Kenyans only need to comply with one condition to become American citizens
A US private equity firm jetted into Kenya scouting for the rich to invest their way into America.
This is possible under the US immigrant investor visa programme and in order to qualify one has to part with Ksh51 million for an investor visa.
If one suits the requirements, they will pay for legal fees which could amount to Ksh2 million and Ksh4.6 million in investment management fees to the PE firm managing the investment on behalf of the applicant.
The Atlantic American Partners is currently in Kenya looking for interested locals since it is certified by the US citizenship and immigration services department to give assistance to those applying for the EB-5 visa.
According to the firm, 100 Kenyans had already shown interest.
“This kind of visa is gaining popularity especially from those people who want to educate their children in the US where public schools are of high quality and free of charge,"managing director Daniel Ryan stated.
“About 100 Kenyan have shown interest, and we have lined up to 50 meetings in the next three weeks. We will also do two meetings at a couple of private members clubs in the city,” he added.
One will be offered permanent residence and they will be permitted to move with their spouse and all unmarried children under the age of 21.
The firm stated that they will conduct background checks on candidates to ensure they have no criminal records and they are not laundering money.
Thousands of Kenyans who have migrated to the US, with many going either using student visas or the diversity visa lottery, known as Green Card lottery.