While the United States is the destination of choice for most of our clients,  the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal,Canada, The Emirates and Australia are also among the lead destinations for Indian immigrants.

The immigration visa lawyers at Davies & Associates have helped many hundreds of Indian families, businesses, entrepreneurs, workers and investors relocate to the United States, United Kingdom, Italy and other countries. At the time of writing D&A is the only US law firm to have a license to operate the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Program. Our Turkish immigration lawyers guide clients through the Turkish CBI program.

Popular US immigration programs include the EB5 program, the L1 Visa, the EB1c program, E2 Visa via Grenada and Italian Elective Residency program.

We are available to guide you through these and other choices. What are Immigration Options for Indian Nationals?

Why Should Indians Consider Moving to the USA?

  • There are multiple immigration solutions available to you, including:
  • You will have direct access to the largest economy on earth
  • You will enjoy relative freedom from bureaucracy and restrictions on business
  • You will be able to bring qualifying family members with you
  • Your spouse can potentially apply for work authorization and work for any employer
  • Your children may qualify for in-state tuition fees at US universities
  • You may apply for permanent residency (Green Card) as a possible route to US citizenship.

US Immigration Options

Non-Immigrant Visas

If you own a business in India that you have worked in for over one year you may be able to obtain an L1A non-immigrant visa for intracompany transferees. You can learn more about L1 visa requirements by clicking the link above. Whether or not you own a business in India you may be able to use the E2 visa, H1B visa, H2B, H3 or O1 visa to work in the United States.

Immigrant Visas

Once your US business is one year old you may apply for a "Green Card" as an international manager or executive through the EB1c program. An immigrant visa petitions can be filed at any time through the EB5 program. The EB5 program requires that you invest at least USD 800,000 in your business and create ten new jobs.

While the EB2 and EB3 work-based categories are also options Indians using these routes currently face intolerable delays. Additional options may exist depending on your circumstances.

Historically, the H1-B program was the popular choice for Indians working in the United States. In recent years the H1-B work visa program has become heavily oversubscribed and is no longer dependable. While the H2-B temporary worker visa and H3 training visas are available many Indian workers turn to the L-1 Visa program. The L1 visa has no numerical cap.

The L1 visa lawyers at Davies & Associates can help L1 petitioning businesses across India get the right visas for their employees, whether it's a small or large business. Our L1A and L1B visa lawyers are based in Mumbai, Bangalore, London and various US markets. Our Indian business clients increasingly see our firm and L1 visa India as the US visa category of choice.

L1 Visas for Indian intracompany transferees are granted for an initial period up to 35 monthsAn Indian L1A visa holder can renew their L1 visa for up to a maximum of 7 years. An L1B visa holder can renew their visa for a maximum or 5 years. After that time, the employee would need to leave the United States or transition to a different visa.

L1, E2 and other no-immigrant visa holders can obtain US Permanent Residency (a “Green Card”) in a number of ways:

  • EB1C for international managers and executives is the usual fit for L1A visa and E2 visa holders.
  • EB2 and EB3 may be appropriate for L1B specialized knowledge employee.
  • O1 visa holders may be eligible for a Green Card using EB1A or EB1C.
  • EB5 is available for all qualified applicants.

Investors with $800,000.00 to invest in a qualifying new commercial enterprise may be able to obtain an employment-based EB5 investor visa. The required investment is USD 800,000 in a targeted employment area ("TEA") or rural area ("RA") and USD 1,050,000 outside as TEA or RA.

EB5 gives a foreign investor and their entire family the complete freedom to live and do business anywhere in the United States. Many of our Indian clients choose EB5 because of their children’s education and post-graduate work prospects. We are experienced at guiding Indian clients through the EB5 immigration program.

There are two types of EB5 visas: (a) EB5 Regional Center; and (b) EB5 Direct

Investing through a reputable Regional Center and retaining advisors to do proper research will help you get your money back and avoid problems with your Green Card.

EB5 Direct is commonly used by investors to make an investment in their own or a family member’s business.

