What To Do If You Can’t Apply for an E2 Investor Visa?
What To Do if You Can’t Apply for an E2 Investor Visa?
The E2 Investor visa is perfect for entrepreneurs, who want to move to the USA to start a business, but sadly people from certain countries (Non-Treaty countries) don’t have the right to apply for this type visa, therefore what can you do if you want to come to the USA and start a business is to apply for L-1 visa.
The L1 visa is similar to the E2 but has slight differences when it comes to the visa requirements. First, there is no such thing as a “Treaty countries List”.
Second, in order to apply for an L1 visa, you have to be already running a business in your home country, for at least 3 years in preceding 3 years. Because this visa type is for those who are already running a business back home for at least one year in preceding 3 years if you are just starting out this may not be a good fit for you. However, if you don’t have any options when it comes to the work visa, you can start a business in your home country first, wait at least one year, and then open up the affiliate office in the USA and apply for L1.
Third, you can go directly for EB1 green card if your business becomes successful and operation in the USA after the first year. With E-2 Visa the process takes longer and you may consider EB2 NIW, EB1 or EB5 depending on your situation and the cash flow.
L-1B Intra-Company Transferee Visa
Once your visa is approved and you’re in the USA you can bring your team members to the USA with you. L-1B Intra-Company Transferee Visa is a perfect way for people who are already employed by your company overseas in preceding 3 years for at least 1 year. Keep in mind that L1A visa is approved for only 1 year when establishing a new office in the USA and can be extended up to 7 years.
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