Are you an Italian citizen who is planning to immigrate to the United States of America? Then this blog is for you!
An astonishing number of 5.5 million people immigrated from Italy to the USA in the timeframe of 1820-2004. The United States is a popular destination for immigrants from around the world, including those from Europe.
Yes, Italian citizens can live in the US.
Next, you might wonder is
What is the process for Italian citizens to immigrate to the USA?
Well, there are ample ways to immigrate to US But here 4 traditional yet the simplest ways to move from Italy to the US
Through the employment visa: An Italian citizen needs to have a standing job offer and an employment contract in place to facilitate moving to the United States from Italy. The benefit of opting for employment as a course of immigration is that it increases the possibility of acquiring a green card which is the equivalent to the Italian permanent residence card.
It could take from a passage of 7 months to 33 months, depending on the office where you would be applying, acquiring a permanent residency. Keep in mind that a permanent residency does not equate to active citizenship, as in the legal terminology citizenship is acquired through the process of naturalization.
Through the fiance or spouse visa: If your fiance is living in the US then you can file a petition for your fiance through the K-1 visa in order to help her to enter the US and post-wedding the spouse can also apply for a green card (equivalent to a green) card), as now the Italian citizen will be considered a preference relative under visa preference system.
Through the family based immigration visa: If you have a family member who lives in the US, then they can be of great assistance while moving to the USA, this method has a particular advantage and that is the family members can be issued residence cards which can be up to the number of family members which are there. Nonetheless, some requirements need to be fulfilled for sponsoring a member to immigrate to the US.
Through business immigration visa: The business community can also relocate to the USAunder the EB-5 investor visa, if they can invest at least 50,000 USD on a business project in the USA. Italian citizens also have the choice to apply for the E1 and E2, Treaty Investor visas, through which they could immigrate to the United States.
What are the requirements for EB-5 Visa?
The USCIS allows 10,000 EB-5 visas per year, but a strict TEA regulation exists, for Italian citizens who apply under this visa. Though there is no age limit as per the TEA requirement, the investment should be able to generate employment opportunities in the rural areas and areas with an unemployment spectrum ranging above 1.5 of the national average.
In order to qualify for EB-5, the individual or couple must have a net worth of USD 1.05 million and should be able to generate more than USD 200,000 as an individual or be able to generate more than USD 300,000 as a joint income. Furthermore, any assets and liabilities for a comparable level of future income and property are also considered.
What are the benefits of EB-5?
The benefits of opting for an EB-5 are listed as follows:
- It assures a permanent residency if the minimum investment requirement of TEA is met, and there is no political opinion or any popular opinion which can affect the immigration status of a person.
- Allows complete freedom to travel and live anywhere in the country.
- Apply for jobs of any nature, including jobs in the Federal or state government.
- The unmarried children of permanent residents would avail of education discounts up to 300% on tuition in comparison with the rest of the foreign students.
- As a permanent citizen, there are no restrictions such as the law permits.
- The spouses and other family members shall be granted green cards in addition to privileges for mobility owing to the permanent resident status under the EB-5 visa status.
What is the process for EB-5 visa?
Following is a breakdown of the step-by-step process for the EB-5 visa application
- Select an EB-5 project compliant with the EB-5 requirements.
- Get the form 1 – 526 petition and get it approved by the USCIS.
- Apply for adjustment of status and fill out the DS 260 form for the same.
- After this, you are granted a conditional green card for 2 years.
- A petition under 1-829 would be submitted after the completion of the 2 years.
For Italian citizens, there are visa waiver schemes in place and Italian citizens can avail the advantage provided under the said schemes, which grant them ease with respect to the immigration process and ease up the restrictions applicable to other countries.
Numerous Italian citizens apply under different visas such as the EB-5 and the H1b, both of which have a different approach to gaining residency, but using the EB-5 visa for gaining residency is restricted because a fixed number of people can only apply for the EB-5 visa per year. Both the EB-5 and the H1b grant access to permanent residency, but can be availed based on the convenience and ease of the persons applying for it.
If a person is not bound by financial constraints, then EB-5 is a more viable option for seeking a permanent residency in the USA. There are other available mechanisms as well, such as seeking exemptions that are specific to the European countries, and other skill-based opportunities as well.