Venezuela has been dealing with a deep political and economic crisis for many years now. That has been a big reason as to why plenty of Venezuelans look for countries to immigrate to. There are plenty of individuals who have immediate or close family members that have US citizenship, making them eligible for a family-based immigrant visa here in the United States.
We at Hans Burgos P.A. have a highly prepared team of immigration lawyers that are ready to offer advice and legal help to people looking to immigrate to the USA. With significant experience working with Venezuelans, we’re here to help.
Visa Options for Venezuelans
There are several options available for Venezuelan nationals that are looking to immigrate to the US and later get a Green Card and permanent citizenship. Below you will find a list of the main routes one can take in achieving their immigrant visa.
- Family sponsorship
- Obtaining citizenship from a country that has a Trade Treaty Agreement with the USA, namely Grenada
As mentioned above, there is a simple way of getting an immigrant visa for the USA, but to be eligible, the applicant needs to have a direct or close relative that is already a US citizen or has a legal permanent residence status. To learn if you are eligible and what you need in order to apply for such a visa, you should consult with an immigration attorney, as they are equipped with the knowledge necessary to explain the exact legal process.
Since Venezuela and the United States do not have a Trade and Investment Treaty Agreement, the wealthy Venezuelans that have the means to invest in the USA are not eligible for the EB-5 and E-2 Investor visas. However, there is often a way around this rule.
This is done by obtaining citizenship to a country that has a Trade and Investment Treaty Agreement with the USA. The closest such country to Venezuela is Grenada. This small Caribbean country allows financially capable people to become citizens through investment. After getting a Grenada passport, the (previously) Venezuelans can freely invest in businesses in the USA and apply either for an EB-5 or an E-2 investor visa.
This is depending on the depth of their pockets and the time as well as patience they have, as the EB-5 Investor visa usually takes about two years to process, and the E-2 visa takes a few months. The EB-5 Investor visa means the potential of obtaining a Green Card almost immediately and soon after a permanent US residency. On the other hand, the E-2 Investor visa is valid for as long as the business is fulfilling the qualifying conditions and needs to be renewed albeit indefinitely.
This is a process that takes a lot of time and careful preparation. To be certain that you will not miss anything important during your application process, it is recommended that you consult with a professional. We have our staff of paralegals and a former immigration prosecutor ready to help you with anything you may need during your visa procurement. Feel free to call and make an appointment, or simply visit us in our office in located in Coral Gables, FL.