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Do You Want to Live Permanently in Florida?

Do You Want to Live Permanently in Florida?

The EB-5 regional center immigrant investor visa now makes it possible, with a $500,000 investment in an approved regional center program, to relocate, work or retire to the USA as a permanent resident with green cards for you and your immediate family. Many British citizens have used this visa to retire to Florida.

The EB-5 regional center immigrant investor visa now makes it possible, with a $500,000 investment in an approved regional center program, to relocate, work or retire to the USA as a permanent resident with green cards for you and your immediate family. Many British citizens have used this visa to retire to Florida.

Florida can be many the culmination of a lifetime dream – living in an idyllic paradise surrounded by tropical beaches, azure seas and gently swaying palm trees, sipping exotic cocktails in the evening as gorgeous sunsets illuminate and paint the sky in breathtaking colours, and indeed for large number of lucky families enjoying the Gulf Coast lifestyle this is reality along with year round sun, great golf, fishing, dining and theatre not always in that order!

Unfortunately it is that very desire when not tempered by prudence that can open up a proverbial obstacle course of traps for the biggest cynic. It would be all too easy for the most avid pessimist such as Victor Meldrew to be seduced by the alluring glossy brochures. An information pack popping through the post containing brochures and videos which viewed in the depths of a cold spring evening can encourage you to book your flights there and then.

In reality the biggest danger to some looking to permanently reside in Florida comes down to a case of frazzled brain syndrome under the Florida sun. All to often the most cautious of individuals will forget they are relocating to a foreign land and with a breathtaking lack of caution, preparation and common sense be swayed by the magic charm of Florida and a silver-tongued salesman into making an inappropriate decision.

Whilst undertaking research for a book Greencard via the Red Carpet and with a sense of curiosity I returned to the UK to try and relive the start of the Florida journey I made several years ago and made by many Brits planning to relocate on the EB-5 visa over here. I discovered with the benefit of hindsight and many years experience in America a ride that on occasions proved every bit as thrilling as sometimes terrifying as anything thunder mountain can offer.

One stop on my itinerary was to visit, accompanied by family in tow, several of the Florida stands at one of the overseas emigration exhibitions and there were certainly some interesting points. I was obviously expecting a sales orientated approach but one hopefully tempered by good factual knowledge – after all visitors to these exhibitions were looking for exhibitors to be the experts. My requests for information were met with glossy brochures and a barrage of positive sales hype however the amount of actual fact was very limited and all too often totally and dangerously incorrect.

Yes Florida is a favoured destination in which to relocate and the EB-5 immigrant investor program makes this now possible -. Florida is a lovely place to work, enjoy a second home in or to retire too in the winter months but it is absolutely essential not to be seduced by those lavish brochures, claims, videos etc prior to relocating in the sunshine state. The most important rule is to obtain the right advice at the very offset and benefit from it. More information on relocating to the USA and the EB-5 visa program is available on WhichEB5.com

About the Author: Andrew Bartlett emigrated with his family to Florida from the UK ten years ago and has written a number of books and articles on the reality of life in Florida. More information on relocating to the USA and the EB-5 visa program is available on WhichEB5.com

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