Houston Investor Visa Lawyers
Assisting Immigrant Investors
As an international investor, you may qualify for a visa based on your economic contributions to a U.S. commercial enterprise. Demonstrating your qualifications and adhering to complex requirements can be a challenge without professional, experienced assistance. Therefor, we urge you to bring your case to our investor visa attorneys at Baker Donelson.
Since 2003, we have maintained a nearly 100% case success rate for clients in Houston and all around the world. Our immigration attorneys achieve favorable resolutions for individuals and businesses. We have more than 40 years of focused legal experience. We use this experience to inform our counsel and strengthen our representation.
Types of Investor Visas
The type of investor visa that is right for you depends on your investment amounts. It can also depend on whether you seek temporary or permanent status. Generally, investment is not just cash—it can include cash equivalents, equipment, assets, and indebtedness (for which you are personally liable).
International investors generally have two options if they want to bring their commercial activities to the United States. Those two options are the E2 and the EB-5 visa.
The E2 visa
The E2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa for those visiting the U.S. to direct, develop, and invest substantial capital into a commercial enterprise. The enterprise can be either a new or existing business, and these investors must be from treaty countries.
Treaty traders are countries that maintain international commerce agreements with the United States. Here is the current list of treaty countries whose citizens may qualify for E-2 status.
This visa grants anywhere from 3 months to 5 years of status. It can be renewed an unlimited number of times, so long as you continue to qualify. Your family members and essential employees may be able to join you, as well.
The EB-5 visa
This is an immigrant visa, which is what you need to enter the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident. It is the fifth preference of the employment-based immigration visas.
To qualify, you must invest at least either $900,000 or $1,800,000, depending on the socioeconomic conditions of the business’s location. Your investment must create or maintain at least 10 full time positions within two years of your entry into the country.
If you obtain this visa and enter the U.S., you will receive a conditional green card. This green card requires you to apply to remove conditions after two years.
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- Near-perfect success rate
- Decades of combined experience
- Zealous commitment to our clients
Our attorney has endured the immigration process firsthand. This is why we go above and beyond for every individual, family, and business we serve. We are proud to be your trusted advocates as you accomplish your legal and financial goals.
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