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How to Get an E2 Investor Visa Using a Real Estate-based Strategy

Posted: May 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »

Here’s the transcript from Chris Jaensch’s talk with the Sarasota Association of Realtors about E-2 visas for investors.  Getting an E-2 visa is a good strategy for staying the United States for extended periods of time.  Enjoy the video below!

So let’s say you are an immigrant and you’ve come to Sarasota and you love it and you want to stay permanently.  At this point you should call my law firm.  We come up with different strategies that help immigrants stay in the United States for longer periods of time than a visitor visa allows.

One strategy is the E-2 Investor Visa.  In order to qualify there has to be an existing treaty between your country and the United States.  This visa allows you to spend up to 5 years in the United States and can be renewed every 5 years but you have to invest in and own a controlling interest in an active US business.  You either have to buy one that already exists or start one from scratch.  Usually $100,000 is a good amount to invest to qualify.  The business has to be active and it has to pass a marginality requirement.  In other words it has to create jobs for US workers or produce more than you as the investor and your family needs to live.  Again, the visa lasts for 5 years and can be renewed for as long as the business is active.

Just buying rental properties, unfortunately, will usually not qualify you for an E-2 visa.  But you can incorporate real estate into an existing E-2 strategy; buying commercial properties can help you qualify, so can the business of buying, renovating and selling properties.  It is up to your creativity as an investor and what you are interested in doing.

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Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.

5 Comments on “How to Get an E2 Investor Visa Using a Real Estate-based Strategy”

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