Supporting Investment-Based Immigration Applications
Businesses, entrepreneurs and investors have a lot at stake in immigration, particularly for multinational business ventures. In many cases, it is advantageous to spend extended stays in the United States or to permanently immigrate. In these cases, you can pursue an investment visa.
At Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC, we understand the importance of efficiency and completeness for immigrants pursuing treaty and investment visas. Our lawyers are highly experienced and meticulous advocates who are invaluable resources to their clients. Contact one of our offices today at 866-837-6806.
Do You Know Your Options?
There are several investment visas, including the E-1 and E-2 visas, as well as the EB-5 immigrant investor visa. The E-1 and E-2 are categorized as treaty visas. The goal of treaty visas is to encourage trade between the United States and the treaty country. The E-1 visa is primarily granted to employees of enterprises, whereas the E-2 visa is granted to the investors of those enterprises.
The E-1 Visas: For Traders
Under an E-1 visa, employees or treaty traders can enter the United States under certain conditions. The first is that they are there facilitating ongoing trade between their country of origin and parties in the U.S. The next is that this trade must account for at least 50% of their business interests. There are other requirements, including that they should be able to support themselves and be essential to a business’s operations.
The E-2 Visa: For Investors
Investors who are in the process of making a business investment that seriously impacts their personal assets or business interests. The investor must make or be in the process of making a substantial investment in a business. The U.S. requires that persons who apply for a visa in this category are personally involved in their business and are putting their own assets at stake. There are additional requirements around the timing, value and use of their investments.
The Limitations Of Investment Visas
The duration of stay for E-1 and E-2 visas is initially two years at admission, which can then be extended for an additional two years at a time without limit. The spouse and children (under 21) of the trader or investor will be admitted in the same category as the principal visa holder, regardless of nationality.
You Create The Opportunities. We Help You Make Them Happen.
At Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC, our attorneys understand that this is not just about a legal process; immigration is about the people and lives that change because of it. We create strong applications and portfolios through our meticulous legal processes. Most importantly, we put people first, not the process. We work across the nation to support immigration endeavors of all kinds.