Our Commitment to Bengaluru

Our Commitment to Bengaluru - Davies & Associates, LLC - US Immigration Lawyers Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) is one of India’s most modern and progressive cities. Situated in Karnataka State, this rapidly developing city has become headquarters for some of the world’s leading high-tech companies. For almost a decade our EB5 visa lawyers have assisted Eb-5 investors, high-net worth entrepreneurs and executives from the Bengaluru region.
Our firm Davies & Associates Chairman, Mark Davies, is frequently mentioned in the major media publications throughout India, including the Economic Times, The Times of India, The American Bazaar and Business World. Mark is also consistently ranked as one of the "Top 25" EB5 lawyers in the world.
While most of our clients speak English our Banglore team also speak Kannada.
Please feel free to reach out to our Bangalore team today.

What is the EB5 Visa?

The EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program permits an investor to move to the United States with their spouse and qualifying children for a minimum $800,000 investment that creates ten jobs. The funds for the investment must come from clean sources and the investment must be at risk. There are approximately 700 visas available to Indians each year under the EB5 visa program and Bangalore has long been an important source of potential EB5 investors.

Advantages of EB5 Investor Visa

  • License and Intellectual Property Can Count as Investment
  • 100% History of Success in Bangalore (as of January 2013)
  • Staggered Investment Options Available
  • Process from Bangalore of the United States
  • Fastest Route to US Permanent Residency
  • Operate any US Business

As of January 1, 2013, every visa of any kind our firm has filed for a Banglore resident has been approved. All of our EB5 clients have had their capital returned on time.

To be successful with an Indian EB5 visa requires solid knowledge of not just US-based law and procedure but Indian culture, law, business practices and regulations. Compliance with the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) is critical to an EB5 program filing.

The EB5 Visa Program offers investors two options: making your investment through a Regional Center or making and managing it yourself through the Direct EB5 route. The majority of investors around the world opt for the Regional Center route because of the challenges with program compliance. However, India has a greater proportion of investors seeking Direct EB5 than any other major EB5 market. This is particularly true of our firm’s Bangalore-based investor clients, often working in the high-tech sector, who wish to invest in their own US tech business and obtain Green Cards through EB5 in the process.

Intellectual Property as an EB5 Investment

Most business owners are unaware that cash investment in a commercial enterprise is not required for the EB5 program. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act and the RIA qualifying capital investment can take a number of non-cash forms. While regional centers are unlikely to accept a non-cash investment towards the qualifying investment amount Direct EB5 applicants frequently avail themselves of this option.

Residents of Bangalore have often used non-cash investment to fund a Direct EB5 application.

Banglore residents often make significant investments in an IT business in the United States. Investments such as licensing technology to a US business or transferring intellectual property to a US entity can count as capital investment for EB5 purposes.

Multiple Green Cards from One Business

Some businesses have been able to obtain multiple US immigrant visas by coupling EB5 Direct filings with EB1A Extraordinary Ability Visas and EB1C Intercompany Transfer Visas for managers and executives.

E2 and L1 as a Bridge to EB5: The Staggered EB5

Many of our clients from Bangalore do not initially meet the investment requirements for the EB5 visa program. By investing a smaller amount, applicants may be able to obtain an E2 Visa or a New Office L1 Visa to operate their US business within a six (6) month timeframe.

If carefully structured funds invested for E2 and L1 purposes can also count towards the EB5 investment requirement. Once the EB5 investment requirement has been reached and ten full time jobs have been created the applicant becomes eligible for a Green Card through EB5.

What are Set-Asides and a Rural Area

The location where you situate your US business or where your Regional Center locates its project is crucial. Every visa year there are a fixed number of EB5 visas reserved for projects located in a "set-aside". These set asides are particularly helpful when countries exceed their visa quota.

There are three set-asides:

  • Rural Area visa Set Asides - 20% of EB5 visas
  • High Unemployment Set Asides - 10% of EB5 visas
  • Infrastructure Set Aside - 2% of Eb5 visas

Step 1. Source of Funds and FEMA Planning.

The first step in the EB5 application process is to document where the funds to be used for your EB5 qualifying investment are to come from. This will require special attention in cases involving non-cash investment.

Step 2. Finalizing Project Selection.

Whether or not you use a regional center or direct investment you will need to establish a clear funding plan and evidence that your investment will create ten jobs.

Step 3. Filing Form I526

Once your investment in a qualifying project has been properly documented your EB5 immigration lawyer will file your I526 application. Form I-526 is essentially the application form for the EB5 visa. For D&A clients in Bangalore this means visiting our offices in Bangalore for review and signature of your I526 Petition. Once your I526 filing package has been finalized our US-based EB5 lawyer will cause your Petition to be filed with the US Citizenship & Immigration Services - USCIS.

