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Lalani & Associates
For over 20 years, our team of qualified and professional associates have successfully handled
hundreds of cases in providing investment immigration, residency, and citizenship solutions for
countries such as Canada, US, UK, EU Member States (Bulgaria, Hungary, Cyprus, Malta,
Portugal), Caribbean Islands (Saint Kitts & Navis and Antigua & Barbuda), Australia and
Malaysia.
Lalani & Associates, a highly reputable consultancy firm within its target market and audience,
was launched in 1992 by Sikander Lalani, a partner at the renowned accounting practice
Daudally Lalani & Co(established in 1954). This firm was established based on a philosophy that
emphasizes professionalism, sincere and candid advice, and high client service standards.
Even though our main focus remains on providing immigration, residency and citizenship
services, we can also provide additional value to our clients through synergetic services through
our sister firms, Daudally Lalani & Co and Lalani Capital, in the areas of international tax
planning solutions, and in the fields of financial and corporate advisory services.
The firm currently serves its client base out of offices in Karachi, Lahore and Dubai. By
leveraging its international business and governmental network in North America, Europe,
Pakistan and the Middle East, Lalani & Associates is positioned to successfully execute its
clientele’s strategic objectives.
Our CEO, SIkander Lalani is a seasoned Chartered Accountant, an authorized immigration
consultant (ICCRC) and a respected professional in his field who leads an experienced and
highly professional team. The team has global experience in financial services/investment
banking, management consulting, infrastructure and government and possesses educational
credentials from world class institutions to execute the firm’s service offerings.

Our Executive Team

Sikander Lalani
Chief Executive Officer, Lalani & Associates
Senior Partner, Daudally Lalani & Co, Chartered Accountants
Licensed Immigration Consultant
B.Com, FCA, FCMA
Member of Immigration Consultant of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)
Member Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC)
Fellow Member of the Canadian Migration Institute (CMI)
Azhar Fareed Khan
Advisor, Lalani & Associates
Advisor, Lalani & Associates
BSc, MBA
Azhar joined Lalani & Associates in 2002 after spending 4 years in the management consulting
division at A.F. Ferguson, a member firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Our Valuable Team Members
Moazzam Fareed Khan
Director of North Pakistan Operations, Lalani & Associates
BA, MBA
Moazzam joined Lalani & Associates in 2009 and currently manages our Lahore office.
Moazzam holds an MBA from the Philippine Christian University, Manila, Philippines and a BA
from the University of Punjab, Lahore.
Khawaja Noman Ahmad
Director Operations- Skilled Workers Immigration
CAT, B.Com, MBA (MPhil).
Noman is working with Lalani & Associates since 2010. Noman looks after the Canadian and
Australian Skilled workers programs along with Student, Temporary Resident and Super visas
application. Noman specializes and has extensive experience in Immigration industry.
Noman holds a MBA degree in Finance (equivalent to MPhil) from Iqra University – IU.
Anum Rasheed
Director Operations- European/ Caribbean Investors Programs
Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (ACCA) Member, B.Com
Anum is working with Lalani & Associates since 2011 and is currently managing the European
and Caribbean Investor Programs at Lalani and Associates. She had been associated with
banking sector previously and had also worked for Ford Rhodes Siddat Hyder, a member firm of
Ernst and Young.
Anum has completed her B.Com from University of Karachi and is a Member of Association of
Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) – UK

Mohammad Obaid
Director Operations - Canada/USA Investors Programs
CA- Finalist, M.Comm.
Obaid is associated with Lalani & Associates since 2009 and currently manages the Canadian
and USA Investor Program.
Obaid has completed his CA articleship from Ford Rhodes Siddat Hyder, a member firm of Ernst
and Young. He has a vast experience and understanding of various audit and financial
assignments.
Obaid also holds an M.Com. degree from University of Karachi.
Rana Amer Saeed
Dubai Office Representative
MBA, FCA
Rana Saeed is working with Lalani & Associates as Dubai Office Representative since 2015.

Over 20 years’ leadership experience as Group CFO, GM, COO, Group Head of Treasury, Area
and Regional Head of International Taxation, Director – Fund Management with international
and regional conglomerates, including, Schlumberger, Ernst & Young, PWC, Abdullah al
Ghurair Group and Appella/Trident Group.
MBA from Manchester Business School, Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Leadership and
Management certifications from Ivy Leagues’ Cornell University.

