Zillow Advice: Buying Process - Can someone on work visa buy a house in the USA, if that person is legally present in the country? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate The best thing to do is to ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ <p class="MsoNormal">The best thing to do is to reach out&nbsp;to a&nbsp;local Real Estate Broker/Agent to better understand the process.&nbsp; They can also connect you with a local lender that can help with&nbsp;financing.&nbsp; Only then,&nbsp;will you&nbsp;know all of the details according to your status and credit rating. If&nbsp;its&nbsp;going to be cash, select a Realtor and start the hunt.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 16:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ 2011-09-02T16:37:00Z Your immigration status doesn't ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ Your immigration status doesn't make a difference when purchasing Real Estate. So, the only thing you need is motivation and enough funds. Good luck! Fri, 02 Sep 2011 16:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ 2011-09-02T16:07:00Z Buyer can be resident alien, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ Buyer can be resident alien, but need two years of tax returns, good FICO scores and consistent employment. Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ 2011-09-02T14:48:00Z Hello, The quick and short ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ Hello, The quick and short answer is yes, however you must meet the financing criteria as well. if you need any additional information please feel free to contact us using our zillow profile page. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 18:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ 2011-08-19T18:55:00Z There is a Buyers Affidavit ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ <p>There is a Buyers Affidavit Form AB-11 by the California Association or Realtors you should be aware of.&nbsp; It has to do with occupancy and penalty according to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act.</p><p>Make sure you are aware of these regulations and possible more by asking your Realtor, CPA or Attorney.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 14:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ 2011-08-15T14:50:00Z Anyone can purchase real ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ Anyone can purchase real estate in the US; your citizenship status doesn't matter.<br/>Issues only arise:<br/>1. If you need to borrow money to make the purchase.&nbsp; How is your credit score in the US?&nbsp; Do you have assets in an other country?<br/>2. Do you plan to make this your primary residence or operate it in a business?<br/>3. How do intend to hold title?&nbsp; In your own name? In a company?&nbsp; In a trust?<br/>4. If you pass away, who do you want to inherit the property?&nbsp; Are you married?<br/><br/>Some of these issues just need to be planned for.&nbsp; If you would like a referral to someone who can help you plan for the purchase, let me know. Mon, 08 Aug 2011 20:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ 2011-08-08T20:06:00Z Hi there...I worked in corporate ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ Hi there...<br/><br/>I worked in corporate immigration for 11 years and thus I've worked on thousands of non-immigrant visas.&nbsp; <br/><br/>The answer depends on whether you are seeking a U.S.-based lender for a mortgage or are paying in cash.&nbsp; As in pretty much all other countries, cash is king and you don't have to have any immigration status in order to pay cash for property in the U.S.<br/><br/>However, you do have to abide by U.S. immigration laws when it comes to coming to the U.S. and stay in your house.&nbsp; You would definitely want to consult with a qualified immigration attorney about this.<br/><br/>If you are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant (read, temporary) visa such as the H, J, TN or L, many lenders will not take the risk of lending any money for any significant term (such as a mortgage would be) because there's no guarantee USCIS will extend your visa status and, in any case, your visas have a maximum period of stay.<br/><br/>Whatever your situation may be, this is definitely something you need to discuss with a qualified immigration attorney before you even think about purchasing in the U.S. Mon, 08 Aug 2011 20:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-someone-on-work-visa-buy-a-house-in-the-USA-if-that-person-is-legally-present-in-the-country/410808/ 2011-08-08T20:03:00Z