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Investment-Based Immigration

Ivañez Global has worked hard to facilitate investors in obtaining a myriad of visas to conduct their business within the United States. We help our clients navigate the process that is E-1 Visas for treaty trade and E-2 Visas for treaty Investors. These Visas are for foreign nationalist who are non-immigrants in nature and will maintain an intention to leave the United States once the Visas expire. These Visas allow individuals to engage in trade on their own behalf within the United States. At Ivañez Global we deal one-on-one with our clients and provide the personalized responses and assistance that investors can benefit from.

E-1 Visa

E-1 visas are issued to foreign nationals who wish to enter the United States to engage in trade on their own behalf between their country of origin and the United States. This trade must be “Substantial trade” which is typically defined as an ongoing flow of significant international trade involving many transactions.  These include but are not limited to: Goods, Services, International Banking, Insurance, Transportation, Tourism and Technology. This trade must also be “Principal trade.” This is trade that exists when greater than half of the volume of the treaty trader’s home country’s international trade is with the United States. The trade refers to the international exchange of goods, services, money, and technology.

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E-2 Visa

E-2 visas permit foreign nationals 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. This Visa is limited to foreign nationals of a country with which the U.S. has a treaty of commerce. While there is no set dollar amount required under U.S. immigration laws, similar to E-1 Visa, the investment must be  substantial and cannot be marginal.  The foreign national must be seeking to enter the United States solely to develop and direct the investment enterprise. This is established by showing at least 50% ownership of the enterprise or possession of operational control through a managerial position or other corporate device. An investor can also buy an existing business or create a new business in the U.S. The E-2 visa grants both qualified treat investors and employees the ability to stay in the United States for an initial two-year period and may be granted extensions in increments of up to two years each. There is no limit to the number of extensions an E-2 nonimmigrant may be granted.

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