A growing number of Chinese are investing in or looking for ways to qualify for visas and move to the United States. China’s large and growing middle class is well aware of America’s relative openness to foreign people and foreign investment.
In the year ended Sept. 30, Chinese applicants accounted for 78% of the 3,805 EB-5 applications in the U.S., up from 35% four years before, according to government data. In that program, foreign investors can get permanent resident status, or “green cards,” in exchange for investing $500,000 or $1 million, depending on the part of the country, in ventures that create or sustain at least 10 jobs within two years of the immigrant investor’s admission to the U.S. as a conditional permanent resident.
Jaensch Immigration Law Firm has witnessed first hand this increase in the number of Chinese citizens visiting the Sarasota-Bradenton area. We welcome this trend at a time when the US economy is struggling and as a sign of Chinese people taking on a larger role in the world. We are ready to help more Chinese nationals find a proper strategy to qualify for a visa. We also recognize the difficulties presented Chinese nationals when attempting to do so, especially the language barrier. It can be hard to find people who speak both English and Mandarin, much less Cantonese.
Which is why we went looking for them!
One is Robert Yan, Vice President, Global Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch here in Sarasota. He is a portfolio manager and speaks Mandarin. He can be reached at his direct phone number: 941-364-5630 or his email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another is Anthony Homer. Anthony is an accomplished commercial real estate broker who works for Ian Black Real Estate. He grew up in Hong Kong and Taiwan and speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin. Here is some information about him from his company’s website:
Anthony Homer specializes in commercial real estate sales and leasing, covering Sarasota and Manatee Counties. In addition to solid commercial real estate knowledge and experience, his background includes the management of over half a million square feet of office and retail space in Lakewood Ranch and downtown Sarasota. He has served as a tenant representative to several national and global companies and represented a broad range of clientele including start-up retailers and Fortune 500 companies with multi-billion dollar portfolios.
Anthony grew up in Hong Kong, attending Chinese public school where he learned to speak, read and write Cantonese. He later worked in Taiwan where he also learned to speak Mandarin. Anthony graduated from Liberty University in 2001 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications & Marketing. His high degree of community involvement gives him a unique perspective and insight into the local commercial real estate market, enabling him to assist in fulfilling a broad range of commercial real estate requirements.
To that end, he has served and currently serves in the following roles:
• Mid Florida Commercial Real Estate Exchange – Chairperson
• Commercial Investment Division – President
• Sarasota Association of Realtors – Board of Directors
• Sarasota Young Realtors – Founder / Past-President
• Sarasota Sister Cities Association – Vice President of Business Development
• Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
• 2009 Florida Realtors Newcomer Award
He can be reached at the Ian Black Office:
1075 Central Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
Other Resources on Chinese immigration patterns:
- From USA Today: “U.S. home market pulls in more Chinese buyers“
- Reuters article urging US to remain open to Chinese investment.
- From US-China Today: “Chinese Students Pour into the United States”
- From USA Today Travel: “Chinese Travelers are Seeing the USA in Record Numbers”
- The American-China Real Estate Summit and Convention.