If you are a CEO or employee of a company that is based outside of the United States, but needs to do work within the United States, you should ultimately quality for an EB-5 Investor Visa. This Visa exists because it ultimately brings product and jobs to the United States, and also gives a boost to the economy.
Unfortunately, getting an EB-5 Visa isn’t always so straight forward. Both you and your company need to qualify. When you meet with a lawyer, there are essential questions you need to ask to ensure your visa is processed correctly and timely.
How Long Should It Take?
The process of getting a visa approved can be a long and arduous one, especially if the lawyer is inexperienced. Be sure to ask how long it will take and watch for 3 things:
If given an exact amount of time, the lawyer is only going based off of theoretical data and likely hasn’t processed many visas, if any. If given a short amount of time, they simply want to close you as a client and aren’t being realistic with the timeline. If given an unclear amount of time, they are someone that will put you on the back burner and wait for you to inundate them with calls and emails asking for a status update before doing anything.
Realistically, your lawyer should give you a fairly broad timeline that includes the best case and worst-case scenarios. Your lawyer should be able to give you examples of times when things went perfectly for their clients, as well as when things didn’t go so perfectly. They should also be able to tell you how to prevent the worst-case scenario.
How Often Will You Update Me?
This is where many immigration lawyers drop the ball. They file the necessary paper work and then push your case back until you call or email several times a day. Ensure when you sign a contract with your lawyer, that their schedule for updating you is clear (every 3 or 4 days is a good place to start negotiations). If they do not adhere to the schedule they have agreed to, you can hold them accountable!
How Likely Is It To Go Through The First Time?
This is another type of litmus test, like with asking about the length of time. If the lawyer you are working with tells you that it is 90 – 100% going to get accepted the first time, your lawyer has little to no experience in this field. Your lawyer should be able to explain what obstacles you may run into that cause the visa to be denied.
When you are ready to start looking for an investor visa lawyer, you will want to review this article again, just to be sure that you are getting the information you need to validate that you are working with a highly-experienced EB-5 investor visa lawyer.