Our Immigration Attorneys Help You Invest in Oklahoma
Mazaheri Law Firm helps foreign nationals interested in investing in Oklahoma City and its surrounding areas throughout the investor visa process. Our immigration lawyers have extensive experience assisting individuals and families legally relocating to the United States. We combine our in-depth and current knowledge of U.S. immigration laws with a compassionate approach that centers on our clients’ needs.
When you choose to invest in the U.S., you may apply for either an E-2 investor visa for temporary status or an EB-5 immigrant investor visa for lawful permanent residence. If you are unsure which one fits your needs, our attorneys are happy to walk you through each option so you can make an informed decision on which one to petition for. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, also known as USCIS, has specific requirements for each visa, and we can help you collect all relevant forms and ancillary documents to help you reach your immigration goals.
Call Mazaheri Law Firm today at (405) 645-6022 or use our online form to schedule an investor visa appointment with one of our immigration attorneys in Oklahoma City.
E-2 Investor Visa for Temporary Status
To qualify for an E-2 visa, you must be a citizen from one of the 80 countries that the United States accepts for investment opportunities. If so, you must have invested or be in the process of investing a significant amount of capital in an American business. You must own at least 50% of the company and generate sufficient profits to make an impact on local communities in the U.S.
Your purpose for applying for an E-2 investor visa is to come to U.S. territory to develop the business. You must do so through a managerial role in the company or another acceptable corporate role. An E-2 investor visa is valid for five years and you may apply for as many two-year renewals as necessary to operate the business. However, you must continue to demonstrate your intention to leave the United States once you have reached your goals with the company.
If you are an essential employee for the business, you may qualify for an E-2 visa too for an initial period of two years with an unlimited number of potential extensions if you maintain your immigration status.
An E-2 visa allows you to bring your spouse and any unmarried children under 21 as dependents when you move to the U.S. They do not need to be citizens of the treaty country. Your spouse can receive a work permit and your children can attend school during your family’s stay in the U.S.
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa for Lawful Permanent Residence
As an investor, you may also opt to apply for an EB-5 investor visa for lawful permanent residence, a type of employment-based green card. Your purpose to seek this immigration status is to create and develop a business in the U.S. that results in both capital and employment for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent citizens.
USCIS requires applicants to make at least one of the following investments without borrowing:
- $900,000 in a rural area
- $900,000 in an area with a high rate of unemployment
If you meet those criteria, you can fill out and submit Form I-526: Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur. If the USCIS approves your request, you can apply for your green card at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
If you have a spouse and/or unmarried children under 21, you can include them as dependent as part of your immigrant visa application.
An EB-5 investor visa offers all green card benefits, including:
- Unrestricted access to the U.S. for professional and personal reasons
- No required renewal of your or your qualified family members’ permanent resident status
- The ability to live and work anywhere in the country
- The possibility to apply for naturalization after five years of residence
The EB-5 investor visa is a popular choice for investors who are hoping to build a life in the United States and actively participate in the country’s economic development.
Hire Mazaheri Law Firm for Your Investor Visa Application in Oklahoma City and Its Surrounding Areas
Relocating to the U.S. lawfully whether on a non-immigrant or immigrant visa requires a thorough process. Determining which type of investor visa fits your situation and goals is an important starting point and so is ensuring that you fill out all required forms correctly and submit all your supporting documents on time. Any mistake in your application package, even a minor one, can result in delays or even in USCIS denying your petition.
At Mazaheri Law Firm, our immigration attorneys have extensive experience helping foreign nationals legally move to the United States and build a life here, including accompanying them through the process of applying for lawful permanent residence or even naturalization. We are grateful for your trust, and our team strives to build strong relationships with all our clients and accompany them at every step of their immigration journey.
Are you planning to apply for an investor visa? Contact Mazaheri Law Firm today at (405) 645-6022 to schedule a consultation with our Oklahoma City immigration lawyers!
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