conduct.

 

  • To prove this, you will submit many documents showing how the funds were earned, including bank statements and tax returns.

 

Some examples of lawful funds include:

 

  • Income earned from employment

 

  • Income from the sale of a property

 

  • A loan taken against equity in real estate

 

  • Income from the sale of a business

 

  • An inheritance

 

  • A gift

 

10. Can I Use a Gift for my EB-5 Investment?

 

  • Yes, the money you use as your EB-5 investment can be gifted to you by someone else.

 

  • Keep in mind, the funds must be in your possession before they are invested in the EB-5 business. The person giving the gift cannot invest the funds directly into the EB-5 business on your behalf.

 

  • You will still have to prove that the person that gifted you the funds obtained the funds lawfully. (The same is true if your EB-5 investment comes from an inheritance.)

 

11. Does my Investment have to be Money or can I Invest Something Else of Value?

 

  • No, an investor does not have to invest money to qualify for an EB-5 visa.

 

  • The EB-5 regulations require investors to make an investment of “capital” into a business.

 

Examples of capital include:

 

  • Cash

 

  • Inventory

 

  • Equipment

 

  • Cash equivalents

 

  • Other tangible property

 

  • Proceeds from a loan

 

Note: If you are using funds from a loan as your investment capital, the loan should be secured by your personal assets and you should be personally and primarily responsible for the loan.

 

Keep in mind: If you choose to invest a form of capital other than cash, such as inventory, the capital will be valued according to its fair market value.

 

12. What does it mean for My Investment to be “At Risk?"

 

Your EB-5 investment must be "at-risk" until the time you become an unconditional permanent resident.

 

  • Basically, what this means is that your investment funds must actually be spent and not just sit in your business's operating account.

 

While the regulations are not very clear, here are a few things to be aware of:

 

  • Your investment must be subject to either gain or loss.

 

  • You cannot receive any guarantee that the capital you invest will be returned to you.

 

  • You cannot be granted the right to redeem any part of your interest in the business.

 

  • Your funds must resemble an investment rather than a loan to the enterprise.

 

  • Your funds cannot just sit in a bank account nor can they be used as business reserves.

 

13. What is the Process of Getting an EB-5 Visa?

Here is a very basic overview of the EB-5 process:

 

Step 1 - Hire an Immigration Attorney

 

  • The first step in the EB-5 process is to hire an immigration attorney with experience handling EB-5 cases.

 

  • Your attorney can help you determine whether the EB-5 visa is the right option for you based on your immigration goals and circumstances.

 

  • Your attorney will work as your partner through the entire EB-5 process. They will analyze your EB-5 investment for immigration compliance. They will also prepare all the necessary documents to make sure that you meet all the EB-5 visa requirements.

Step 2 - Select an Investment

 

  • Select an EB-5 investment that you are comfortable with (after doing a lot of due diligence).

 

  • Your attorney should not provide you with any business related investment advice, unless they are competent to do so.

 

  • If you need investment advice, you should consider using a Registered Investment Advisor or a Broker/Dealer. Make sure they are competent in the EB-5 program.

 

  • Your attorney can help you make sure that the investment is compliant with the immigration requirements of the EB-5 visa program.

Step 3 - Invest Your Funds

 

  • Invest your funds in the new commercial enterprise

 

  • When you file the Form I-526 you must show that you have invested or are actively in the process of investing your capital into the new commercial enterprise.

 

  • You can transfer the funds into an escrow account. (The release of funds would be conditional on I-526 approval and adjustment of status or visa issuance.)

 

  • Evidence of mere intent to invest at a later date is insufficient.

Step 4 - File Form I-526

 

  • After putting together all the necessary documentation, your attorney will file the Form I-526 on your behalf.

 

  • The I-526 is the initial EB-5 petition.

 

  • If your I-526 is approved, you are eligible to apply for conditional permanent residency (a 2 year conditional green card).

 

  • Your green card is conditional for 2 years to allow for you to complete the EB-5 requirements. The requirements include creating 10 full-time jobs for US workers and maintaining an “at risk” investment in the project.

Step 5 - Adjustment of Status/Visa Processing

 

  • There are 2 ways to get your conditional green card. Depending on if you are inside or outside of the US, you will either adjust status in the US or you will go through consular processing abroad.

 

  • Adjustment of Status is done by by filing a Form I-485

 

  • Consular processing is done by filing a Form DS-260

Step 6 - File Form I-829

 

  • After 21 months of becoming a conditional permanent resident, you are eligible to have your attorney file a Form I-829 for you.

 

  • The Form I-829 is the application to have the condition removed from your green card. This is so you can become an unconditional permanent resident (a green card holder).

 

  • You are eligible to get the condition removed from your green card if you meet all the requirements of the EB-5 program. This is done by showing that your investment in the project was sustained and that you created the required 10 full-time jobs for US workers.

Step 7 - Naturalization (Optional)

 

  • After you’ve been a permanent resident for at least 5 years, you may be eligible to apply for Naturalization, to become a US citizen.

 

14. How Long Does the Entire EB-5 Process Take?

I-526 Processing

 

  • It currently takes about 18 months on average for USCIS to process an I-526. (The 18 month timeline is excepted to improve in the future)

Adjustment of Status or Visa Processing

 

  • Adjustment of Status: takes about 6 months

 

  • Consular Processing: takes about 8 to 12 months

Conditional Permanent Residency:

 

  • For 2 years you are a conditional green card holder, until approval of your I-829 petition.

 

  • During this 2 year period you can live and work in the USA.

I-829 Processing

 

  • The current processing time for the Form I-829 is roughly 2.5 years. (This processing time is expected to speed-up in the future)

Permanent Residency (Green Card):

 

  • Once your I-829 is approved you are a permanent resident.

Naturalization

 

  • After being a permanent resident for at least 5 years, you may be eligible to apply for naturalization to become a US citizen.

 

15. Will the EB-5 Program Change in the Future and what will the Changes be?

 

The EB-5 program has been criticized over the last few years for a variety of reasons. Critics of the program have stated the following complains against the EB-5 visa:

 

  • It is unethical for wealthy individuals to “buy their way into the United States.”

