What are the Other US Visa Available for Lebanon Nationals?
Foreign nationals who want to enter the United States generally need to have a U.S. Visa stamped on their travel documents. Lebanese nationals must get a US Visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate that is in line with the reason for their trip. Lebanese nationals who are eligible to enter and remain in the United States as Permanent Residents are given Immigrant Visas. Lebanese citizens are able to temporarily enter and remain in the US with Nonimmigrant Visas.
The following are the US Visas available to Lebanese nationals.
- Family-Based Immigration. For foreign citizens sponsored by an immediate relative who is a U.S. citizen or a U.S. Green Card holder and is at least 21 years old.
- Fiancé(e) K-1 nonimmigrant visa. For a foreign fiancé(e) of a US citizen. The foreign fiancé(e) is allowed to stay in the U.S. to apply for permanent residency after marriage.
- K-3 Visa. For the foreign spouse of a U.S. citizen traveling to reside in the U.S. while awaiting final completion of their immigration. The spouse’s children can enter the U.S. with a K-4 Visa.
- Intercountry Adoption. For adopting children outside of the US.
- Employment-Based Immigration. For qualified applicants under the provisions of US immigration law. The EB-5 Visa falls under the Employment Fifth Preference (E5).
- B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa. For people traveling to the US for business or pleasure, or for medical treatment.
- Temporary Worker/Employment or Trainees (H, L, O, P, Q, R). For temporary, nonimmigrant workers petitioned by US employers or agents.
- Student Visa. For foreign citizens who wish to study in the US.
- Exchange Visitor Visa. For foreign citizens participating in exchange programs.
- Journalist and Media Visa. For representatives of the foreign media traveling to the US to engage in their profession while having their home office in a foreign country.
- A Visas. For Lebanese government officials entering the U.S. for temporary or permanent assignment.
- Transit/Ship Crew Visa. For foreign citizens traveling in immediate and continuous transit through the US en route to a foreign destination.
What is the Most Popular State in the United States for Lebanon Investors to Migrate to?
The U.S. states of Michigan, California, Ohio, Florida, and Massachusetts have the highest number of Lebanese immigrants according to the Arab American Institute.
What is the Current Retrogression Situation for Lebanese Investors?
There is no retrogression situation for the EB-5 Visa for Lebanon investors. Investors from Lebanon have never faced any backlogs in the application process for EB-5 and are not expected to have any in the future.
What are the Issues Experienced by the Lebanon Citizen with the EB-5 Visa?
The creation of the necessary number of employment and supplying the minimum investment amount for the EB 5 Project are two of the major issues for Lebanese investors applying for an EB5 Visa. The Lebanese investor’s business plan must demonstrate that the EB5 Project will generate at least 10 new full-time jobs in the US. For at least 2 years, or until the Lebanon investor submits their I-829, the jobs must be created and sustained. There should be proof that the EB-5 investment was obtained legally and would only be used for the EB-5 Project. Investors from Lebanon are required to provide documentation for their EB5 investment, including paystubs, tax returns, bank account records, and confirmation of business ownership and registration.
What is a Targeted Employment Area?
A targeted employment area (TEA) is a region of the United States where the minimum investment amount to be eligible for EB 5 is $800,000 (LBP 12 B Lebanese Pound). A TEA Project is situated in a special economic zone, like a rural or high-unemployment area. By investing in a TEA Project, Lebanese investors benefit in several ways besides having lower capital requirements. According to the 2022 EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act (RIA), TEA investors receive priority processing for their petitions and allocation of reserved visas. The EB5 Green Card application procedure for Lebanese investors is sped up by the availability of reserved visas and priority processing.
What Other Countries can Invest in the EB-5 Visa Program?
According to “The United States EB-5 Program” by Investment Migration Insider, between 2012 and 2022, the EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa helped almost 100,000 foreign investors become permanent residents of the United States. Over 80% of these EB5 investors come from China, Taiwan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan.
Is USA a Good Foreign Market to Invest in for Lebanon Citizens?
Yes, the United States provides a stable and secure destination for investments from Lebanon investors. Lebanese investors gain access to one of the largest consumer markets in the world, a reliable legal system, advantageous tax laws, and a good infrastructure by investing in the United States.
Can EB-5 Visa Attorney Speed Up the Process of EB-5 Visa?
No, an EB-5 Visa Attorney is unable to speed up the EB-5 application process for Lebanese investors. The USCIS and the DOS are in charge of evaluating and processing EB 5 applications. Lebanese investors still benefit from the services of EB5 Visa Attorneys which include minimizing application delays brought on by errors, organizing their documents for success, and guaranteeing compliance with U.S. immigration rules.
Is Obtaining an EB-5 Easy for Lebanese Investors?
Lebanon investors are able to obtain their EB-5 Visas with less difficulty because of the “current” Visa Bulletin status and lack of retrogression in the application for Lebanon. Lebanese investors are not subject to extra wait times, unlike investors from countries with visa retrogression such as China and India.
Can a Lebanese National Apply for EB 5 while on H1B?
Yes, Lebanese nationals with H-1B Visas are able to apply for an EB5 Visa. H1B Visa holders are foreign employees engaged by US businesses in specialty occupations. Lebanese H1B employees in the US are allowed by the RIA to submit both their I-526 and I-485 forms concurrently for speedier processing without having to leave the US.
Can a Lebanon Investor Borrow Money for EB-5 Visa?
Yes, loans can be used by Lebanese investors as EB-5 Visa investments. The personal property and collateral of the Lebanese Investor, not the EB 5 Project, must serve as security for the EB5 Loan to be accepted.
Can an International Student from Lebanon with an F-1 Visa Apply for EB5 Visa?
Yes, a Lebanese student with an F-1 Visa qualifies as an EB-5 Visa candidate. An F1 Visa is a nonimmigrant visa that enables foreign students to study in the US in academic programs. A Lebanese student with a valid F1 status is eligible to file the I-526 and I-485 petitions simultaneously in order to speed up the EB 5 Visa application process while in the USA.
Can a Lebanon Citizen Invest in the United States?
Yes, a citizen from Lebanon is able to invest in the United States through the EB5 Visa and indirectly through the E-2 Visa. The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa is a nonimmigrant classification for treaty country investors who are making a substantial investment in a US business. Treaty countries maintain a treaty of navigation and commerce with the US. Lebanon is a non-treaty country and Lebanese investors must first acquire citizenship from a treaty country to invest in E-2.
The E2 Treaty Investor Visa is not a U.S. Permanent Residence program, unlike the EB-5 Visa. A substantial investment of at least $150,000 (LBP 2.2 B Lebanese Pound) is required for an E2 Visa investment without the need for minimum job creation.
Does a Lebanese Citizen Need a Visa for USA?
Lebanese citizens traveling to the US must first get a US Visa. Lebanese nationals looking to relocate to the US must obtain an immigrant visa while temporary Lebanese visitors must apply for a nonimmigrant visa.