Client: Start-up Restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio
Beneficiary’s Country of Origin: Taiwan
Case Type: I-29 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker / E-2 Status for Treaty Investors
Date of Application: July 16, 2014
Date of Approval: October 21, 2014
Our client retained us to secure a status for its manager. The manager wished to work in the U.S. after graduation.
Unfortunately, E-2 Treaty Investor Status is not available to all aspiring entrepreneurs. That person must be the national of an eligible state of territory which had signed an investment treaty with the United States.
Therefore, the first challenge was to find whether this status was available for the client.
Second, the client needed to secure sufficient capital for a practical plan.
Third, all relevant paperwork needed to filed in a timely manner, something our business visa team helps clients navigate through on their behalf. You need more than a registered company to make your dream enterprise real and legal.
Herman Legal Group helped our client prove that the beneficiary:
- Was a national of a treaty state eligible for this status.
- Had invested, been in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States (sufficient to ensure successful operation of the enterprise).
- Would be seeking to enter the U.S only for investment enterprise, by showing at least 50% ownership of the enterprise or possession of operational control through a managerial position or other corporate device.
About three months later, the manager’s E-2 (Treaty Investor) status was approved.