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Robert Gaffney Speaks At Investor Immigration Law Events

Attorney Robert P. Gaffney recently participated in two "EB-5 To H-1B" Expos in Phoenix and San Jose, California. The first expo took place March 27 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix and the San Jose expo occurred at Wyndham Garden San Jose Airport on March 29.

As the U.S. government has made it more difficult for skilled workers abroad to get approved for H-1B visas, more and more foreign nationals have turned to the EB-5 visa as an option for living and working in the United States. The EB-5 visa allows wealthy individuals to immigrate to the U.S. in exchange for investing at least $500,000 in a new commercial enterprise in this country.

The immigrant spouses of work visa holders

Complying with governmental requirements will not guarantee you will be able to obtain a green card or a work visa. There are special rules that accompany such visas. And there may only be a specific number of visas available.

The rules concerning visas will impact the entire family. For example, a recent NBC news story highlights the difficulties that families face. While an individual employed on an H-1B visa may be eligible to work, the spouse may not have the same opportunity.

The Importance of Financial Due Diligence Before Investment in an EB-5 Project

If you are looking for ways to immigrate to the United States, you have probably explored a variety of possible ways to make that a reality. And if you have money to invest, you might be interested in looking at some of the companies who are actively looking for international investments leading to EB-5 immigrant visas and permanent residency in the U.S.

It is in your best interest to do conduct thorough due diligence before investing in a project offering permanent residence under the U.S. immigrant investment program. The due diligence required before making an EB-5 investment can be viewed as consisting of the analysis of two types of risk - immigration risk and financial risk. In this post, we will address briefly that types of issues that should be analyzed prior to investing in an EB-5 enterprise.

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