Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC is a full-service immigration law practice that provides legal advice and representation to people and companies in the United States. The firm has over 200 years of combined legal experience among its attorneys and serves its clients from offices in Cleveland, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, Columbus, Minneapolis, and Raleigh. Contact us here to schedule a consultation to discuss your needs.
USCIS Approves I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
In November 2013, Mrs. A hired our firm to assist her with her EB-5 Immigrant Investor petition. Our attorney, Francis Fungsang, shared the process and timeline with Mrs. A, answered all her questions, and she gave him the approval to proceed. Within 10 months the petition was prepared, and we filed the I-526 - Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur.
In March 2016, USCIS issued our client her I-526 Acceptance Notice.
Mrs. A's next step will be to register her Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration, the DS-230, so she can pick up her EB-5 visa at the US Embassy in her country. When she comes to the US, she and her derivative family members will be granted conditional permanent residence for a two-year period. 90 days prior to the end of the two years, we will file Mrs. A's Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions, and assuming USCIS approves the petition, she and her derivative family members will be allowed to permanently live and work in the United States.
Immigrant Investor from India Aggressively Builds Holdings
Our EB-5 client from India heard that Margaret W. Wong & Associates had helped many South Asians, and he retained our firm to obtain his and his wife’s Green Cards through the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. He was at that time working for a hotel chain, and preparing to purchase his own first hotel. We compiled all the records, ensured the funds were secure and were from a legitimate source, did the due diligence on his investment plans, and filed the I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, I-485s Application to Register Permanent Residence, and I-765s Application for Employment Authorization. We quickly got the various notices, including the Acceptance Notices. During this process our Client extended his request for his mother, and we arranged and filed the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative.
A very aggressive investor and developer, during the entire process, our Client opened his first hotel and started deals and construction on subsequent projects. As the process progressed, his holdings of a handful of properties grew from “significant” to “regional.” What’s more, his referrals were hiring our team to assist them with their own paths to Green Card. He at this time had far more employees than his original application required. The EB-5 conditions on his Green Card and those of his family will soon be lifted so he can enjoy permanent residence. Our Client was doing exactly what the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program was designed to inspire: foreign born entrepreneurs who could build their American Dreams while concurrently helping to build America.
Chinese National Receives Green Card through EB-5 Investment
Mr. Z, a national of China, approached our office seeking a Green Card for himself and his wife through investment in the U.S. We arranged for Mr. Z to invest $500,000 in a Regional Center.
A Regional Center is an investment opportunity that has been reviewed and approved by the USCIS for the EB-5 program (but note that USCIS doesn’t endorse the quality of the opportunity or guarantee the investment – so best to do some homework before choosing a Regional Center). In this case, the regional center selected was a resort project in a region designated as a Targeted Employment Area due to its high unemployment and rural nature.
Once Mr. Z’s investment was made, our office filed his I-526, Immigrant Petition for Alien Entrepreneur, along with proof of the investment and details about the Regional Center he’d invested in. Mr. Z’s I-526 was approved in August of 2012. Forms I-485, Application to Adjust Status, were filed for Mr. Z and his wife shortly thereafter, and approved in May of 2013.
Based on Mr. Z’s investment in the U.S., he and his wife are now conditional permanent residents. 90 days before the second anniversary of his approval for permanent residence Mr. Z will be eligible to apply for removal of his conditional status and gain full permanent residence.
Woman Entrepreneur Invests in US to Build Her American Dream
A foreign entrepreneur came us wanting to invest in the United States. We knew that the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa would be a great option for her, and began work on her case. She invested $500,000 into opening a new hotel and we guided her through the process. The hotel was located in a Targeted Investment Area, which means an area with high unemployment or a rural area. We filed Form I-526 and supporting evidence on the client’s behalf.
We were able to show that our client’s investment would create at least ten full-time positions for qualifying employees in the United States by providing a construction timeline and evidence showing how the investments would produce income for the company. We were successful in getting the client her EB-5 visa and we are now in the process of applying for her conditional permanent residence.