By Joao Morais Almeida
So, you are an Investor that lives outside the USA and you think: is it possible to get some type of Investor Visa that will me get me legally to live in South Florida?
The answer is… YES!!!!
And may I bring with me my spouse and my unmarried children under 21 years of age?
The answer is again …YES!!!
It is called the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (run by USCIS – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) and you can find it here: https://www.uscis.gov/working-in-the-united-states/permanent-workers/eb-5-immigrant-investor-program
In brief, you will need to invest $1.800.000,00 (one million eight hundred thousand dollars)
Or, that amount could be cut in half, for $900.000,00 (nine hundred thousand dollars) if your investment is applied in some geographical areas designated by Targeted Employment Area (TEA).
AND there is another requirement:
You have to preserve or create a minimum of 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.
“USCIS administers the EB-5 Program. Under this program, investors (and their spouses and unmarried children under 21) are eligible to apply for a Green Card (permanent residence) if they:
- Make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States; and
- Plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.”
Source: the above link
Well, if you are thinking about this, I give you an advice: Get an immigration lawyer! If you have the money for this option, it is totally recommended that you hire a lawyer to guide you through the process.
You can look up for a lawyer in the Internet.
Or I can give you a place to look for an immigration lawyer: https://lrs.floridabar.org/practice-areas/immigration
Next article we will talk about TEA – Targeted Employment Areas in Florida, areas where the amount of investment needed is reduced in 50%.
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TEA – Targeted Employment Areas in Florida
Disclaimer: Nothing that we wrote constitutes a Legal Advice. We do NOT provide Legal Advice. For Legal Advice in Florida consult www.floridabar.org , the website of Florida Bar Association. Or you can find a lawyer here: https://www.floridabar.org/directories/find-mbr/
Joao de Morais e Almeida