U.S. and Canadian Immigration Lawyer
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with immigration issues
Unlike the non-immigrant visas, when it comes to immigrant visas, quickness and ease do not always follow the lowest cost in the short run. Since I believe a quick and easy approach can often be the cheapest in the long run, I will go with that approach.
Investor Visas - Quickest and Easiest Immigrant Visas
Probably the best immigrant visas for the United States and Canada are the investor visas. In the case of the United States, (with the one exception of a multinational executive transferring as an inter-corporate transferee which we will talk about later) the EBS investor approach is the quickest and best.
The U.S. requirements that are easiest to comply with are that the investor invests approximately $575,000 with a regional economic development organization approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. The reality of the requirements is that the investment will be for a minimum of about five years. However, the investment will earn income. Assuming everything works out normally the investment is placed in some office building development or other project with companies that have pretty sold reputation. Since the U.S. government is involved in approving the investment vehicles there is some measure of security in the investment although caveat emptor still is the guiding principle.
For placing this investment (not to be confused with the NAFTA E-2 investment of only say $ 200,000 which is a non-immigrant temporary vehicle) the investor gets a greencard and permanent resident status within about a year. The greencard is two-year conditional greencard, conditional on the investor maintaining the investment for two years. But then the condition is removed and the greencard becomes the regular greencard others hold. For more details details contact us.
As for Canada, the investment program is also very attractive. Under the Federal and Quebec Investors programs the investor must be worth $1.6 Million in net equity and invest $800,000 with the relevant government for a period of five years, interest free.At the end of the five years the money is returned. The government guarantees the investment. Creative bank programs have made it possible to borrow the investment and effectively almost “buy” permanent residence for about $220,000. These programs are not always open and have quotas. Check with us for more details.