Obtaining residency status in the United States can become a real administrative headache because there are different types of Visa depending on your situation and your motivations. We will be interested here in obtaining the "Investor Visa", or Visa E-2.
Visa E-2, what is it?
The first thing to know is that the Visa E-2 is a non-immigrant visa, that is to say that it can not lead to obtaining the Green Card and therefore the American nationality .
This Visa is granted for a period of 2 to 5 years. It is issued to foreign entrepreneurs wishing to create or buy a company in the United States. Invest in a house can not be considered a reason to obtain the Visa E-2, since the aim of the company must be commercial. A property management company may be a valid reason, provided that the scale of purchases is significant enough.
If you get the visa, you can bring your spouse and children with you. The spouse may then apply for a work permit and the children will be able to to study and stay on the territory until they are 21 years old.
Another advantage compared to other types of visas, you can enter and leave the US territory as you see fit, without having to obtain an authorization to leave the territory.
Visa E-2, eligibility conditions
The US government imposes certain prerequisites for applying for an E-2 Visa:
& #8211; The country of which you are a citizen must have signed a treaty with the United States. This is particularly the case of France, Belgium and Canada.
& #8211; You must invest a substantial amount in your company in the United States, that is, the sum must be sufficient to ensure the development of the company, but it also means that your investment must be "substantial" in comparison with the cost total of the repurchase or creation of the enterprise. And the amount promised for investment will have to be partly spent.
& #8211; You must hold at least 50% shares or shares of the company and / or hold a management position there.
& #8211; The business must generate more income than your minimum standard of living, to you and / or your family.
& #8211; You must establish a complete Business Plan over 5 years
The Visa E-2, how to renew it?
The Investor Visa is renewable, a priori indefinitely but subject to certain conditions. You have to be able to prove that your business generates enough income to support you and your family, but also that you contribute to American development, for example by paying taxes, creating jobs and consuming in the United States. United.
The validity of the Visa granted will depend on the evidence provided.
The council of Barnes : do not neglect the help that can bring you a lawyer specialized in all the stages of your immigration. It will help you to quantify the ideal amount of your investment and write a Business Plan, or advise you on the relevant evidence to provide for your E-2 visa renewal. We can recommend it to you, so contact us !