USA E-2 Business Visa and Citizenship by Investment Programs

Many of our clients are asking about relocation to USA, however not every citizen of the world can do so. USA E-2 Business Visa allows an individual to move to the United States for the purposes of running a business. There is wide scope to set up a venture of your choice and it is also possible to buy into a ready-made franchise The investment required usually starts from around $100,000 and spouses are able to apply to work in the US.

If you are citizen of an E-2 Treaty Country has a large team located across the United States to help you apply for the E-2 visa directly. However, if you are not a citizen of an E-2 Treaty country, an additional step is required, and our Immigration lawyers can advice on obtaining citizenship of one of the E-2 Treaty Countries:

  • Grenada
  • Turkey
  • Montenegro

Becoming Eligible for an E-2 Visa

Citizens of China, India, Russia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, South Africa and Nigeria are not eligible for the E-2 Treaty Visa. In order to become eligible citizens of these countries must first obtain citizenship of a country that does have an E-2 Treaty with the United States.

Grenada
Grenada is a stunning, English-speaking island, rich in white sandy beaches, lush green vegetation, and buzzing coral reefs. The country has a stable government and a well-established investment environment Citizens of Grenada can travel without visa restrictions to 131 countries, including the United Kingdom, the European Union, and important business hubs such as Singapore and Hong Kong. Main requirement is investment from $150,000.

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Turkey
Given its position as a major international transport hub at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Turkey’s cost-effective program offers fast processing times and access to a strong passport and diverse economy Turkey offers two quick and cost-effective pathways to citizenship. Applicants can choose whether to make a $250,000 investment in real estate OR maintain a balance of at least $500,000 USD with a Turkish bank.

Montenegro
A picturesque fast- growing nation in the western Balkans, Montenegro is a candidate country for European Union membership. The Montenegrin government is offering a time-limited opportunity to receive citizenship in exchange for an investment of €250,000 in less developed parts of the country coupled with a €100,000 donation. The minimum Investment required for projects in the country is €350,000. The program is limited to 2,000 investors and will expire at the end of 2021.

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CONSULTATION FROM LONDON IMMIGRATION LAWYERS – USA E-2 Business Visa

You can request consultation from our immigration lawyers over the phone as in person.

Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.

UK Visa Update

UK Visa update for applicants in the UK.  Their leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020.

Applicant’s visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if they cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

If they have already had their visa extended to 31 May 2020 they visa will be extended automatically to 31 July 2020.

Applicant will be expected to return to their home country as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

Applicant can apply from the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa until 31 July 2020 if their leave expires between 24/01/20 and 31/07/20.  They’ll need to meet the requirements of the route you are applying for and pay the UK application fee.

A dedicated COVID-19 immigration team has been set up within UKVI to make the process as straightforward as possible. Anyone in this situation just needs to contact this team, via this email address CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk, to let them know their visa has expired and they will be issued with an extension.

The Home Office – “Coronavirus Immigration Helpline”:

 Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

 Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk

 

CONSULTATION FROM IMMIGRATION LAWYERS IN LONDON

 You can request consultation from our immigration lawyers over the phone as in person.

Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.

Innovator Visa UK: Main eligibility requirements for Settlement/ILR

Applicant will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that in order to apply for ILR Innovator Visa UK:

  • Applicant has been endorsed by an approved UK endorsing body that is satisfied that applicant has shown significant achievements judged against the business plan assessed in their previous endorsement
  • Applicant has registered with Companies House as a Director or Member of their business, business is trading and appears sustainable for at least the following 12 months
  • Applicant has had an active key role in the day-to-day management and development of the business, and they will spend their entire working time in the UK on developing business ventures
  • Applicant satisfy at least two of the following:

o . At least £50,000 has been invested into the business

o . The business has created the equivalent of at least 5 full-time jobs for resident workers, which have an average salary of at least £25,000 a year

o . The business has created the equivalent of at least 10 full-time jobs for resident workers with no average salary requirement

o . The number of customers has at least doubled within the most recent 3 years and is currently higher than the mean number of customers for other UK businesses offering comparable main products or services

o . The business has engaged in significant research and development activity and has applied for intellectual property protection in the UK

o . The business has generated a minimum annual gross revenue of £1 million in the last full year covered by its accounts The business has generated a minimum annual gross revenue of £500,000 in the last full year covered by its accounts, with at least £100,000 from exporting overseas

  • Applicant has spent not more than 180 days outside the UK in any rolling 12-monthperiod during the 3 years prior to the date of application
  • Applicant is competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level B2, equivalent to IELTS 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Applicant has passed Life in the UK test

CONSULTATION FROM IMMIGRATION LAWYERS IN LONDON – Innovator Visa

You can request consultation from our immigration lawyers over the phone as in person.

Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.

Portugal Golden Visa: The Portuguese Government announced reopening

Portugal Golden Visa is beginning gradually to reopen businesses and ease their lock-down regulations. The Portuguese Government announced last week that they have a phased plan to begin resuming certain services such as schools, shops, restaurants and cinemas over the coming month. The process has already begun but will be gradual and the guidelines still recommend that the nation stays at home as much as possible to avoid a second spike of the virus.

INVESTMENT OPTIONS

  1. Property Investment Options

In July 2015, through Act 63/2015 and Regulatory Decree 15-A/2015, the required investment options were revised, and new ones added. Investors can now choose from the following:

Applicants may acquire property valued at €500,000 or more, or

Applicants may acquire property valued at €350,000 or more for properties more than 30 years old or located in urban regeneration areas designated for refurbishing, or

Acquisition of property fitting any of the above requirements with 20% reduction on the minimum amount of investment, if purchased on a low-density population area (€400,000.00 or €280,000.00).

