Q & A - Real Estate as a way to Immigration Status
Q: Dear Immigration Counselors, I am a realtor here in the Central Florida area. Two of my clients, one from Brazil, and one from Pakistan, wish to purchase a residence here. They also want to secure their immigration status here so that their children may acquire good education and opportunities here.
My question is, can my clients purchase real estate in order to get status here in the U.S.?
A: Dear A.R.,
Yours is a very good question and a popular one faced by many realtors. In our seminar, "Real Estate and Business Solutions for your Foreign Clients," we addressed this very issue. Generally, the U.S. immigration law does not provide legal status on the basis of a real estate purchase alone. However, it does permit an investment in a U.S. business enterprise as a basis for visa status. Thus for example, while the purchase of an undeveloped land, or a house for your own residence, may not qualify, investing in a condominium project may qualify.
Further, there are several business visa categories and each one has its own requirements. In order to determine which one is best for your client, it is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney.
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