 

  • The investment amount is too low and must be increased.

 

  • The rules for designating a targeted employment areas are too easy. (There have been TEA investments located in wealthy areas such as Manhattan, NY and Beverly Hills, CA.)

 

  • Regional centers need more regulation and oversight based on the instances of fraud and abuse that have taken place with regional centers.

 

As a result of the criticism, there is a growing belief that changes will be coming to the EB-5 program sooner rather than later.

 

These changes are centered on:

 

  • increasing the required investment amount

 

  • reducing the number of targeted employment areas

 

  • and increasing the oversight of regional centers

 

While nothing has been finalized, it is likely that the minimum investment amount will go up soon, that targeted employment areas will lessen, and that regional centers will be regulated more.

16. What are the Details of the Job Creation Requirement?

 

  • For each EB-5 investment, 10 jobs must be created.

 

  • So, if there are 4 EB-5 investors, at least 40 jobs must be created.

 

  • The new commercial enterprise must create 10 full-time positions for qualifying employees.

 

  • Qualifying employees are US citizens, permanent residents, and/or other immigrants authorized to work in the US.

 

  • The EB-5 investor, their spouse, sons, and daughters do not count as qualifying employees.

 

  • Nonimmigrants and people that are not authorized to work in the US do not count as qualifying employees.

 

  • Keep in mind that these workers must be employed on a full-time basis (at least 35 hours per week).

 

  • Combining 2 part-time positions will not count as 1 full-time job, but you can have 2 or more employees share a full-time position (job sharing).

 

  • The jobs are expected to last for at least 2 years and cannot be seasonal, temporary, or intermittent jobs.

17. If I Buy a Business that Already has 10 Employees, will they Count Toward the 10 Jobs I’m Required to Create?

 

No, the EB-5 program requires your investment to create 10 new full-time jobs for US workers.

 

  • If you buy an existing business, the jobs already in existence will not count toward your requirement to create 10 jobs.

 

  • You will have to create 10 jobs in addition to the jobs existing at the time you purchased the business.

 

  • There is an exception to this rule for troubled businesses.

 

  • A troubled business is a business that has been in existence for at least 2 years and has experienced a net loss of at least 20 percent of its net worth for the 12 or 24 month period before the date the EB-5 investor filed their Form I-526.

 

  • If a business is a troubled business, the investor may count the jobs they are saving as part of the 10 jobs they are required to create.

 

  • With a troubled business, you must show that you will at least maintain the level of jobs in existence before your EB-5 investment. The jobs should last for a period of at least 2 years.

 

  • Keep in mind: If the troubled business doesn't have 10 employees, you will still have to hire more employees to reach the 10 employee minimum.

 

  • For example: if a troubled business only has 5 full-time employees, then you are responsible to preserve those 5 jobs and create another 5 full-time jobs.

18. What Does it Mean for the EB-5 Investor to Engage in the Management of the Enterprise?

 

To qualify for an EB-5 visa, you must engage in the management of the new commercial enterprise.

 

  • You can meet this requirement by either forming the policies of the business or by handling the day to day management of the business.

 

  • You cannot be a passive investor in the business.

 

  • If you are investing in a regional center, you will likely be a limited partner in the business. You can meet the management requirement here by showing that you have the rights normally given to limited partners, such as voting rights.

 

  • Another way to show sufficient engagement in the management of the enterprise is by submitting a statement of your job title and duties, with your EB-5 petition.

19. Can I Become a Citizen with an EB-5 Visa?

 

The EB-5 visa does not directly give you citizenship. But, with an EB-5 visa, you can eventually become a US citizen

 

  • The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa category. This means that as a successful applicant, you can become a permanent resident.

 

  • The process first starts with getting a conditional green card. After having your conditional green card, you can then get the condition removed and become an unconditional permanent resident.

 

  • As a permanent resident, you may apply to become a US citizen; this process is called naturalization.

 

  • You may apply for naturalization after being a permanent resident for at least 5 years.

 

  • Keep in mind that your time as a conditional permanent resident counts toward the 5 years.

 

  • To naturalize, you must also be physically present in the US for at least 2 and a half years during the 5 year period. During this time, you cannot be absent from the US for a single period longer than 180 days.

 

  • There are other requirements to becoming a citizen as well, such as having good moral character and passing a United States civics test.

20. What Documents Do I need to Include in my EB-5 Application?

 

The documents included in the EB-5 petition are very important to get a successful result.

 

  • An experienced immigration attorney can help you organize and decide the documents to include.

 

  • This is a very detailed process and the documents that you will need to include depend on the particular facts of your case.

 

  • The documents that will be included in your petition will center around 3 main categories: 1. the investor; 2. the business; and 3. the source and path of funds.

 

  • The documents you should include in your application will depend on how you got your investment funds. They will also depend on where your funds went from the time they were earned to the time they were invested in the EB-5 project.

 

  • Example: If you obtained your funds from the sale of a property, you will include different documents than if you obtained your funds by gift.

 

  • One more important thing to note: all documents submitted to USCIS should be translated to English.

 

  • Disclaimer: the list below is not a complete list of all the documents to include in your EB-5 application. The goal of this list is to give you an idea of the documents you should include.

 

Documents Relating to the Investor:

 

  • copy of the identity page of investor’s passport

 

  • copy of the investor’s foreign birth certificate

 

  • investor’s resume

 

  • copies of all diplomas, degrees, awards, and professional certifications

 

  • copy of marriage certificate (if you have one)

 

  • copy of Social Security card (if you have one)

 

Documents Relating to the Business: 

 

  • comprehensive business plan

 

  • W-2 and I-9 forms for workers already hired

 

  • payroll records

 

  • list of employees and corresponding job descriptions

 

  • business entity documents 

 

  • articles of incorporation (for a corporation)

 

  • articles of organization (for an LLC)

 

  • bylaws

 

  • shareholder list

 

  • partnership agreement

 

  • list of limited partners

 

  • operating agreement

 

  • etc.

