America is the land of entrepreneurship. Investing in a new or existing U.S. business can be an excellent opportunity. The investment and visa process is complicated, however, and even the most sophisticated investor often requires assistance.
U.S. immigration law firm Hodkinson Law Group, based in London, helps individual and corporate investors obtain appropriate visas. We also provide immigration guidance with respect to the regulations which govern investment decisions, such as determining how much to invest, assessing business profitability as it relates to visa eligibility and advising on requirements to obtain visas for employees.
Hodkinson Law Group can help determine which visa is most appropriate to enable an individual to accomplish their goals. An E-2 visa may be a viable option for investors who seek to purchase a business in the United States.
Serving Individuals and Businesses
The firm serves a broad range of clients seeking to make business investments in the U.S., including small business owners, high net-worth individuals and multinational companies.
Led by principal Kehrela Hodkinson, who has been practicing U.S. immigration law for the past 30 years, the legal team at Hodkinson Law Group has a combined 65 years of experience in immigration law. The experience and background of our lawyers make us uniquely positioned to understand and meet individual needs. All of our attorneys are licensed in the United States and have experienced relocation to the United Kingdom. In addition, based on the feedback from numerous clients after their interviews at the U.S. Embassy in London, we stay abreast of rapidly changing requirements and procedures.
Learn more about how we can help you achieve your U.S. immigration goals.
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This visa allows businesspersons who are citizens of countries that have entered into trade treaties with the United States to more easily engage in international trading activities within the United States. The businessperson must either be engaging in substantial trade with the United States on an individual level or work for an organization that does substantial trade with the United States. Please see the following link for a list of the selected countries: TREATY TRADER COUNTRIES
The E-1 treaty trader's business must conduct over 50% of its international trade with the United States and, as mentioned above, the trade must be substantial. Substantial trade is defined as: 1) A continuous flow of international trade between the United States and the treaty country; 2) Numerous transactions over time; 3) The income from international transactions must be sufficient enough to support the treaty trader and his or her family; and 4) Proof of the trade, which may be all or some of the following:bills of lading, customer receipts, letters of credit, insurance papers documenting commodities imported, purchase orders, trade brochures, courier inventories, and sales contracts.
This visa allows businesspersons from countries that have investor treaties with the United States to work in the United States for a business in which people from their country have invested. The following are some requirements for getting an E-2 visa: 1)You must be a citizen of a country that has an investor treaty with the United States; 2)You must be coming to work in the U.S. for a company you own or one that is at least 50% owned by other citizens of your home country; 3) You must be either the owner or a key employee of the U.S. business; 4) You or the company must have made a substantial investment in the U.S. business; 5) The U.S. business must be actively engaged in trade or the rendering of services to the effect that it produces more than marginal profits.
Please see the following link for a list of the selected countries: TREATY INVESTOR COUNTRIES