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Help for Obtaining a VISA, Work Permit or Green Card for Living in Florida

Located in Sarasota, Florida, our immigration attorneys represent international clients and businesses applying for visas, work permits, and 'Green Cards'. They are trained in U.S. Immigration matters and are competent to answer your questions and handle your immigration situation.

U.S. Immigration has two main categories: permanent residence visas (also called “immigrant visas” or “green cards”) and temporary residence visas (also called “nonimmigrant visas”).


Get the Right VISA for Your Stay in Florida

Many clients prefer to be in the U.S. before or during a green card application.  Therefore, they first come to the U.S. on a temporary visa.  There are about 30 different kinds of temporary visas.  The most common temporary visas utilized are:

B-1/B-2 Visitor Visas, which permit a visitor to remain in the U.S. for up to six month (employment is not permitted).

E-2 Treaty Investor Visas, which permit investors from certain countries to invest a substantial amount of money and acquire a controlling interest in an active U.S. business.  The visa is issued for up to five years and is renewable.  The investor can work in his or her own business.  The spouse can qualify for an unrestricted temporary work card.  Children up to the age of 21 can accompany the parents and attend school, but cannot work.

L-1 Visas for Multinational Managers, Executives and Specialized Knowledge employees who are being transferred to the U.S. by a related international company.

Permanent Resident Visas (Green Cards)

Get a Green Card for Becoming a Florida Resident

A permanent resident visa, or green card, is normally what people want, because it permits PERMANENT residence in the U.S.  A person with a green card can generally live anywhere in the U.S. and can work for anyone without restriction.  

There are four main ways to get a green card:       

  1. Family sponsored green cards
  2. Employment based green cards
  3. Green card lottery (diversity green card), and
  4. Political Asylum.

We welcome the opportunity to chat about your move to Florida and advise you each step of the way. The GMTF team includes dedicated Realtors and business brokers. You can also review the types of available businesses here.

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Christopher Jaensch

Christopher Jaensch

Immigration Attorney

Attorney Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida.  While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association.  He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, in the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. 

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Ian Harding

Ian Harding

International Real Estate Specialist

Ian has spent most of his career in high-profile leadership positions with large organizations in the energy sector. Having previously operated at Senior Vice President level in the Berkshire Hathaway group of companies, and as a Senior Partner in a global built-asset consultancy, Ian’s specialties are in contract and commercial negotiations.

In 2012, Ian and his wife, Michelle, purchased a small business in Sarasota, Florida and acquired an E2 visa, thus allowing them to relocate with their three children to enjoy the amazing lifestyle and amenities that Florida’s Gulf Coast offers. While Michelle was leading and operating the E2 business, Ian gained his Florida real estate license to allow him to help customers and clients achieve their dream of owning a home or small business on Florida’s Suncoast.

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Jo Ann Koontz

Jo Ann Koontz

Foreign Nationals Relocation Specialist

Jo Ann is a rare breed: both an attorney and certified public accountant. Add to that her dynamic personality, entrepreneurial spirit, and ability to create uniquely effective solutions, and you begin to understand just how much she brings to the table.

One of Jo Ann’s specialities is advising clients about the potential legal and tax consequences of real estate and business decisions. She likes to solve problems before they become problems. It’s no wonder that she’s widely recognized as a thought leader and asked to speak at conferences locally and nationally.

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Marina Parkin

Tax Planning Strategies for Foreign Nationals

“Passion” and “accounting” may not seem to belong together, however in Marina Parkin, they definitely do. This seasoned CPA focuses diligently—and yes, with great passion—on creating preemptive solutions for her clients.

Marina loves to apply her skills and strategies to individual, business, and real estate tax clients. She has a talent for explaining tax in easily understandable terms. From simple to complex returns, Marina takes pride in all her work.

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