 

Documents Relating to Source and Path of Funds:

 

  • individual tax returns for past 5 years

 

  • copy of bank statement before and after investment is made in the new commercial enterprise

 

  • copy of the wire transfer order that sends funds from investor’s personal account to the EB-5 business account

 

If your source of funds is coming from the sale of a property:

 

  • copy of purchase and sale agreement for property

 

  • letter from the party managing the sale which confirms the terms of the sale

 

  • copy of certified check or wire transfer of the buyer (for the purchase)

 

If your source of funds is coming from owning a business:

 

  • copy of company’s balance sheets for last several years

 

  • copy of companies articles of incorporation or articles of organization

 

  • company tax returns for last several years

 

  • letter from company’s accountant or letter from company attesting to the income earned by the investor over the last several years

 

  • letter from investor describing their employment history, job duties, position within the company, salary, etc.

 

If your source of funds is coming from a loan:

 

  • copy of the actual loan document

 

  • letter from the lender to the EB-5 investor describing the loan amount, date of loan, what security or collateral was given in exchange for the loan, etc.

 

  • copy of bank statement of EB-5 investor showing disbursement of loan proceeds

 

  • if lender is a person and not a bank, include all documentation showing the lenders lawful source of funds

 

If your source of funds is coming from a gift:

 

  • letter from the person giving the gift attesting to the amount of the gift, conditions of the gift (if any), date of the gift, etc.

 

  • bank statement of investor showing disbursement of gift proceeds

 

  • documents demonstrating the gifting party’s lawful source of funds

21. What is My Immigration Lawyer's Role in the EB-5 Visa Process?

 

What your immigration lawyer's role is not:

 

  • An immigration lawyer is not your financial advisor nor is he/she your investment advisor.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer should not give you advice on which project to invest in unless the advice is about the investment’s compliance with the immigration requirements of the EB-5 visa.

 

What your immigration lawyer’s role is:

 

  • You should think of your immigration lawyer as the director of the entire EB-5 visa process.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer should first consult with you to see if an EB-5 visa is the best option based on your immigration goals and circumstances.

 

  • After deciding that an EB-5 visa is the right option for you, your immigration lawyer should act as your guide through the entire process.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer should discuss with you whether the investment you are considering meets the immigration requirements of the EB-5 visa.

 

  • Your lawyer should analyze where your investment funds come from. Your lawyer should then determine which documents are needed for your EB-5 application.

 

  • Your immigration lawyer should put together your entire EB-5 application and submit it to USCIS for you.

 

  • If your I-526 or I-829 petition gets a request for evidence, your immigration lawyer should prepare a response for you. Your lawyer should include all documents and information requested.

 

  • Once your Form I-526 gets approved, your immigration lawyer should help you adjust your status or get your visa.

22. How do I find a Business to Invest in for my EB-5 Visa?

 

  • Before investing in an EB-5 project, you should do your own due diligence, like you would if you were making any other investment.

 

  • You should make sure that you’ve done a lot of research on the business or regional center you are considering.

 

  • Besides your own personal efforts, there are professionals that can help you choose an investment.

 

  • The 2 types of professionals that can help you pick an investment are Registered Investment Advisors and Broker/Dealers.

 

  • Registered investment advisors and broker/dealers are regulated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

 

  • Registered investment advisors usually provide investment advice in exchange for a fee.

 

  • Broker/dealers usually charge a finders fee to the business or regional center for the investors they refer to a particular project.

 

  • You can do a lot of research on your broker/dealer or registered investment advisor using Finra’s BrokerCheck resource.

 

 

  • Finra’s BrokerCheck site is a great way to make sure that your investment advisor is licensed.

 

  • With BrokerCheck, you can also learn how many years of experience your investment advisor has, which exams they passed, and which state licenses they have.

23. Who Qualifies for an EB-5 Visa?

 

  • Unlike the E-2 visa, you do not have to be a citizen of a particular country to get an EB-5 visa.

 

  • As long as you meet the requirements of the EB-5 visa and you are not barred for some other reason, you should qualify to get an EB-5 visa.

 

 

24. What is the "Visa Backlog" and who does it Affect?

 

  • There are currently 10,000 visas issued each year for the EB-5 visa category.

 

  • The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets a maximum amount of EB-5 visas that can go to nationals from each country.

 

  • When the number of approved I-526 petitions for nationals of a particular country exceeds the number of visas available, this creates a backlog of approved applications.

 

  • When this happens, approved applicants must wait until a visa becomes available.

 

  • Over the last few years, the demand for EB-5 from citizens of Mainland China has exceeded the number of visas available.

 

  • The increased demand created a major backlog. This is why Chinese investors have to wait many years after their I-526 is approved before they can get an EB-5 visa or adjust status.

 

  • Nationals of Mainland China are currently the only group of EB-5 investors affected by a visa backlog.

 

 

25. When do my Investment Funds Need to be Invested in the EB-5 Business?

 

At the time of I-526 filing, you must show that you have invested or are actively in the process of investing your investment funds in the new commercial enterprise.

 

  • Your future intent to invest, without a present commitment, will not be enough.

 

  • You cannot hold-off on investing your capital until after your I-526 is approved.

 

  • However, before filing your I-526, you can deposit the money in the escrow account. You can then make the release of the investment funds conditional on I-526 approval and visa issuance or adjustment of status. So, if the I-526 doesn't get approved for any reason, you would be able to get your investment funds back.

26. Can my Family Members Come to the US on my EB-5 Visa?

 

Yes, as a successful EB-5 investor, your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old are also eligible to become permanent residents.

27. What does it mean for My Child to "Age-Out?"

 

  • As a successful EB-5 investor, your unmarried children that are under 21 years old can also get their green cards.

 

  • Aging-out is when your child is no longer able to join you through your EB-5 visa, because they are 21 years of age or older.

 

  • This can be an issue when your child is close to 21 years old when you are applying for an EB-5 visa.

 

  • To avoid your child aging out, you should know how a child’s age is calculated during the EB-5 process.

 

  • Your child’s age is determined by taking their age at the time a visa is available, subtracted by the number of days the Form I-526 was processing.

