Genesis of Foreign Investors in the United States
Foreign Investor Visas: B-1, E-2, E-5
A poor U.S. economy means a ripe opportunity for foreign nationals to invest in real estate and troubled businesses in the United States. At NPZ Law Group, our immigration lawyers help businesses and individuals go through the step-by-step process to obtain a foreign investor visa.
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There are three types of American investor visas for foreign businesses and investors: B-1, E-2 and E-5.
Nonimmigrant B-1 Visa
The B-1 visa is a "visitor for business" visa, usually issued for a period of six months. The first step for most investors is to go to the U.S. Consulate Office in their country of residence to request a visa for investment in a U.S. company. The investment opportunity can be in a new or pre-existing business.
If you have obtained a B-1 visa and are in the United States, come and talk to us about your future. We will discuss the options open to you for permanent immigration to the U.S. For example, a B-1 status may be changed to E-2 or L-1.
E-2 Visa for Nonimmigrant Treaty Investors
Foreign nationals who make a substantial investment in a pre-existing U.S. business may obtain an E-2 visa to develop and direct the operations of their investment enterprise. The foreign investor's duration of stay depends on the treaty between the U.S. and the investor's country.
It is possible to change your B-1 status to E-2 while in the U.S. or to seek an E-2 status at the U.S. Consulate in the your home country.
L-1 Visa to Transfer Foreign Employees
When a company needs to transfer foreign employees on short notice, their employees ("intracompany transferees") may apply directly for an L-1 visa at their U.S. Consulate. We can also work with B-1 nonimmigrants to open up a U.S. business entity and transfer foreign employees. Our immigration lawyers can help entrepreneurs and foreign businesses set up a business plan for a U.S. entity, obtain space and corporate bank accounts and perform other U.S. business formation tasks.
Qualifying for a Green Card
There are a couple of options for individuals who would like to turn their American investment opportunity into a green card:
- Businesses may sponsor an employee for lawful permanent residence through the PERM process
- Individuals working in the U.S. on an L1-A visa may apply for permanent residence status.
- Individuals who invest more than a million dollars in a U.S. business or more than $500,000 into economically depressed areas (Regional Centers) in the U.S. may qualify for an EB-5 immigrant visa.
To learn more about investor visas and our immigration services, contact NPZ Law Group by e-mail or call 201-670-0006.