According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), the United States receives about 70 million tourists annually in search of entertainment, knowledge, entertainment and culture in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Orlando and sunny Miami. But how to move there and live the American dream? How to diversify business and earn in dollars? Is it advantageous to invest in the United States?
Daniel Toledo, Managing Partner of Loyalty Miami, President of ABAC and Expert Lawyer in Migration Law, explains below 4 ways to make the American dream real by investing in the United States and even moving there.
- Transfer of executive, partner or administrator (L-1 visa)
The L-1 visa (nonimmigrant category) allows a foreign company to transfer an executive to his US office. It is important that the executive be a manager in the company and have an administrative function, with a team below him, with employees such as secretary, supervisor, sales staff, etc.
It is necessary to demonstrate business management and administration capacity. A reasonable number for companies to sue, according to Daniel Toledo, is around $ 150,000 in revenue. You need to demonstrate this billing through company documentation and, after qualifying the foreign company, you need to transfer the member or executive to the US company, which will be an affiliate or subsidiary. Daniel Toledo reinforces that companies do not need to be from the same segment, one can be an industry and the other a floriculture.
The minimum amount of investment capital would be $ 80 to $ 100,000 and should be a current account capital to buy equipment, machinery, hiring of people, working capital, etc. “The business supports the visa, so it’s important to have a well-structured business plan,” says Daniel. If the visa is approved, it is valid for one year. After this period it is necessary to render the accounts. If everything is fulfilled, the visa is renewed for another two years. It is worth remembering that the foreign company is fundamental to maintain this visa.
- How to obtain a Green Card (EB-5 visa)
EB-5 is a program in which you can invest from $ 500,000 directly in your own business, or at a Regional Center to generate employment for at least 10 Americans. Then, after about 18 months of starting the business, you get a temporary Green Card.
The great advantages of the program are the direct Green Card and its low risk of disapproval by the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). EB-5 gives permanent status in the US to the investor, spouse and children up to the age of 21, as it ensures the ability to work and the same rights of US citizens with respect to education and fellowships in colleges, for example.
Loyalty Miami has an exclusive project for this type of investment: the construction of Sports Centers, which are complex sports for sports, with blocks that can be leased simultaneously. “Americans have a lot of sports in their culture and it starts already at school. One reason is that a good college can cost an average of $ 150,000 a year and high-performing athletes, who represent educational institutions, receive scholarship and housing. With an eye on this demand, we study the market and are developing two complexes in the Miami area, “says Daniel Toledo. He explains that the investment is high, around $ 1.3 million, but the gains are also, since the estimate is to make more than 2 million dollars in a year.
- Investment visas for citizens of countries with trade agreements (E-2 visa)
The E-2 (nonimmigrant category) program allows a citizen of a country with a trade or navigation agreement with the United States to apply for an American visa through US investment. Brazil is not a signatory to this treaty, but Brazilian citizens who have citizenship in signatory countries, such as Germany, Spain, France, Italy, among others, may apply for the visa.
Daniel Toledo, attorney for Loyalty Miami estimates that the ideal investment is something at least $ 120,000 in a venture. It is also necessary that the business is in progress or in the process of, ie, having things structured, with employees, point of sale or office, working capital, purchase of equipment, inventory, etc. It may be for franchises as long as new or startups, because the investment requires there to be some risk for granting the temporary visa.
The E2 visa is temporary, usually two years, renewable and can be extended indefinitely, becoming a permanent visa. The investor’s spouse automatically receives unrestricted work permits and children under 21 are included.
By Juliana Annunciato