 

  • For most people, this means that if your child is under 21 years old at the time you file your Form I-526, they will be ok.

 

  • If you are from a country with a visa backlog (Mainland China), your child’s age is taken at the time a visa is available minus the number of days the Form I-526 was processing.

 

This concept is a little confusing, so if you have any questions about it, feel free to email me at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

28. Once my Visa is Approved How Soon do I have to Enter the United States?

 

Your EB-5 visa is typically valid for 6 months. This means that once the consulate abroad issues your EB-5 visa, you have 6 months to enter the US.

29. Do I Have to Live in the US Once I have my Green Card?

 

As a permanent resident, you have to have the intention to permanently reside in the US. That said, you can still leave and re-enter the US.

 

  • You should not leave the US for a 6 months or longer at any one time, as this may be seen as abandoning your permanent residency.

 

  • If you need to leave the US for an extended period of time, you should apply for a re-entry permit.

 

  • A re-entry permit is a document that allows you to stay outside of the US for extended periods of time. With a re-entry permit, there is a legal presumption that you do not intend to abandon your status as a permanent resident.

 

  • A re-entry permit is usually valid for 2 years from the date it is issued.

30. If I Already Have a Business in the US can I Use it as my EB-5 Investment?

 

Yes, your existing US business can qualify for an EB-5 if it meets all the EB-5 requirements:

 

  • The business must qualify as a new commercial enterprise.

 

  • You will need to invest a minimum of $1,800,000 in the business (or $900,000 if the business is in a targeted employment area).

 

  • The funds that you’ve already invested in the business may count as part of the $1,800,000 (or $900,000) minimum investment amount.

 

  • You will have to show that the invested funds were obtained lawfully.

 

  • You are required to create 10 full-time jobs for US workers. (You may be able to count the jobs that you have already created in your US business as part of the 10 jobs.)

 

  • You will also have to show that all investment funds are “at risk.”

31. If I’m in the US on an E-2 Visa, can I Covert to an EB-5 Visa?

 

Yes, if you are already in the US on an E2 visa, you can convert to an EB-5 visa.

 

  • The process of going from an E2 visa to an EB-5 visa is called an “adjustment of status.”

 

If you choose to use your E2 business as the new commercial enterprise for your EB-5 visa, there are a few major benefits:

 

  • The funds that you’ve already invested in the E2 business may count for your EB-5 investment.

 

  • The jobs that you’ve created with your E2 business may count as part of the 10 full-time jobs you are required to create.

 

 

Conclusion

 

You should  now have a much better understanding of the most important aspects of the EB-5 visa program.

 

This is a lot of information to understand. But don’t worry, with the help of a qualified EB-5 lawyer, the process can be easier than you think.

 

If you have any questions about the EB-5 visa or about US immigration, email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.  I'd be happy to answer your questions.

 

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

 

Got a Question? Email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

 

Resources:

 

  • Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs, 3rd Ed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17:28 27 Jun 22
My I-140 for the EB2 NIW has been approved!! Thank you Michael and Lahaina of Ashoori Law, and thank you USCIS!Prior to meeting Michael Ashoori, I had frustratingly worked with 3 other immigration law firms over the previous 6 years to ensure my... business, my children and I were always in authorized and lawful status. With these firms I felt not quite versed on the in-depth immigration picture, not sure of the chances of success of any particular route, uncomfortably wondering if the advise and steering was the right path for me and my family for the long term, or was it short term fixes thereby requiring further filings in the future. I paid some pretty hefty fees too, and often was left wondering if the option I was being recommended was the best option for me or was it the most lucrative for the law firm.Michael was a breadth of fresh air!Whilst researching my queries online I found Ashoori Law through the videos Michael posts - the videos were focused, informative, and dealt with pretty much the whole picture in respect of the topic he spoke on. The tone was chatty and Michael came across as very approachable, conveying the law in terms I could understand, without losing the detail. After watching the first video, I searched for more and binge watched all I could find before reaching out to Michael!During my initial consultation I felt so reassured by not only Michael's extensive immigration law knowledge, but also the way he explained options. Everything he said made so much sense, was applicable to my circumstances, and he laid out my options clearly, giving honest evaluation as to the process, the timeline, and chances of success. He didn't do it piecemeal or in isolation, he looked at the full picture as to how my application would affect my family in the long term - definitely an important factor when kids risk being aged out at 21. Michael looked at my background and was confident that I could be successful in the EB2 NIW category. His analysis of how I met the requirements and what I would need to do to evidence my experience, knowledge and expertise gave me the confidence to proceed in the belief I merited the category.The team at Ashoori Law handled the whole process so smoothly and efficiently, with full disclosure at every stage, and it was a speedy filing - under 30 days!!Ashoori Law have a fantastic online portal, where the whole application is managed - you can monitor step by step what is required, there are user friendly forms for information gathering, and easy uploading of evidence documents. Messaging is handled securely through the portal, enabling the whole application history to be in one place, readily accessible for any future query.Having filed, Ashoori Law didn't go silent on me! With the delays in processing at USCIS due to Covid and post Covid challenges, Michael and Lahaina were always happy to have an update discussion and keep me reassured - and sane!I leave this review because Michael's evaluation of what was required for success in my immigration journey has made a phenomenal difference to my life, for which I am forever going to be grateful. I leave this review as an experienced immigration applicant who has tried some of the most well known firms in the country - firms that promised the world, charged the earth, and generally failed in the objective they were contracted for. Michael delivered on his promise. Thank you Michael.read more
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02:28 23 Jun 22
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02:07 17 Jun 22
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00:54 16 Jun 22
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18:41 15 Jun 22
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Ross Hitchins
06:36 10 Jun 22
Our E2 visa request was professionally handled to a successful outcome. I would recommend this Law company for anyone who is trying to obtain a US visa. Good Job! Thanks Steve Hitchins
Romard Palmer
15:05 08 Jun 22
I had the opportunity to work with Ashoori Law to apply for my Re-entry permit. i must say it was seamless, all the work was handle by the staff at Ashoori Law. The service they provided was extraordinary, the staff are very knowledgeable and... provides timely feedback and is willing to spend countless hours on phone calls to explain any situation/issues you might have. I highly recommend this firm for any legal matters regarding immigration services. I will be using them for all my future needs moving forward. It was a great pleasure working with Ashoori Law, I look forward to work with them again.read more
Sandeep Kaur Pannu
02:02 08 Jun 22
I have watched all your videos, they are always great…. I read your blog online and it was very informative and after reading the blog I felt, you and your teams knows in depth about immigration that’s how I approached you guys for EAD. And it all... turned out so great!Thank you for getting us EAD approval in hand! So all five stars from our side.Thank you!read more
Kevin Kovacs
21:03 07 Jun 22
The Ashoori Law team has done a tremendous job representing me and successfully putting together my application. They are very knowledgable, organized, thorough, and straightforward. The team knows what it takes to get cases approved. Ashoori Law... has earned my trust and I will engage them in future cases. Highly recommend!read more
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01:10 02 Jun 22
Hola! Gracias por la asesoría, mi caso salió exitoso, mi cambio de status fue aprobado Gracias por la asesoría y el acompañamiento.
Malwa Truckline
03:04 01 Jun 22
We would like to thank Micheal and Team to work on a our case.which really went smoothly and made easy by them.we highly recommend Ashoori Law Firm and it was pleasure doing business with them.
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21:04 31 May 22
I would highly recommend Ashoori Law office for the fast and reliable visa process. The staff are also accommodating , on point and on time, they're are very fast when it comes to processing my visa.
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22:42 27 May 22
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Anthony Pere
22:03 27 May 22
I would like to say thank you to Micaheal Ashoori and more so to Milena Manukyan who was my point of contact @AshooriLaw firm. I really appreciated the follow ups and updates that they shared.The level of professionalism exhibited by the team... was beyond what i expected. I would definitely recommend you to anyone with a immigration issue. Thank you againread more
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05:08 26 May 22
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16:11 24 May 22
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Keshia Henry
03:40 24 May 22
Great Experience and Great Team to work with!!! Thankyou!!
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01:13 24 May 22
We worked with a team at Ashoori Law that did a great job. We were successfully awarded our E2 and will continue working with them for any future matters. Thanks Ashoori!
Adam A.
18:06 23 May 22
Ashoori Law did a fantastic job getting me documents that I needed, they made the process very smooth and easy for me, they answered all my questions and done the job right. Michael and his team always kept me updated with the process at all times... and I received the documents that I requested. Thank you once again Ashoori Law and I highly recommend them!read more
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06:36 23 May 22
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17:04 21 May 22
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01:47 20 May 22
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Kalubi Fwanyanga
17:42 19 May 22
I would like to say thank you to Micheal and his team for exhibiting a great level of professionalism in the way they handled my case. Firstly, they made it easy for me and my husband when they sent a link for us to simply upload all our documents... on a portal that was only accessed by me and the Firm for review before submitting to uscis. Considering we were at the peak of the pandemic at the time, this process was hustle free and safe. The follow ups and prompt notifications via email is top notch. Their pricing is fair. I appreciate the phone conversations with other Attorney's at Ashoori Law, who guided us and answered every single question we had. If I had to go through this process again, I would definitely retain Michael and team. They make the process look so easy. Thank you for your assistance!read more