There are many issues that have to be addressed when applying for a visa.
In our experience a common issue with Indian applicants is the ability to prove the source of funds for an investment. Lawfully remitting those funds out of India is also a common problem.
Davies & Associates has been a leader in Indian EB5 for almost a decade and is able to assist with these issues.
Our US-based EB5 attorneys are familiar with the unique circumstances of Indian applicants.
We have never had a case denied on Source of Funds related issues.

Our Indian lawyers can advise on tax and remittance issues. The Reserve Bank of India and the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) restrict the movement of funds out of India. The Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS) allows resident Indians to take $250,000 out of India each year. Our team can help troubleshoot this issue to ensure enough money can be paid for EB5 in a legally compliant way.
More information on the EB5 visa India process can be obtained by clicking here.

India is a nation of entrepreneurs and business owners, many of whom seek their fortunes overseas.

We have assisted a number of clients born in India who have obtained Canadian Citizenship, Australian Citizenship, British Nationality and Grenadian and Turkish Nationality. Nationals of all these countries are eligible for the E2 investor visa.

Until the passage of the Amigos Act in 2022 Indians who obtained Turkish and Grenadian Citizenship by Investment were able to obtain an E2 visa. While changes in the E2 law have resulted in significant restrictions options do remain.
While Canadian and Mexican Citizens can enjoy TN nonimmigrant status in the United States, foreign residents of Canada are not eligible for TN status. TN status enables a Canadian National to enter the United States and work without a visa. Mexican Citizens are eligible to apply for a TN visa.

Indians who have obtained Australian Nationality are uniquely eligible for the E3 work visa.

Davies & Associates is proud to be one of very few U.S. law firms to have dedicated India and Middle East Practice teams. With “on the ground” capabilities across Asia and the United State, we are known as a leading EB5 law firm in both the Middle East and India.

Click here for more information about EB5 Visa for Indian Applicants Resident in the United Arab Emirates

The EB5 program enables a qualified Indian investor to obtain Permanent Residency for themselves and their immediate family. A family becomes eligible for EB5 by making a qualifying investment in the United States that creates ten jobs for U.S. workers.

Click here for more information about EB5 Visa for Indian Applicants Resident in the Singapore

While Davies & Associates ("D&A") is a US-based law firm we offer local service across India.
Recognized as one of the leading specialist law firms serving Indian EB5 investors, D&A has 100% success rate with our EB5 clients. Our Mumbai legal team is frequently quoted in the Economic Times, The Times of India, The American Bazaar, Wall Street Journal and Business World.Click here for more information about Your EB5 Visa: Meet Leading Experts in Mumbai

D&A has always been proud of the exceptional service offered to residents of Southern India. Our first EB-5 visa cases in India were for residents of the Chennai and we remain proud of the service we offer in the Chennai area.

Click here for more information about EB5 in Chandigarh: A Major India Capital City

We have had the privilege of representing some of the most well-respected Rajkot families. Davies & Associates is regarded as a leading EB5 law firm across Gujarat and throughout India. Contact us today for an appointment to learn more about our United States EB5 services.

Click here for more information about EB5 in Rajkot: A History of Distinction.

To be successful with an Indian EB5 visa application requires solid knowledge of both: (1)  US law and procedure; and (2) , Indian culture, law, business practices and regulations.

Our partners and local lawyers permanently based in Bangalore have proved to be invaluable in offering a full-service to our Indian EB5 investor clients. As of January 2023, we have achieved a 100% approval rate for cases filed for Bangalore residents.

Click here for more information about EB5 Success in Bangalore.

Comparison Summary of Key Visas Available to Indian and Pakistani Small Business Owners, Investors and Entrepreneurs

L1 Visas H-1B Visas E-Visas EB5 Visas
Visa available to Indian nationals
Visa available to Pakistani nationals
Ability of dependent Spouse to work in US
Can the visa be renewed into perpetuity assuming I re-qualify?
Minimum investment Required Sufficient to operate valid foreign business and US office or business entity N/A Sufficient to fund business enterprise, generally around USD 100,000.00 Either USD 800,000.00 or USD 1,050,000.00
Immigrant visa status
Can lead to green card after one year

Transition to green card status through EB5 program possible

EbB-5 visa initially issued for a conditional two year period.

