US Freedom Capital Blog

Is the H-1B Visa Program under threat?

Posted by USFC Team on Dec 7, 2018 6:40:40 AM

On Monday, December 3rd, 2018, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published striking news that will reverberate through the homes of many Indian immigrants. In its published notice of proposed rulemaking, USCIS announced that it has submitted certain regulatory changes around H-1B petitions. These regulatory amendments could have a profound effect on the future of all H-1B petitions filed, as they intend to put in place a greater favorability in H-1B selection towards U.S. master’s degree holders, who are described as “more meritorious” than other beneficiaries.

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Topics: USVisa, GoldenVisa, InvestorVisa, H1-B, Green Card, Visa, H-1B, Investment, Migration, EB-5, Insider, USCIS

Why EB-5 is the Best Solution for Your H-1B Woes

Posted by USFC Team on Oct 23, 2018 4:11:01 AM

In the United States, workers from India comprise the largest number of H-1B professionals.

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Topics: EB-5, H-1B, H1-B, Immigration, InvestorVisa, Visa, USVisa

The H1-B Story: From Immigration Dream to Nightmare

Posted by USFC Team on Sep 17, 2018 1:33:39 AM

In the United States, workers from India comprise the largest number of H-1B professionals. For decades, the “American Dream” has been the aspiration for thousands of Indians. Whether it’s a young Indian student looking for an innovative job, or a newly-wed couple keen to find a better quality of life, the U.S. has become a relocation hotbed for many Indians.

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Topics: H1-B, EB-5, Immigration, InvestorVisa, GoldenVisa, Visa, Migration

Indians Flock To America’s ‘Golden Visa’ As H-1B Route Closes

Posted by USFC Team on May 2, 2018 9:28:40 AM

(CNN Money) — Facing a crackdown on their favorite visa to enter the United States, hundreds of wealthy Indians are turning to another program that fast tracks immigrants to a green card.

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Topics: H1-B, EB-5, Immigration, India, Green Card, USA, US

EB-5: The Best (and Only?) Option for Many Indian Nationals

Posted by USFC Team on Apr 25, 2018 8:11:08 AM

It is not easy being a citizen of India who wants to live and work in the U.S. and become a legal permanent resident and possibly a citizen of the U.S. We know – – we represent many of them.

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Topics: EB-5, India, USA, Immigration, H1-B, FD+

D-FW dodges overbuilding thanks to steady flow of new jobs

Posted by USFC Team on Apr 11, 2018 5:01:18 AM

The current real estate cycle is now well past middle age.

Analysts are pondering the life expectancy for North Texas' building boom.

By now in most building cycles, it's typically time for overbuilding. So far there's no sign of a glut building in Dallas-Fort Worth's development sector.

"With D-FW topping charts across U.S. construction totals, some question if, or when, this new supply will outstrip demand," CBRE research director Robert Kramp says in a new report. "The market is different now than past expansion cycles for several key reasons and it impacts all major asset types across D-FW - mainly due to job growth and population gains."

With almost 400 people a day moving to North Texas to fill new jobs, there's so far room in the local real estate market for more building, Kramp concludes.

He points out that D-FW has added more than 422,000 jobs since 2013, with more than 40,000 increased employment in the local office sector.

About 40 percent of the office buildings under construction in North Texas are already spoken for by tenants. And 50 percent of the warehouses being built are already leased.

"By the close of 2017, 22 new office projects were in the pipeline totaling 4.4 million square feet, with the majority being speculative," Kramp found. "D-FW industrial developers delivered 26.8 million square feet of industrial space in 2017 -- a market record; 20.6 million square feet was absorbed immediately.

"Developers delivered 102.3 millions square feet since 2009, more than the total existing Austin and San Antonio industrial market inventories combined."

While North Texas employment growth is forecast to slow to below 100,000 jobs this year, the economy is still expected to be one of the strongest in the nation. It should be enough to support the current pace of building.

