E-2 Investor Visa

E-2 Investor Visa

The E-2 Investor Visa allows an individual to live and work in the United States provided he or she will be the controlling entity (owning 50% or more) in an investment made in an operating a business within the United States. As a requirement of E-2 Visa, the amount invested must be substantial enough to fund the start-up with enough adequate capital to cover the over-all costs.

Additionally, this individual must reside in a reciprocal country to apply for an E-2 Visa, and must make the commitment to hold a key executive or core managerial position in the business in order to promote and develop their investment.

Listed below are some of the necessary requirements that must be met before an E-2 Visa is granted, as defined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

  • The investor must be coming from a reciprocal country to the United States to invest in a new or existing business.
  • The investment must be in a bona fide enterprise.
  • A qualifying business must generate sufficient income to provide investor and family with comfortable living in the U.S. and Create jobs for U.S. workers, usually at least 2 employees, not including owner
  • The investor must possess and hold the funds committed to the business.
  • The investor must commit to develop and direct the enterprise.
  • The investor must hold a key position, and control over 50% of the enterprise.
  • The spouse and unmarried children under age 21 may accompany the investor to the U.S.

Benefits to the E-2 Investor:

  • Allows foreign investors to establish, develop, and operate a business within the U.S.
  • There is no minimum investment required with few restrictions.
  • The Visa holder and its immediate family can continue living and working in the U.S on an indefinite basis.
  • The spouse and children of the E-2 Investor can be issued E-2 dependent Visas.
  • Visa holders may travel in and out of the United States at will as long as the Visa is kept valid
  • The children of E-2 Visa holders qualify for in-state tuition at state universities.
  • Usually granted in 2 to 5 year increments depending on treaty between the foreign country and the U.S.
  • Renewable indefinitely as long as business continues
  • E-2 also offers a possible route to permanent residency in the U.S.

Time Frame

The time frame for obtaining E-2 status depends on whether or not the investor already resides in the United States, or will be applying from outside of the United States through consular processing. This approval process can take anywhere between a couple of weeks to a couple of months.

The cost to apply for and get an E-2 Visa approved varies according to the status of the investor, and whether or not the investor retains counsel to represent and assist in the application process.

USCIS required fees range from approximately $650 to $2,100 depending on choices.

Attorney fees range from approximately $3,500 to $5,000 for successful applications.

We work closely with an attorneys practicing exclusively U.S. immigration law with emphasis on helping foreign entrepreneurs obtain the E-2 Investor Visa and EB-5 Investment Green Card to reside in the U.S. and operate their businesses. Please Contact Us today to learn more about business and franchise opportunities that qualify.

EB-5 & E2 Visa Options

The EB-5 visa program provides a method of obtaining a permanent green card for foreign nationals who invest money in the United States.

Our team has the expertise in helping you navigate through the steps of obtaining a permanent Green Card by investing with US based franchise brands. Contact us today to learn more about business and franchise opportunities that qualify.

EB-5 stands for “Employment-Based Immigration Fifth Preference. The EB-5 visa allows Foreign Nationals to invest from $500,000 up to $1,000,000 in a new commercial enterprise to help create 10 full-time jobs within the U.S. and receive a Permanent Green Card by doing so.

The process is simple and allows the Investor to obtain (1) a renewable temporary visa immediately, and (2) once processed, a permanent green card for the Investor and the Investor’s spouse and children under 21 years of age. Among other benefits, traveling back and forth between countries is free from restrictions. Because of the recent economic recession, capital from EB-5 Investors has become highly desirable as a funding source for U.S. firms.

Once the EB-5 Application is submitted and the investment paid, a 2-year, renewable U.S. Visas are immediately issued. You andYourFamily can move to the U.S., start your business, make a home for your family and attend school right away!

Benefits to Investor

  • Simple, straightforward process for U.S. green card
  • Secure investment, attractive return
  • Quick start
  • No quota waits or sponsorship necessary
  • Immediate issuance of 2-year renewable visas
  • Enroll your children in U.S. schools right away
  • Geographically flexible – choose your location
  • No requirement to declare all assets
  • Only one person applies, but the whole family can receive green cards
  • Friendly business regulations and lower taxation in the U.S.
  • Work with a nationally registered franchise brand
  • Work with a business which succeeds when YOU succeed
  • Prestigious investments and lifestyle

For Your Family

  • Safe legal and justice system
  • Diverse education and unlimited opportunities
  • Clean and safe environment
  • Protect your family and your assets
  • Diversify investments and financial security
  • In-state university/college tuition rates for children
  • Restriction free travel allowing you and your family to come and go as you please, thereby maintaining close personal relationships and traditions, while exchanging cultural connections and enjoying a trans-continent lifestyle

EB-5 Basic Requirements

  • Applicant investor must be at least 18 years old
  • $500,000 – $1,000,000 investment to expand/manage/start a business
  • Provide direct, full-time employment for 10 U.S. workers
  • Document source of funds for investment (which may include salaries, corporate assets, bonuses, stocks, real estate, inheritance, divorce, lawsuits, gifts and loans).
  • Applicant does not require educational background, knowledge of English, business background or industry experience
  • Investor applicant’s children must be under 21 years of age at time application is filed to be included in residency visa.

We work closely with an attorneys practicing exclusively U.S. immigration law with emphasis on helping foreign entrepreneurs obtain the E-2 Investor Visa and EB-5 Investment Green Card to reside in the U.S. and operate their businesses. Please Contact Us today to learn more about business and franchise opportunities that qualify.

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