Treaty Trader & Investor Visas - E-1 & E-2 Non-Immigrant Visas
E-1 and E-2 visas are available for traders and investors from countries with which the United States has a specific treaty. The list of treaty countries is available here. The two types of E visas are as follows:
- A treaty trader (E-1) must be coming to the U.S. solely to carry on substantial trade, including trade in services or technology, between the U.S. and the country of the treaty trader.
- A treaty investor (E-2) must be coming to the U.S. solely to direct and develop the operations of an enterprise in which he or she has invested, or is actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital. There is no specific amount of investment required under the law; instead, the investment must be proportional to the value of the business.
Contact Peregrine Law, P.A. to schedule a consultation with the firm's board-certified immigration attorney, Andrea Montavon-McKillip, in order to discuss whether you might qualify for an E visa. E visas are considered non-immigrant visas, meaning the visa holders must intend to return to their home countries upon expiration of their E status. They are not permanent and must be renewed.
E visas offer many benefits not available in many other temporary work visa categories. For example, they can be renewed indefinitely, and spouses of principal E visa holders are eligible to apply for work authorization. Broward County Immigration Attorney Montavon-McKillip can discuss with you whether or not an E visa is right for you, your business, and your family.
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa
Individuals who are willing to invest between $500,000 and $1 million in a commercial enterprise in the United States may be eligible for lawful permanent residency through the EB-5 immigrant investor program. The program was created to promote U.S. job creation and to encourage capital investment in the U.S. economy by foreign investors. Typically, a $1 million investment is required and 10 full-time jobs must be created in order to qualify for an EB-5 investor visa.
If, however, the investment is made in a so-called "targeted employment area" - i.e. a rural area or an area of high unemployment - the required investment is $500,000. In addition, immigrants can invest $500,000 in designated regional centers, which are entities approved by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services that develop the investment project and create the required number of jobs. Learn more by talking to the accomplished attorney at Peregrine Law, P.A. about your situation.
Contact Attorney Andrea Montavon-McKillip today!
Call Peregrine Law, P.A. to schedule a consultation with a skilled and dedicated immigration attorney. Attorney Andrea Montavon-McKillip is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of both French and Portuguese. She knows how to explore every avenue in order to find the right solution for her clients, including options that other attorneys may not have tried. She can help you understand all of your options, along with their inherent risks and benefits of each. Contact Attorney Montavon-McKillip today to discuss whether you might qualify for an EB-5 immigrant investor visa or an E-1 or E-2 non-immigrant visa.