The United States has investor treaties
with many countries, including almost all European countries, Asian
countries such as the Philippines, Singapore, Japan, and Taiwan, Mexico, and some South American countries. These treaties enable
investors to live in the U.S. to manage a U.S. business or import or
export goods to their home countries. Investors are issued "E
Visas". An E visa is almost as good as a green card. Spouses of E
visa holders can be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S., and
many investors are able to remain in the U.S. in E status for the rest
of their lives.
Typically, the investor starts a
business in the U.S. with an initial investment of at least $150,000.
The business must be at least 50% owned by the E visa holder, and the
investor must demonstrate how the investment funds were obtained (e.g.,
through savings or sale of another business or house). Often, the
first E visa is issued for one year, and can be renewed in five-year
James A. Bach has handled
successful E visa applications for three decades, including recent
winning cases at the U.S. Embassies and Consulates
in Italy, France, Singapore, Costa Rica, Canada, Belgium, Japan, and the
Philippines, among others. E Visas are available to employees of
large multi-national corporations, or individual investors in small
businesses such as restaurants, bakeries, import/export, or shops.
Countries With Investor Visa Treaties
E Visa Regulations (Foreign Affairs Manual)