Immigrant Investor Visa
The type of visa you should petition for depends on your long-term goals. If your ultimate goal is to obtain Lawful Permanent Residence (“LPR”) in the US, you should petition for an Immigrant Investor visa. Although the requirements for this classification may be difficult to satisfy, the main benefit of the immigrant investor visa is a pathway to LPR status. After five years, qualified LPRs may become eligible for naturalization and citizenship. In order to obtain an Immigrant Investor visa, petitioners must show a minimum investment of $1,000,000 in capital contribution, and job creation for a minimum of at least ten (10) full-time jobs.
Conversely, Treaty Investors need only: 1) Be a national of a country the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation with; 2) Have invested, or are actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States; and 3) Be seeking to enter the United States solely to develop and direct the investment enterprise.
As a Treaty Investor, you may be granted a visa for a maximum of two years. In the event your business venture has not concluded, you will need to petition for an extension of your visa for up to another two-year period. There are no limits to the number of times you can extend this visa, although it is only considered temporary, because it carries with it the implication that your intent is to leave the United States at the conclusion of the investment venture.
Can Treaty Investors also petition for their relatives?
Treaty Investors and their employees may be accompanied by their spouses and unmarried children under 21 years. In the event a treaty investor travels abroad, they are typically granted an automatic two-year period of re-admission when returning to the United States. Any employees or family members who travel with them must be present as well upon the investor’s re-entry.
Protecting your rights and business interests.
Immigrant Investor Visas and the various types of employment-based visas can be a complex, and detailed process that requires the knowledge and skill of an accredited attorney to ensure that your rights and business are protected. Call the Law Office of Domenick Anthony Cama, P.A. today to schedule your initial consultation.