E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor
At Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. our Dallas, Frisco, and North Texas attorneys are always excited about assisting prospective investors in the U.S. with strategic immigration planning for nonimmigrant and immigrant visa statuses, and with the implementation of comprehensive visa solutions to help achieve business goals. We invest the time to know our clients, and we emphasize both short- and long-term strategic immigration planning. We focus on designing and implementing comprehensive solutions for businesses, individuals, and family members. Our service is personalized, proactive and responsive. We are dedicated to serving client interests in a timely manner, working diligently to pursue the smoothest path, and managing the details to reduce client stress and ensure client peace of mind. Our services are cost-effective and respect both personal finances and the business bottom line. We warmly welcome businesses and individual investors to contact our office to schedule an evaluation of eligibility for U.S. immigration benefits based on investment.
Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. works with investors, both individuals and business organizations, to determine the optimal comprehensive solution which fits the business objectives and allows entry to the United States of key personnel including executives, supervisors and essential employees. Properly structured E nonimmigrant visa solutions offer enormous flexibility to a qualifying foreign enterprise and individual investor(s) to engage in business activities in the United States. With benefits like long-term E visa renewability so long as the visa applicant has the intention to depart from the United States at the end of the period of authorized stay, and open market employment authorization for a spouse of an individual holding E visa status, E visas are especially attractive solutions for business enterprises and individuals who seek to do business in the U.S.
Foreign-born persons seeking U.S. immigration status based on investment in or engaging in trade through businesses in the United States have both temporary and permanent visa options.
E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor nonimmigrant visa benefits permit an investor to temporarily, albeit for an indefinite period, conduct business in the United States. These temporary investor visa statuses are available through the provisions of Treaties of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation; Bilateral Investment Treaties; and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which specifically applies to nationals of Canada and Mexico. While there are more than 80 applicable treaties in existence, there are some countries for which treaties do not exist and other investment-based immigration benefits might be considered.
Some of these 80-plus international agreements authorize E-1 Treaty Trader visa status for the purpose of carrying on substantial trade between the U.S. and the treaty country of which the visa applicant is a national. Other treaties authorize E-2 Treaty Investor status. These visas allow for the development, direction and operation of a business in the United States that is the subject of the investment of a substantial amount of capital. E-2 visas are available to investors and certain key employees including executives, supervisors and other essential individuals. Some treaties provide for both E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant status.
Despite the flexibility of the E nonimmigrant visa option, some investors may have greater interest in a more permanent United States immigration status. In these cases, EB-5 immigrant investor visas, whether based on direct individual investment or by participation in a designated Regional Center, may provide the most comprehensive and appropriate solution.