4 ways to move to America – US

4 ways to move to America – USA immigration series No. 1

Moving to the US is a desirable option for many people in search of a new beginning. There are several routes into the US, but in Part 1 of this series, we will focus on four visas routes via business or investment.

4 ways to move to America – US

Gaining lawful entry into the United States through business or investment is common and can be achieved through four visas:

  1. L-1 visa: Business

If you or a family member owns or manages a business, you may be eligible for entry into the US if you set up and operate a branch of that business.

The business needs to be at least two years old and you need to have been employed in that company for at least one year in the last three years. There is no minimum investment in the business, but you will need to be able to provide proof that there is sufficient funding to support you and the business for at least a year. It does not need to be the same business; you can buy into an existing business.

  1. E-2 visa: Business and investment

If you are able to enter the US to buy into or set up a business by investing a significant amount of money into the business (minimum $100 000), you and your family may live and work in America.

The E-2 visa allows you to invest in an existing business and you must own at least 50% of it.

  1. EB-5 visa: Investment

Investors who are able to invest between $500 000 and $1 000 000 into their own business or as a passive investment into a Regional Center, are eligible to apply for Conditional Permanent Residence.

  1. H-1 visa: Employment

Workers who have the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree plus a number of relevant years of work experience and who have an offer of employment from a US employer are eligible for this visa. Applications open on 1 April each year, and only 65 000 are granted per year.

Grant Kaplan is an Immigration lawyer based in Florida who has helped thousands of families and business people make the move into the States. Kaplan is aware of the stress and difficulty, as well as the cost involved in emigration, and recommends that support from a professional, and if possible family, is sought when making the transition.