Investing in Foreign Citizenship for U.S. Immigration Benefits - Recording (.MP3)

Investing in Foreign Citizenship for U.S. Immigration Benefits - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 05/20/2021
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Streaming
SKU WS2021-05-20-DL

Over the past decade, a growing number of countries, including Spain, Turkey, and Grenada, have offered “citizenship by investment.” These programs allow individuals to obtain citizenship for a financial investment into their country. One of the benefits of such programs is that foreign nationals may be able to acquire U.S. immigration status via their second citizenship that may not have been available to them previously. In this intermediate seminar, the panelists will discuss various investor programs and provide an in-depth analysis as to how citizenship by investment may provide additional routes to U.S. immigration.

Featured Topics

  • Who Applies for Investor Programs and Why
  • Understanding Various Immigrant Investor Programs, Including an Introduction into Various Country Programs, Investment Amounts, and the Timeline for Citizenship
  • The Challenges of Foreign Investor Programs: Cost, Timing, and Compliance Considerations
  • Residency Requirements and Tax Implications in the New Citizenship Country
  • Overview of U.S. Immigration Benefits from Secondary Citizenship: Visa-Free Travel and E-2 Investment Visa Transitioning Investment from E-2 to EB-5

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Maria Isabel Casablanca (DL), Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee, Miami, FL

Maria Isabel Casablanca represents corporate clients and individuals in obtaining immigration assistance and benefits. She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by The Florida Bar, and was a member of The Florida Bar's Certification Committee and presently the UPL. She has also served on national liaison committees with USCIS and the Department of State. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States as well as other court jurisdictions, ad both the Florida and District of Columbia Bar. Though she represents mostly investors, her practice encompasses a wide arrange of processes as well as employment verification for companies.

Maria L. Celebi, AILA Global Migration Section Steering Committee Vice Chair, Istanbul, Turkey

Maria L. Celebi is Senior Partner of the Immigration Department at Bener Law in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a CA Bar Member and in International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers & Employment Lawyers from 2010-2020 (2015 & 2016 Most Highly Regarded). Within AILA, she is Vice Chair of the Global Migration Section, Past Chair/Co Chair 2011-2014, Past Chair of Rome District Chapter. She is the Turkey member for the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers.

Ana Garicano Solé, Madrid, Spain

Ana Garicano is a partner at Sagardoy Abogados and leads the firm’s immigration practice with a team of 40 professionals. After graduating in law, she completed a postgraduate degree in immigration law. She has lectured on transnational labour issues, is a regular speaker at conferences and author of several publications. She has also been appointed as the firm’s representative to participate at the Informal Expert Group on Economic Migration at the European Commission.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.

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