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About Hendrick Pretorius

Hendrick Pretorius is an EB-5 immigration attorney and the founder of Pretorius Law, an immigration law firm based in San Jose, Calif. He practices immigration and naturalization law. Attorney Pretorius, together with his associates, helps foreign investors, U.S.-born entrepreneurs and foreign-born businessmen establish their businesses and corporations legally in the United States. Additionally, they give assistance to individuals seeking to obtain green cards and temporary visas. His immigration strategies have already helped several start-up businesses legally operate and offer their goods and services in the United States.

Attorney Pretorius is an immigrant himself and has experienced several immigration problems. He was born in South Africa and then lived in Mexico and Argentina from 1994 to 2000. He then immigrated to the United States. As an immigrant, he experienced and underwent different immigration processes before he was able to attend college. After legalizing his stay in the country, attorney Pretorius completed his undergraduate studies and completed his Juris Doctor degree at the Santa Clara University School of Law. After his studies, he dedicated himself to helping immigrants like himself, particularly those in the fields of art and entertainment.

His clientele includes various individuals with different professional backgrounds, including those in the entertainment industry. He works with musicians, artists, film and television professionals, cinematographers, sound editors, film producers and directors, and other entertainment personnel to solve their visa problems. He has also worked with the world renowned dance company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Aside from working with artists, he also regularly assists athletes, coaches and trainers with their visa concerns.

Through his personal experience with immigration, attorney Pretorius understands the challenges every immigrant has to face. Aside from completing immigration requirements and interviews, he knows how hard it is to transition to living, working and doing business in the United States. Because of this, it is also his goal to help his clients transition as smoothly as possible. His law firm has several attorneys that can help and advise immigrants on how to adjust to their new lives.

Attorney Pretorius is familiar with different cultures and languages; before coming to the United States, he studied at Greengates, an international British school based in Mexico City. He can speak English, Spanish and Afrikaans fluently. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and economics, which provides a strong foundation for his legal practice.

Aside from helping his clients with immigration matters, attorney Pretorius is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and of the California Lawyers for the Arts. His publications include “The Student and Green Card Guide” and “South African Investor’s Path to a Green Card,” which were both published by the Word Association in 2011. Moreover, he frequently gives speeches and seminars about U.S. immigration laws. His latest lectures include “Immigration Issues for Entrepreneurs and Start ups,” where he served as a conference speaker for the Silicon Valley Start up: Idea to IPO Organization on March 25, 2013.

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