E-B5 Visas for Canadians


Overview of the E-B5 United States Work Visa for Canadians

The purpose of the E-B5 United States Work Visa is to attract foreign capital to the United States, which in turn creates jobs for Americans. This is an investor visa category, with a minimum investment of $500,000 to $1,000,000. 

Requirements for the E-B5 Work Visa

For the E-B5 Work Visa, there are three basic requirements. These requirements are as follows:

1. You must create or invest in a business that was created after November 19, 1990. 
2. You must have invested at least $1 million (although in some cases you may be able to invest $500,000) in this business. 
3. This business must create full-time jobs for at the very least, 10 United States workers. 

The meet these requirements, you may create an original business using the aforementioned minimum investment, purchase and restructure an organization that already exists to create a new commercial organization, or expand and existing business (created after November 1990) with your investment to create the required number of jobs.

Investments can include cash, cash equivalents, equipment, tangible property, inventory and more, all obtained using legal means.

Supporting Documents for the E-B5 Work Visa

When you want to obtain an E-B5 Work Visa, you must include a very large number of different supporting documents relating to yourself and to your business. These documents include:

  • Business plan
  • Articles of incorporation
  • State business licenses
  • Documentation of source investment
  • A statement of position or title and a description of duties
  • Evidence of lease agreements
  • Evidence that the required amount of capital has been transferred
  • And more.

We can help you obtain an E-B5 United States Work Visa. For more information on this visa, please visit this page on our website here.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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