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Why Should Indians Consider Moving to the USA?
- There are multiple immigration solutions available to you, including:
- EB5 Visa - US Green Card for Indian by Investment
- EB5 Direct Visa - US Green Card for Business Investment
- E2 Visa - Own business in the United States (via Grenada or Turkey)
- L1 Visa - Expand your business to the United States
- O1 Visa - Individuals of Extraordinary Ability
- EB1c Visa - US Green Card for Indian Managers & Executives
- 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 VisasIf 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 VisasOnce 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
UK Immigration Options
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.
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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
When we first started our search for a firm to represent us in our journey to acquire my E2 visa, we reached out to a couple of companies and individual Attorneys. The responsive of the team-at D&A and positive reviews made the choice obvious. From the start D&A staff were very professional and easy to work with. Our Attorney, Verdie was very knowledgeable in the matter. He answered all of my questions and addressed my concerns. The team is very professional and did a wonderful job on our Business plan. And helpful Etta put together all the documentations needed for my application. All in all, Davies & Associates organization and step by step system, helped the whole process to move smoothly with out a glitch. I highly recommend Davies & Associates for any one who is pursuing an E2 Visa.
Several lawyers told me I would not be able to get a TN visa. Two weeks after contacting Davies & Associates I was working in New York, visa in hand.Individual seeking 'Impossible' TN Visa
D&A was very detail-oriented and was very thorough in what they did” L1 Visa Client. There was a lot of work on my case and worked on it 24/7 and was very patient answering all my questions.E2 Visa Client
My case felt complex but D&A managed the whole process carefully and helped me move seamlessly from one stage to the next.E2 + CBI Client
D&A was my guiding light through the entire EB5 Process.EB5 Visa Client
I would definitely be a big advocate for the rest of my life for anyone wanting to explore the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Programme leading to the E2 Visa. The most important thing is a good team behind you.. with Davies & Associates you’re in safe hands… you need someone who can give you all the support at the ground level and, again, you are well take care of by D&A. The people are really warm, very helpful and quite openminded when it comes to business… Not to mention as a passport it’s great from a travel perspective…It’s just 4/5 hours from New York.Grenada CBI + E2 Visa Client
The entire process of getting an EB5 visa is handled in a professional way by Mark Davies and his team. EB5 is a wonderful option for anyone considering moving to the United States if you have the means. I was hoping to use the H1B route for my children, but it became unreliable and so I looked to the EB5 Visa instead. It is great for anyone who has the resources. Mark gives you the first meetings himself which gives you great comfort. Both Mark and Sanjay are abundantly available and I even had the pleasure of hosting them at my house.Parent of 2 EB5 Visa Holders
I'm in a process of extending my L1 visa. I submitted a few questions regarding my case and he contacted me back almost immediately both by e-mail and telephone. Unlike other attorneys I met before, he gave me the impression of knowing from the top of his head what kind of visa I have, and what actions had to be taken to extend it. He is very thorough and clear regarding the process and what to expect in terms of timelines and issues that may arise. He is constantly in contact, so you definitely know he's working on your case.L1B Visa Holder
Mark Davies is a joy to work with. His extensive knowledge, speedy response and attentive service took away all my fears of dealing with immigration and visa applications. He is very generous with his time in explaining every step along the way and I have already and will in the future recommend him to anybody who is looking for an immigration lawyer.E2 Visa for Small Professional Business With International Offices
Davies & Associates assisted us with an immigration emergency involving my brother's fiancée who was outside the United States. They assisted us in an highly professional manner, working with the relevant US embassy, US immigration and the governments of two other countries. As a result of their efforts the individual involved is now working in the United States. While their knowledge of the law is exemplary what really distinguishes this firm and attorney Davies from any other firm we have worked with is their dedication to customer service and their unrivaled level of professionalism.Complex Fiancée Visa Need Involving Multiple International Jurisdictions
Several lawyers told me I would not be able to get a TN visa. Two weeks after contacting Davies & Associates I was working in New York, visa in hand. I have recommended this firm to several friends and colleagues, they do an excellent job every time.Individual Seeking 'Impossible' TN Visa
I was qualified as a physician in a foreign country. Being on a J1 visa I was facing having to leave the United States and return to my home country. Davies & Associates secured one of only 30 J1 visa waivers available in my State, allowing me to work for a US hospital and remain in the United States.Doctor Seeking J1 Visa Waiver
I am very satisfied with the services Mark Davies has provided me. He has a very extensive knowledge in immigration laws and has a thorough approach to any case.U Visa Applicant, A Victim of Crime
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