Foreign investment in the United States creates job opportunities for American workers and benefits the national economy. As such, federal investment-based immigration law provides avenues for foreign investors to obtain investment or trade related visas, or investment-based green cards to come to the U.S. to establish, lead, manage, provide essential skills, or invest in certain types of businesses.
Immigration counsel for E-1 and E-2 Visas, and EB-5 Green Cards
These investment immigration opportunities are suitable for a variety of people worldwide who have the means to qualify, and can offer great flexibility to the investor-client. We understand these investment-related immigration options:
- E-1 Treaty Trader Visas
- E-2 Treaty Investor Visas
- EB-5 Investor Green Cards
E-1 Treaty Trader Visas
The E-1 Treaty Trader Visa is for foreign nationals who work for, or operate, a business that conducts a substantial amount of trade with the United States. The U.S. enterprise must bear the same “nationality” as the foreign national. The foreign national’s country must maintain a treaty of friendship and navigation with the U.S., and both the business and the individual must meet eligibility requirements for the visa category.
E-2 Treaty Investor Visas
The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa provides a long-term, renewable work visa for foreign nationals who are able to make a substantial investment in a U.S. business, or who work for such a business, again sharing the same nationality as the foreign national. Like the E-1, the E-2 category requires the foreign national’s country to maintain a treaty of friendship and navigation with the U.S., and the individual and business to both meet eligibility requirements for the visa.
EB-5 Investor Green Cards
The EB-5 Immigrant Visa (“green card”) category for immigrant investors was created by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990. A popular EB-5 green card program permits foreign nationals who invest $1 million (or in many cases, $500,000 in areas of high unemployment) in designated Regional Center projects to live and work in the U.S as lawful permanent residents (green card holders).
The EB-5 investor green card program also permits foreign nationals to invest in their own businesses in the United States that meet specified job creation and sustainability objectives.
For many successful individuals worldwide, the EB-5 Investor Green Card Program is ideal because it allows the individual to live or work anywhere in the U.S. It offers the option of immigrating to the U.S. as either an active entrepreneur, or a more passive investor.
For overseas business people seeking to come to the United States, E-1 and E-2 visas, and the EB-5 investor green card program are excellent opportunities permitting qualified clients to live, work and contribute here in the United States.