I've heard it's possible to open a company, do some business and have a long stay permit. What are main demands, risks?
Go online and research E-2 and EB-5 visas.
An E2 treaty investor visa is a non-immigrant visa reserved for foreign entrepreneurs of countries that have a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the United States. E2 investor visas allows foreign investors to enter and work inside of the United States based on a substantial investment in a bona fide enterprise.
An EB5 visa created in 1990 by the Immigration Act of 1990, provides a method for eligible Immigrant Investors to become lawful permanent residents — informally known as "green card" holders — by investing at least $1,000,000 to finance a business in the United States that will employ at least 10 American workers." Most immigrant investors who use the EB-5 program invest in a targeted employment area (TEA) — a rural area or area with high unemployment — which lowers the investment threshold to $500,000. The EB-5 program is intended to encourage both "foreign investments and economic growth". The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program is one of five employment-based (EB) preference programs in the United States.
An immigration attorney in the USA is a good way to start off the conversation on what you may qualify for regarding these types of visas.
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Yes, that is absolutely possible - "easiest" and less costly would be on an E-2 or even E-1 visa (more difficult to obtain) - as long as you are a citizen of a country that has either an E-2 or E-1 visa Treaty with the USA.
There are no "minimum" investment amounts for the E-2 Treaty Investor visa. The only requirement is that the "investment" in question be "substantial" for either the business which is created or purchased.
Schedule a Skype consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer in order to analyze your personal situation/goals/needs, decide on which visa option best suits you & devise a successful plan of action to toward your goal.
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I agree with my colleagues and E-1 or E-2 might work.
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