With the national dialogue on immigration so focused on economic protectionism -- keeping out foreign workers and preventing economic opportunities from being shipped overseas -- many people forget about immigration law and policy that encourages new foreign investment into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), facilitates investment of capital and resources in the United States through nonimmigrant visas and immigration preferences available to individuals who are prepared to make a significant investment here.
Sam Shihab & Associates supports DHS and USCIS in encouraging people from all over the world to invest their time and money in the United States, especially here in Central Ohio. Our community appreciates foreign investment and immigration as well as the social diversity that come with it--especially as we slowly recover from the recession.
There are three primary ways in which U.S. immigration law encourages investment in the United States: The E Visa, The L Visa and the EB-5 Immigration Preference. Here's a quick rundown of each.
E Visa -- E Visas are nonimmigrant visas available to owners and key employees of businesses that engage in significant and substantial investment in the United States. In order to be eligible for an E visa the business must also be owned by citizens of a country that have signed special trade treaties with the United States. For a list of countries that have signed such treaties, see HERE.
E-1 visas are available to businesses from treaty countries that engage in significant and substantial amounts of trade with the United States. Trade is considered significant when more than 50% of the company's trade is between the United States and its home country. Trade is substantial when there is large volume and steady flow of it; a single transaction, no matter how large or time consuming will not create eligibility for an E-Visa.