May 30, 2021

As per some of the global organization world is passing through a time where we see the highest number of voluntary migration of human race.

For the last 50 years or we saw human migration for better education and a future for the family.

However, in the last 15-20 years we saw HNI and UNHI are also voluntarily moving from their home country to other parts of the world. In this respect, Residency and citizenship by investment is the most preferred way for HNI and UHNI to move from one country to another country for varsity of reasons.

 Before 2012, we saw only hand full of countries that were offering residency by investment such USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

 In 2012, we saw for the first time, Portugal golden visa with investment in real estate followed by several European countries such as Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Moldova, Turkey, etc.  These countries mostly offering residency by investment but many attractive terms and conditions for the investors.

 At the same, we saw third group Carrabin countries offering citizenship by investment such as Grenada, St Kitts & Naïves, St. Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, and Dominica.

 In 2013 we saw forth a group of business immigration to attract start-ups and its founder. Canada was the first country to start with and now followed by now more the 20 countries with a Start-Up visa program.

Not only this, many countries are now amending their program to give more options to investors for making an investment in not only one class but different asset classes.

 In view of the number of countries giving options for investment with residency and citizenship programs, it was the right time to give a comprehensive view of all countries based on asset classes. Said, Prahsnat Ajmera, lawyer, founder, and author of ALG.

 As a law firm, it is our professional duty to present and advise on all investment options to our investors rather than giving limited options of most expensive options.” Added Mr. Ajmera

The firm strongly believes that such publication and comparison will give investors to make well-informed investment decisions.

 The Ajmera Law Group wishes to publish on a yearly basis, residency, and citizenship by investment on asset class basis investment options for HNI and UHNI.

 Residency and Citizenship by Investment (RCI)

options by asset class

Select your residency and citizenship program by investing in an asset class of your choice.

Investment in >>>>>>Real Estate Financial Market / Funds / Bonds  Donation to government development project/fund or such other funds Enterprise / Business – New, Existing, JV Start-up Program Yearly Income
USANoNoNoYes YesNo
Canada NoNoNoYes Yes No
Australia NoYesNoYesYesNo
New Zealand NoYesNoYesYesNo
UK NoYesNoYesYesNo
Ireland NoYesYes YesYes No
Portugal YesYesYesYesYesYes
Spain YesYesNoYes YesNo
Greece YesYesNoYesYes No
Bulgaria YesYes NoYesYesNo
Malta YesYesYesYesYesNo
Cyprus YesYesNoYesYesNo
St. Kitts & Nevis YesNoYesNoNoNo
Dominica YesNoYesYes NoNo
Grenada YesNoYesNoNoNo
St. Lucia YesyesYesYes NoNo
Antigua & Barbuda YesNoYesYes NoNo



This is only a general indication of each RCI program. There are many more additional requirements for each program. The investor must seek legal advice from a licensed attorney who is specialized in RCI practice of the respective jurisdiction.

May 26, 2021

In order to apply under the Start-Up Visa Program of the U.S., start-up founders need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Founder(s) must show themselves as entrepreneurs with a Qualifying Start-up Entity.

Evidence and supporting documents that are filed with the petition must demonstrate that –

(1) The founder(s) have a central and active role to play in the operations of a start-up entity, such that they are well-positioned, due to their knowledge, skills, or experience, to substantially assist the U.S. start-up entity with the growth and success of its business;

(2) Possess at least a 10% ownership stake in the U.S. start-up entity, and that the entity:

(a) Was recently formed (for example, created within the five years immediately preceding the filing of the petition) and has been lawfully doing business within the United States during any period of operation since its date of formation; and

(b) Has substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation, evidenced by the receipt of significant capital investment, grants, or awards.

  1. Substantial Investment, Grant, or Award.

Founders may be considered for entrepreneur parole if they demonstrate that their start-up entity has received a minimum investment amount or qualified award or grant as described below:

(1) The start-up entity has received a qualified investment, within 18 months immediately preceding the filing of the petition, of at least $250,000 US from one or more qualified investors;

(2) The start-up entity has received, within 18 months immediately preceding the filing of the petition, an amount of $100,000 US or more through one or more qualified government awards or grants; or

(3) If the start-up entity partially meets one or more of the above criteria, founders may still be considered for entrepreneur parole by providing other reliable and compelling evidence of the start-up entity’s substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation.

A lesser amount can be considered on a case-by-case basis if it can be shown that it is substantial.

  1. The investment must be from a ‘Qualified Investor’.

The term ‘qualified investor’ for purpose of entrepreneur parole means an individual who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, or an organization that is located in the United States and operates through a legal entity organized under the laws of the United States or any state, that is majority-owned and controlled, directly and indirectly, by U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, provided such individual or organization regularly makes substantial investments in start-up entities that subsequently exhibit substantial growth in terms of revenue generation or job creation.

Such an individual or organization may be considered a ‘qualified investor’ if, during the preceding five years:

(1) The individual or organization has made investments in start-up entities in exchange for convertible debt or another security convertible into equity commonly used in financing transactions within their respective industries comprising a total in such 5-year period of no less than $600,000 US; and

(2) Subsequent to such investment by such individual or organization, at least 2 such entities have each created at least 5 qualified jobs or generated at least $500,000 US in revenue with average annualized revenue growth of at least 20%.

