Client Case Studies
Below we have summarized some of the EB-5 cases in which we were able to assist clients. For cases in which we assisted clients with visa problems or other immigration matters, see the Case Studies sections of our websites www.bridgewest.com and www.visarefusal.com
Case of N.V.
N’s mother wanted to visit her and her grandchildren. We had helped them immigrate through the EB-5 program. Thinking that it would be easy to obtain a visa, N’s mother applied for a visa and was denied. The consul thought that she would remain in the United States. We were then able to intercede, providing evidence of her substantial ties to her home country: her marriage, property ownership, stable job and previous ties. Shortly thereafter, she received a visa.
Case of M.Z.
M had a problem with his local Department of Motor Vehicles. During his condition removal process, he needed to extend his drivers license but his DMV would not recognize his status. We sent a letter to the Director of the DMV, and within 24 hours M was able to renew his drivers license.
Case of M.P.
Because of the increasing processing times for the EB-5 condition removal process, we have had to provide assistance to clients in obtaining evidence of their continued permanent resident status. In the case of M, she was planning to travel outside the US around the time that her green card extension notice was going to expire. Before her trip, we scheduled a time for her to attend her local USCIS office and prepared an accompanying letter for her to present. After she presented the cover letter to the USCIS officer, he placed a stamp in M’s passport with a validity period of one year. She was able to go on her trip and not worry about whether she would be allowed on the plane back to the United States.
Case of D.T.
We represented D in his EB-5 process. After his petition was approved, he wanted to complete his immigration process in the US. We submitted applications to adjust his status, for employment, and advance parole. Because he needed to travel urgently, he needed to complete his biometrics and obtain advance parole before his departure. Immediately after we submitted the applications, we accompanied him to the biometrics office so that he could complete his biometrics without an invitation for biometrics (usually, this takes 4–6 weeks). We were able to convince the supervising officer of the urgency of the situation, and he was able to go through the biometrics within 30 minutes. Later that day, we accompanied him to the local USCIS office to obtain emergency advance parole. Notwithstanding the numerous rejections of the USCIS office in reviewing requests for emergency parole, we were able to convince the officer of the urgent business problems, and he was issued an emergency advance parole document.
Case of S.V.
S is a wealthy banker who decided to immigrate his wife and daughter while he would remain behind in his home country. We assisted his wife and daughter in their EB-5 immigration process, and helped him obtain a new B visa so that he could visit them. We also prepared a letter for Customs and Border Patrol so that he would not encounter problems upon his arrivals to the United States.
Case of V.M.
V was located in the US on an L-1 visa. He had created a company in the US, and he tried to obtain a green card through the EB-13 category. After he was denied, he decided to invest in an EB-5 Regional Center. After a year, his petition was approved, and because he was in the US, he was able to adjust his status to become a conditional permanent resident.
Case of O.S.
J and O had four children together, but were not married to each other. They were also citizens of different countries. J gifted to O money so that she and their children would be able to immigrate through the EB-5 program. In such situation, it is necessary to evidence how the donor earned his money and address whether the gift was subject to taxation. What made it more difficult is that his home country does not require the submission of tax returns and, because his country had a very unstable banking system with limited deposit insurance, he kept his money in a safe. We were able to evidence the source of his money and how he preserved his savings. We also arranged for legal opinions from both countries confirming that the gift was not subject to tax in either country.
Case of A.T.
A was a successful businessman in his home town, operating a group of restaurants. He decided to immigrate together with his daughter and wife. After hiring a due diligence expert to advise on an investment in a franchise, we assisted him in his EB-5 immigration process. What complicated his process was the fact that his businesses mainly dealt in cash. Together with his accountant, we were able to prepare an extensive explanation of the source of his income as well as the tax rules and regulations which applied. His petition was approved without a request for evidence. After his arrival in the United States, we referred him to a local realtor who helped him buy a condominium.
Case of A.M.
Mr. M is the owner of a successful technical consulting firm in his home country. He and his wife had traveled to the US on many occasions and enjoyed the warmer climate, the lifestyle and the friendly people. Because they were in their mid-50s and had saved enough money, they decided to sell the business and retire. Within a year, they were able to immigrate with our help through the EB-5 program.
Case of A.Z.
Mr. Z owned a large shoe store in the provinces of Russia. Over the course of 10 years, he was able to accumulate his $500,000 investment. He had two teenage daughters and wanted a better life for them, so he commenced the immigration process with our help. His case was complicated by the fact that while his business operated in full compliance with local tax laws, there were no tax returns reflecting the revenues and profits of the business. We had to assist in the drafting of a detailed explanatory letter from his accountant, along with excerpts of the laws governing tax reporting. We submitted his petition in February 2012 and receiving an approval that summer — without a Request for Evidence. In November, the family attended the visa interview, and within one week, they received their immigrant visas.