Step 4. National Visa Center and Consular Interview

Once your I526 Petition has been approved your file will be transferred to the National Visa Center who will require you to submit certain personal documentation including a police report. Once the necessary documentation has been filed a consular interview will be scheduled.

Please note there is no US Consulate in Bangalore and you would need to travel to the US Consulate in Mumbai for the interview. While there are five US consular offices across India, only Mumbai handles EB5 applications Watch our video guide “Preparing for your EB5 interview in Mumbai” .

Step 5. Consular Interview Preparation

Our Mumbai-based visa processing lawyers are in constant contact with EB5 applicants going through the interview process in Mumbai and the staff at the US consulate in Mumbai. Our Bangalore and Mumbai teams will work with you to thoroughly prepare you for your consular interview.

Step 6. Visa Issuance

The US consulate in Mumbai will issue you with an immigration visa which is valid for six (6) months. Upon entering the United States using the immigrant visa you will automatically be in Conditional Permanent Residency Status.

D&A is the only US immigration law firm with US immigration lawyers in Bangalore. It has been our privilege for our US-based immigration lawyers to work with our Bangalore-based lawyers to serve Indian clients in Bangalore. As a result, we have realized 100% success with all of our EB5 India Visa filings for our clients residing in Bangalore and have become recognized as the leading law firm in the region.


Our Banglore team are located
Regus UB City
Level 15 Concorde Tower
UB City
1 Vittal Mallya Road
Bangalore
India 560 001

Mumbai (Bombay) (Immigrant Visa Issuance)

C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East,
Mumbai 400051
Phone: (22) 2672-4000 
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Chennai (Madras) (All Blanket L1 Cases and Covers Kanataka)

220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006
Chennai
Telephone +91-44-2857-4000
Fax: +91-44-2811-2027
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Eranjan Venura Parua
Eranjan Venura Parua
2 months ago

"After finding D&A through an internet search in 2020, my wife and I had several free consultations with David Cantor. Despite our initial attempt at filing for our E2 visa independently ending in failure, we decided to hire D&A for their expertise and support. Over the course of four long years, Verdie and Cristina were incredibly patient as we took our time to prepare for the E2 submission. Verdie became our E2 Attorney in 2021, and from the start, Verdie and Cristina's patience was evident. Despite our intermittent engagement over the years, they always treated us with the utmost attention. Working with Verdie and the D&A team was a pleasure; their professionalism and support were unwavering. Verdie's calm demeanor and succinct communication style made navigating the process much smoother, even during complex discussions. I wholeheartedly recommend Verdie and D&A - Davies & Associates, to anyone seeking an immigration law firm who can efficiently handle their case with precision and without unnecessary fanfare. Their ability to get things done speaks volumes about their dedication to their clients' success."

Jeremy Abernathy
Jeremy Abernathy
4 months ago

I had the pleasure of working with Verdie and Nessa to obtain my E2 Visa. Their in-depth knowledge and experience allowed me to be fully prepared in my application and they were able to answer all questions leading up to the Visa interview.

Saeed Muhammad
Saeed Muhammad
5 months ago

Verdie was an amazing attorney, providing exceptional client care throughout the process. He had a great depth of knowledge in all areas on business visas in the US.

Satyabrat Chowdhury
Satyabrat Chowdhury
8 months ago

I had a great experience with Davies & Associates. They are very thorough in the approach and their have experts in this field who know the domain very well.I would certainly be leaning onto them for any future needs as well.

Christine Envall
Christine Envall
a year ago

Getting my E2 Visa was a very in-depth process that took just over a year from when I committed to it, but 8 months from when I found a business I wanted to purchase. The only reason I'm giving 4 and not 5 stars is because the timeframe was a lot longer than expected from the initial information. Aside from the timing, Verdie and his team led me through the Visa process, providing all the guidance I needed to be successful, including advising me on the RIGHT type of Visa to suit my goals. Within the process I purchased a business and the greater Davies team included lawyer Rinat who helped me put the deal together. One of the biggest parts was my Business Plan which created from my info by Ana Ortiz, who did an incredible job. The process is certainly tedious and Verdie & Christina were always there to answer my questions, provide suggestions and advice and ensure I had all the documents I needed to support my application. I appreciated their patience with my questions and their advice and in the end, the application was so thorough the interview process was quick and easy. I highly recommend Davies & Associates and look forward to working with them again when it's time to renew my Visa.

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