Investment-based immigration is an excellent option to immigrate to the United States for those who have the means to do so. The U.S. provides many visa options for those who are wishing to pursue this route, two of which are the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa and the EB-5 Investor Visa. It's important to discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks of different types of visas with an experienced attorney.
An E-2 Treaty Investor Visa is only available to individuals who come from countries that the United States has signed a commerce and navigation treaty with.
- The investor must develop and direct the investment.
- The investor must prove the funds were gained lawfully.
- The investor must prove that the funds must be subject to partial or total loss in case of failure.
- The investment must be substantial and generate a significant return.
The EB-5 Investor Visa does not require that applicants be from a particular country; however, they do typically require greater investments. The requirements are similar to that for an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, but the individual must also show that the funds are being used for a new enterprise and that they will create a minimum of 10 new jobs. Additionally, the EB-5 visa is beneficial because it immediately provides for the potential for a green card.
There are more than 140,000 investment-based visas available in the United States per year. Let our attorneys provide you with the counsel you need as you seek to invest in the U.S. economy while pursuing permanent residency. We have helped thousands of clients since 1979.
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