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Are you an investor? If yes, you probably are interested in investing in the US but wondering whether it is possible to get a visa on this basis. Of course, the answer is “YES.” The USCIS allows an investor from a treaty country to come to the US, invest their money in a business enterprise, and provide them with an E-2 visa. This article deals with an overview of an E-2 visa and some popular questions related to it.
The EB-5 investment visa program allows foreign investors to obtain a green card that enables conditional residency (up to 2 years), but can later open up the opportunity for permanent residency. Once an applicant is approved for the visa program, they are entitled to a maximum of 2 years of residency within the US, if they prove to have successfully completed all qualifications of the program they may request permanent residency. A total of 10,000 visas are made available each year for EB-5 visa applicants.
The E-2 Investment visa is available to foreign investors that are citizens of a treaty country. These specified countries contain a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. The E-2 Investment visa allows individuals to enter and work in the United States under the provisions that the investor or partnership/corporation invests in a bona fide enterprise. The visa is also applicable to specific employees that are part of the enterprise.
When speaking of immigrant visas to the US, people commonly think of two main categories: visas for those who want to work in the US and for those who have American family members. However, visas for workers are not just limited to those who have work offers for a specific position. The EB-5 visa allows for foreign individuals to invest in a US business and through that action, receive permanent resident status.
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