Foreign business owners wishing to move to Florida or any other state in the union may be able to do so with an E-2 visa. Although employment immigration is often a difficult prospect, the E-2 visa makes moving the whole family to the United States relatively simple for those with sufficient means. Individuals who are able to make a business investment of about $200,000 can usually receive a 5-year E-2 visa in a few months time.
The first requirement for an E-2 visa is that the applicant hails from a nation that participates in an investment treaty with the United States. The applicant will then have to prove that they are capable of running a successful business in their home country and that they can continue to run the business smoothly once it is moved to the United States.
Some people find that the benefits of an E-2 visa include its quick processing time, automatic spousal work visa and low legal costs. The drawbacks of the visa are that it must be renewed every three to five years and is directly tied to the business’ success. In order to keep the visa, the applicant must also continue to work at the business in the United States as a passive investment in the country does not qualify.
Although financial requirements for a visa may not be explicitly listed in the application guidelines, there is often an unwritten investment threshold for acceptance. An immigration law attorney might be able to help a person to understand these unspoken requirements and complete an application that has a greater chance of success. When applying for an E-2 visa, for instance, a lawyer might improve an individual’s chance of being approved by helping them to incorporate a U.S. company, invest in a corporate bank account and prepare a sound business plan.
Source: Forbes, “Want To Immigrate To The U.S.A.? Open A Business With The E-2 Visa“, Andy J. Semotiuk, August 07, 2014