There are two types of investor visas that may be available to individuals wanting to start a business in the United States. There is the E-2 visa and there is the
To be initially eligible for the alien entrepreneur classification, an alien must establish a new commercial enterprise:
1) In which the alien will engage in a managerial or policy-making capacity;
2) In which the alien has invested or is actively in the process of investing the amount required for the area in which the enterprise is located;
3) Which will benefit the U.S. economy; and
4) Which will create full-time employment in the U.S. for at least 10 U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or other immigrants authorized for employment.
Going through a regional center is the most common way that people apply for an EB-5 visa. There is a list of Regional Centers that are posted on the governments website that qualify as a regional center http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-fifth-preference-eb-5/immigrant-investor-regional-centers The investor can go through the regional center’s business plans and see whether or not they want to invest in the company.
1. The United states has a treaty with that country where treaty/trader provisions exist.
2. The individual or business possesses the nationality of the treaty country
3. Trade is principally between the US and the treaty country
a. Greater than 50% of trade
4. Individual intends to depart the United States when the E2 visa expires/terminates
a. Intent is determined at the time of filing the I-129/DS-156E
5. Investor must invest (currentlyin the process)a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise
6. Entering “solely to develop and direct” enterprise
1. Treaty Country
To determine whether there is a treaty or not, check out department of state’s website at: travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/treaty.html