E-Visas (E1 - E2)
E-Visas are a good option to come to the United States to work or invest where there is a reciprocal commerce and navigation treaty between the United States and the country where the foreigner is a national. Some countries with these type of treaties are: Kosovo, Argentina, Austria, France, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, and United Kingdom.
There are two types of E -Visas:
E-1 TREATY TREADERS: These visas are for persons engaged in “substantial trade” between the United States and his own country. “Trade” includes goods, services and technology.
E-2 TREATY INVESTORS: E-2 provides a good option for entrepreneurs coming to develop or direct an enterprise. This visa allows to invest in a new or existing U.S. Business producing goods or services for profit (like a yoga studio, a wine bar, a “fix and flip”). The investment must be substantial, with capital at risk, among other requirements.
EB-5 Green Cards
The EB-5 investor program allows foreign entrepreneurs to come to the United States to invest in a new commercial enterprise or regional program, and eventually becoming legal permanent residents of the United States.
Some of the requisites are:
Investing in a commercial enterprise which means any for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of lawful business including but not limited to a sole proprietorship, Partnership (whether limited or general), Holding company, etc. Job Creation Requirements
Create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers within two years of the immigrant investor’s admission to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident.
Required minimum investments are:
General. The minimum qualifying investment in the United States is $1 million.
Targeted Employment Area (High Unemployment or Rural Area). The minimum qualifying investment either within a high-unemployment area or rural area in the United States is $500,000.
Other Visa Options
As part of the new immigration plan set up by President Obama in November 2014, , a number of business immigration improvements are to be announced.
For example, certain investors will be eligible for parole into the U.S., or for parole-in-place, and national interest waivers could be available for entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, and founders.
Also, new L-1B guidance will be released, the H-4 EAD regulation will be finalized, and the length of time permitted on OPT for STEM graduates will be expanded. Additionally, the rulemaking process will be undertaken to modernize the PERM labor certification program
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Options for investors and entrepeneurs
Visa option to invest in the US: If you are a foreign national trying to come or stay in the United States to invest, your immigration strategy should be an essential part of your business plan. You may be able to apply for an investment visa or a green card depending on your planned investment even if your business is small or a startup.
Please contact us to discuss your project. Options that may be available to you are: