EB-5 Attorney Sonia Oliveri
Sonia Oliveri is a Partner in the firm’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices and leads the firm’s EB-5 Practice Group focusing her practice on commercial client’s Business Immigration and International Business needs. Sonia assists corporate clients, foreign corporations and investors concerning complex corporate transactions and complex immigration matters, with an emphasis on the EB-5 program, the E-2 Treaty Investor Program, and L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa Applications.
An Italian native and fluent in six (6) languages, Sonia represents international clientele and investors from all over the world and specifically from Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Dubai, and India. Sonia’s cultural experience and global international background and perspective make her uniquely qualified to work with international clientele on matters that require a specific cultural sensitivity. Sonia is able to leverage her international business abilities as well as interpersonal skills in complex international matters, both corporate and immigration-related. Sonia is able to present creative solutions and identify issues before they become problematic while delivering the highest levels of customer attention and care.
Sonia has consulted countless foreign national clients on obtaining green cards through either individual direct or pooled investments or Regional Centers EB-5 investments, nationwide. Sonia has also served clients worldwide including treaty investors (E-2), immigrant investors, regional centers, multi-national managers and corporations, small businesses, artists, entertainers, athletes, students, trainees, professionals, managers, executives, employers and individuals seeking solutions to complex immigration and business issues.
Sonia also works with employers and human resources departments on I-9 compliance as well as H-1B and LCA compliance. Sonia regularly counsels employers in connection with immigration-related regulatory compliance issues including employment eligibility verification issues, E-Verify and I-9 audits, internal audits and reviews.
The combination of her International Business and Multilingual background, allows Sonia to bring unique expertise to the EB-5 arena in general. Sonia’s thorough understanding of the broad issues associated with business migration to the U.S. permits Sonia to recognize and communicate to clients many of the complex issues of the U.S. Business Immigration outside of the traditional application filings with USCIS. Sonia has created professional relationships where she educates and advises on the complexities of these matters with the clients of numerous U.S. investment groups, Regional Centers, and Developers. Additionally, Sonia specifically advises these groups on the EB-5 program compliance, including developing new projects that qualify for EB-5 investments, preparing amendment filings, and applying for exemplar petitions. Sonia also works with securities lawyers, economists, business plan writers and other professionals in the preparation and filing of Regional Center designations and Regional Center amendment applications. From the beginning of her career, Sonia has been responsible for filing hundreds of EB-5 petitions and dealing with all legal issues they bring to all her clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Sonia worked as an Attorney for a major immigration investment law firm where she gained vast experience in business immigration, specifically advising high-net-worth foreign nationals and businesses in global immigration, employment-based applications, business and investor visas, business agreements, corporate formation, employment and commercial lease agreements and contract negotiations. She also advised individuals, businesses and Regional Centers on EB-5 compliance issues and complex U.S. immigration and nationality matters.
Sonia also represents clients with both domestic and international interests concerning international/cross-border transactions and international estate matters and is the strategic U.S. partner with a preeminent business advisory law firm based out of Rome, Italy.
The EB-5 visa process is a multifaceted, complex area of law entailing the crossover of several highly specialized practice areas such as immigration, corporate law, business transactions, and U.S. securities regulations. Kelley Kronenberg’s EB-5 Practice Group Attorneys have diverse backgrounds in business, real estate, immigration, investment management and general liability, to better assist EB-5 clients with each transaction. Further, our EB-5 Practice Group is able to assist our clients in multiple languages including: Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and Farsi with access to Russian, German, Hindi and Gujarati.
Our EB-5 Practice Group represents developers, established regional centers, entities pursuing USCIS regional center designation, as well as individual EB-5 Foreign investors and their families, offering a full service EB-5 Immigration Practice.
Our EB-5 Practice Group is experienced and highly skilled in assisting investors and their families with all stages of the EB-5 process such as source of funds identification and preparation, adjustment of status and consular processing. Further, our attorneys are familiar with recurring and common issues of certain countries such as India, China, Brazil, Vietnam, Iran, and Venezuela.
The “E” visa allows foreign citizens of designated countries to be eligible for the status of the “E” visa, come to the United States, make an investment, develop a business, and eventually offer jobs to the American market (not a requirement). The main requirement for this type of visa is the availability of “substantial” capital) to invest into a real, commercial, enterprise in the United States.
The length of this visa is usually five (5) years, variables include where the application has been filed, the structure and presentation of the file and the beneficiary’s country of nationality. The processing times varies but you can estimate approximately 2 to 3 months from start to finish in the best case scenario.
Our Immigration and Nationality Law Practice Group is also able to assist foreign individuals, investors and/or employees, as well as corporations with their business immigration issues. Our attorneys are able to support corporations in hiring and transferring foreign national personnel to company branches within the United States, including executives, managers and professionals. Our experienced Business Immigration team offers a wide range of immigration services and guidance to meet the needs of multinational clients.
Further, our Attorneys are highly experienced in representing foreign individuals and employees with their business/employment applications, specifically with their employment-based and investment visas. For business clients, Kelley Kronenberg serves as a partner to provide efficient processing of foreign nationals for temporary and permanent employment.
Kelley Kronenberg, a diverse, full-service business law firm, has launched a multinational client practice group to advise and assist international companies and clients in U.S. legal matters. To complement this new practice group, the firm has created custom-translated versions of its website in German and Italian. These sites are designed to assist the firm’s growing multi-national client base with an international presence to better understand and address market-specific issues with immigration, business and real estate transactions, commercial litigation, and employment law.
“Florida has one of the most diverse populations in the United States. The state’s geographic location, multicultural and multilingual workforce, and favorable business climate make it an ideal location for international business,” said Thomas Choberka, firm chief marketing and business development officer. “As our clients’ businesses continue to operate on an increasingly global scale, we feel our new multinational client practice group, and German and Italian websites, will provide an excellent resource, and enable us to better connect with our international clients.”
Before moving to the United States, Sonia earned her Juris Doctor degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy. Sonia earned her second Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law in the United States. Sonia is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a frequent attendee of IIUSA’s events (Invest in the United States of America). Sonia is also a member of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce for the Southeast and frequent attendee of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida events, the Brazilian Business Groups, the French Chamber of Commerce, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, and the European Chambers of Commerce. Sonia is licensed to practice law in the states of Florida and District of Columbia, allowing her to service clients worldwide.
Sonia is fluent in Italian, Farsi, Spanish, French, Portuguese and English.
AILA, American Immigration Lawyers Association
NIABA, National Italian American Bar Association
OWIT, Organization of Women in International Trade
Fluent in English, Farsi, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese
Address: 8201 Peters Road, Suite 2200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33324
Phone: (954) 212-9694
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Lawyer Specializes in U.S. Immigration