Moving to Aspen

Old Feb 10th 2021, 8:54 pm
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Hi all, I've just found this forum...its fantastic!

I know what you're thinking...this is another "I want to move to....." thread .... well your right, but here's my story.

I've enjoyed some great times on the west coast and the rockies area through both business and pleasure and I'd like to make the move to Aspen, CO. Here's some details that may be relevant:

- As a kid I was computer nerd and from an early age I was coding etc. As I grew through my teens/school I decided not to go to uni and instead create a start-up with a partner (no degree)
- After some success, we were acquired by a large tech company for a substanital fee (8 figures usd)
- I have a partner, not married, no kids

I believe there is a visa for well-qualified immigrants who are financially able to provide evidence of $1MM(??). Do you know what this visa is? I also have money tied up in shares that could be liquidated, but pretty sure my cash flow would be sufficient.

Would an immi lawyer take care of this relatively easily given my financial stauts? So I could send it all their way? I've alwys been one to DIY hence why I wanted to see what you guys think before consulting someone professionally.

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Old Feb 10th 2021, 9:10 pm
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It's an EB-5 visa but it's for people who invest in a US business and create a minimum number of jobs so there's a lot more to it than just proving you have the funds. The minimum investment has gone up to $1.8M (or $900k if the business is in an area with high unemployment).

https://www.uscis.gov/working-in-the...classification
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The OP should also note that only a spouse, not a partner, can obtain any immigration benefit from his status.
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Thanks guys... appreciate the input. I think i'll get some counsel on this.
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You need financial guidance with an investment of this magnitude.
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Congrats on skipping uni and doing your own thing. Given that you've been successful with this, look into O-1 (or its big brother, the EB-1A) visa on the USCIS side. Do you feel you might qualify for either of those?
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When I was in practice, I would avoid limiting “what can I do” questions to “can I do defined XYZ?” Rather, I would go down a question/decision tree to figure out a viable path. In this case, the question should be a broad “how can I move to Aspen?” This is the question to be posed in a professional consultation.

I agree with the notation that “partner” in US immigration is limited to spouses. (Note that this includes same-sex marriage).

The inquiry tree can lead to paths which may not be so obvious. I recall a consultation where a man was looking to immigrate to the US and the path was difficult. We then looked at his stay-at-home spouse. It turned out she was Canadian who had trained as a nurse in Canada. Well, since the US and Canada share nurse training evaluation/certification, she was considered the equivalent of a US trained RN.

I had another case which was about business related immigration but the tree revealed that paternal grandmother was US born. That little fact set up a chain for family immigration.

Also, look at PLACE of birth of both spouses. So, let’s say that one spouse was born in Belfast and the other’s father had served in the BAOR/BFG when she was born in Germany. That can create interesting permutations.

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Thanks for the input... to the comment on financial quidance, I'm very well supported with multiple professionals who look after the well being of my accounts, so good there.

Appreciate the comments on the partner situation.

We'll work through the options (if any)...it may end up that purchasing a property in Aspen and spending a few months there a year is a better path.

Thanks.
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The EB1A would be a good one to get and you can, I believe, self-sponsor for it.....could save you a million or so.....
Would you set up a new company here to play with ?
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Originally Posted by steveq View Post
The EB1A would be a good one to get and you can, I believe, self-sponsor for it.....could save you a million or so.....
Would you set up a new company here to play with ?

We've considered a start-up in the area for a few years, and have had certian opportinities with some contacts situated on the west coast, but up to now, nothing has really gotten the juices flowing to motivate us to jump to something new.
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We've considered a start-up in the area for a few years, and have had certian opportinities with some contacts situated on the west coast, but up to now, nothing has really gotten the juices flowing to motivate us to jump to something new.
Stuff happens here, when you can build your networks. There's more of a spirit of entrepreneurship here than I ever found back home. I'm involved in a couple of groups nudging towards start-up.
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Is there even fiber internet service in Aspen?
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Is there even fiber internet service in Aspen?
Why would you think there was not, we have it in a nowhere near as developed area as Aspen.
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Old Mar 4th 2021, 3:05 pm
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Internet is the least of our worries now......

In the last few wees after much diuscussion we've abandoned the thought of an American move/purchase and have done a 180, choosing to buy somehere in the South of France or Geneva.

Thanks for the input and keep up the good work on this site.

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