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FAQ's

What options do I have to obtain a visa to come to the United States based on investment and/or employment?

The current immigration regulations provide a variety of avenues for individuals to come to the United States based on investment, employment and/or nationality. Some of the most common visas are:


While we focus on the EB5 & E2 visa categories, we can assist clients in all categories. Please contact us for a free 15 minute consultation and find the right category for you.




What are the requirements for the E visa category as the investor or trader?

General requirements for the E-1 visa:



General requirements for the E-2 visa:





What are the requirements for the E visa category as an employee of a treaty trader or treaty investor?

General requirements if you are an employee:





What is the difference between the E1 and E2 categories?




What is a Treaty Country?

A Treaty Country is a country which has an existing trade treaty with the United States.




Which countries have a trade treaty with the United States?




How much money do I need to invest for the E category?

The regulations provide that a “substantial amount of capital” is required to qualify for the E visa category. The amount of investment has to be commensurate with the nature of the business. If a business is capital intensive, a larger amount of capital may be required. If a business is not capital intensive, a smaller amount of investment may be sufficient. Certain applications have been approved for as little as $75,000 (US).




Can my family obtain a visa?

The principal applicant’s spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may obtain a visa and join the principal applicant.




How do I apply for the E visa category?

If you are in the United States, a petition can be filed by you or your employer (if you are an employee of a treaty trader or treaty investor) to legally change your status to the E category. If you are outside of the United States, please contact the US Embassy of your country to determine the procedure for E visa application.




How long does it take to process an application for the E visa category?

If you are in the United States, a petition can be filed by you or your employer (if you are an employee of a treaty trader or treaty investor) which is generally processed in 6-8 months. If you are outside of the United States, please contact the US Embassy of your country to determine the procedure for E visa application. Generally US Embassies will accept an application and process within a few months.




Can I obtain a green card if I have an E visa?

Generally speaking, the investment enterprise cannot be utilized for green card sponsorship of an E visa beneficiary. However, there are other avenues to obtain a green card if you hold E status. Set up a free 15 minute consultation to speak to our specialists who will be able to guide you.




Must I have an attorney?

Immigration regulations do not mandate hiring an attorney. However, given the technicalities and nuances of immigration regulations, it is highly recommended. With our close relationship with experienced immigration counsel, we can assist in this regard.




What kind of business should I invest in?

Immigration regulations do not prohibit any specific type of business. Generally speaking any business can qualify. If the nature of business is capital intensive, naturally a higher amount of investment will be required. We can provide guidance with respect to the most suitable nature of business based on your background.




What documentation will I need?

There may be case specific documents required, generally, you would require documents to prove the source of funds and intent for immigration such as:


Bank Statements
Investment Account Statements
Established Business Entity such as:



Biographic Background such as:



Birth Certificate Degrees
Purchase and Sale Agreement (as applicable)
Business Plan
Specific case related documents


We can assist in creating a customized list of required documents based on your situation.




What level of education must I have?

Immigration regulations do not require any specific level of education for the E visa category however generally speaking, you must be able to prove and demonstrate that you qualify for position you will hold.




What is the renewal process?

The E visa category can be renewed indefinitely. You must file an application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to renew your E status where you will be required to demonstrate your existing operations by providing proof of ongoing business such as:





Can I travel outside the United States with my E visa?

There is no travel restriction based on the E visa. You may exit the United States at any time and you may enter the United States so long as you have a valid visa to enter the United States.




I want to invest in real estate; can I apply for an E visa based on real estate investment?

The investment must be “active” and not “passive”. Generally, real estate investments are considered to be passive unless you can prove that the investment will require regular and systematic business involvement to manage the investment and operate the busienss.




How much do you charge?

Our fees are based on the level of service we provide. We offer a wide range of services and our packages start at $500 (USD). We offer contingency based payment plans. If your visa is denied, you will never owe our full service fees. Please contact us for a customized proposal.







Information collected is from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. For the latest information, please visit uscis.gov.

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