E1 and E2 Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor Visas - Considerations
The EB-5 visa offers a fast track to a US Green Card but not everyone has the financial resources to obtain it. Alternative options to consider are the E-1 and E-2 visas.
The E-1 Treaty Trader Visa is for treaty traders – treaty trader meaning an individual must be a national of a country which possess a trading treaty with the USA. The E-1 visa is for traders who which to earn 50% of their revenues in their native country. An E-2 Treaty Investor visa is issues to those investors wishing to purchase an existing business in the United States or creating a new business in the United States. (Startups are permissible and so is property investments). Generally these two visas require an investment of $150,000-$200,000 as opposed to an investment of $500,000 along with a solid business plan.