Visa Options for Foreign Investors
Updated: Mar 21
Are you considering investing in the United States? There are various visa options available for investors who want to make the United States their new home. In this blog post, we will explore some of the most popular visa options for foreign investors.
E-2 Investor Visa The E-2 Investor Visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows investors from certain countries to enter the United States and work for their own business. To qualify for this visa, you must be a citizen of a treaty country, have invested a substantial amount of capital in a US-based business, and be actively involved in the management of the business.
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa is a green card option for investors with minimum amount of capital: $1,050,000 for standard investments or $800,000 for investment in a commercial enterprise principally doing business in a targeted employment area or in a regional center-associated infrastructure project. For petitions filed before March 15, 2022, the two amounts were $1,000,000 for standard investments or $500,000 for investments in a targeted employment area in a US-based business that creates at least 10 full-time jobs for US workers. This visa is attractive for investors who want to live permanently in the United States with their family.
L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa The L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa allows international companies to transfer key employees to the United States to work in a US-based affiliate, subsidiary, or parent company. To qualify for this visa, the employee must have worked for the company for at least one year in the past three years and must have a managerial or executive role.
H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa The H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa is a temporary visa for workers in specialty occupations that require a minimum of a bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience. This visa is attractive for foreign investors who want to start a business in the United States and hire specialized workers.
O-1 Visa for Extraordinary Ability The O-1 Visa for Extraordinary Ability is a non-immigrant visa for individuals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. This visa is ideal for foreign investors who have achieved significant success in their field of expertise and want to work in the United States.
TN Visa for NAFTA Professionals The TN Visa for NAFTA Professionals is a temporary visa for professionals from Canada and Mexico who work in certain occupations, including scientists, engineers, teachers, and accountants. This visa is ideal for investors from Canada and Mexico who want to invest in the United States and work in a specific profession.
In conclusion, there are various visa options available for foreign investors who want to invest in the United States. Each visa has its own set of requirements, advantages, and limitations. If you are considering investing in the United States, it is essential to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer to determine which visa option is best for you. At our law firm, we are dedicated to helping investors achieve their immigration goals and navigate the complex US immigration system. Contact us today to learn more about your options.