What is EB5 Visa?

The EB5 Visa Program is the name of the US residency by investment program. The primary applicant, their spouse and children under 21 can obtain Green Cards for a minimum $800,000 investment. There are only approximately 700 visas available to Indian natives each year and demand for this visa is high. If you do not meet the funding requirements, alternative US visa routes are available.

Benefits of EB5 Visa

  • One of fastest routes for Indians to obtain US permanent residency
  • An entire qualifying family unit included in one application
  • Your children are free to study in the US
  • Each member of your family is permitted to work in the United States
  • Option to invest in your own business or with a Regional Center

EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa program

Through our global network Davies & Associates successfully represents Indian National EB5 and investor clients from across every corner of India, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, UK, Australia and Canada. We frequently file cases for clients from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Calcutta, Gujarat and Punjab.

Every EB5 Investor has to make a decision whether to apply for their EB5 based “green card” through the Regional Center or Direct program. In our experience many Indian investors confuse the concepts of risk and control when making this decision. While the Direct EB5 Program allows an investor to invest in their own business a direct investment can be higher risk than an EB5 Regional Center based investment.

A direct EB5 application allows an Indian investor to make an investment in his or her own business. With approximately 90% of all EB5 investments being made through the Regional Center program very few law firms have any experience with Indian Direct EB-5 applications. Davies & Associates assists investors from across India start and invest in private businesses in the United States. Our firm has assisted Indian clients from every region of India open, expand and acquire EB5-qualifying businesses in multiple and varied industries across the United States.

Davies & Associates represents investors from across India start and invest in private businesses in the United States. Our firm has assisted Indian clients from every region of India open, expand and acquire businesses in multiple and varied industries across the United States.

More on making a direct EB5 Investment.

Making an EB5 qualified investment through a Regional Center can be a simple and effective route to U.S> Permanent Residency (a "Green Card"). Out of over 1,000 Regional Center Registrations there is a very small cadre of Regional Centers a solid history of success. Many of our clients ask us to introduce them to the very small list of EB5 Regional Centers which have:

  1. Repaid all the investors in multiple projects;
  2. Had thousands of I-526 approvals with no project-related denials;
  3. More than a decade of "trouble free" history;
  4. I-829 approvals extending across multiple projects with no project-related denials.

With over 600 Regional Center registrations it can be difficult to select a Regional Center. Click here for more information on selecting a Regional Center."

The RBI promulgates rules that allows Indian Nationals to remit funds out of India. Over time these rules have become more and more complex. Under LRS, the RBI allows Indian Residents to remit funds abroad up to a notified limit without prior permission from the RBI. However, many investors do not understand that it is not as simple as being allowed to transfer the applicable allowed amount each Indian tax year, additional restrictions apply. With penalties for failure to comply with these extra restrictions reaching 300% of the amount transferred expert advice is required.

Over recent years the RBI has varied the amount of capital resident Indian Nationals are allowed to remit outside India using the LRS. The RBI LRS limit currently stands at USD 250,000.00 per person per Indian tax year.

In July 2015, the RBI issued a circular purporting to severely restrict the ability of Indian nationals to remit funds outside of India to make an investment that qualifies that investor for Emigration purposes. In February 2016 the rule against emigration was changed, however investors need to carefully structure their funds before remitting them abroad.

A link to the most recent published version of the RBI regulations is available on our firm's website. While we are a US immigration law firm our firm consists of dual qualified counsels who assist our clients transfer funds for EB5 and L-1 investment purposes. Click here for more information on moving funds out of India .

Before making any investment in the United States we strongly encourage Indian Nationals to take appropriate tax planning advice. Failing to do so can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars of unnecessary tax liabilities. An experienced tax advisor should be familiar with the terms of the dual taxation agreement between the United States and India.

Davies & Associates focuses on making the transition to the United States as smooth as possible for our clients and their families.

Making an EB5 investment is a complex matter involving the analysis of myriad laws and regulations. Unfortunately non-lawyers are not qualified to provide this advice and it is a criminal offense in the U.S. for them to attempt to do so.

Similarly many lawyers lack the sophisticated lending law and project finance experience to properly advise clients on EB5 applications. This can result in an unmitigated disaster in which clients loose all of their money. A properly qualified and experienced EB5 immigration lawyer can guide you through and avoid many of these risks. To date no application filed by our firm has ever been denied and no client of our firm has ever not been repaid their investment in full.

Your application MUST be filed in the United States where it can be the subject of questions and processes that a U.S. based law firm can address for you. All EB5 Petitions are currently processed in Washington DC. For this reason, Davies & Associates maintains a presence in Washington DC where we have experienced an experienced EB5 professional who interacts with the US government on behalf of our clients.

Once your application has been approved in the U.S., applicants resident in India will be required to attend an immigrant visa interview at a consulate in India. All consular immigrant visa interviews in India are either in Mumbai or Delhi. Davies & Associates maintains a presence in both of those cities and provide direct on-the-ground assistance to our clients.

Because Davies & Associates are based across the U.S. with capabilities in India we are uniquely positioned to assist our clients.

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Why make Davies & Associates Your EB5 Visa Lawyers

We were one of the first US law firms operating in India, exclusively supporting Indian clients with EB5 visa applications. Over the past decade we have helped hundreds of Indian families relocate to the USA under the EB5 program. We have regularly contributed to the Indian media on the subject. Our team, located in both India and the United States, can not only advise on the US immigration compliance, but also on relevant Indian laws such as the LPS regarding taking money out of India.

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Satya Choudhury
Satya Choudhury
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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.

hoshino ryuichi
hoshino ryuichi
a week ago

Thanks to them for handling my E2 visa very professionally. I had a study visa from F1 and changed it to E2. I encountered many problems during the application process. Verdie and Etta were very patient in helping me and it took a long time. I highly recommend this place.

Tanuj Dewan
Tanuj Dewan
3 months ago

Outstanding Immigration Attorney: Highly Recommended! Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) I had the pleasure of working with Verdie Atienza and his team at Davies & Associates , a top-notch immigration attorney in the United States. Their professionalism, expertise, and dedication throughout the process were exceptional. With in-depth knowledge of immigration law, they provided accurate advice and addressed all my concerns, instilling confidence. Verdie Atienza and his team meticulously reviewed my documentation and maintained excellent communication, keeping me updated regularly. What sets Davies & Associates apart is their unparalleled attention to detail. Communication with Verdie Atienza and his team in USA and Sukanya Raman in India was always prompt and efficient. They promptly returned my calls and emails, providing regular updates on the progress of my case. This level of responsiveness and transparency significantly reduced my stress levels, as I knew I could rely on their support and guidance throughout the entire process. Their personalized approach, ethical conduct, and genuine care for my success made them an outstanding attorney. I highly recommend Davies & Associates for all your immigration needs.

Christine Envall
Christine Envall
5 months 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.

11 months ago

We were in a hurry and Verdie and the team were highly responsive and supportive, even when we threw in some curve balls along the way. We had our visas approved without any issues and felt confident and well prepared for document submissions and the interview. I'd certainly recommend this team for an E2 visa process.

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