Top 5 US Investor Visas
Here's a quick run-down of the visas you should be looking at if you are an investor or entrepreneur, and you want some reliable options to emigrate to the US.
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For investors ready to invest just USD $500,000, in a “regional centre”, which puts your funds to work on your behalf.
The program allows you to secure conditional green cards, for you and your immediate family, which allow you to live, work and study anywhere in the US, with no further requirements regarding age, education, or English language.
The centres will aim to use your funds to employ at least 10 US workers for a period of at least two years. Once that goal is achieved, you can apply for permanent residency “green cards”. And at the end of the five-year investment period, your funds are returned to you.
If you have worked for a company with a US affiliate for at least one year in the previous three – and could perform a similar role in the US as you do at home -- an inter-company transfer could be an option for you.
The role also needs to be sufficiently specialised. So for example, you would need to bring specialised knowledge and likely work at the level of manager or higher.
If you can tick these boxes, and have a US employer willing to provide you with the necessary visa support as your petitioning company, this could be your best bet for obtaining a green card.
The E-2 is unequivocally the fastest way to get to work legally in the US, and all done on the basis of a US company that you establish.
You might start with an investment of as little as USD $75,000, but E-2 visas are temporary, typically issued for 5 years.
However, they are renewable indefinitely, and E-2 visas do not result in obtaining a green card. That turn means that E-2 holders are not subject to US tax on worldwide income.
E-1 Treaty Trader visa
The E-1 is in less demand, as the bar to clearance is higher, but if you run the right sort of international trade business, and this could be the one for you.
Typically E-1 visas are awarded to companies that have a strong US and international presence, and are already doing trade in substantial volume between the US and approved third-countries (of which the UK unsurprisingly one).
We can advise if this visa is right for you, but will start with quicker or easier routes first.
Okay, we admit, the EB-1 isn't so much an investment visa, as it is a return on your career investment.
Few will be eligible for this visa, but that won’t matter at all if you are among those few.
The quick eligibility test is whether you’re famous: think JK Rowling, Andy Murray, Emma Watson, Gordon Ramsay, etc., you get the picture.
That said, you do not necessarily need to be a household name, if you can meet the US government’s criteria for extraordinary achievement, whether in arts, sciences, business, education or athletics.
If you can meet the standard, you don’t need an employer’s backing: you can apply without a sponsor.
US Investor Visas explored
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Description: The US is open for business and offers investors some excellent opportunities to make America their new home.
From opening a new business to passive investment schemes. There is an investor visa to suite your specific needs.
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