INVESTOR SERVICES

Recognizing that each high net worth individual and family has unique needs, Lalani &
Associates creates, structures and manages comprehensive solutions to complement the client’s
complex international investment, tax and legacy management strategies.
We structure residency and citizenship through investment in Canada, United States, EU
Member States (Bulgaria, Hungary, Cyprus, Malta, and Portugal), United Kingdom and
Caribbean Islands (Saint Kitts & Navis and Antigua & Barbuda).
Global Citizenship and Residency Practice Lalani & Associates provides high net worth
individuals and families with a range of investment based global citizenship and residency
solutions.

North America

United States EB-5 Program


Investment: US$500,000 + Syndicate / Fund Charges



Financing Option: Not permitted under law



Net worth Requirement: None



Physical Residency: Required

o

No English language requirement

o

No age restriction

o

No minimum education requirement

o

No management or business experience requirement

o

Investor and family can live and work anywhere in the United States

o

Children can attend any public school or university for the same cost as US Citizens in their State

o

Eligible to become US citizens after five years (physical residence is required for at least two and a
half years and not be absent from US for six months or more at a time)
Citizenship: Physical residency of 2 ½ years out of 5 years

Immigration to USA continues to be the top choice for investors or businessmen seeking to establish
their businesses and build a home for their families because not only does this country provides
countless career opportunities in the spirit of entrepreneurship, but it also maintains high standards
of living and is home to some of the most eminent educational institutes.
Throughout the history of immigration to the USA, a large number of people have opted to secure
US citizenship through the United States EB-5 program. This program offers two options to the
investors, both of which will lead to permanent residency.
The first option requires them to invest $1 Million in a new commercial or troubled enterprise. The
green card they will obtain immediately upon arrival in the country will be conditional on the
grounds that they will have to generate employment for ten individuals within two years of the green
card. If they meet this criterion by the end of the two year period, USCIS will verify this and they
will be granted permanent green card.
The second option available to investors for immigration will permit them to invest in an EB-5
project which is funded by regional centers approved by the USCIS with the intention to boost
economic growth. Under this option the investment amount will be reduced to $500,000 if the
business is situated in a targeted employment area (TEA), or a rural area. Immigration to USA will
be easier through the second option, i.e. the syndicate/EB-5 fund, because it lets the immigrants take
the legal status of a “limited partner” in the EB-5 compliant project. Moreover, under this option the
investors will no longer be directly responsible for creating employment for 10 full time individuals
and there won’t be any need to participate in the day to day management of their investment as the
syndicate/fund will take the burden for that.
Once they have obtained the green card, the investors will be required to physically reside within the
US for at least 2.5 years out of a total 5-year period, to be eligible for US citizenship.
Salient features of the EB-5 Program via the Syndicate/EB-5 Fund Approach:
o

No English language requirement

o

No age restriction

o

No minimum education requirement

o

No management or business experience requirement

o

Investor and family can live and work anywhere in the United States

o

Children can attend any public school or university for the same cost as US Citizens in their state

o

Eligible to become US citizens after five years (physical residence is required for at least two and a
half years and not be absent from US for six months or more at a time)

Canadian Immigrant Investor Program

Federal Immigrant Investor Program

Citizenship and Immigration to Canada has announced a pause on the Canadian Federal
Immigrant Investor Program and is currently not accepting any applications. It cannot be said
when the applications for this program will recommence. We will update you further when the
application process reopens.

Quebec Investor Program



Investment: CDN $800,000



Financing Option: CDN $ 220,000



Net Worth Requirement: CDN$ 1,600,000



Physical Residency Requirement: 2 years within a period of 5 years



Citizenship Requirement: Eligible after physically residing in Canada for at least 4
years within a 6 year period However, the expected change in the law, if implemented,
will reduce the physical residency for at least 3 years within a 5 year period

For the last two decades thousands of immigrants have been welcomed into Canada through the
Quebec Investor Program. Investors opting to initiate the application process for Immigration to
Canada through this program must have the intention to settle in Quebec, which is the second
largest and a multicultural province of Canada.
This program has been established for all the businessmen, senior executives, agriculturalists,
NGO managers, and senior government officials/bureaucrats who have the intention to apply for
Immigration to Canada. After coming to a special agreement with the Federal Government, this
province has been granted the right to choose its own immigrants. In order to confirm the
eligibility of Quebec immigrants, thorough background, security and medical checks are run on
them by the Federal Government.
The application process for the Quebec Investor Immigrant program has been re-opened since
31st May, 2016 and will remain open till 28th February 2017. This time the program has a
limited quota of 570 applications from around the world, excluding China. Keeping in mind the
very restricted quota for applications from around the world, it is recommended to start the
process for Quebec immigration as soon as possible.
Investor Requirements:


A minimum, legally earned net worth of CAD 1.6 million, excluding any gifts received
less than 6 months before the application is submitted to MIDI.


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