For those who are looking to immigrate to the United States, it may be possible to do so via the E-2 visa. This visa allows people who have run a successful business in their home country to do so in the United States. Potential immigrants who live in a country that has an investment treaty with the United States may be able to come to the country if they actively invest in the economy.
The pros of the visa are that the legal fees required to get it can be as little as $10,000, it only takes a few months to process the paperwork and it only requires an investment of as little as $200,000 to qualify. Those who get this type of visa are able to work anywhere in the country, and their spouse is also able to start working immediately. Finally, there may be tax advantages as those who come on the E-2 visa will be in the country as a nonimmigrant resident.
There are also some cons that come along with using such a visa. There is no clear path to citizenship or permanent resident status, the visa must be renewed every three-to-five years and the individual running the business must leave if the business is unsuccessful. Additionally, as the business owner must take an active part in its operation, he or she will need to speak some English.
Entrepreneurs who wish to move to the United States from a foreign country quickly to avoid strife in their home country may wish to look into the E-2 visa. An immigration attorney may be able to review the pros and cons of such a visa while guiding a foreign citizen through the paperwork and other steps required to obtain the visa.
Source: Forbes, "Want To Immigrate To The U.S.A.? Open A Business With The E-2 Visa", Andy J. Semotiuk, August 07, 2014