The many people that navigate through the U.S. immigration programs often find that the laws are complex, and it is difficult to know exactly how and when to apply on your own. To make matters worse, there is a large amount of scammers that try to trick would-be immigrants out of their money, dashing their hopes of obtaining a visa in the process.

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There have always been scams surrounding the visa application process, but this year, the number of scams that pertain to the EB-5 visa program have increased. The Latin American Herald Tribune reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is warning foreign investors to be wary of potential investment scams.

The EB-5 program provides visas to foreign investors who create jobs in the United States through their investments. The visa hinges on the veracity of the investments that the investor makes—if the investment is mistakenly made to a fraudulent company, then the investors lose both their money and their chance at a visa.

Investors Seeking An EB-5 Visa Should Consult An Immigration Attorney

Even if your investment is legitimate, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may deny your application if you have not met all eligibility requirements. Before you apply for your EB-5, find an immigration attorney that you can trust to help you fill out all the proper paperwork and adhere to any eligibility rules. Finding a good attorney could easily mean the difference between approval and rejection.

At O’Brien Law Group, we have more than 14 years of experience helping clients from all over the world secure visas for themselves and for their families. To discuss your specific case, Call Us At 502-400-7890 Today!

The SEC Released Several Fraud Warning Signs To Look Out For

The most common sign that an investment opportunity is fraudulent is the promise of a visa. Approval of EB-5 applications is granted at the sole discretion of the USCIS. As such, legitimate investment firms do not guarantee visas or green cards.

It also pays to take a close look at the investment’s record of returns. Returns rise and fall based on current market conditions, so if an investment seems to provide high investments that are overly consistent, it might be fraudulent.

For more information on the EB-5 visa program and to discuss your situation, Call Us At 502-400-7890 Today!

 

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