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You may be aware that you can obtain a work permit for the United States by investing in the United States. This is true: you can obtain an E2 visa, which is a work visa, by investing in a new or existing business in the United States. This is a great way to find opportunities in the United States, but there are requirements you will have to meet.
For one, you need to be a foreign national from a country that has a treaty with the United States for the E2 visas, and a list of these countries is found here. This list can also change.
In order to be eligible for the visa, you must meet additional requirements as well.
If you are prepared to make a substantial investment in a new or existing United States business, you need to be able to prove you have the funds and these funds are ready to be committed to the investment.
The investment itself has no real minimum requirement, but on average you can expect to invest at least $100,000. The investment needs to be in a business that is new or existing, it cannot be a passive investment like buying a house.
You must also invest in a business that is 50% owned by a foreign national who is of a country with a treaty with the US.
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