May Chinese Nationals invest in Florida?

May Chinese Nationals invest in Florida?

May Chinese Nationals Invest In Florida: 3 minutes read

Recently, LOIGICA Immigration Attorneys, has received many inquiries about Chinese Nationals investing in Florida, particularly regarding a new Florida State Senate Bill, that has been signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, and promptly enacted into law. We understand, upon initial review, this can appear complex and may even evoke a sense of uncertainty. However, we are committed to providing a true and comprehensive analysis to facilitate a better understanding that will clear any doubts.

It is essential to emphasize the fact that this law will have minimal impact on the majority of Chinese nationals or individuals of Chinese descent. In fact, Chinese Nationals are indeed eligible to invest in Florida, on the condition that they are not affiliated with any of the parties listed below. Chinese Nationals will persist in being granted permission to pursue their professional and personal endeavors within the United States, as LOIGICA Immigration Attorneys will provide comprehensive assistance throughout every stage of the process.

What is a Florida State Law?

A Florida State Law refers to a legal statute or provision, enacted by the Florida State Legislature and is applicable within the jurisdiction of the state of Florida. State laws are formed and passed by the legislative body, which is comprised of the Florida State Senate and the Florida House of Representatives. These laws address various matters, including criminal offenses, civil matters, taxation, education, healthcare, transportation, and much more. Once a bill is approved by both chambers of the legislature and signed by the Governor of Florida, it becomes a Florida State Law, binding and enforceable within the state.

Signed Florida State Senate Bill 264 Explained

According to the Florida State Senate and Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, recently signed Senate Bill 264, also known as “Interests of Foreign Countries,” has been enacted into law with the intention to demonstrate safeguarding the interests of the United States through restrictions on governmental entities. This specific legislation establishes rules and regulations that, according to the governor, help fortify the country’s national security and resources, by prohibiting governmental entities from entering into contracts with foreign countries or entities of concern. 

Furthermore, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expresses the importance of this law that addresses the transfer of agricultural lands and other real property interests. According to the Florida State Senate, this legislation specifically restricts transactions of domestic entities, preventing foreign principals and foreign countries of concern, including the country of China and affiliated entities and individuals, from acquiring these fundamental assets. The Florida State Senate states that this measure safeguards the United States agricultural heritage, ensuring the sustainable use of the country’s natural resources, and maintains control over crucial components of the nation’s infrastructure. In addition, proponents of SB 264, now enacted law, are an act on protecting U.S. sensitive information, introducing significant amendments to electronic health records, by mandating that health records be physically stored within the U.S., U.S. territories, or Canada.  

The signed Senate Bill 264,  is a legislative initiative developed by the Florida State Senate. In accordance with Governor Ron DeSantis, strictly designed to address concerns of privacy and protection, by imposing necessary restrictions on governmental entities, ensuring controlled conveyance of real property interests, and enhancing data security and privacy measures. Through these measures introduced to be implemented, the senate’s recently proposed bill is expressed to build a future where the interests of the U.S. are protected, and the foundations of sustainable growth are firmly established. 

*The passage above is a depiction of Senate Bill 264 according to the Florida State Senate and Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis. 

What is a foreign country of concern?

A foreign country of concern refers to a country that has raised particular apprehension or scrutiny such as its political actions, human rights record, security threats, or potential risks it poses to other countries or global stability. This term is commonly used to differentiate countries that require close attention and monitoring. 

When referring to a foreign country of concern, it is important to note multiple factors contribute to this designation. These factors may include authoritarian or oppressive governments, human rights violations, aggressive foreign policies, global conflicts, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, or additional activities that may pose a threat on a global scale. 

Furthermore, comprehending a foreign country of concern involves a review of its internal dynamics, geopolitical interests, and potential impact on regional or global affairs. This requires the evaluation of actions, policies, and interactions with other countries to firmly assess potential risks and challenges.  

*Foreign Countries of Concern: China, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and Syria. 

Affected Individuals and Areas

We understand the potential ambiguity of this State Senate Bill, now enacted into Florida State Law, and the apprehension it may evoke in many potential U.S. immigrants and investors. However, we would like to highlight, our firm has provided the list of the different parties impacted by this law. LOIGICA can provide any additional information required to further assist you in addressing specific inquiries.  

Affected Parties of Senate Bill 264:


  • Foreign country of concern: Prohibits China, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and Syria from purchasing or acquiring interest in real property in Florida. 
  • Foreign principals: Prohibits government, diplomats, or officials of a foreign country of concern acquiring interest in real property within 10 miles of any U.S. military infrastructure. 
  • Chinese political party officials or members: Prohibited from purchasing or acquiring interest in real property in Florida. 
  • Chinese business organizations: Prohibited from purchasing or acquiring interest in real property in Florida. 
  • China-domiciled individuals who are not U.S. citizens or lawful Permanent Residents: Prohibited from purchasing or acquiring interest in real property in Florida. 

*Important Note: This law does not affect individuals of Chinese descent, or nationals that reside outside of China or a foreign country of concern that hold a citizen or permanent resident status.


Moreover, it is essential to note that this law also provides a limited exception regarding the ownership restrictions from the purchase of one residential property that is not on or within 5 miles of any U.S. military installation in Florida. Here at LOIGICA, we acknowledge how challenging this Senate Bill may seem to many individuals seeking to further their real estate investments, business advancements, and pursue their future in the sunshine state.



Nonetheless, we assure you that our dedicated team of professionals will provide unwavering guidance throughout the entire process and your journey to the United States, aiming directly towards excellence in each professional and personal endeavor.



*Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided in this article is subject to change and should not be construed as legal advice. If you require further information or clarification, we strongly recommend consulting with one of our qualified attorneys.

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