Solutions by City:

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UK Immigration Options

Our UK business start-up lawyers are viewed as the leading visa lawyers serving Indian firms doing business in the UK.

UK Immigration Solutions for Indian Business Owners

There is a long-held trend of immigration between the UK and India. Many Indians have family or friends in the United Kingdom.

Indian business owners can move to the United Kingdom to expand their business under the Sole Representative Visa. Indian entrepreneurs can move to the UK to start or incubate a new and innovative business under the Start Up Visa or the Innovator Visa. There are many different UK visas, if you have any questions, please contact us to learn more.

Out team of lawyers in London and Mumbai are able to assist Indian clients with UK immigration options.

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Italian Immigration Options

Based in Milan, Parma, Florence and Rome our Italian lawyers assist clients from all over India access the Italian markets.

Italy Immigration Solutions for Indians

A growing number of Indians are interested in moving to Italy to live and work. Italy offers a variety of visas and tax benefits to Indians. The Elective Residency Visa offers residency to anyone who can prove income of €32,000 per year from sources outside of Italy. residency-by-investment program for people wishing to settle in the country and offers tax benefits to pensioners and high-net worth individuals. Italy also has a residency-by-investment program which offers tax benefits for pensioners and high-net worth individuals.

Italy also has the famous €1 home program, which offers cheap old homes to people in depopulated areas provided they agree to renovate them. Indians who have been resident in Italy for ten years can apply for Italian citizenship.

Read more about Italian immigration options

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Every month of the year Davies & Associates assists multiple businesses from every metropolitan market in India to both establish and expand their US presence in the United States. We assist our clients with short and long-term strategies to bring owners and key employees to the United States.
See how you can start and expand your US Business from India through an L Visa.
Yes, under certain circumstances the owner of an Indian business can use an L visa to open and operate a new business in the United States. L-1 Visa application process at the US consulate in Chennai, India.
The L1 Visa allows for the transfer of employees from Chennai to the US office of your business. It can be an existing US office or we can set a new US office up for you. L1 Visa at The US Consulate General in Chennai, India.
The L1 Visa allows for the transfer of employees from Mumbai (Bombay) to the US office of your business. It can be an existing US office or we can set a new US office up for you. L1 Visa at The US Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay), India.
The L1 Visa allows for the transfer of employees from New Delhi, to the US office of your business. It can be an existing US office or we can set a new US office up for you. L1 visa at the US Embassy in New Delhi, India.
The L1 Visa allows for the transfer of employees from Hyderabad to the US office of your business. It can be an existing US office or we can set a new US office up for you. L1 visa at the US Embassy in Hyderabad, India.
US Embassy in India, New Delhi
Shanti Path, Chanakya Puri 110021
Office: +91-11-2419-8000
Fax: +91-11-2419-8587
US Embassy in India, New Delhi Website
US Consulate in India, Mumbai (Bombay)
C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai 400051
Office: (22) 2672-4000
US Consulate in India, Mumbai (Bombay) Website
US consulate in Hyderabad
Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003
Office: +91-40-4033-8300
US consulate in Hyderabad Website

Why Should an Indian National Choose Davies & Associates as their US Immigration Lawyers?

  • Understanding. For over fifteen years we have worked with Indian nationals and understand their needs and culture.
  • Location. While much of your paperwork will need to be filed in the United States, some of it may need to be filed with your local consulate in India. Through our locations in the United States and India we maintain a presence in both locations and are ideally positioned to assist you.
  • Languages. We offer services in Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kaneda and Punjabi.
  • Excellence. Given our knowledge and understanding of Indian clients we are able to craft unique solutions narrowly tailored to meet the needs of Indian nationals. We believe we produce the very best immigration solutions available.
  • Results. While there can never be any guarantees, we are proud of the success our clients have enjoyed.

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Eranjan Venura Parua
Eranjan Venura Parua
3 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
5 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
6 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
9 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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