EB-5 Investor


two orange boxes investor visa

Investor visa attorneys

America is a country full of successful immigrants who use their business and entrepreneurial skills to add to our diverse economy. Several types of investment-based visas are available. E-1 treaty trader visas permit foreign nationals to immigrate to engage in a “substantial trade” between the U.S. and their country of origin.

An E-2 treaty investor visa allows foreign nationals to immigrate to develop or direct business. An EB-5 investor visa is for immigrants who invest a significant amount of money into American companies. If you can invest in a U.S. company, the EB-5 visa could work well for you and your family. 

At Priale & Racine Attorneys at Law PLLC, we understand how important it is to our clients to secure employment-based visas. We offer a free case evaluation for all potential clients. Once we help you determine which investor application is right for you, our Northern Virginia investor-based immigration attorneys will help you submit a thorough and persuasive application.

We have helped many of our clients successfully apply for investor-based visas. If you would like to help apply for an investor visa, contact our Northern Virginia law office today.

U.S. Investor Visa FAQ

E-1 Treaty Trader Visas

Foreign nationals who want to immigrate to the U.S. to engage in substantial trade between the U.S. and their home country can apply for an E-1 treaty trader visa. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) defines substantial trade as an ongoing flow of significant international trade. 


The trade cannot be a one-time transaction but must involve many transactions. The trade must also be principal trade meaning that over half of the applicant’s home country’s international trade must happen with the United States.

Monetary Investment Requirements for an EB-5 Investor Visa

EB-5 investor visa has more restrictive requirements than other employment-based visas. Investor-based visa applicants must have invested or be in the process of actively investing in a new commercial business located in the United States. The amount of money an investor must invest depends on the location of the investment business’s site. The USCIS sets investment requirements as follows:

  • Companies located in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA): If the investment company is located in a TEA, the investor need only invest at least $500,000. As of November 21, 2019, that amount will increase to $900,000. The USCIS defines a TEA as a rural area that has a high unemployment rate.

Companies located in a non-TEA area: If the applicant is investing in a company located in a non-TEA area, he or she must invest $1 million into a business or $1.8 million after November 21, 2019.

E-2 Treaty Investor Visas

E-2 treaty investor visas are available to immigrants who develop a commercial business in which they have invested a substantial amount of capital or money. E-2 visa holders may stay in the U.S. for two years and then apply for a two-year renewal.

Other EB-5 Visa Requirements

Investors who have invested or are in the process of investing the required amount into an American-based company must meet additional criteria, such as:

  • The applicant must also be actively engaged in the day-to-day affairs of the company in which he or she invests. Or, the applicant must be involved in the formation of the company’s policy while in the United States. 
  • The applicant must be able to provide clear, legal documentation of the source of the investment funds. Investors must show how they acquired the funds and that they lawfully acquired the funds used as an investment. 
  • Money that someone gifted to the investor is legally valid as long as the investor paid all required taxes in his or her country of residence.
two orange boxes

What are the Conditions of an Investment Visa?

Successful investor-based visa holders may live as permanent residents for up to two years. When the visa expires, an applicant can apply for permanent resident status. To do so, the applicant must show the USCIS that the applicant has not withdrawn the investment.

The applicant must also show that the company in which they invested has created at least 10 jobs to receive permanent resident status.

We can Help You With Your Investment Based Immigration Visa

Understanding the complexities of investor based immigration visas can be complicated. At Priale & Racine Attorneys at Law PLLC, we help our clients understand the often complicated requirements for investor based visas.

Our attorneys will use our experience to assist you in completing a thorough and accurate investor-based visa. Contact our law firm today to receive a free case evaluation.

other Practice Areas

Personal Injury Law

An injury caused by someone else’s negligence deserves to be fully compensated. That seems obvious enough, but unfortunately,…

Criminal Defense Law

Being charged with a crime can be a frightening experience for anyone. Misdemeanor or felony, your freedom, finances, and future…

Whether you want to obtain a visa, you are suffering from a personal injury, or you’ve been charged with a crime, you’ll get qualified legal help from Priale & Racine.

need & deserve

Built on a foundation of helping people successfully resolve their legal problems. We invest in our clients’ well-being. We treat your case as if it’s our own and will do everything we can to get you the outcome you need and deserve.