Many business people are interested in starting a business in the United
States. Becoming the owner of your own company might have been something
you have wanted to do for a long time. However, to start one in the United
States, you need to apply for a specific type of visa for people in your
situation. As an investor, you have a couple of options—the EB-5
and EB-2 visas.
The EB-5 visa, also known as the employment-based fifth preference category,
is part of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program. This visa provides
a method for qualified immigrant investors to become lawful permanent
residents. To qualify, a person must invest at least $1 million to finance
a business in the United States that will employ at least 10 U.S. workers.
Likewise, most immigrant investors who use the
EB-5 program invest in a targeted employment area (TEA), a rural or high-unemployment
area. If they start a business in a TEA, the investment threshold is lowered
For those who can’t afford that much money, you might want to consider
the E-2 visa. The E-2 visa is known as the Treaty Investor Visa. It is
of infinite duration, and your family can come with you to work in the
United States. To qualify for an E-2 visa, you need to spend about $15,000.
You also need to meet the following criteria:
- You must be a national of a treaty country
- You must have invested or be actively in the process of investing
- You must be in a position to develop and direct the business with skills
- Your investment must be substantial
- Your investment & company cannot be marginal
- You must intend to return to your home country after the visa expires
The government doesn’t have a predetermined amount it considers substantial.
Your initial investment could be as low as $50,000, but you might only
spend about $15,000 for equipment, furniture, and other items while depositing
another $35,000 into your business account as operating working capital.
If you have questions about the best visa to apply for, talk to our skilled
Lake Charles immigration attorneys as soon as possible. Ashey Foret Dees, LLC is ready to help you achieve
your legal goals.
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