The website’s new user-friendly layout will assist potential immigrant investors in learning more about the EB-5 visa as a route to permanent residency in the United States.
Miami, Florida (PRWEB) May 02, 2011
Bernstein Osberg-Braun & de Moraes is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, http://www.EB5investorvisa.com. The firm specializes in immigration law and has more than a decade of experience dealing with EB-5 investment visa (green cards) and other immigration matters.
The website’s new user-friendly layout will assist potential immigrant investors in learning more about the EB-5 visa as a route to permanent residency in the United States. Not only can visitors to the website learn about EB-5 investor visa requirements and privileges, they can also request to be contacted by an experienced immigration attorney.
Bernstein Osberg-Braun & de Moraes’ team of attorneys includes Karen Caco, who has recently joined the firm as a Partner. Karen is a leading business immigration lawyer who specializes in EB-5 green cards, worldwide consular processing, corporate immigration and overall immigration USA. She currently sits on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) EB-5 committee and the Invest in America (IIUSA) committee. She speaks around the world about US immigration matters. Karen has developed significant expertise in Regional Center start-ups and EB-5 green cards. Karen adds new dimension to the legal resources of the practice and allows the firm to offer a greater depth of services to clients.
EB-5 visa holders, their spouses, and their unmarried children under 21 years of age receive a conditional green card. They may live, work, and go to school anywhere in the United States. After 21 months, EB-5 visa holders may petition to have the conditional status removed from their green card. There are no restrictions on retirement or geographical location.
In order to be eligible for the EB-5 visa, applicants must either create a business or invest in a business created on or after November 19, 1990. Applicants must invest $1 million, unless they are investing in a federally designated Regional Center; investors in the Regional Center program need only invest $500,000. The investment must result in the creation of at least 10 full time jobs for United States workers. For more detail, and to see the additional requirements for EB-5 green card citizenship, please visit the firm’s website, http://www.EB5-investor-visa.com.
Regional Centers are typically rural or high-unemployment areas and are designated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Investors who choose to invest in Regional Centers are not required to manage the day-to-day affairs of the business. Typically, Regional Centers are run by government-approved professionals who pool investor money to create jobs in their communities. Because the managers of the Regional Center control the funds and run the enterprises, there is no need for individual investors to manage the businesses created – it is truly a passive investment. Additionally, the Regional Center assumes the responsibility to create 10 new jobs for United States workers.
Many interested in United States immigration are familiar with the H-1B visa. In order to obtain a green card if on an H-1B visa, an employer must petition on behalf of an employee and the waiting time can be years until the employee actually obtains permanent resident status. Additionally, applicants must be employed in a “specialty occupation” and meet certain educational requirements. In contrast, the EB-5 green card has no such requirements. For those individuals who do not meet H-1B requirements, or are retired, an EB-5 visa may be another route to green card and eventual citizenship in the United States.
The attorneys at Bernstein Osberg-Braun welcome the opportunity to discuss your immigration concerns with you and help you determine your eligibility to apply for the EB-5 green card. They can also assist you in deciding whether to make a direct investment or an investment in a Regional Center. For clients who choose to invest in a Regional Center, we can provide detailed information about the past performance of individual Regional Centers and help you to choose one that matches your investment objectives. If you would like one of our immigration attorneys to contact you, please visit our website and fill out the short form entitled Request Information about EB-5 visas.
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