Now is a unique time in the history of the US and the world. Never has there been a stronger desire for foreign residents to become US citizens – but at the same time – never has there been more uncertainty about what options are available to those that are interested.
With a variety of mixed signals being sent from the White House, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the US Congress – it is more important than ever to be able to sort fact from fiction.
The simple reality is that there are a lot of uncertainties surrounding the “H-1B” visa program – which causes many people to ask the question – “What other options do I have?”
In order to answer that question – you must first ask – how are people currently getting US Permanent Residency (Green Cards)?
Family – Every year 226,000 immigrant visas are issued via a family relationship with U.S. citizens or green card holder. While some people might have some eligibility – the waiting times can be as long as 20 years for certain people.Here is the U.S. Government Program Description
Diversity Visa: This is a fast, inexpensive way to get a green card. Unfortunately, it is called a “lottery” for good reason – you have a 00.003% chance of getting a green card this way. Here is the U.S. Government Program Description
The Little Known (Outside China) “EB-5” Visa: 10,000 foreigners receive green cards per year via the “EB-5 Program”. It is fast (sometimes as quickly as 6 months) and has an approval rate above 90%. The catch? You need to invest $500,000 into a specially approved U.S. project for 5 years. Here is the good news though – you can combine this amount from family, friends, loans, and other sources – we’ve worked with people who used 5 different sources of funding to get to this amount – not to mention that you get the money back after 5 years! U.S. Government Program Description.
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