If you have money to invest, there are a number of ways you can become a lawful permanent resident in the United States.
One of these ways is the E-2 Visa Treaty Investor
The E-2 Visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows nationals from foreign countries to enter the United States to pursue a business operation in which they have made a substantial investment.
There is no statutory minimum investment so a detailed analysis of your business plan is critical. An investment of as little as $50,000 can support the granting of your application.
The investment must be into an ongoing business (i.e. not an investment in property or stocks) which you develop and direct.
The E-2 Visa is called the “Treaty Investor” visa because it can only be obtained by nationals from countries that have signed a “Friendship” treaty with the United States.
Another popular way investors can become lawful permanent residents in the United States is through the EB-5 Employment Creation Visa.
EB-5 investor status creates permanent residency for investors, who demonstrate that they have made, or will make, a substantial investment in an American business that creates American jobs. This visa allows you, your spouse and your children under the age of 21 years old to apply for permanent resident status.
Investors must demonstrate that they have invested, or are actively investing, into a new commercial enterprise. The investment amount must be at least $1 million in most locations, or $500,000 in targeted employment areas. Targeted employment areas are areas designated by the government that have high unemployment rates or are rural areas within the United States. Additionally, the investor must demonstrate that the investment business will benefit the United States economy and will create at least ten full-time positions for American workers. These requirements may differ slightly based upon unique circumstances and additional requirements may exist.
Each year ten thousand visas are available for EB-5 investors.
There are other opportunities available for foreign nationals who would like to apply for permanent resident status in the United States. If you would like to explore some of these options call my office today to schedule a consultation (305) 371-7079