In recent years, foreign nationals have become increasingly interested in investment visas, such as the E2 Visa, as an appealing avenue for immigration to the United States.
While the USCIS has programs for both immigrant and non-immigrant investors, most small-business owners are more likely to qualify for non-immigrant visas under the E category for Treaty Traders and Investors.
Given its lesser investment amount threshold and indefinite renewal period, the E visa category has become a popular choice for investors looking to start businesses in the United States. See the VERDIN page on Trader Investor Visas – E-1 and E-2 and Top 10 Things to Know About E Visas.
Treaty Trader and Investor Visas
Within the last three fiscal years, there has been a steady increase in the numbers of Treaty Trader and Investor visas that have been issued. In 2009, the total number of approved E category visas was 229,301 with subsequent increases to 383,700 in 2010 and 454,101 in 2011.
As the market for foreign investors have expanded, there has been an influx of new business ventures in the United States in large part to foreign investors.
Furthermore, of the number of approved Treaty Trader and Investor visas issued in 2011, the top three nationalities of approvals were: (1) Mexico – 140,636, (2) Japan – 96,668, and (3) Canada – 50,419.
Additionally, the majority of approved Treaty Trader and Investor petitions are predominantly from North America, South America, and Asia.
Business Visa or Immigration Questions? Please Contact VERDIN
Isaul Verdin has extensive experience advising multinational companies and entrepreneurs on complex US immigration matters involving investments.
Investment visa business opportunities include real estate, aviation, technology, manufacturing, retail, luxury goods, and professional services. Additionally, he litigates deportation defense matters throughout the US.
VERDIN boasts a combined 70 years of experience in immigration law. Since its inception, VERDIN has gained a reputation for prevailing in even the most complicated immigration matters.
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