Have you ever thought about retiring in the USA? Well, I am going to give you the information you need on obtaining a USA visa as it is one of the first things you will need to do.
For a family-based immigrant visa the fee is $325 per individual. The investor visa is $345 because of the processing fees during the process; you cannot get your money back on these fees even if you do not end up getting the visa.
For people that apply through US Embassy in London they there is a good chance that you pay the fees in GBP the same day that you are sorting all of this out; for any other ways of applying then the fee must be paid in USD before.
There is more than one visa, so I am going to explain them to you so you know what visa it is that you might require.
The first is the family-based immigrant visa this is more the people that want to spend their time in the USA after they have finished working and if they are not already a citizen or permanent resident. To be eligible for this visa you need to have an immediate family member that is a US citizen or permanent resident to sponsor you.
The second type of visa is the EB-5 investor visa. This will be the better route for someone that does not have any family living in the USA. For this visa you must make an investment in a qualifying commercial enterprise of a minimum of £645,000 ($900,000) in rural areas. Any other areas require a minimum of £1,290,000 ($1,800,000)!
The money that you are required to invest for this visa must not be borrowed, you must have this money yourself, which might make it even harder to obtain this visa. The investment you make is requires creating 10 full-time jobs for US citizens within two years of making the investment. This visa can seem tricky to obtain, especially if you do not know much about it.
Timeframe can change depending on the visa and the circumstances; for a perfect application that goes to plan then you are looking at around 6 weeks for everything to process through. It is not unknown for some visas to take months or years to complete.
It is especially important that you sort out your visa before planning to retire over in the USA as without it you will not be able to!
For either of the visas that I have mentioned, the application is the same for both.
You need to hand in a completed application form with the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) either by post or online. Another alternative would be to hand it in to the US Embassy in London. As well as this, there are required documents that you will need for the application, and you will need to pay the fee. There is a high chance that you will have to go to a medical exam and an interview before it can be processed any further.
You will need:
The only additional documents that you would need is proof that you have the funds for the investment (for the investment visa).
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