L-1 Visa

L-1 visas are available to employees (including executive/managers) of an international company with offices in both the United States and abroad. Typically, owners will purchase an existing business in the U.S. and relocate themselves and their immediate family to America

E-2 Visa

The E-2 Investor Visa allows an individual to enter and work inside of the United States. Applicants must be from a US treaty country to be eligible and must run a business while in America.

Being able to learn about and purchase an L-1 business all under one roof has made the process simple

Johannes De Jager

L-1 Business Owner

immigrationeligiblebusinesses.com is great! I didn’t know we were eligible for these visas and to be able to search for the business that matches that eligibility is awesome!

Louise Carter

L-1 Business Owner

The E-2 visa has allowed me and my family to move to America and take advantage of the increased economy size which has taken my business to a whole new level

Michael Carey

E-2 Business Owner

What is an EB-5 Visa?

The EB-5 program is designed to increase foreign direct investment into America’s economy. As such, there are few requirements outside of the substantial investment amount of $1,800,000 or $900,000 into a Targeted Employment Area (TEA).

The EB-5 visa is split into two categories, Regional Center EB-5 and Direct EB-5. Direct EB-5 is designed for those looking to invest in and own their own business in America.

 

Eligibility and requirements

In order to be eligible for EB-5 direct, an applicant must invest $1,800,000 or $900,000 into establishing a new American business. However, there can be exceptions made for those who are purchasing an existing business that is not currently performing well.

There are strict source of funds due diligence requirements, unlike the L-1 or E-2 visa. However, there are also no other prerequisite requirements like the L-1 or E-2 visas have.

Along with the source of funds documentation, an applicant will also submit a business plan showing how their new business will create and support at least 10 full-time American jobs.

Required Duties

Once in America, the applicant is expected to be an executive in the company or be a manager working full time. The business must be sustained for at least 4 years from visa application up until the I-829 is applied for. After this, the applicant can keep running the business or close it if they wish and keep their Green Card. For more information, review ‘sustainment period’ on the Government USCIS website. 

 

Visa process

Unlike the other business owner visas, the first visa a recipient gets on EB-5 direct is permanent residency (Green Card). Because of this, the visa takes longer to process around 2 years. At the time of filing, partial or even the full investment must have been made into the business. This can make the EB-5 challenging unless paired with another visa or without on-ground help to run the business while the visa is processing.

 

Can My Spouse and Children Live and Work in the United States?

Yes. Spouses and children of EB-5s are admitted on EB-5 permanent residency visas also. Anyone with a Green Card can work, live, retire, study, start a business etc in America. To be included under the primary applicants investment and visa, children must be unmarried and under the age of 21 at the time of visa filing.

Conclusion

The EB-5 visa can be a great option for those who do not meet L-1 or E-2 qualifications.  Because it doesn’t have the abroad business qualifications like the L-1, it can also be an interesting option for those who are looking to partner with other immigrants on bigger budget business acquisitions in the US. Important to note is the waiting time for the initial visa and how your investment in the business will be managed in the meantime.

 

 

 

 

 

What is an EB-5 Visa?

The EB-5 program is designed to increase foreign direct investment into America’s economy. As such, there are few requirements outside of the substantial investment amount of $1,800,000 or $900,000 into a Targeted Employment Area (TEA).

The EB-5 visa is split into two categories, Regional Center EB-5 and Direct EB-5. Direct EB-5 is designed for those looking to invest in and own their own business in America.

 

Eligibility and requirements

In order to be eligible for EB-5 direct, an applicant must invest $1,800,000 or $900,000 into establishing a new American business. However, there can be exceptions made for those who are purchasing an existing business that is not currently performing well.

There are strict source of funds due diligence requirements, unlike the L-1 or E-2 visa. However, there are also no other prerequisite requirements like the L-1 or E-2 visas have.

Along with the source of funds documentation, an applicant will also submit a business plan showing how their new business will create and support at least 10 full-time American jobs.

Required Duties

Once in America, the applicant is expected to be an executive in the company or be a manager working full time. The business must be sustained for at least 4 years from visa application up until the I-829 is applied for. After this, the applicant can keep running the business or close it if they wish and keep their Green Card. For more information, review ‘sustainment period’ on the Government USCIS website. 

 

Visa process

Unlike the other business owner visas, the first visa a recipient gets on EB-5 direct is permanent residency (Green Card). Because of this, the visa takes longer to process around 2 years. At the time of filing, partial or even the full investment must have been made into the business. This can make the EB-5 challenging unless paired with another visa or without on-ground help to run the business while the visa is processing.

 

Can My Spouse and Children Live and Work in the United States?

Yes. Spouses and children of EB-5s are admitted on EB-5 permanent residency visas also. Anyone with a Green Card can work, live, retire, study, start a business etc in America. To be included under the primary applicants investment and visa, children must be unmarried and under the age of 21 at the time of visa filing.

Conclusion

The EB-5 visa can be a great option for those who do not meet L-1 or E-2 qualifications.  Because it doesn’t have the abroad business qualifications like the L-1, it can also be an interesting option for those who are looking to partner with other immigrants on bigger budget business acquisitions in the US. Important to note is the waiting time for the initial visa and how your investment in the business will be managed in the meantime.

 

 

Other Business Owner Visas

L-1 Visa

L-1 visas are available to employees (including executive/managers) of an international company with offices in both the United States and abroad. Typically, owners will purchase an existing business in the U.S. and relocate themselves and their immediate family to America

E-2 Visa

The E-2 Investor Visa allows an individual to enter and work inside of the United States. Applicants must be from a US treaty country to be eligible and must run a business while in America.

Being able to learn about and purchase an L-1 business all under one roof has made the process simple

Johannes De Jager

L-1 Business Owner

immigrationeligiblebusinesses.com is great! I didn’t know we were eligible for these visas and to be able to search for the business that matches that eligibility is awesome!

Louise Carter

L-1 Business Owner

The E-2 visa has allowed me and my family to move to America and take advantage of the increased economy size which has taken my business to a whole new level

Michael Carey

E-2 Business Owner