What investment amount is “substantial” for an E2 Visa Investment?
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What investment amount is “substantial” for an E2 Visa Investment?

E Visa status is available to nationals of countries that maintain treaties with the United States for commerce and navigation. The E2 Visa is specifically for those coming to the United States to develop or direct the operations of a business enterprise in which they have invested a substantial amount of capital. One of the main considerations when determining qualifications for the E2 visa is whether the investment is considered “substantial.” In order to determine the substantiality of an investment, a proportionality test is used. We discuss what is considered “substantial” and the “proportionality test” here.

E-2 Visa Approved for the Owner of a Gas Station
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E-2 Visa Approved for the Owner of a Gas Station

There are two ways to obtain an E2 Visa as a Treaty Trader, at a US Consulate or Embassy, or by mail with USCIS through a change of status. We recently received approval for an E2 visa for the owner of a gas station who changed status from a visitor visa to an E2 visa while remaining inside the United States. Read more about this case here. 

As a Canadian citizen how can I work in the US?
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As a Canadian citizen how can I work in the US?

Before any foreign national can work in the United States, they must obtain proper work authorization. There are several different work visas available for Canadians to work and live in the United States. See what options are available for Canadians to work and live in the United States.

As a Mexican Citizen how can I work in the US?
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As a Mexican Citizen how can I work in the US?

Before any foreign national can work in the United States, they must obtain proper work authorization. This is commonly referred to as a work visa. There are several different work visas available for Mexicans to work and live in the United States. See what options are available for Mexicans to work and live in the United States.

What can I use as proof of work authorization as an E Visa or L Visa spouse?
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What can I use as proof of work authorization as an E Visa or L Visa spouse?

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has clarified the documentation that certain E and L nonimmigrant spouses may use as evidence of employment authorization based on their nonimmigrant status. Here’s a clear list of what you need.

What is the nationality requirement for an E Visa?
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What is the nationality requirement for an E Visa?

One of the qualifying factors for an E Visa is the nationality of the business. If the business doesn’t possess the qualifying nationality, it will not qualify for an E Visa—and neither will the petitioning employee. Read on to learn the intricacies of company nationality, including the 50% rule and more.

Can I work on an old or restricted Social Security number (SSN)?
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Can I work on an old or restricted Social Security number (SSN)?

If you are working in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa, your employer will ask for your Social Security number (SSN) along with proof of your legal authorization to work in the United States. In general, only those authorized to work in the United States by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can obtain an SSN. But if your visa has expired, you’ve changed employers, or you have a new visa, what happens to your SSN?

Who needs to get work authorization for a US work visa?
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Who needs to get work authorization for a US work visa?

There are many different options for US temporary work visas. Before a foreign national can engage in employment within the United States, proper US immigration work visa work authorization must be obtained. Here’s who is (and who isn’t) authorized to work in the United States on a temporary work visa.

Can a TN Visa holder work as an independent contractor (1099 or W-2)?
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Can a TN Visa holder work as an independent contractor (1099 or W-2)?

The question of whether a TN Visa holder can work as an independent contractor comes down to the definition of “self employment.” Read on to find out what is—and isn’t—considered self employment.

What are some alternatives to the H-1B Visa?
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What are some alternatives to the H-1B Visa?

Each year, many people are left out of the H-1B Visa process when they are not selected in the H-1B Visa lottery. But even if your employee wasn’t selected, there might still be hope. Here are eight options to consider.