Mann’s Solutions – Portugal Golden Visa

We are able to offer prestigious projects to meet our clients’ expectations. By investing in fractions of pre-qualified projects applicants become co-owners of the entire project and qualify for Portugal’s Golden Visa. Our selected projects share some key benefits:

  • Guaranteed annual rental return, starting from the first year of operation;
  • Easy and flexible exit strategy;
  • 100% funds return guarantee after obtaining permanent residency or citizenship;
  • 7 days accommodation per year.
  1. Capital Investment
  • Applicants may invest a minimum of €350,000 in research activities.
  • Applicants may invest a minimum of €250,000 in the arts or in the reconstruction or refurbishment of national heritage projects.
  • Applicants may invest a minimum of €500,000 for shares in investment funds or venture capital.

Applicants must create 10 or more jobs.

CONSULTATION FROM LONDON IMMIGRATION LAWYERS – Portugal Golden Visa

You can request consultation from our immigration lawyers over the phone as in person.

Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.

Sole Representative Visa: Home Office will tighten the rules from 4/06/20

Home Office has announced changes in Immigration Rules last week, specifically in Sole Representative Visa. Note that these changes come into effect on 4 June, but any sole representative application submitted before then will be decided in accordance with the current Rules.

You can find outlines of it below:

  1. The Rules now specify that the overseas employer must continue to have its headquarters and principle place of business outside the United Kingdom.
  2. An applicant must be a senior employee and cannot engage in their own business or represent any other business in the UK.
  3. The Rules now include a “genuineness assessment”, specifying that an applicant needs to “genuinely” meet the Rules.

Adding this wording to the Rules allows decision-makers to refuse an application on the basis of their own, subjective assessment that an applicant may meet the Rules but they don’t actually meet the Rules, because decision-makers don’t believe the applicant is using them genuinely.

Moreover, there is new wording that the business’s branch or subsidiary should not be “established solely for the purpose of facilitating the entry and stay of the applicant”.

  1. The Rules now also state that the applicant must have “relevant skills, experience and knowledge of the business”.
  2. The Rules used to say that a sole representative should not be “a majority shareholder in the overseas business”, they now say the sole representative should not “have a majority stake in, or otherwise own or control, that overseas business, whether that ownership control is by means of shareholding, partnership agreement, sole proprietorship or any other arrangement”.
  3. It is no longer possible for the partner of someone with a majority stake in the overseas business to rely on the Rules and have the owner of the business come in as their dependent.

CONSULTATION FROM IMMIGRATION LAWYERS IN LONDON – Sole Representative Visa 

You can request consultation from our immigration lawyers.

Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.

UK Naturalisation: Detailed Guidelines and Requirements (5 Years Residence)

Our clients are asking us how to apply for UK Naturalisation as a British citizen, first of all applicant  will need to meet certain statutory criteria with regard to their immigration status, length of residence in the UK, future intentions, knowledge of the English language, life in the UK, and good character.

Moreover, the requirements for vary slightly depending on whether applicant is married to a British citizen or not.

 Requirements for Naturalisation as a British Citizen

 Applicant can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation under section 6(1) of the British Nationality Act 1981 if:

And Applicant must usually have:

  • lived in the UK for at least the 5 years before the date of their application
  • spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years
  • spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
  • had settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’)in the UK for the last 12 months if applicant from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • had permanent residence status for the last 12 months if applicant is a citizen of an EEA country – applicant need to provide a permanent residence document
  • not broken any immigration laws while in the UK

 Residence Requirement for Naturalisation as A British Citizen

  • in the UK at the beginning of the period of 5 years ending with the date of the application
  • not absent from the UK for more than either:
    • 450 days in that 5-year period
    • 90 days in the period of 12 months ending with the date of application
  • not, on the date of application, subject under the immigration Rules to any restriction on the period of stay in the UK
  • not, at any other time in the 12-month period ending with date of application, subject under the immigration laws to any restriction on their period of stay in the UK
  • not at any time in the period of 5 years ending with the date of application, in the UK in breach of the immigration laws

There is discretion to waive the Residence Requirements except that the applicant must:

  • have been in the UK at the beginning of the 5-year period, unless their absence was due to serving in HM forces
  • be free from time restrictions under immigration law at the time of their application

The following can be used as evidence of residence in the UK:

  • passports or travel documents which have been stamped to show arrival in the UK and entry and departure from other countries.
  • if the applicant does not have passports to cover the qualifying period, other evidence such as employers’ letters or tax and National Insurance letters
  • If there are gaps in a person’s evidence of residence and it is clear from the information available that they could not have travelled, the Home Office caseworker must accept this. Examples of this might include a refugee who has no means of travel or where immigration records confirm continuous residence.

Absences and Discretion for Excessive Absences – section 6(1) applications

Where an applicant has spent more than 450 days for outside of the UK during the qualifying period, the Home Office will consider exercising discretion if they meet the other requirements.

Where the applicant exceeds the permitted absence by 30 days or less the Home Office would normally exercise discretion unless there are other grounds on which the application falls to be refused.

Good Character Requirements 

An applicant for naturalisation as a British Citizen must satisfy the good character requirement to succeed in his application.

All aspects of an applicant’s character, such as:

  • negative factors, for example criminality, immigration law breaches and deception, and
  • positive factors, for example contributions a person has made to society.

UK Referees for Naturalisation As A British Citizen

An applicant must be supported by two referees. One referee must be a person of professional standing and the other must be the holder of a British citizen passport and either a professional person or over the age of 25.

CONSULTATION FROM IMMIGRATION LAWYERS IN LONDON – UK Naturalisation

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Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at enquiries@manns-solutions.com or call +44 207 993 63 46.