David Enterline of Enterline Immigration Consulting Ltd. spoke at an E-2 Treaty Investor seminar at the Mira Central Park Hotel in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, on December 14, 2019.
The E-2 Treaty Investor visa provides nonimmigrant visa status for a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation who is coming to the United States to develop and direct the operations of a business in which the national has invested, or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital.
While Vietnam does not have a qualifying treaty with the United States at this time, a Vietnamese investor that wants to qualify for an E-2 visa may consider obtaining a second citizenship from a country such as Grenada or Turkey which does have a qualifying treaty with the United States.
Countries in Asia that do qualify are Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Australia and Sri Lanka.
In addition to the investor or business owner being a national of a qualifying country, the investor must make a substantial investment into a new or existing business in the U.S., own at least 50% of the business and be able to prove he or she is going to the U.S. to develop and direct the business. The business must be able to generate more than enough income than just to provide a living to the investor and family.
A qualified investor can bring his or her spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 to the United States.
If you are interested in learning more about the E-2 Treaty Trader visa category, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.