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Investors and entrepreneurs play a significant role in the U.S. immigration system through various programs that encourage investment and business development. Here are some key immigration options for investors and entrepreneurs in the United States.


EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

  • The EB-5 program is designed for immigrant investors who make qualifying investments in new commercial enterprises that create jobs in the United States;
  • There are two primary EB-5 investment options: direct investment in a new commercial enterprise or investment through an EB-5 regional center, which is an entity approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS);
  • To qualify for the EB-5 program, investors must meet specific investment and job creation requirements and make a substantial capital investment in a qualifying project.

E-2 Treaty Investor Visa

  • The E-2 visa allows nationals of countries that have a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States to invest in and develop businesses in the U.S;
  • To qualify for an E-2 visa, investors must make a substantial investment in a U.S. business, be actively involved in the business's operations, and demonstrate that the investment is at risk.

L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visa

  • While not an investor visa, the L-1 visa allows executives, managers, and employees with specialized knowledge of a foreign company to transfer to a U.S. office of the same company;
  • The L-1 visa can be beneficial for entrepreneurs who wish to expand their existing foreign business to the United States.

O-1 Visa for Extraordinary Ability

  • While not specifically an investor visa, the O-1 visa is for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement in their field, including entrepreneurs and innovators;
  • Entrepreneurs who can demonstrate extraordinary abilities or achievements may qualify for an O-1 visa to work on projects in the United States.

National Interest Waiver (NIW)

  • The NIW is not an investor visa, but it allows individuals with advanced degrees or exceptional ability in their field, including entrepreneurs, to bypass the labor certification process and directly apply for an employment-based green card;
  • Entrepreneurs must demonstrate that their work benefits the national interest of the United States.

How can Kananchuk Law Office help with successful immigration as an investor or entrepreneur?

Successful immigration as an investor or entrepreneur often requires careful planning, compliance with regulations, and a comprehensive understanding of the chosen visa or green card program. Our experienced immigration attorney at Kananchuk Law Office will help you navigate the complex immigration process successfully and make informed decisions about investment and business opportunities in the United States.

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