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What is an EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Visa?

The EB-5 investment program provides foreign nationals with a path to permanent residence based on their satisfaction of a designated minimum capital investment in a new commercial enterprise resulting in the creation (or in certain circumstances, the maintenance) of a set number of jobs.

The current minimum qualifying investment is $1,000,000, generally, or $500,000 if the capital investment is made in a new commercial enterprise in a “Targeted Employment Area” (high unemployment or rural area).

The current minimum job creation requirement is 10 full-time positions created directly by the new commercial enterprise or in the case of regional center investments, created either directly or indirectly by the new commercial enterprise. In the case of a “troubled business”, the EB-5 investor may rely on job maintenance.

On November 11, 2019, new changes to the EB-5 investment program will go into effect. Some of the new changes that will impact petitions filed after November 11th, include:

  • The minimum investment amount for EB-5 petitioners will increase from $1 million to $1.8 million.
  • TEA investments will increase from $500,000 to $900,000.
  • New standards for designating TEAs.
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will designate high-unemployment TEAs.
  • EB-5 petitioners can keep their priority dates if they have a previous petition that has been approved.

What Are E-1 Non-Immigrant Treaty Trader Visas?

E-1 treaty trader visas allow nationals of a “treaty country” (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United to engage in international trade principally between the United States and the treaty country.

In order to successfully apply for an E-1 treaty trader visa, you will need to meet the following qualifications:

  • You must be a foreign national of a country that the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation.
  • You must be coming to the U.S. to carry on substantial trade.
  • The investor must carry on principal trade between the United States and the treaty country.

Items of trade include:

  • Tourism
  • International banking
  • Services
  • Goods
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Technology
  • Certain news-gathering activities

What Are E-2 Non-Immigrant Treaty Investor Visas?

E-2 treaty investor visas allow nationals of a “treaty country” (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United to develop and direct a bona-fide commercial enterprise in which the treaty investor owns at least 50% of issued and outstanding shares and has invested, or is actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital.

Eligibility requirements for the E-2 visa include:

  • You must be a foreign national of a country that the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation.
  • You must invest, or be in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a U.S.-based commercial enterprise.
  • You must show you own at least 50% of the enterprise.

The capital you invest must be subject to partial or total loss if the commercial enterprise fails. You also have to prove that the funds for your investment weren’t obtained through criminal activity.

What is a L-1A Non-Immigrant Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager Visa?

Under the L-1A visa program, employers can transfer intracompany executives or managers from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the U.S. Foreign companies can also use the L-1A visa program to send executives or managers to the U.S to establish an affiliated U.S. office.

You must meet the following criteria to be approved for an L-1A visa:

  • The employer must have a qualifying relationship with a foreign company.
  • The employer must be doing business in the U.S. and in at least one other country directly or through a qualifying organization for the entire time the beneficiary stays in the U.S under L-1 status.

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