My wife and I are Australian born, professional, mid-late 30’s, and have accumulated substantial wealth.

Asked by Garry, Melbourne, Victoria - Australia Sat May 3, 2008

After travelling extensively throughout U.S. in 2005 we have wanted to emigrate to Florida where we could live and invest in high end, beachside real estate. We are currently planning another trip ( 4 weeks ) to your great country. Should we apply for an immigrant visa from Florida after arriving or can you suggest the most uncomplicated and less time restrictive options available to us considering that your immigration offices in our city of Melbourne, Victoria are unable to deal with U.S. immigrant visas.
Any information you provide is very much appreciated.


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Jim Soda, , Sarasota County, FL
Sun May 4, 2008
Welcome to Florida and hopefully you will settle in the Sarasota area. We have wonderful waterfront properties on the Bay / Inte-coastal and Beach front. Please use Google Jim Soda, Sarasota and you’ll be able to review our area’s Culture and Arts and its many more attractions. We would love for you to tour our Gulf Coast. I recommend you discuss immigration with Immigration Atty. Donna Scarlatelli is an Immigration Atty. in Sarasota. her email is
Thank you, Jim Soda, Prudential Palms Realty 941-809-7759
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Lynne Hale, Agent, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sat May 3, 2008
Hi Garry: I can tell you that probably with an amount of money to invest that you have, you will have no trouble getting permanent resident status once you arrive in Florida. I am English (and have travelled to Australia and love it) and have lived here for over 27 years. You will be given 6 months probably on your visit, but I wouldn't tell the immigration authorities at the airport that you intend to stay. That can be taken care of once you get here. I have connections everywhere for immigration lawyers, etc. Of course, I am also a Realtor and would be well equiped to take care of your real estate needs. You can call me at 954-303-0071, or email me at or text me. If I can help you more, please contact me. Thank you, Lynne Hale
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Sat May 3, 2008

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Mark Palace, Agent, Satellite Beach, FL
Sat May 3, 2008
Hi Garry: Take a look at I have created this link for you so that you can get a general idea of what sort of waterfront properties are available for you and your family in this great location on our highly desirable island here in south-central Florida. Which of these properties do you like best? Click here to view some amazing oceanfront homes in one of the best locations on the island. Please let us know more about your preferred real estate criteria so that we may create a special account for you that will search our database of all properties to find those homes that best suit you and your family's needs.

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Tobias Kaiser…, Agent, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sat May 3, 2008
Hello Garry,

if I point you to reading on the subject you are asking about, it's not because I like to be vague, but because real estate agents in the US are not allowed to practise law, including immigration law, or even give legal advice. I’m German and have lived and worked as a realtor in FL for over 17 years, so I understand where you are coming from, and I’m very familiar with the subject.

Please have a look on my site under the “guide” link: there you will find a summary of a brochure that also covers your concerns which I’ll be happy to email you as a PDF.

All the best,

Tobias Kaiser, MS, CIPS
Greater Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Broker + Consultant
Certified International Property Specialist
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Geoffrey Ber…, , Florida
Sat May 3, 2008
Hi Gary

We are UK based International Realtors. We have had a lot of experience dealing with immigration. A lot of it is tied to real estate investment and management. There are a number of options regarding immigration into the US.

If you are planning on working within your chosen field, you could obtain immigration status if it can be proven that your skills are needed, and not available within the area the company hiring you is located in.

You could also purchase an established company whilst making a capital investment of US$1 million. This is a favourite route for many. In fact, it could be real estate related. All these types of investments are scrutinised by the immigration authorities to confirm they are bone fide operations.

Your application is then tied in with this investment. It would be better to use an immigration attorney for the application.

One thing I am not sure of is the quota system for Australians. This could have some relevance as sometimes this can restrict the number of immigrants from any one area, although I doubt there are many coming from your neck of the woods.

Another thing to be aware of is when looking at 'qualifying investments'. ie a businesses for sale. Often business brokers and immigration attorneys work together and the investments are not always all the purport to be.

Our staff in Florida are licensed Florida real estate agents and can show you anything you wish to see.

Certainly there are some great opportunities in south east Florida oceanfront real estate right now.

Have a look at our website, and if I can be of any further help, please contact me.

You will find some links to dedicated Florida sites there also.

Geoff Berry.
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