The opportunities that the United States presents to citizens and foreign nationals alike will long remain one of the appeals of this country. On a daily, even hourly, basis, fortunes are won or lost. Those who are looking to invest in a United States company will need an E-2 Investor Visa. The E-2 treaty investor visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows foreign entrepreneurs from treaty nations to enter the United States to develop and direct an enterprise that they have invested in. It also allows for executive/supervisory and essential employees of a company owned by a treaty national to come to the United States to fulfill their duties. Those who are looking to obtain one of these special visas should please read on, then contact an experienced E-1 and E-2 Investor Visa attorney in Milwaukee, WI for more information on the E-2 Investor Visa process in Wisconsin.
Who qualifies for the E-2 Investor Visa in Wisconsin?
The applicant must meet the following qualifications:
- The existence of a treaty between the United States and the foreign country
- The majority owner of the business must possess the nationality of the treaty country
- The potential E-2 applicant must be:
- Coming to develop and direct the business, if they own a majority stake in the business
- Serving the business in a capacity that is supervisory or executive in nature, or
- Working in a position that involves skills essential to the operation of the business
- Nationals of the treaty country must own a majority stake in the United States company they intend to invest in or work for
- Investments made with the company must be “at risk,” i.e. there is the possibility that investors will lose their investments
- The applicant’s investment is “substantial”
- The funds to be invested are in the investor’s possession and control
- The United States company is real and operating
- The potential applicant must intend to depart at the conclusion of his/her duties in the United States
Those who succeed in obtaining an E-2 Investor Visa will have the ability to work legally in the United States company that is their investment vehicle, travel freely in and out of the country, stay on a prolonged basis with two-year extensions, bring dependents or accompanying relatives and have their spouses work in the U.S.
Considering the amount of money you likely have at stake, you would be well-advised to reach out to one of our skilled Wisconsin immigration attorneys to learn how to optimize your chances of success.
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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why if you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.