US IMMIGRATION INFORMATION
Investor Visas offer an opportunity to invest and live in the United States. Depending on the amount and terms of investment, you may qualify for a non-immigrant or immigrant (residency) visa.
EB-5 Immigrant Investor
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. It was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Under a pilot immigration program, first enacted in 1992 and regularly reauthorized since, certain EB-5 visas are also set aside for investors in Regional Centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.
EB-5 investors must invest in a new commercial enterprise, create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers within two years (or under certain circumstances, within a reasonable time after the two-year period) of the immigrant investor’s admission to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident and an investment of $1.8 million or $900,000 if the investment is in a Targeted Employment Area (High Unemployment or Rural Area).
E-2 Treaty Investor Visa
The E-2 non-immigrant treaty investor visa allows a national of a treaty country 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.
EMPLOYMENT BASED VISAS:
Employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas are available to qualified applicants who meet all the eligibility requirements under the provisions of U.S. immigration law. Certain spouses and children may accompany or follow to join employment based immigrants and non-immigrants.
EB-1: First Preference
An employment based EB-1 immigrant visa is available to individuals with an extraordinary ability or an outstanding professor or researcher, or a multinational executive or manager.
EB-2: Second Preference
An employment-based EB-2 immigrant visa is available to individuals who are members of professions holding an advanced degree or its equivalent, or a foreign national who has exceptional ability.
EB-3: Third Preference
An employment-based EB-3 immigrant visa is available to individuals who are skilled workers, professionals, or other workers.
H-1B: Specialty Occupations
This non-immigrant visa is available to individuals who will be employed in a specialty occupation or employed as a fashion model or distinguished merit or ability.
L-1A: Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager
This non-immigrant visa allows individuals who are employed by a U.S. employer as an executive or manager at one of its affiliated foreign offices to transfer to one of its offices in the United States. This visa also allows a foreign company which does not yet have an affiliated U.S. office to send an executive or manager to the United States with the purpose of establishing its affiliate.
L-1B: Intracompany Transferee with Specialized Knowledge
This non-immigrant visa allows individuals who are employed by a U.S. employer as a professional employee with specialized knowledge relating to the organization’s interests to transfer from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the United States. This visa also allows a foreign company which does not yet have an affiliated U.S. office to send a specialized knowledge employee to the United States to help establish its affiliate.
O-1: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement
This nonimmigrant visa is available to individuals who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who have demonstrated a track record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.
P-1A: Internationally Recognized Athlete
This non-immigrant visa is available to individuals coming to the United States temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance.
P-1B: Member of an Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group
This non-immigrant visa is available to individuals coming to the United States temporarily to perform as a member of an entertainment group that has been recognized internationally as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time.
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