MILTON APONTE: Investment Visas

MILTON APONTE: Investment Visas


The immigration attorney Milton Aponte received his degree from the law school of the University of Puerto Rico in 1977. For those who don’t know him, we can tell you he is a person with ample experience and that he started his career working for the U.S. government  in 1980 with the  Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in Cleveland , Ohio.

In 1990 he transferred to the Dept. of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in Miami as Assistant District Counsel where he litigated thousands of  deportation and removal of cases before the Immigration Court.

Mr. Aponte is an attorney with great charisma and his goal is to help all his clients to resolve their immigration problems, be it a family visa petition, investment visa, working visa or deportation defense.

Mr. Aponte provided us with an interesting summary about investment visas: definition and requirements.

visasmiltonCWN (Ciudad Weston Newspaper): What options does a foreigner have to invest and reside in  the United States?

MA (Milton Aponte): There are several visa options for foreign nationals that are living abroad or in the US. You can use the E-1, E-2, L-1, or EB-5 visa. The E1 is a non-immigrant visa for Treaty-Traders that engages in substantial trade with the U.S. Substantial trade is an amount of trade sufficient to ensure a continuous flow of international trade items between the United States and the treaty country. Essentially, trade is considered substantial when there are numerous transactions over a period of time and the income derived is sufficient enough to support the treaty trader. Items of trade include but are not limited to goods, services, international banking, insurance, monies, transportation, communications, data processing, advertising, accounting, design and engineering, management consulting, tourism, technology and its transfer, and some news gathering activities. This visa is granted for 2 years and can be renewed every two years.

CWN: What are the requirements to become a candidate for an E1 Visa?

MA: The alien must be a citizen of a treaty country, meaning a country that have a treaty of Commerce and Navigation with the U.S. The purpose of a treaty trader is to carry on substantial trade in goods, services and technology. Most Latin American countries like Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and others do have such treaty. Others like Venezuela, Dominican Republic,  Nicaragua, Cuba, Brazil and Peru do not have such treaty with the U.S. (European countries like Spain and Italy and others do qualify too). The alien must engage in substantial trade with the United States. The alien must engage in principal trade between the United States and the treaty country which qualified the treaty trader for E-1 classification (trade qualifies as “principal trade” between the U.S. and the treaty country, when more than 50% of the total volume of international trade is between the U.S. and the trader’s treaty country).

CWN: What services does your office offer?

MA: We offer all the necessary services to obtain all types of visas including E-1, E-2, L-1 and EB-5 visas. In the visa process we represent the client before the consular offices as needed. We deal directly with the appropriate federal government agency (USCIS, ICE, Dept. of State) related to the matter. We represent clients before the immigration court. We renew green cards. We file applications for naturalizations and accompany clients to the interviews with USCIS or ICE as needed. We prepare and file all types of waivers (pardons) of inadmissibility. We prepare and file asylum cases and motions to reopen cases. We advise and prepare H1-B visas. We prepare and file I-130 visa petitions, fiancé visas, and adjustment of status applications, employment authorization, Cuban adjustments. We represent clients in deportation for the commission of crimes.

CWN: What are the advantages of using an immigration attorney for this type of proceedings?

MA: An immigration attorney knows the law, the proceedures and the regulations. We study and work on that. In my case, I was for 13 years an INS attorney in Miami and for another 10 years an Assistant United States Attorney also in Miami litigating immigration cases in the Federal Court. Experience and training matters. I know the ins and outs of the immigration federal agencies. I was part of it for many years. Attorneys are ruled by a code of ethics that non-attorneys like paralegals and notarios are not. Our licenses are at stake so we adhere to the law and follow the code of ethics. Putting your immigration future in the hands of a notario or a paralegal without an attorney supervision is risky and places you in danger of messing up your case. We attorneys carry professional responsibility insurance that non-attorneys do not.

CWN: What services and strategies does your office offer for investors interested in residing in the United States?

MA: We offer personal attention to our clients with frank and direct service. We pay attention to their needs and we answer all their questions very clearly. We treat clients professionally. We protect their interests advising them of a whole myriad of investment options/opportunities.


For more information, please call (954) 862-3632 for a consultation or visit The office of Aponte Immigration is located near Weston at 12401 Orange Dr. Suite #129, Davie FL 33330.


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