Douglas Wong
00:43 19 May 22
Responses were always prompt and they were able to help get my the travel document needed.
Ramchandra Vemula
00:41 11 May 22
Ashoori Law & Team helped me with E3 transfer and they are thorough professionals. They are extremely diligent with all the paperwork, process and they kept me updated all the way from start to end. Their guidance on my E3 transfer case has been... invaluable and I highly recommend them for all the immigration services they provide.read more
Richa Jaiswal
14:25 10 May 22
I really liked Ashoori law, they charged very reasonable and gave me very good service, I got my work permit, Thank you Ashoori law!
Aleksandra Dobrova
22:42 09 May 22
Highly recommended! My process went very smoothly and I got my green card within significantly shorter time period than was estimated. While the timing doesn’t always depend on the firm, it helped enormously to ensure that paperwork was complete and... correct. The communication has always been very consistent and quick. The only thing I might recommend to improve is forwarding process (time it takes to resend a document to USCIS), however other than that I’m very happy with the support and the outcome. Thank you!read more
Max Nasah
22:37 09 May 22
Michael and his team have been with us every step of the way through the green card process. There are too many people at the team to thank and recommend but we highly recommend Ashoori Law.
sheba fabien
02:38 06 May 22
I worked with Ashoori law to become a permanent residence of the US and i must say they made the process very easy. Communication was very efficient and effective. Thank you
Lisa Zhu
21:14 04 May 22
The consultation I had with Rohit was great. He provided a detailed analysis and valuable advices on my case. I wish I hired Michael's team at the very start.
Shahmir Yekayev
16:45 04 May 22
My meeting with Ashoori Law coincided with a period of very short time before my active status expired. A work plan was made in a very short time and the process of preparing the documents began. At the same time, several employees of the company... followed the case and my case was completed and sent. Many Thanks to Mr Ashoori and his staff. I intend to work with them again in the future.read more
Me M
04:11 03 May 22
I married my husband from India and ran into some issues with the certification of the marriage. I was searching for a law firm to represent us in the immigration process and called Michael Ashoori. I spoke with Alessandra initially and during the... process told her of a problem we were having with certifying our marriage in India. She solved that problem for us with just that phone call and I knew I had the right firm. I hired them and the rest is history. I can't say enough good things about Michael and the staff. They have been there for us from start to finish. Everyone has been so wonderful to work with. Even my sister in law in India that has a business with immigration follows Michael Ashoori on YouTube. She raves about him. Not only has he helped us through this process but the education that he provides has been invaluable. It has helped us to understand the process and we feel confident and prepared. Thank you Michael and all of your staff! We appreciate all you did for us!read more
Rom Vee
22:45 02 May 22
(I am American, and my wife is Canadian.) What a wonderful experience. They worked with us on our time-table and were flexible with us as covid-related financial troubles struck. They always answered my emails promptly, and called when we had... questions. Someone followed up weekly via email while we filled out questions in their online portal and gathered the funds needed to submit everything.DONT TRY THIS ALONE! The staff I worked with at Ashoori knew how to take all of our answers from within their online portal and fill out every gov form, along with knowing what documents we needed to supply to USCIS.PS: follow their YouTube account for interview tips and time-table updates- it helps calm the nerves.Thank you guys ❤️R&Cread more
Exuberant Hospitality Group
02:45 23 Apr 22
My company started processing with Ashoori Law and I must say they are very knowledgeable of the process. They guided me through each steps. I would strongly recommend Michael Ashoori and his team for all your immigration needs. I got approved after... RFE in just 8 days. Thank you again! To God be the Glory 🙏🎉read more
Mr ABC
22:07 12 Apr 22
Monica one of the lawyers have had a free consultation with me today and it was so very very nice of her that she wasn't interested in just making money like most lawyers, But she really took care of me and understood my case and offered me a... personal advise. This is not normal and she is simply a kind soul. Hats off to MONICA...read more
Yonathan Dejene Woldemariam
13:17 11 Apr 22
Really glad I chose Ashoori Law! They had a very clear process, were extremely professional and were always ready to guide me through all my questions. I will definitely be working with them again!
Sara Shabaka
03:47 07 Apr 22
I am glad I chose to work with Ashoori Law for my Travel Permit case. The team responded quickly to my request and helped me to facilitate the process easily. I am grateful for their expertise and will be working with them in the future, for my... immigration issues.read more
Eugin Destici
20:04 31 Mar 22
Highly recommended. Daniel Tierney was a pleasure to work with.
Karan Bhutada
17:15 30 Mar 22
The folks at Ashoori law have been very efficient and great at communication. The online portal made things quite easy to follow and helped to keep track of all the requirements and documentation along with the timeline for the visa transfer.... Definitely recommend them!read more
Amir Moutaib
23:15 29 Mar 22
My change of Status from B2 to E2 status was approved yesterday , thanks to ASHOORI LAW TEAM. They are here when ever I need them. They are very professionals, pleasant and kind. Not only that, their fees are also very reasonable comparing to other... Law firms. Michael, Lahaina, James and all team are very helpful and always here to assist. I would highly recommend their services. Thank you ASHOORI LAW !!read more
Omar Julca
19:28 23 Mar 22
The team at Ashoori has been helpful throughout all steps of my immigration paperwork, and are always quick to respond to emails and questions. There were always multiple members of the team helping to track the status of my paperwork and would... notify me promptly when there was any movement.read more
Veronica Thomas
21:01 21 Mar 22
I highly recommend this firm to anyone who is looking to start their immigration journey. I was a bit sceptical at first about not having a physical office to go to and talk to someone but after making the initial call they put my mind at ease. ... The team is easy to work with, very professional and what I love most is that they answer my concerns in a timely manner.If you are having second thought, call the number and talk to someone on the team, they will answer your questions or concerns.Happy and satisfied client.read more
Emilio Gangas
19:42 21 Mar 22
I cannot describe how good these lawyers are, they worked on my case, at all times they were informing me of the entire process, I recommend them 10000%
Raj Srini
23:20 18 Mar 22
The best professional experience you get from Michael, Lahaina and their team. They are very knowledgeable, attentive, addresses all your questions/concerns where they have gone over and beyond to provide you the best legal advice. Highly recommend... them for all immigration services.Had a wonderful experience !!read more
DrAlanBarnard
00:42 18 Mar 22
I used Ashoori Law to assist me with securing a green card to the USA. I was initially attracted to them due to the great reviews past customers shared and the YouTube videos Michael shared that showed how much they care. My experience with them... lived up to the high expectations I had. They provided clarity on the total process with affordable pricing and clear time lines, were very knowledgeable in dealing with complexities and all their staff showed the required attention to detail to complete paperwork accurately and timely. And when there were delays due to Covid, they assisted with an expedited processing request to USCIS that was successful. Thank You!read more
Rania Hammami
01:49 17 Mar 22
