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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+

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

What country has most powerful passport?

Posted by USFC Team on Feb 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

A European country has the luxury of having the most powerful passport in the world, and its citizens are able to visit 177 countries without a visa.

This passport belongs to Germany, which ranked first in the 2018 World Passport Ranking recently released by Henley & Partners, a global citizenship and residence advisory company.

Second on the list is Singapore, whose citizens can travel to 176 countries without travel visas.

Several other countries came in third place: Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Citizens of those nations have novisa entries to 175 countries.

Fourth (with 174 visa-free countries) are Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.

The United States shares the fifth place ranking alongside Portugal, South Korea and Ireland, with access to 173 countries.

In Latin America, the best passport is from Chile (161 countries), followed by Argentina and Brazil (158 countries), Mexico (144 countries) and Uruguay (139 countries).

Paraguay and Venezuela share the 34th place in the ranking, with entry to 130 countries.

Meanwhile, Panamanians can get into 129 countries without visas, Guatemalans can visit 123, Peruvians 120 countries and Colombians are welcome into 112 countries.

A sampling of the ranking

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Topics: USA, Passport

EB-5 Investor Visa Program Extended One Week to May 5, 2017

Posted by David Gunderson on Apr 29, 2017 10:23:12 AM

On April 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a continuing resolution earlier passed by the US House and Senate, to continue funding the US government until May 5, 2017. The one week extension was made as legislators continue to battle over major policy decisions via government funding of those programs.

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Topics: USA, Congress, Budget, Continuing Resolution, EB-5

The US as a Tax Shelter

Posted by USFC Team on Apr 26, 2017 1:45:14 PM

The co-founder of the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal says the fallout has set off a "thriving" boom in the creation of tax shelters in the United States.

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Topics: USA, Taxes, Tax Shelter

How Trump Affects Commercial Real Estate

Posted by USFC Team on Feb 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Even before he was sworn into office, President Donald Trump's planned to expand the economy by increasing job growth in a tight labor market, cutting corporate taxes, pulling back on financial regulations and raising infrastructure spending had garnered support from the business community.

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Topics: USA, economy, Trump

The American Dream is Alive and Well

Posted by USFC Team on Dec 1, 2016 6:42:02 AM
Samuel Tesfay has extra reason to be thankful this holiday weekend. It was the very first for he and his family here in the United States, and oh what a journey it has been to get here.

It began where Samuel was born and raised – in Mekelle, Ethiopia.

Samuel always dreamed of bigger opportunities, the kind not readily available in northern Ethiopia.

But with his tenacious work ethic and humble disposition, he is the living embodiment of Milton Berle’s mantra “if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” It was only a matter of time before something really good happened.

But the road wasn’t easy.

All throughout his youth, Samuel worked hard and applied himself at his studies. He eventually earned a Master’s in Analytical Chemistry from Addis Ababa University and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Mekelle University. Impressive, but that alone wasn’t going to be enough – he still needed a ‘win’ the U.S. Green Card Lottery.

In January 2013, that’s exactly what happened.

There was only one issue: in the time it took for Samuel to hit the green card jackpot, he’d already married the love of his life, Tilanesh, and she was four months pregnant with their first child. There’s an unenviable situation: career gold awaits, but it’s thousands of miles and a massive ocean away and you’d have to leave your pregnant wife behind to chase it.

Oh, and there’s no guarantee of success. What would you do?

Samuel made the gut wrenching decision to pursue opportunity, hoping and praying she and their growing child would eventually be able to meet them in the states. He had a long plane ride to contemplate this decision, no doubt the image of his pregnant wife standing at the airport burned in his memory.

But this was the land of opportunity, the land of plenty – surely no sooner than stepping foot on this career rich soil would the offers start flowing in. Even in America, opportunity doesn’t usually knock – you’ve got to build the doors.

Even though Samuel had a wealth of teaching experience, he landed on hard times trying to land a gig in his field of analytical chemistry.

“I came to Greensboro (North Carolina) because I had family in the area,” Samuel says. This highly educated, highly experienced chemist and teacher certainly did not expect his pursuit of the American Dream would land him working in the kitchen at the American Hebrew Academy. But that’s exactly what happened.

“When I came to Greensboro the plan was initially to go to school, but it was not as easy as I thought — my wife was pregnant and I needed to work to support my family so I looked for any kind of job I could find.”

He spent his first year in America living in the garage apartment of another teacher at the academy.

Many with his level of education would consider this position beneath them, and hold out for something better. Or, when faced with a similar situation allow themselves to be plagued with a poor attitude, filled with bitterness and anger.

But Samuel made the most of his situation. Instead of saying woe is me, he decided to take advantage of the connections he had readily available to him. He was at a school, after all, and he wanted to teach.

“After I started in the kitchen, I emailed Dr. Williams and asked whether there was an available teaching position. There wasn’t anything available, but she suggested that I started with tutoring students,” he explains. 

And so he did. 

Samuel’s students began to flourish. Word began to spread about the tutor who was helping students skyrocket exam scores. Suddenly, he found himself tutoring dozens and dozens of students and his services were in high demand. Obviously, he had a natural talent for helping others learn. 

To the credit of the American Hebrew Academy, they saw Samuel’s potential and helped in every way they could. Not only did they hire him as a full-time faculty member the moment a position opened up (he is now a Chemistry teacher there), but they also helped him get an attorney and file the papers to get his family to the United States. 

Samuel now considers them family.

That gut wrenching decision made years prior, leaving his pregnant wife behind in hopes of finding a better life, paid off. Samuel was reunited with his wife and his (now three-year-old) daughter.

Yesterday was the very first Thanksgiving they spent in America together.

Beautiful!


November 25, 2016 by Dan Andros, FaithWire.com. A link to the original article can be found here.

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Topics: USA, Immigration

The Wealth of Cities

Posted by USFC Team on Mar 25, 2016 3:08:44 PM

Dallas-Fort Worth is among the U.S. metros that prosper by giving citizens the freedom to flourish.

Adam Smith immortalized “The Wealth of Nations,” but prosperity in today’s world increasingly depends on the wealth of cities. In the United States, the 100 largest metropolitan areas churn out 65 percent of all economic output. In Texas, the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas account for 63 percent of the state’s economy. With San Antonio and Austin added in, the big-city share rises to 76 percent.

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Topics: jobs, USA, Taxes, Texas

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