What is E-2 Investor Treaty Visa?
E-2 Investor Treaty Visa allows you to enter and work in the United States based on the investment you will be controlling. You have to renew your visa for every 2 years. There will not be any limit for you on how many times you can renew it. Your investment has to be “substantial”.
What is L-1 Visa?
L-1 visa allows you to enter the United States for working purpose in L-1 status. L-1 visa is mainly non-immigrant visa. It is valid for a limited period of time. The short time period may be from 3 months to 1 year. If you extend it, the maximum time may be 7 years; though it depends on the country from where you are entering into United States.
The main differences between L-1 Visa and E-2 Investor Treaty Visa
L1 visa is of two types: 1. Regular L1 visa and 2. Blanket L-1 visa.
The first one is available for individual and the second one is available for employers who fulfill certain criteria.
By contrast, E-2 investor treaty visa has no classification.
- E-2 Investor Treaty Visa Requirements:
For E-2 Investor Treaty visa application, you must meet the following requirements:
- To be qualified as an E-2 treaty investor, you must be from a country which has a qualified treaty with the United States.
- You must show that you had made a substantial investment or you are involving to an activity in substantial investment making process.
- Your investment amount depends on your business category. You must have at least 50% of shareholding in your business project or controlling interest.
By contrast, the requirements of L-1 visa are:
- You must have worked abroad for 1 year for the same company.
- Your company must be running business in the United States during the period of your stay in the United States.
- You must have been employed abroad in a good rank relating “specialized knowledge” or as an executive or manager.
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