Pam Golding International recently teamed up with American Dream, which is represented in major centres in SA, to provide a turnkey service to help locals gain lawful permanent residence in the US.
Stuart Ferguson, CEO of American Dream, says: “Due to the looming hefty increase, we’ve seen a surge in demand from all the major cities as well as a number of enquiries from neighbouring countries, including Kenya, where families are also seeking an alternative passport and access in order to educate their children in the US.
“The EB-5 investment visa programme guarantees that a family will get green cards, leading to citizenship after five years. The benefits are many – the American economy is booming, it’s easy to start a business there, and green-card holders have access to all the advantages of education and business opportunities, plus the investment capital returns to the investor after a period of five years.
"Schooling in the US is advanced, largely due to very large US corporations making contributions to enhance facilities for schooling and education. Furthermore, being an English-speaking country, it is easy for South Africans to adapt.