What are the possibilities for an entrepreneur to invest and live in the United States?

With specialized support, it is possible to be an entrepreneur and resident in the United States. Opening a company or an American branch is a great alternative to achieve the dream of living in the land of Uncle Sam.

However, the planning, as always, needs to be very well articulated. In the case of opening companies, knowledge related to basic requirements will be necessary. A good consultant not only directs the bureaucratic part but also conducts research to find the most practical investment paths. According to US law, there are some business models for a foreigner to open a company in the USA.

However, opening a company alone does not entitle one to reside in the country.

Lawyer Ingrid Domingues McConville states that the path to the Green Card through investment in the United States is possible. For this, it is important to know the legal procedures. For example:

  • L1 Visa – It is granted for the transfer of partners, executives, and specialized individuals from a company that intends to open a branch or already has an American affiliate. The rule is to have an active company in the country of origin, even when starting a business in the United States. After a time of an established company, the executive or administrator can qualify and apply for permanent residence.
  • E-2 Visa – A temporary, non-immigrant classification visa granted to citizens of countries with which the United States has a treaty. It is used for an investor who wishes to invest a substantial amount in an American company. Brazilians with dual citizenship such as Portuguese, Italian, German, Spanish, and French are eligible for this type of visa.

Even with these available investment visas, many people do not know that they may qualify for another type of visa – the EB2-NIW – aimed at experienced professionals with academic qualifications, granting permanent residence in the United States.

But what should never be forgotten is that everything has to be very well planned. Here are some pieces of advice from Dr. Ingrid Domingues McConville, a lawyer with over 27 years of immigration experience who has seen many people fail due to a lack of real knowledge of things:

  • Seek a good accountant to determine tax matters that may affect you in Brazil and the USA if you really plan to immigrate.
  • Look for a real estate broker so that you can calmly research the area of the country where you plan to live.
  • Before choosing an area to live/rent or buy, find out about schools for children, the neighborhood, and do NOTHING without discussing everything with your lawyer because this is the person you should discuss all your plans with before putting them into action.

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  • Ingrid Domingues-McConville founded DM VISA LAW – Domingues McConville, P.A. in 1995. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995 and a member of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Ingrid earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. With more than 27 years of experience in Immigration Law, Ingrid has represented clients throughout the United States and worldwide, both in business and family immigration matters. She has helped companies and individuals obtain visas and permanent residence in the United States. Ingrid plays a significant leadership role in the Brazilian community in South Florida and across the United States, providing much-needed guidance and legal advice.