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One of the four goals of the U.S. immigration system is to promote investment in the U.S. that results in jobs creation. In short, the immigration system in this country fosters the economic development of individual investors and entrepreneurs whose projects will create jobs.
Over the decades, our esteemed immigration team has counseled and represented many individual investors and entrepreneurs from all over the world. We work closely with corporate counsel to ensure the investment, ownership, and entity are properly structured and documented to achieve maximum immigration benefits.
Dowd & Company PC is committed to helping clients throughout Richmond and across the nation obtain the visas they need to make investments in U.S. businesses. If you are an investor or entrepreneur who wants to come to the United States to conduct short-term or long-term business, then please speak with us so we can guide you through every aspect of the legal process and ensure your best interests are protected.
E-1 Non-Immigrant Treaty Trader Visas
With an E-1 treaty trader visa, a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation can be admitted to the U.S. to engage in international trade between the U.S. and the treaty country.
E-1 visa applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- They must be a foreign national of a country that the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation
- They must be coming to the U.S. for the purpose of substantial trade
- They must carry on principal trade between the United States and the treaty country
E-2 Non-Immigrant Treaty Investor Visas
E-2 visa applicants must be coming to the U.S. to invest a significant amount of capital in a U.S. based enterprise, or to buy an existing business or create a new business. You must be a citizen of a country that has a treaty of commerce with the U.S. to be eligible to apply for the E-2 visa.
Eligibility requirements for this visa include:
- The visa applicant must be a foreign national of a country that has a treaty of commerce and navigation with the U.S.
- The visa applicant must invest, or be in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a U.S.-based commercial enterprise
- The visa applicant must prove they own at least 50% of the enterprise
If you are approved for an E-2 visa, you can stay in the U.S. for two years. There is also no limit on the number of times an E-2 visa can be renewed, however each renewal is only good for two years.
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Visas
Under the EB-5 investment program, foreign nationals have a path to permanent residence if they make a designated minimum capital investment in a new commercial enterprise that creates a certain number of jobs.
The minimum qualifying investment for an EB-5 visa is $1.8 million, or $900,000 if the capital investment is made in a new commercial enterprise in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA). TEAs are rural areas or areas with a high unemployment rate. The job creation requirement is 10 full-time positions that are created directly by the new commercial enterprise.
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Dowd & Company PC offers a wide range of legal services for clients who need help obtaining immigrant and non-immigrant employment-based visas for foreign investors. Please stop by our law office to speak to one of our experienced legal professionals about your situation.
Our legal team is committed to providing each of our clients with the top-notch, personalized legal representation they need to address complicated immigration matters. We are familiar with the unique challenges you might have to overcome to obtain an investor visa. With our team in your corner, you can feel confident knowing you have the support you need to pursue your case goals.