Visas for Business Owners: Your Visa Options
Starting a business is hard, but getting a visa to travel and stay in the United States is even more challenging. If you’re wondering what your options are, a Florida immigration attorney like Bridgette Bennett can help you navigate the entire process. There are several visa avenues for entrepreneurs who intend to pursue their business dreams in America.
An E-2 Visa is designed for entrepreneurs who wish to start a company or invest in an existing business in the United States. It is mainly concerned with foreigners looking to invest, develop, and operate a US-based business.
This type of visa falls under the non-immigrant Visa category and does not guarantee a green card. But it has its own benefits as it can allow the holder to bring their spouse, children, and employees to the U.S. However, the E-2 Visa is limited to treaty countries, meaning that citizens from particular countries like China and India are not eligible for the E-2 investor visas.
The EB-5 is an excellent option for immigrant investors looking to get a Visa and become permanent residents in the U.S. If you qualify for this particular visa, it could be an easy way to get citizenship. Plus, it allows you to bring your immediate family, including unmarried children under the age of 21.
Keep in mind that EB-5 law is often complex, expensive, and involves extensive documentation. This is where Bennett Law Center comes in to handle your Visa petitions and manage your paperwork.
The H-1B option is a temporary visa for skilled, specialized workers like doctors and engineers. Being a non-immigrant type of Visa, H-1B requires foreign nationals (workers) to have a Bachelor’s degree and allows the U.S companies to employ the beneficiaries for up to six years.
This type of Visa isn’t ideal for foreigners who intend to start a business because it’s limited to corporate sponsorship. You have to be sponsored by an already established company in the U.S.
L-Visa is also referred to as a business expansion Visa. It enables companies to transfer staff from one or more of its affiliated overseas offices to their offices in America. It also allows a company without an affiliated U.S establishment to send a manager or executive to the U.S to create one.
For that matter, the L-1 Visa is an ideal option for investors, foreign entrepreneurs, and business owners who intend to move or send their employees to the United States.
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