There is nothing like living in the USA. With its comfortable lifestyle, stable economy and favorable conditions for doing business and its adequate healthcare system. This is what makes immigrants from around the globe to apply for a USA resident permit.
In the USA each year, there are over 1,000,000+ applicants seeking to come to the country to live under the premise of a USA resident permit. The U.S. immigration law offers several programs for business people and investors which allow you to obtain the right to reside in the United States.
However, getting a resident permit is a totally different ball game. It is easier getting a USA temporary visa to come to the country to either work, live or study. But getting a resident permit is where it gets tricky.
What does the USA Resident Permit offer?
For business people, investors and family members, this opportunity offer them the ability to live in the USA. You can work, perform your business activities and enjoy other benefits that come with being a legal citizen of the country.
Not just this, you also enjoy the benefits of your family being part of this opportunity. Having a residency permit or permanent residency, your family is entitled to the same opportunity as you. A resident permit is granted to both the main investor and members of his/her family.
This is including children up to the age of 21 years. You also have the benefits of one day applying for a USA green card. Investment immigration programs give you the ability to receive a permanent residency permit (green card) in a short time and you later become a U.S citizen.
The Best Approach to Getting a USA Resident Permit
In this section, we would be looking at the best approach of getting a USA resident permit. Applying directly for a USA resident permit might not be the best way to go about it. The United States does not just hand our permanent visas or resident permit to immigrants.
Most people go the route of obtaining a work permit into the country, after that they can start processing their resident permit while living and working in the country.
Below are the 2 visas that can help you in obtaining a USA resident permit much faster and easier.
The E-2 visa is usually issued to immigrants who are coming to the USA as investors. This is a non-immigration visa for investor that is issued to you as long as you can meet to the requirements as stated below:
- Low investment amount of at least $200,000
- Ability to start your own company or purchase one that already exists
- The possibility to subsequently obtain a green card under the EB-5 program
This visa provides you with the opportunity of getting your own USA resident permit if you are an investor. You must be able to invest at least $200,000 into the U.S. economy and provide proof of funds during the application process.
The government would also need verifiable proof that the funds where gotten in a legitimate manner. The other approach is the EB-5 visa.
The only limitation to this visa is that you can stay in the U.S as long as the company is profitable. There are no other requirements than providing proof of funds which is about $200,000.
The EB-5 visa provides the fastest way to receive a green card provided you can meet the requirements stated below:
- Returnable investment in an amount of at least $800,000
- Invest in your own business or a regional center project
For this visa, there has been a success rate of over 85%. As long as you can meet the required regulations that comes with obtaining this visa, you are well on your way to obtaining a USA green card.
No education is required or experience for this applicants. Once your application has been approved, you get USA green card for 2 years and from there you can apply for a resident permit and later US citizenship.
This process should take about 5-6 years.
How to Apply
If you are going about this on your own, it is best to check the government websites on how to apply. Another approach is contacting a travelling agency.
They can provide you with the right information on how to begin your application process. If you are an investor, you will need to meet all the requirements as stated above.
The two visa approach both have their advantage and disadvantage. One has a higher success rate but comes with a more expensive requirement.
Bottom line is, once you have gotten a temporary green card into the United States, you can then process getting your resident permit. The process should take a total of 5-6 years depending on some factors.
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