E Visa Business
Many business listings may be suitable to facilitate an E-2 Investor Visa or an EB-5 Alien Entrepreneur Visa application. The E Visa categories are sought after - in that they do not require sponsorship from a U.S. business or U.S. citizen.
We will assist you in locating the appropriate business that qualifies the investor(s) to obtain nonimmigrant and/or immigrant visas to work & reside within the U.S. We will work with your attorney and accountants & financial advisors to procure the perfect investment business. It is important to note that we serve as the business broker & real estate professionals – we do not serve as immigration consultants, nor take the place of the applicant’s attorney or accountant.
EB-5 Investor Immigrant
A foreign national investor seeking to reside in the US long term may invest a minimum of either $900,000 or $1.8 million in a US business. How much they need to invest depends on where the business is located. A single foreign investor in a US business is referred to as a stand-alone EB-5.
“USCIS administers the EB-5 Program. Under this program, investors (and their spouses and unmarried children under 21) are eligible to apply for a Green Card (permanent residence) if they:
Make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States; and
Plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. This program is known as EB-5 for the name of the employment-based fifth preference visa that participants receive” (USCIS WEB SITE).
If the qualifying business is determined to be in a Targeted Employment Area (“TEA”), an area determined to be in a rural area or experience a high unemployment rate, then the amount of the investment could be $900,000 not $1.8 million. However, EB-5 investors will also be required to create 10 full time positions (min. 35 hours per week) regardless of where the business is located.
Some foreign investors decide in the alternative to invest in Regional Centers, where the investment they make as a partner is part of a larger project that benefits the US economy. This path of EB-5 Regional Center investment has advantages as well as limitations when compared to a “stand alone” applicant.
E-2 Treaty Investor
To qualify as an E-2 investor you must purchase an existing business or develop a new business. We will assist the foreign national investor identify & purchase the appropriate U.S. business to qualify. The investor must be a citizen from a country with an existing E Visa Treaty with the United States. The investment amount needs to be commensurate with the type of business sought and may be substantially less that the investment requirements for an EB-5 visa (above).
“The E-2 nonimmigrant classification allows a national of a treaty country (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation, or with which the United States maintains a qualifying international agreement, or which has been deemed a qualifying country by legislation) to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business. Certain employees of such a person or of a qualifying organization may also be eligible for this classification” (USCIS WEB SITE).
*It is important to note that we serve as the business broker & real estate professionals – we do not serve as immigration consultants, nor take the place of the applicant’s attorney or accountant, nor do we provide legal advice.
Nanette Fink-Eaton, an experienced and dedicated professional Business Opportunity Broker & Real Estate Broker, specializes in the marketing & acquisition of businesses, franchises, industrial and commercial real estate. Nanette, as your negotiator, will enable you the investor to obtain the best price & terms when locating and purchasing a business.
Rick Eaton, currently a broker and co-owner, is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration & Naturalization Service & (subsequently) U.S. Department Homeland Security. Rick has extensive experience & knowledge in all aspects of The Immigration & Nationality Act, immigration enforcement, inspections, and adjudicative processes. Rick is well versed in non-immigrant & immigrant processes to include work related visas.
San Francisco Chronicle March 9, 2003, article Rick Eaton