There are different immigration programs. How do I know which program is most suitable for
WAII Walton American Investor Immigration offers a free consultation. Our professional U.S. immigration consultants will evaluate your background and recommend the best options for you that will help achieve a U.S. legal status.
What are the fees involved to participate in the eb-5 program?
• Your principal investment as set by the U.S. Federal Government
• WAII administrative fee
• Immigration attorney’s fee
• Filing fees to USCIS (cost may vary depending on the number of family members included in the application)
• Additional professional help, such as translator, etc
Learn more about EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
Is it necessary to engage with an immigration attorney to qualify for an eb-5 visa?
No, technically. You can complete an I-526 form on your own. While an attorney is not necessary to fill out or file an I-526 application, the procedure is far more complicated than filling out a single form, which is why most investors opt to deal with one. Working without a qualified immigration attorney is risky due to the complexity of the paperwork, rigorous adherence to USCIS requirements and constantly altering policy interpretations. It is important to note that getting the submission incorrect the first time will delay a subsequent application in the future.
Do I have to pay taxes once I receive the green card?
Once you get a Green Card (U.S. Lawful Permanent Residence), you automatically become a U.S. tax resident. U.S. tax residents must declare their entire income to the U.S. government’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS), no matter where the income was earned. As of 2012, U.S. Green Card holders must also report certain information about foreign financial assets.
Do I need to speak English?
No, the USCIS does not require you to speak English in order to be eligible for the immigration program. However, all documents submitted with your application must be English documents signed by the investor. Any non-English documents need to be accompanied by a certified translation.
What is the difference between a “conditional” and an “unconditional” green card?
Under USCIS regulations, an investor who gets approved for an EB-5 investor visa receives a Conditional Green Card that is valid for 2 years. 1 year and 9 months later, a 3-month window opens up during which an investor files another application with the USCIS to verify that all funds have been invested and that job creation requirements have been met. When the conditions are removed from the temporary Green Card, full resident status is granted and a permanent Green Card is issued to the investor. Otherwise, the two cards offer the same rights and privileges.
What is the difference between permanent residency and citizenship?
Once you obtain a Green Card and become a permanent legal resident, you have most of the rights and obligations of U.S. citizens, except that you cannot vote and are not entitled to certain public benefits. You are subject to the same tax rates and deductions as U.S. citizens. One of the most important rights legal permanent residents possess is the right to apply for U.S. Citizenship after residing in the U.S. for 5 years.
Can I become a U.S. citizen once I receive the green card?
You can apply for U.S. citizenship once you have lived in the United States for at least 5 years.