Great team, very efficient, really great communication and easy process.Easily reached via email.Glad to have done business with you. Totally worth the money!
Rahul Y C
03:02 16 Mar 22
My experience with Ashoori Law Firm has been outstanding. Even tough I am at EST Time zone working with them for H1b via was very helpful to me in getting follow ups with great results. I would highly recommend !Thank you for entire team of... Ashoori Law.read more
agha ali
19:50 15 Mar 22
Great Service. Worry Free Immigration Services.
Mehdi Said
20:44 04 Mar 22
Highly recommended.Ashoori Law is an excellent high quality, professional immigration lawyer. He has helped us get excellent results with surprisingly quick USCIS approval since every document was provided exactly as needed. Carlito and Milena are... very attentive to detail and accuracy throughout and very diligent and thorough. Something more we appreciated was that Carlito was always available to spend time to walk through any process with us and he always responded to our questions in a very timely manner. We highly recommend Ashoori LawThank you again Ashoori Team 🙏🏼read more
Joao Castro
00:02 26 Feb 22
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
Mary Grace Alfelor
22:49 23 Feb 22
I highly recommend Ashoori Law. The service was top-notch, very accommodating and professional. They helped us through the entire process, were extremely organized and efficient, and gave us peace of mind every step of the way. Hands down to... Michael, Lahaina, James and the entire team they did an exceptional job.read more
Brahim Bougrayne
11:29 22 Feb 22
Im a citizen from Belgium and has applied voor a E2 visa and thanks too Ashoori Law i have been approved!!His team did a great job, they help you step by step and always can you reach them by phone, email or whatsup!!Thanks Ashoori Law
Jaime Almeida
06:17 22 Feb 22
Ashoori Law, provided a professional and consistently positive service, from the initial consultation to the fulfillment of my paperwork . Ashoori Law's team was always on top of things. They relied on clear procedures to gather the required... documentation, and were always eager to provide guidelines and recommendations. Any time I had a question, they were quick to respond to my email or to setup a call to explain things. I am satisfied with the service provide and I would totally recommend them to handle any immigration related matters.read more
Morshed Rana
04:43 19 Feb 22
Knowledgeable, Effective, Methodical and Professional:I am very pleased to provide a recommendation for Ashoori Law firm and its ability to provide expert immigration service and counselling. Last year I worked with Lahaina Araneta from Ashoori... Law, who I found an exceptionally experienced immigration lawyer. I was fortunate to have her available to represent my case to file my NIW petition application. Lahaina was very helpful, friendly and informative as she guided me throughout the application process. I was reassured with her quick response and detailed information with clarification whenever I have questions regarding the process. She guided me to gather all the required documents for making a strong case. In the end, Lahaina prepared the application package professionally and skillfully with care and submitted on time. My NIW petition got approved within 8 months of submission. Ashoori Law is now working on my immigration application and I am so grateful to have Lahaina, especially Ashoori Law to represent my case. They are easy to deal with and is highly recommended!read more
Tariq Shahin
18:39 17 Feb 22
The best lawyers ever … so professionalTotally recommended
Julia Levy
18:56 16 Feb 22
My husband and I contacted Ashoori Law as we were looking for an immigration lawyer to help us with an E2 investor visa.Michael got back to us immediately and we had a call to discuss the project. He explained the visa process in details and... suggested a change of status inside the US as we were already here under another visa. This was wise advice! Due to the pandemic we would have been stuck outside the US with a change of visa.The premium package included the business plan and business formation. We also had an EAD application.Everything was taken care of by Michael, Lahaina, Ehsan and James, an extremely responsive and knowledgeable team, who did a fantastic job answering all our questions along the way and making sure everything was right so we could get the business started quickly.We feel very fortunate to have found Ashoori Law and will definitely work with them again in the future! Highly recommend this firm.read more
Saaim Aslam
07:37 16 Feb 22
Ashoori is hands down the best law firm specializing in immigration. Their staff is very courteous and responsive. They give you the best advice at a very reasonable price. Michael himself takes personal interest in every case which is... commendable.I would recommend them to any one looking for expert immigration law services.read more
Alex S
14:59 09 Feb 22
great service, fast and reliable. Got the results I wanted
Deal Today
00:48 09 Feb 22
Thank you. Appreciate your excellent service.
Kosta Janko
14:15 08 Feb 22
The Ashoori Law was able to navigate a complex process with a demanding timeline in a succesful and efficient way. Their staff has acted in a highly professional and competent manner. Following their advices enabled us to finalize our legal request... with success. We would highly recommend their services.read more
Ashok Shah
04:02 03 Feb 22
I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone without a doubt. I came across Michael youtube videos and ended up setting a free consultation. From there I join them and the whole process has been very seamless.From gathering information to filing all... the petitions everything went very well.The best points of Ashoori Law firm I would like to mention are1. The Lawyers assigned are very friendly so you can share all your concerns, they are going to help you with all the options for your situation and suggest you the best from their expertise.2. They are amazingly responsive to any of your emails which I think is biggest plus. So they will reply to all of your email within hours if not minutes and they will entertain all your calls and queries.3. When you have some question and they are not sure they will do proper research and get back to you with detail explanation rather than giving you speculations.I would always come back to them for my any immigration related needs in future as well.read more
Rami Wehbeh
16:41 01 Feb 22
We have been using the services of Ashoori Law since 2019. It has been a very pleasant and satisfactory experience. Not only is the team professional, dedicated, and well versed with immigration matters, they are very kind and pleasant to work... with. The human touch is always there, despite the dry legal matters they deal with. In addition, Ashoori Law has always been responsive to our inquiries and requests, and would always respond expeditiously. We are truly appreciative of their assistance.read more
Aman Ahuja
21:59 31 Jan 22
I had the most wonderful experience working with Ashoori law. Michael and team are super helpful and extremely knowledgeable people in the market right now. They deliver what they promise and are with you throughout the journey. Best part is YouTube... videos from Michael which helps us in keeping posted with latest news from USCIS.read more
ehsan3soul
21:07 31 Jan 22
The best immigration lawyer in LA, Michael Ashoori is very smart, honest, accommodating and explains to you clearly the problem and the solution. You can easily approach him if you have questions and he gives him personal utmost attention to your... case. If you want great results, Michael Ashoori is your lawyer. Him and his team will fight for you and will be with you all the way. I want to thank him and his awesome attorneys to help me throughout this process.read more
Andrea Gómez
07:20 27 Jan 22
I want to say Thank you to Ashoori Law firm, specially to Lahaina Araneta for her professionalism and excellent work. She is the best Lawyer I have ever met . I got my EB2 NIW APPROVED. I 100% RECOMMEND this firm. They are going to take you to the... success.read more
Arian Shahidi
03:58 26 Jan 22
Ashoori Law has been handling my cases and giving me immigration consultation for years. Thanks to Michael and his team my problems and questions have been solved up until now.
seema banda
01:20 26 Jan 22
