Applying for a L-1A Visa in Miami, FL

If your employer is a U.S. employer, they can transfer employees who serve in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity from their foreign office to a U.S. branch/office. Another way of utilizing the L-1A visa is if a foreign company is in the process of establishing a U.S. branch. In that case, employees may be sent to the U.S. on this visa. To learn more about how the L-1A visa can benefit your employees or company today, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of immigration attorneys in Miami today.

General information

An E-2 visa is available to investors (defined as a person, partnership, or corporate entity) from “treaty countries” (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation). The investor must meet the following general requirements to be eligible:

  • Must be either a principal investor or an employee in a managerial, executive, or “highly specialized skill capacity”
  • Have citizenship in one of the treaty countries
  • Be coming to the U.S. with the sole aim of directing the enterprise, which can be shown through no less than 50% ownership of the enterprise. Possession of operational control is also a valid means of proof
  • The enterprise has to be either commercial or entrepreneurial and already actively operating. It should be able to generate a positive economic impact for U.S. families

This visa grants a stay of initially two years, and can be increased in successive two-year increments with no maximum limit. However, when the status expires, investors must leave. During your time, you may only work in the activity for which the classification was granted. However, investors may work for the treaty organization’s parent company.
Family of investors (spouses and unmarried children under 21) may follow the investor and seek E-2 non-immigrant classification, and will generally be granted the same period of stay.

To file for the E-2 visa, investors in the U.S. lawfully should file a Form I-129 to request a change to E-2 classification. If you are not in the U.S., you must contact an immigration lawyer to begin the application process.

To kick-start your E-2 visa application, contact our Miami immigration lawyers today.

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