"Since 2010, D-FW has seen 16.7 million square feet of new office space completed," Kramp said. "Meanwhile, 96.7 million square feet of industrial space was added to the Metroplex inventory and 115,499 multifamily units constructed.

"No wonder D-FW developers have been busy."

By Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor. Original article published on April 2, 2018 and a link to it can be found here.

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Topics: real estate, Employment, jobs, EB-5

A winning opportunity

Posted by USFC Team on Apr 11, 2018 2:13:56 AM

For students planning to study in the U.S., the EB-5 Visa offers several advantages over the F-1 Visa.

The American Dream has captured the fancy of many, especially those Indians aspiring to live and work in the U.S. Moreover, with limited options and tough competition in the motherland, many choose education as a stepping-stone towards starting a new life abroad.

One of the reasons why international college applications keep pouring into the U.S. is the multicultural environment that enables like-minded foreigners to integrate socially and adapt easily. This is why, even while Britain and Germany are in the running as choice destinations for overseas students, according to a study by the British Council’s Student Decision Making Survey, 38% prospective students chose the U.S. to enhance their career prospects.

According to World Education Services (WES), the U.S. is the most favoured destination among overseas Indian students, with close to 1,00,000 prospective Indian students getting admitted to various institutes every year. Most of these students travel to the U.S. on a F-1 Visa — a student visa that allows them to stay in the country for one more year after their course, to find suitable employment.

Added advantage

While the F-1 Student Visa is the first choice for Indian aspirants, it comes packaged with its own list of worries, spanning from changing visa rules to getting a job within the U.S. This is where the lesser-known EB-5 Investor Program is fast picking up, especially since resident tuition under the EB-5 Visa is often one-third the cost at many participating public universities in lieu of the F-1 Visa.

The EB-5 Investor Program is a winning opportunity for HNIs looking to obtain permanent residency to the country. Immigration benefits apart, EB-5 investors gain attractive benefits after relocation to the U.S. The EB-5 investor gets a Green Card (Legal Permanent Resident status), helping them receive almost all of the same benefits as anyone who is a U.S. citizen. Furthermore, the investor and their family will have equal opportunities available to their children and succeeding generations.

For those who qualify, the EB-5 Investor Visa Program offers many increased advantages over the traditional F-1 Student Visa. No annual renewals, fees, or expenses are required under the EB-5 Visa because it is permanent, rather than extended annually. Also, students have the option of changing their course details, selecting new courses, and applying for internships. Students have no work limitations and may continue to reside and work permanently within the U.S. after graduation, without restrictions. After five years of permanent residency in the U.S., the EB-5 Visa enrollees are eligible for U.S. citizenship automatically.

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David Gunderson, the writer, is founder and CIO of US Freedom Capital.

Original article featured in The Hindu on April 01, 2018 and a link to it can be found here.

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Topics: EB-5, F-1, Visa, Education, USA

Salary you need to afford the average home in your state (2018)

Posted by USFC Team on Apr 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The salary you need to afford the average home in your state (Based on a 30-year mortgage with a 10% down payment).

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Topics: USA, FD+, EB-5, Immigration, real estate

EB-5 Program Extended to Feb 8

Posted by USFC Team on Jan 23, 2018 6:48:44 AM

By a vote of 266-150 on Jan. 22 , the House passed the Senate amendment, extending Continuing Appropriations for government services and programs to Feb. 8. The extension includes immigration programs such as EB-5, Conrad 30, E-Verify, and Religious Workers. 

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Topics: EB-5


Posted by USFC Team on Dec 12, 2017 10:31:47 AM

In remarks before the IIUSA Industry Forum held this week, U.S. Department of State Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division Chief Charlie Oppenheim made a surprising prediction following a surge in EB-5 immigrant visa demand from Vietnamese investors this new fiscal year.

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Topics: Vietnam, EB-5, Retrogression, Visa

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