Help for E1 & E2 Visas
E Investor Visa Attorneys in West Palm Beach
The United States has several treaties with many countries around the globe
that allow foreign nationals conduct business on US soil, or to manage
significant financial investments. Sarah S. Rama, ESQ, LL.M. understands
the complexities that foreign citizens face when doing business in America.
We have significant experience helping foreign nationals determine their
eligibility to obtain E1 & E2 visas, thereby allowing you to conduct
business, manage investments, and to bring their family along for the
duration of the visa to the United States.
Unlike permanent resident investor visa status, which requires a $1 million
dollar threshold, there are no fixed dollar limits to treaty investment.
Foreign nationals requiring E-1 or E-2 visas can pursue long-term business
goals with these practical and easier to obtain visas. It is important
to partner with an attorney who understands the complexities of immigration
business law. Sarah S. Rama, ESQ, LL.M. has worked with various clients
looking to immigrate to the United States to conduct business. Contact
us today to ensure that your case is handled with care.
Who Qualifies for an E1 Treaty Trader Visa?
Nationals of treaty countries who are involved in a significant amount
of trade may qualify for an E1 treaty visa. There is no minimum level
of trade required to qualify, though the lower the volume of trade, the
less likely you will be to obtain an E1 Visa.
If you are interested in obtaining an E1 Treaty Trader Visa, you must meet
the following qualifications. If any of these are unclear, please contact
Sarah S. Rama, ESQ, LL.M., and we will help you understand these requirements:
- You must be a citizen of one of the nearly 60 countries with current treaty
agreements with the United States. A business is required to have at least
50% ownership by nationals of the treaty country. There must be significant
trade between the United States and the treaty country (more than 50%
of the company's international trade). Trade is defined as the exchange,
purchase, or sale of goods or services, the transfer of technology, and
enforceable binding contracts that call for the immediate exchange of
items of trade. Such trade must be continuous and ongoing. You must be
considered either the principal trader planning to come to the United
States to engage in substantial trade, or as an executive, manager, or
employee with special skills crucial to the operation of the company.
Who Qualifies for an E2 Treaty Investor Visa?
Nationals of qualifying countries involved in making significant investments
in the United States may qualify for an E2 investor treaty visa. Similar
to the E1 treaty trader visa, there are no set minimum levels of investment
to qualify for E2 status, though again, the lower the investment, the
less likely you are to qualify.
If you require an E2 Investor visa, the following qualifications must be
met. If any of these qualifications comes into question, please contact
the team at Sarah S. Rama, ESQ, LL.M., and we will answer any questions
you may have.
You must be a foreign national of the treaty company. In the case of a
business, at least 50% of the company must be owned by nationals of the
treaty country. You or the company that you are acting as a representative
of must have made, or be in the process of making a significant capital
investment (relative to the total value of the company) in a bona fide
business enterprise, operating within the United States. You must either
be the principal investor, tasked with directing and developing the enterprise,
or an executive, supervisor, manager, or employee whose skills are crucial
to the operation of the company within the United States. The investment
must have the present or future capacity to generate enough income to
provide for minimal living standards for the investor, his family, and
possibly employees, or have a present or future capacity to make a significant
contribution to the American economy.
How long can I Remain in the United States with an E1 or E2 Visa?
E visas are typically issued for two to five years. So long as eligibility
continues and the agreement with the treaty company remains intact, extensions
of stay in the United States may be granted.
At the border, holders of E visas will be admitted to the United States
for a term of two years at each entry (so long as the visa is still valid).
Extensions of stay within the United States may be granted for up to two
years at a time from the appropriate United States Citizenship & Immigration
An E visa can be reissued for up to five years at the home consulate by
filing the appropriate paperwork and providing necessary documentation
establishing ongoing trade or the continued operation of the investment
business enterprise. The spouse and children of E visa holders do not
require the nationality of the treaty country. Children are permitted
to attend schools, and spouses of E visa holders may be eligible to apply
for employment authorization documentation.
E1 & E2 Visa for Employees
Upon securing an E1 or E2 visa for the principal applicant, it is generally
easy to obtain E visas for qualifying employees of the operation. Obtaining
the registration typically takes 4-6 weeks, and obtaining visas for employees
generally takes only 10-15 working days depending on the Embassy processing times.
Sarah S. Rama, ESQ, LL.M. has the experience to help you and your business
navigate through the process of obtaining an E Visa. Our
immigration team has helped many individuals and businesses to begin doing business
within the United States.
Contact our West Palm Beach immigration lawyers today to schedule a consultation.