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Investment and Employment type US Visas. The biggest problems with them. Buy a citizenship! Grow a Garden!
Let us start a tree trimming business. Or how about a golf course.
Buy a US citizenship
I literally can sell you a citizenship in the United States. Just get your cash together and off we go, and bring your whole family with you. Sound too good to be true? It is not it is real. Depending on your investment amount we can make it fast or slow and as immediate as you would like or just temporary forever, I will even get you a job here in the US and if you like your spouse a job also, and bring those children under 21.
This is happening every day. This is not a scam at all, it is very real. United States Customs and Immigration services actually really do promote these plans.
Here are some interesting factors in these plans.
(the foregoing is not a solicitation but an enticement to learn more about our world)
Before reading further:
Do you believe what you just read?
Back in the 1990's is when it began.
Before you move on to something believable just listen to the reasoning. If we promote foreigners to invest their money here sometimes all they do is exploit and take it back home. If a person comes here with no money they either take someone else's job or are on welfare.
So how about we make some programs where the foreigner invests in the United State and creates a positive contribution and then only gets to make a return on investment but no yank all their money out. We ask ourselves what contribution would that be?
The answer is clear, employment opportunities. If you invest one million dollars and that investment creates or saves ten US jobs for a period of time then that would be good. So you are welcome to become a citizen if you fed 10 American citizens' families for 5 years, and did it through their and your industry.
Just think about that for a second. What a great idea! And I have worked around these principles and principals for over a decade and the idea is solid. I said that the idea is solid.
What about the application?
Industry and growth!
Here is the problem of the biggest proportion.
Return on investment. (ROI) Most business is built on the back of labor and not for the sake of labor. That means that people with one million dollars made that money somehow. And normally it is not through lifting up labor conditions and employment rates.
That little human fact applies to both the foreign investor and the domestic manager. People with money will buy things but the idea of giving it to others is the antithesis of good business in their minds.
Really this is a mental thing. On a cost basis it can almost always be adjusted for in proper fashion. I cannot tell you though how many times I hear someone say "I will not invest in that, the labor costs are to high". So that investor moves on to a different project where labor costs have been cut way down. And the business model looks more attractive and they invest in that. And when the business works but the investor is denied visa, green card or citizenship they scream bloody murder. The applications for residency and such are denied because by counting labor heads the project fails under the guidelines of the USCIS. Personally I laugh when that happens because it was the greed of the investor that made them lose their entire investment for nothing. Happily so do our courts.
I like to change the word "war" to "greed", perhaps just the same.
Many other plans to buy your right to be an American
Here is a cool plan. If you are a business man in a foreign country and want to expand your business to the USA. Go get your money and set up a foreign division here. A 300K investment will do fine. Then you get to come here to run it. Pretty simple really. You cannot become a citizen of that route but let us face facts if you employ people here and pay taxes here for say 6 years I am quite sure our USCIS will cooperate with you to get you to stay and help our employment situation.
This also works for managers of those successful overseas companies. They can come if the company invests here.
Each tree starts as a mere seedling
Let us look at the big picture
If you have a project that you would like to see work and become a reality. These Employment and Investment type programs are for you on both sides. If you can do something good for your fellow man and contribute to a better world this program is for you.
If your reason for loving a project and being passionate about it is money, this program is not for you at all. Money must be seen as an opportunity to employ people and create something and get residency in the USA.
So is the program a failure? Not by any means but the percentages are closer to a start up of any business. Which is a little less than the chance a marriage will last until death.
People turn these projects down for a normal and simple reason.
The US government in these programs is focused on putting people to work. Investors and managers are focused on making money. So the two do not always really have the same goal in mind.
In California you are looking at a minimum of $25,000.00 year to put someone to work. That means that ten employees at minimum wage cost a company at least $250K per year. Really a better number is $300K. So just for the labor you only have about 3 years of operations for a required investment of 1 million dollars. It just will not work to convert the project into any return on investment.
The Dierker Solution
Folks use an attachment on a backhoe to dig post holes. People use genetically altered and coated seed to keep off pests and to fertilize. Farmers use tractors to till soil.
Well I prefer that not be done and will pay extra to eat food that that has not been done to.
I buy organic. Many of my buddies are doing the same. Many developing nations use labor instead of machines and chemicals to do the same. That is labor intensive work that people will pay for.
Here is some fun. In my day I have dug a lot of post holes for fences and a lot of trenches for septic tank fields. I was hired and paid well for such labor. You see the owners did not want a tractor tearing up their beautiful land and so paid more for a man and his simple tools to do the work. That is good damned proud work to do. And the same for my ultimate organic farmers. Perhaps even the hard work that goes into producing them adds a human nutrient.
So I am working on projects to fast track foreign managers in immigration, raise capital to begin the farms and import the knowledge to grow organically but use our legal labor force to do it. And in the end give one more child a real tomato and potato and not some mass produced altered tuber.