WE UNDERSTAND FINANCIAL SUCCESS ISN'T JUST ABOUT MONEY.
At DMD Ventures, we believe that anybody who wants to succeed and has the drive and determination to make it happen, deserves an opportunity to fulfill their American dreams. This is why, along with traditional equity investments, we make it a point to facilitate EB-5 and E-2 opportunities that allow overseas investors to reside and work in the United States.
DMD IMMIGRATION OPTIONS
E-2 Visas*Go Mini's
DMD Jet Management
EB-1C Green CardBig Chicken
DMD Jet Management
|Visa available to nationals of any country?||√||Nationals of treaty trader countries only.||Multinational companies who would like to sponsor a manager or executive for permanent residence.|
|Must I have worked as a manager or executive for a related company abroad for one year?||X||X||Multinational companies who would like to sponsor a manager or executive for permanent residence.|
|U.S. company actively engaged in business for one year||X||X||√|
* If an investor who is not a member of a treaty country wants an E2 Visa, then we assist them to obtain citizenship in a treaty country (i.e. Grenada or Turkey) while they are applying for the E2 Visa.
EB-5 Green Card
EB-5 Green Card
On March 15, 2022, Congress passed the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022, which reauthorized the EB-5 Regional Center Program through September 30, 2027. The Act of 2022 nowallows EB-5 investors to concurrently file their I-526 petition and I-485 for adjustment of status and wait for approval in the United States. Prior to the 2022 reauthorization, investors had to wait years for their I-526 approval, and if the investor was from a country subject to quotas (i.e. China, Vietnam, and India), they waited many more years before receiving their green card approval. Chinese, Indian, and Vietnamese investors who invest in a TEA project now have a direct path toward the EB-5 visa, without the excessive wait times so common in the EB-5 program. Applicants in the reserved TEA visa pools can enjoy increased peace of mind in knowing that they will be eligible for a visa regardless of their nationality’s demand. And, the arrangement for concurrent filing gives investors already in the United States the chance to enjoy many of the freedoms associated with an EB 5 visa soon after submitting Form I-526.Now for the first time ever, students on F visas, tourists on B visas, and workers on H-1B and L-1 visas can remain in the United States while they adjust their status to an EB-5 conditional green card.
Additionally, the minimum investment amount for EB-5 projects increased to $1,050,000, from $1,000,000, and the minimum investment for projects located in targeted employment areas (TEAs) increased to $800,000, from $500,000.
The Act brought new requirements for the EB-5 Program regarding priority processing. The EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act introduced three categories of visa set aside for priority processing. The three categories are:
- - 20% EB5 Visa set aside for rural TEAs
- - 10% EB5 Visa set aside for high unemployment TEAs
- - 2% EB5 Visa set aside for infrastructure projects
The visas set aside allow for priority processing of applications. Now, investors from certain countries where the EB-5 Visas have been oversubscribed resulting in retrogression, such as China, India and Vietnam can jump to the head of the EB-5 line by investing in an EB-5 project located in a TEA. The reserved visa categories introduced by the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act will improve processing times for high-demand nationalities. The Department of State (“DOS”) will now reserve 32% of the yearly EB-5 visa pool for applicants who invest in projects located in targeted employment areas.
These TEA locations are either rural or high unemployment areas. Certain kinds of public infrastructure projects also receive designation as targeted employment areas. The DOS reserves 20% of the EB 5 visas for rural targeted employment areas, 10% for high-unemployment targeted employment areas, and 2% for public infrastructure projects. If visas in any of these three reserved categories are left unused at the end of the fiscal year, they will carry over in the same category the following year.
 Applicable to individuals with non-immigrant visas (i.e., tourists (B1 visa) and students (F1 visa)), only if they learned about this option, and decided to change their mind to reside in the US at least 90 days after entry. DMD does not provide legal advice. Speak to an immigration attorney to discuss your options.
 Speak to an immigration attorney to discuss your options.
Big Chicken, the star-powered, fast casual chicken restaurant franchise founded by basketball Hall of Famer and celebrated entrepreneur Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal, is the hottest new restaurant concept in USA. At DMD, we have the exclusive rights to partner with EB-5 investors in Big Chicken TEA locations across the United States. DMD has been delivering EB-5 approvals since 2012 and have TEA locations available now for new Big Chicken restaurants set to open in 2023 and beyond. You can even start your Big Chicken investment as an E2 visa and adjust to an EB-5 green card. Pack your bags because you could be living in the USA while waiting for your EB-5 green card.
There are six EB-5 requirements and Big Chicken fulfill them all:
1. You must invest in a new commercial enterprise
2. You must invest a minimum of $800,000 for TEA locations
3. Your investment must create at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. Workers
4. You must invest with a lawful source of funds
5. Your funds must be “at-risk” with your investment
6. You must engage in the management of the new enterprise
A Direct EB-5 investment counts all full time W-2 employees directly hired by the company to count the 10 new jobs for U.S. workers. The rules for determining whether a project qualifies as a TEA was changed by Congress on March 15, 2022, and projects now must be in a high-unemployment census tract or be touching a high-unemployment census tract to qualify.
