Michael Harris

Michael Harris

Immigration Lawyer

Miami, FL, United States

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Personal Information

Email

michael@harrislawpa.com

Phone Number

+1 305-792-8677

Address

Ingraham Building 25 SE 2nd Street, Suite 808

About

Michael A. Harris has had a dynamic career in the field of immigration law since 2000. From small families to multinational companies with over 20,000 employees, Mr. Harris has been successful in a wide variety of immigration matters. Based in Miami, Florida, Mr. Harris is a Board Certified Immigration Lawyer, which means that the Florida Bar has determined that he is an expert in the field of Immigration & Nationality Law. Mr. Harris has also earned an AV Preeminent Peer Rating, the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. An AV Rating signifies that a lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence; he or she has practiced law for a number of years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. As an attorney practicing federal immigration law, Mr. Harris is permitted to represent immigration clients around the United States and world. In addition to greatly enjoying the practice of Immigration law and living in South Florida, Mr. Harris and his family have deep ties to the community. He grew up in Miami Beach as a 1st and 2nd generation American, and graduated high school from Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, FL, one of the nation’s leading private secondary schools. He is an active father to two young children, whom he is raising with his wife. His mother was born in Lima, Peru, and his father was a World War II Air Force veteran whose parents were born in Eastern Europe in the late-1800s. After college at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, and during the midst of the Elian Gonzalez crisis, Mr. Harris began work as a paralegal for a board certified specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law. During these three-plus years in Gainesville he experienced the Post-9/11 overhaul of the legacy-INS into the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the problems created by the Patriot Act, Special Registration and the transition of immigration procedure into the BCIS (which is now known as the USCIS). Following his immersion into the field of immigration law, Mr. Harris received his Juris Doctor degree from the Nova Southeastern University College of Law in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2007. Prior to earning his law degree, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and English from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida in 1999. As well, Mr. Harris studied Political Science for two years in the nation’s capital at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His studies in U.S. federal government and the American political system helped prepare Mr. Harris during the seven years he worked for highly distinguished immigration law firms where he was educated and trained by some of the country’s leading experts, authors and attorneys in the field of Immigration & Nationality Law. Today, Mr. Harris is also recognized as a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law. Among all attorneys eligible by the Florida Bar, currently only 6% are board certified specialists. This is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in an area of expertise. In fact, among over 96,000 attorneys currently licensed by the Bar, Mr. Harris is 1 of 75 attorneys (or less than 1%) who are board certified as experts in Immigration Law. Additionally, Mr. Harris is Of Counsel in Miami to Diaz Reus, an AV Preeminent rated international law firm with offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, as well as Dubai, Moscow, and Shanghai. Mr. Harris also represents individual EB-5 investors seeking to invest through a USCIS-approved Regional Center, in EB-5 Direct Pooled Investments, or through direct standalone investments in their own U.S. business. Mr. Harris’ expertise in the practice of EB-5 law has been recognized through his invitation to write and speak on EB-5 matters for distinguished EB-5 seminars and online publications. Mr. Harris is also an active member of IIUSA, a not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program, which he has served as a member of its technology committee. Family Immigration matters involving U.S. citizen petitioners and families in complex legalization, abused spouse cases, good faith marriage waivers, hardship cases, and other family immigration issues.

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Michael A. Harris has had a dynamic career in the field of immigration law since 2000. From small families to multinational companies with over 20,000...

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AILA Member

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References

Mr. Harris is currently an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the nation’s largest bar association of immigration attorneys in the U.S., and the AILA South Florida Chapter. He actively serves his AILA chapter as an elected Board Director, as co-chair of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, and on various immigration law committees. Mr. Harris also currently serves as a member of the Florida Bar’s Immigration & Nationality Law Certification Committee, which is tasked with creating and grading the board certification exam given to potential applicants for certification.

Education

  • Juris Doctor Degree, Nova Southeastern University, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science & English, University of Florida, 1999

Best Answers

Q: During Conditional Permanent Residency, who needs to fulfill physical presence requirements?

Hello Andre, I would be happy to answer this question for you. Any lawful permanent resident must each fulfill the physical presence requirements. It will be important that you and each family member have the intent to reside permanently. If you do not have the intent to permanently reside in U.S., based on one\'s actions a resident can lose their resident status even with frequent visits the country. You can have other places where you have a residence, but U.S. residence must be the permanent one. In general, a lawful permanent resident should not be away from the U.S. for more than 1 year. But it is usually my recommendation to not have an absence of more than 6 months. This is because there is an impact if a resident seeks U.S. citizenship (for EB-5 investors, that would be 5 years from Day 1 as a resident) then they should...

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Q: What if I didn’t pay taxes, will this impact my source of funds?

It really depends. I have had EB-5 cases where Indian citizens are non-residents of India and there may be tax exemptions for them. Some countries do not have taxation on personal income. It will be best to work with an experienced EB-5 lawyer as well as a foreign tax advisor to analyze what your options are and what/if any remedies you can take to correct any omissions or errors.

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Q: What should I look for in a good immigration attorney?

Experience, ethics, honesty, and reasonable legal fees. It will be important to have an EB-5 expert that has dedicated experience in all aspects of the EB-5 Program: experience in filing not only for investor\'s I-526 petitions, but structuring projects under the EB-5 Program.

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What does 'at risk' mean?

Under the EB-5 program, the concept of “investing” requires that an investor place the required amount of capital “at risk for the purpose of generating a return on the capital placed at risk.” An investment made under the program requires a “risk of loss” as well as a “chance for gain”. This also means that there must not be a guaranteed return, including a guaranteed interest rate of return, promised to the investor. Additionally, if an investor is guaranteed the right to own or use a particular asset such as real estate, then the likely present value of the guaranteed ownership or use of such asset will lower the eliminate the at risk requirements of their investment.At risk also means that the business being invested into must be able to demonstrate that it has or will have some business activity that the investment will be utilized to carry out the...

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Firm Information

Harris Law PA

Cases Filed

I-526

135

Cases Filed

125

Approved to-date

I-829

3

Cases Filed

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I-924

11

Cases Filed

11

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Michael Harris

Michael Harris

Immigration Lawyer

Miami, FL, United States

Posts

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