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How to take your business to the USA

We will tell you about two of the best known visas that help businessmen, entrepreneurs, merchants and executives to take their business or make it grow in the United States. Remember that each situation is different and we invite you to inform yourself and consult with one of our attorneys to see your eligibility.


E-1 Merchants Visa:

If you are a citizen of a country with which the United States (for example, Mexico and most of Latin America) has a trade agreement and you want to enter the United States solely to carry out said trade, then you may be eligible to obtain an E visa. -1. You must show that:

1. You are a citizen of a country with which the United States has a trade treaty or agreement

2. At least 50% of the company's property must have the nationality of the treaty country.

3. Trade is substantial

4. You are an employee with executive or supervisory responsibilities or possess special skills that make your services essential to the successful operation of the business.

E-2 Investor Visa:

If you are a citizen of a country with which the United States has a trade agreement and you are coming to the United States solely to direct and develop the operations of a company in which you have substantial investments, then you may be eligible to obtain an E-2 visa. To be eligible for this classification, you must show that:

1. You are a citizen of a country with which the United States has a trade treaty or agreement

2. You will direct or develop the company. (You have to show that you control at least 50% of the company)

3. You have invested or are actively involved in the process of investing in the company

4. The investment is substantial

5. You will be an employee with the position of executive or supervisor.


These are the most frequently asked questions for E-1 and E-2 visas:

1. How much do I have to invest to obtain an E-2 visa?

The law does not indicate an exact investment amount, but the more money is invested, the more likely a person will be successful. Many times an investment of $ 50,000 is sufficient, and there are times that an investment of less or more money is just as successful.


2. What type of companies are eligible to obtain an E-2 visa?

Typically, the business will have to offer products or services, it has to have a physical location in the United States, and it has to employ American workers.


3. How long do I have to wait for the United States to make a decision on my case?

Usually, the immigration agency takes between one to three months with a decision to grant or deny an E-1 or E-2 visa.


4. What is “substantial” for an E-1 visa?

Usually, this means that the trade deal is more than 50% of the trade done by the company.


5. How long can I stay in the United States if I obtain an E-1 or E-2 visa?

If you obtain an E-1 or E-2 visa, you can remain within the United States indefinitely. The re-application process would be every two years.


6. Can I get a green card after obtaining an E-1 or E-2 visa? Yes, but not directly. Please consult an experienced attorney to guide you down this path.


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