All standards for the direct EB-5 option are met by Big Chicken and are available through DMD Ventures for 1 Direct EB-5 investor per restaurant at the $800,000.00 TEA option.
NOTE: DMD Ventures does not currently offer any EB-5 Regional Center projects.
Applicable to individuals with non-immigrant visas (i.e., tourists (B1 visa) and students (F1 visa)), only if they learned about this new option, and only decided to change their mind to reside in the US at least 90 days after entry. DMD does not provide legal advice. Speak to an immigration attorney to discuss your options.
THE E-2 VISA
E-2 INVESTOR VISA
An E-2 Investor Visa allows an individual who is a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation to enter and work within the United States. While popular EB-5 countries such as China, India, Vietnam, Russia, Brazil, and Venezuela are not E-2 treaty countries, we can secure citizenship for our clients in an E-2 treaty country such as Grenada or Turkey in as little as 4 months, allowing them to take advantage of the E-2 Visa.
A foreign investor may qualify for a E-2 Visa only by making a substantial investment (usually in excess of $200,000) in a US-based business, practice or office. Furthermore, this business must demonstrate financial success, producing enough income to cover the wellbeing of the investor and his or her family. The investor is required to “develop and direct” the business, but not manage daily activity.
The business will be evaluated every 5 years for renewal dependent upon the continued success and growth of the business. Although an E-2 Visa does not provide residency like a Green Card, the E-2 investor and their immediate family are allowed to remain in the United States as long as the business is viable, and because the visa does not confer permanent residency, the investor is not subject to taxes on non-US income.
The E-2 process
At DMD Ventures, our E-2 team guides you through the entire application process, which is extensive but follows these key steps:
- – Obtain legal passport from a treaty country
- – Complete E-2 project investment documents
- – E-2 Investment funds are wired to U.S. escrow account
- – File your application through an immigration attorney with all supporting documentation
- – Obtain interview with U.S . Consulate
- – E-2 Visa is Approved
- – Enter the United States
I’M NOT FROM A TREATY COUNTRY?
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of an E-2 investment opportunity. DMD Ventures is a Licensed Agent of the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Program, which facilitates participation in the E-2 Visa program.
If you qualify, DMD will assist you in securing citizenship with Grenada prior to beginning the official E-2 Investor process. Grenada maintains an active treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. As a new citizen of the nation, you will be eligible to apply for an E-2 Investor Visa. The citizenship process, barring any complications, can be done in as few as 4 months and DMD Ventures will be with you ever step of the way.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AN E-2 VISA?
Once the application is fully submitted, it only takes about 2 months to have your E-2 Visa approved. After being officially processed through the U.S. Consulate, you and your family are invited to live freely in the United States.
ADDITIONAL E-2 ADVANTAGES
- – You are not subject to U.S. global income taxation
- – Your spouse can apply for work and work without limitation
- – Your children are eligible for in-state tuition at colleges and universities
- – You do not have to manage the daily operations of your business
THE RIGHT E-2 PARTNER
At DMD Ventures, we are here to make the process easy, efficient, and most of all effective for you and your family. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about the E-2 Investment Visa process and our turnkey investment services, including opportunities with Go Mini’s, Papa Johns and DMD Jet Management, that satisfy all E-2 requirements to fast track your successful business in the United States.
THE EB-1 C Green Card
THE EB-1C GREEN CARD
The EB-1C Green Card is designed to allow proficient and uniquely skilled managers and executives to work within the United States. The EB1-C visa is an immigrant visa which allows your foreign company to transfer you as a manager or executive to a related US company.
You become employed by a United States-based company which petitions for permanent foreign residency on your behalf.
THE BIG EB-1C ADVANTAGE
PERM Certification is not required with an EB-1C Visa. PERM certification requires a US company to go through an extensive vetting process to prove there is no U.S. citizen available who can meet the skill level of a petitioned foreign applicant before being allowed to hire that applicant. By avoiding this lengthy process, you reduce the time of approval and eliminate the risk having a PERM certification denied - which happens often.
Two Paths to an EB-1C Visa
1. If you’re already in the United States under E2 or L-1A1 status, you can apply for an I-485 Adjustment of Status (AOS). You must have an employer willing to petition on your behalf and assure the government that you have a permanent offer of employment. We will facilitate this requirement for our investors in DMD Jet Management.
2. If you’re outside of the United States, the above process must be done at a U.S. Consulate. This is not recommended, as your petition will be far more highly scrutinized than if you transfer from E2 or L-1A status.
Go from an E-2 Visa to an EB-1C Green Card with DMD Jet Management
Certain businesses make it possible to transition from an E-2 Visa (which allows you to reside in the United States) to full EB-1C Green Card status. DMD Jet Management is one of these businesses. The transition process requires careful planning and we will help you engage with a qualified immigration attorney to expedite the process and ensure every detail is carefully considered.