Types of visas

E-2 Visa

The E-2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa, for people who wish to be investors in the United States. This E2 visa is designed for people who plan to invest in the United States by creating a new company or buying a company that is already in operation, such as an active franchise.

This type of visa allows the investor to live within the USA and enter and leave whenever they want while adhering to the conditions of the E-2 visa. The applicant for an E-2 visa must be a national of a country with whom the United States maintains a trade agreement.

It is important to take into account that not all people apply for this type of visa, they must be people who have as origin or at least as 2nd nationality countries such as: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama , Paraguay, Spain, Italy, Germany, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Australia, Ireland (and other countries that can enter into the agreement but you must check this information with our specialists).

To consider opting for an E-2 Visa it is required that the business be sustainable and established, since this is an essential requirement for such a request, the investor requesting the E-2 visa comes to the United States to develop and manage operations of a company in which the investor has invested or is actively in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital. Another condition is the generation of employment. The investor with the E-2 visa must have more than 50% investment share, unless the applicant is arriving as an employee of the company.

When it is a new business in the case of the E-2 visa, the amount of the investment must be what is normally interpreted as reasonable to establish a viable company. In case it is an existing business, the investment must be proportional to the total value of this company. However, even if you have not determined an amount to invest, it is generally preferred to start with at least $75,000. The investment must create employment for employees who can legally work in the United States. Likewise, the person applying for the visa must play a substantial role in the company, as well as a manager, person with special knowledge or simply develop and direct the investment, so it is understood that the applicant must have control of at least 50% of the company.

This visa is valid for a period of one to five years, depending on the time the officer grants to leave the United States as soon as the visa expires.

E-1 Visa

This visa is aimed for citizens of countries that maintain a trade treaty with the United States, as is the case of the E-2 Visa (more than 80 countries can enter this agreement, you should check with our specialized lawyers to know which countries can apply and which ones can’t), this treaty establishes that fulfilling the requirements established by the Law, the main purpose is to trade between your country of origin and the United States. The trade in question must exist in fact (with contracts satisfactorily negotiated and binding for all parties involved) and consist of an international exchange of trade items between the United States and the country with the treaty.

Trade refers to the international exchange of goods, services and technology. The ownership of the articles of commerce must pass from one part to the other.

The applicant will be employed with executive or supervisory responsibilities, or have special skills that make their services essential for the satisfactory and efficient operation of the company.

EB-5 Visa

This visa is aimed at citizens of countries that maintain a trade treaty with the United States, as is the case of the E-2 Visa (more than 80 countries can enter this agreement, you should consult with our specialized lawyers to know which countries can apply and which countries can’t), this treaty establishes that fulfilling the requirements established by the Law, the main purpose is to trade between your country of origin and the United States. The trade in question must exist in fact (with contracts satisfactorily negotiated and binding for all parties involved) and consist of an international exchange of trade items between the United States and the country with the treaty.

Trade refers to the international exchange of goods, services and technology. The ownership of the articles of commerce must pass from one part to the other.

The applicant will be employed with executive or supervisory responsibilities, or have special skills that make his services essential for the satisfactory and efficient operation of the company.

Business Plans for the L-1 Visa

The L-1 Visa is a nonimmigrant work visa for employees with specialized knowledge and skills or in an executive or management position, which will be transferred from a foreign company to a subsidiary, branch, affiliate or parent in the United States. There is no limit to the number of L-1 Visas that the Immigration Department assigns per year and the applicant company does not have to obtain an approval of the prevailing salary nor file with the National Labor Department.

As a main requirement of the L-1 Visa, the applicant must be employed outside of the United States and being transferred to the United States branch, subsidiary, affiliate or partner. The entity making the request for the US L-1 visa must have a qualifying relationship with the applicant’s foreign entity.

The L-1 visa is the appropriate classification for an employee who belongs to an international company that travels to the United States to take the necessary steps to open or establish a subsidiary company in the United States.

There are no fee restrictions for L-1 Work Visas that can be issued quickly if the applicant meets all the requirements. The wife / spouse and accompanying children of the L-1 visa executive are also allowed to come to the United States and can be issued L-2 visas.

This visa can be extended from its initial period of 3 years, in terms of periods of 2 years to a maximum of 7 years for foreigners with L-1 A Visa, or 5 years maximum for foreigners with L-1B Visa.