I had the most wonderful experience working with Ashoori Law firm. Michael, Lahaina, and their team are super helpful, extremely knowledgeable, and very professional. They deliver what they promise and are with you throughout the journey. I highly... recommend this law firm. Thank you so much!read more
Van Thang
01:17 26 Jan 22
I need my travel document In November 20 21 because I have a some emergency they do helping me to get my travel document as soon as possible while even in Pandemic 😷 All their stuff/teamWhen you call them Or Email 📧 them they will... respond you very soon /right away not like other place taking long to respond !! Who need help from the new arrive to USA 🇺🇸;)definitely I like you guy go ahead and tried it this place ( Ashoori Law)Is Totally worth itThanks you all ( Ashoori)read more
Van Thang
21:25 22 Jan 22
They are amazing 🤩
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18:10 17 Jan 22
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H. Moghaddam
05:53 17 Jan 22
Rohit Srinivasa, has been a great consultant for me, very responsive, patient, knowledgeable, to the point and professional. I have a complicated situation and been looking into different scenarios, and Rohit has been with me along the way,... clarifying each of the routes via email.Thank you Rohit & Thank you Ashoori firm for making free consult available to all prospect clients. Is very time saving on both ends, educating the clients before they start their case. .read more
Richelle Mendoza
00:10 15 Jan 22
We never expected for the paper work process to be so soon.We are very suprise to heard that USCIS have shedule our interview early next Month.Thank you for ashoori Law office for being so professional and help us for short cuircuit the USCIS... paper proccessing. We are glad that we made the right decission for selecting Ashoori Law. We are are very happy with bthe outcome.We are highly recomend Ashoori Law for future Clients.RICHELLE MARTINEZread more
Lisa Wilson
21:49 11 Jan 22
Ashoori Law, what can I say went ABOVE and BEYOND to help us with our K1 Visa and getting my wife her Green Card. Before Ashoori Law, we were stuck trying to figure out how to do the process ourselves only to waste money and energy while getting... nowhere. After consulting with a previous Lawyer, she told us everything we needed to do for the process. When we were finally ready, she then started working for Ashoori Law, and we were excited to get started with the firm. Ashoori makes sure you are well informed every step of the way, and exceeds your expectations on what to expect throughout everything. The case is so well organized and structured, and the CUSTOMER SERVICE is TOP NOTCH!! To be honest, it doesn’t feel like you’re just paying for a service, it really feels like everyone there is rooting for you in your case. I can’t recommend them enough. They were more than wonderful and there’s not enough thank you’s that can be given to such a wonderful group of people.read more
Angus Benfield
00:12 08 Jan 22
Ashoori Law provided such great service, they were very responsive to all questions, fast, great value and have a streamlined modern process which was really easy to use. As with anyone who is in the position of immigrating to the US knows, it can... be a intimidating process, but Ashoori Law make sure that you never feel in over your head. I was impressed at how much Lahaina Araneta, Esq, understood my case (EB1 Green Card) and not only did Lahaina to help with any questions along the way, several assistants were always available to cover anything else needed.I could not have asked for anything more and am very grateful to Ashoori Law for their guidance through this process. I would recommended Ashoori Law to to anyone seeking representation for any and all Immigration matters. It is easy to see why they have such a high rating!read more
ALBA CRISTINA RENGEL RIVAS
03:47 30 Dec 21
Ashoori Law is an excellent law firm. They helped me get my Re-entry Permit. Michael and his team are very professional, helpful, and responsive. The responded my emails (questions and concerns) all the times and they kept me up to date on... everything. I highly recommend this law firm. Thank you so much!read more
Harry Duggal
20:02 21 Dec 21
We have been working with Michael Ashoori and his team for almost a year now and appreciate everything they have done. They are quick to respond back with all our questions. They update us quickly with new information. They have made the whole... process easy and less stressful for us. Highly recommended!read more
Amit Pardasani
20:00 20 Dec 21
Amazing ExperienceAshoori Law firm is a fantastic law firm , they have a great team , especially Micheal , James & Lahaina who helped me in my case and answered and my questions patiently.I would highly recommend Ashoori Law firm
Meg Clohessey
23:41 14 Dec 21
I found Ashoori Law in TIKTOK. I watched and followed Atty. Michael and we decided to seek counsel and assistance for green card application thru Marriage. My husband and I are satisfied with their job. Starting from gathering documents towards... receiving my card. I trusted them because they absolutely know how USCIS operates. I told my family and friends to watched his tiktok/youtube videos and not hesitate to set an appointment because they have a friendly and helpful staff. More Power to you Ashoori Law!!!read more
Sejin Kim
17:21 14 Dec 21
Everyone at Ashoori Law was very thorough and was able to answer all questions I had for my unique situation. I was able to really trust them with their level of expertise and experience. From the initial consultation and throughout the process of... gathering everything needed for the application, everything was simplified as much as possible and they held my hand all the way to make sure my case is taken care of with no issues, even though we were in different time zones. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law to anybody for immigration. Thank you so much Ashhoori Law!read more
Ousseynou Barry
23:15 13 Dec 21
My name is Ousseynou Barry, and I have lived in the U.S. since 2018. I am a permanent resident and am of the clients of Ashoori Law. I would like to share a comment to that extraordinary office and to fantastic employers who make my case approved... in less than 6 months. I strongly recommend to all immigrants who wish to get their family in the U.S. to come to Ashoori Law because of their competence and ability to treat cases with brilliance. I am so grateful for all of them who make possible my dream which is to get my family in the U.S.read more
Yousuf Dadi
22:41 13 Dec 21
The best lawyer ever!!! Mishael Ashoori is best choice. I recommend him as the best immigration lawyer I am happy with the service and the outcome.Efficient ,timely ,informative and friendly service his firm provides is impressive Highly recommend... .Micheal is wonderful attorney and his team respond me immediately when i need their help, I appreciate all that they have done for me.your consideration, guidance ,help and time. I appreciate Lahaina Araneta and James blunt for working on my case .read more
Tal Dror
23:20 10 Dec 21
I had a pretty complex situation after I messed up my first re-entry permit application and needed some professional help to sort things out and re-apply. I couldn't find a better firm to work with. Everyone - starting from the free consultation, to... the awesome attorneys and the superb paralegal team were absolutely amazing! Super nice, responsive, and professional. I got all my questions promptly answered, even on more general topics that didn't directly concern the application. Oh, and the fees are super reasonable too! I just got my application approved a few days ago thanks to them. Look no further, just go with Ashoori Law, satisfaction guaranteed.read more
ladan tabar
19:45 09 Dec 21
It has been a great pleasure working with Ashoori law. They have been very professional and took care of me like a family. I highly recommend them to anyone needing immigration help.
jimmy garcia
18:08 09 Dec 21
At Michael Ashoori office they helped me to get my re-entry permit, they are very professional responsable, they take good care of people, i recomend them 100%
Clarina He
01:25 07 Dec 21
The team at Ashoori law has been so helpful, attentive, and empathetic when it has come to helping my fianceé and I apply for a US visa! I couldn't ask for a more thoughtful team and we are so grateful we get to embark on this journey with Ashoori... law!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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