Checklist for Prospective Investors and Entrepreneurs under U.S. Immigration Laws

Checklist for Prospective Investors and Entrepreneurs under U.S. Immigration Laws

There are four options available to discuss with prospective investors under U.S. immigration laws:

1: L-1 (Intracompany transferee),
2: E-2 (Treaty Investor – only available for nationals of certain countries),
3: Individual EB-5, or
4: Regional Center EB-5.

The L-1 and E-2 options, being nonimmigrant visa options, enable the investor to get to the U.S. quicker than the EB-5 options, which are permanent residence options. The L-1 and E-2 options do allow for permanent residence ultimately, through the multinational manager immigrant process, but only if the investor maintains business operations outside of the U.S. and only after U.S. business operations have been ongoing for at least one year.

The following is a checklist of questions to guide the investor in discussing with immigration counsel the best option to meet the investor’s particular needs:

Do you want to start a new business in the U.S.?
Yes – Individual EB-5 or L-1 (E-2)
No – RC EB-5

Do you intend to keep your overseas business in operation?
Yes – L-1 (E-2)
No – Individual or RC EB-5

Do you want to buy an existing business?
Yes – Individual EB-5 or L-1 (E-2)
No – RC EB-5

Do you expect your U.S. business will have at least 10 employees at the time of filing?
Yes – Individual EB-5
No – L-1 (E-2) or RC EB-5

Do you want to invest at least $500,000 in the U.S.?
Yes – Individual or RC EB-5
No – L-1 (E-2)

Is your main goal to get a green card or to do business in the U.S.?
Green Card – RC EB-5
Do business in the U.S. – L-1 (E-2) or individual EB-5

Is finding the quickest way to get to the U.S. the top priority?
Yes – L-1 (E-2)
No – individual or RC EB-5

Is being able to live in the U.S. your top priority?
Yes – RC EB-5
No – L-1 (E-2) or individual EB-5

Comparison chart of E-2, L-1, Regional Center EB-5 and Individual EB-5

Comparison chart of E-2, L-1, Regional Center EB-5 and Individual EB-5

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