  1. Additional Supporting Evidence.

Additional supporting evidence concerning the start-up entity’s business, its substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation as well as the founders’ day-to-day role in the business has to be submitted.

If the start-up entity partially meets the qualified investment, government grant, or award criteria, founders may be still considered for parole by providing other reliable and compelling evidence that the start-up entity has substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation.

Such supporting evidence may include, but is not limited to, the following:

(a) Evidence of rapid growth, such as – number of users or customers, revenue generated by the start-up entity, additional investments/fundraising, including crowdfunding platforms

(b) Social impact of the start-up entity

(c) National scope of the start-up entity

(d) Positive effects on the start-up entity’s locality or region

(e) Any other reliable and compelling evidence that the start-up entity has substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation.

May 26, 2021

These are unfortunate cases that reflect the plight of individuals and families who went to the UK without proper guidance and advice from immigration lawyers. They were advised by unregulated, inexperienced agents and consultants in India who give them false hopes about settling and starting a new life in the UK.

The hype and myth created by agents and consultants make vulnerable students and parents believe that once they study or arrive in the UK, their life is sorted and they will be able to settle there permanently. There are many individuals who go to the UK on a visitor visa and stay back in the UK as per the ill advice of their agents or consultants. They are lured by fabricated stories of how these agents and consultants managed to ‘settle’ thousands of such individuals in the UK because of their so-called ‘connections’. The honeytrap of these agents and consultants is – once you reach there, everything will be okay. Just leave India.

Gullible youngsters and parents often fall prey to these schemes and blindly fall into these traps. Our office has encountered a number of such cases whereby the careers and lives of these individuals are completely ruined.

Refer to media release – click here

May 26, 2021

By removing the Trump administration’s proposal that aimed to kill the initiative, the Biden administration wants to resurrect an immigration program that allows foreign entrepreneurs to operate in the United States.

The International Entrepreneur Law, which was proposed by President Barack Obama’s administration three days before he left office in 2017, enables foreign entrepreneurs to work in the United States for up to five years if their start-ups can raise at least $250,000 US from the venture capital in United States, recruit ten employees, or meet other criteria.

As part of its attempts to revive the program, the Biden administration intends to market it aggressively. These actions are in response to demands from venture capital firms which want the administration to support a program that would encourage thousands of foreign start-up founders to relocate to or stay in the United States to expand their ventures.

“The Biden administration is unlocking an enormous job growth opportunity by incorporating the International Entrepreneur Rule which will help the United States remain the global leader in innovation,” said Bobby Franklin, President & CEO of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the venture community’s preeminent trade association focused on empowering the next generation of transformative American companies.

“Immigrants in the United States have a long history of entrepreneurship, hard work, and creativity, and their contributions to this nation are incredibly valuable,” said Tracy Renaud, Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director.

Currently, there is no visa available for start-up founders in the United States, despite the widespread bipartisan support for the concept. Other visa types must be used for foreign entrepreneurs, but none are ideal.

Between 2017 and 2019, USCIS received only 30 applications for the program, with only one being accepted, according to a USCIS official.

According to USCIS, if the program is properly implemented, about 3,000 international entrepreneurs would qualify per year, resulting in the creation of about 100,000 jobs over a ten-year period.

Note: This article is contributed by Ms. Dishita Sheth – Intern at Ajmera Law Group.

May 1, 2021

The Main Points to be noted for this ban are: 

(i) President Biden has issued a proclamation imposing a COVID-19 public health travel ban on foreign nationals with a recent physical presence in India. This same type of travel ban is already in effect for Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, countries in the European Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

(ii) Starting at 12:01 am EDT on May 4, 2021, foreign nationals who have been physically present in India within 14 days of travel to the United States will be barred from entry, unless they qualify for an exception.

(ii) Consular operations in India are at a significantly reduced capacity due to the COVID pandemic, so those seeking exceptions to the new ban from a U.S. consulate are likely to experience delays and challenges.

Today, President Joseph Biden issued a presidential proclamation imposing a COVID-19 public health travel ban which prohibits the entry of foreign nationals who have been physically present in India within 14 days of their travel to the United States.  The India ban restrictions take effect at 12:01 am EDT on May 4, 2021.

However following people will not be affected:

  • U.S. citizens and nationals;
  • U.S. lawful permanent residents;
  • Spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents;
  • A foreign national who is the parent or legal guardian of an unmarried U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident under the age of 21;
  • A foreign national who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided they are both under 21;
  • A foreign national who is the child, foster child or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States on an IR-4 or IH-4 visa;
  • A foreign national traveling at the invitation of the U.S. government for a purpose related to containment or mitigation of the COVID-19 virus;
  • A foreign air or sea crewmember;
  • Certain A, C, E-1 (TECRO or TECO employees), G, and NATO nonimmigrants or whose travel falls within the scope of section 11 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement;
  • A foreign national whose entry would further important U.S. law enforcement objectives;
  • A foreign national whose entry would be in the national interest; and
  • Members of the U.S. armed forces and their spouses and children.

An updated guideline will be issued by the US  government which may allow the travel of those Indian citizens who can apply for travel to the US under the national interest exception.

For more information and legal opinion contact our office.