There are many people holding E-2 visas who come to my office inquiring about the possibility of obtaining their Green Card. Green Cards are not automatically awarded to those holding an E-2.
There are ways in which you may obtain a Green Card once you’ve been awarded an E-2 visa. As an immigration attorney in San Francisco, here are some of the ways in which my clients have qualified for their Green Card.
Green Card Qualifiers
- Relative Sponsorship: If you have an immediate relative who is a U.S. citizen, they may be able to sponsor you (Spouse, parent, or child).
- Investment: If you’re able to invest $1 million in a business or $500,000 in a rural area business and create 10 new jobs, you may qualify.
- Green Card through employment (PERM)
One thing to remember is that your E-2 visa does not allow you to stay in the U.S. indefinitely but it may be renewed. As long as you’re able to maintain a viable company in the U.S., and demonstrate this viability, you will increase the likelihood of successfully renewing your E-2.
In my practice as an immigration attorney in San Francisco, I’ve found that there are many fine points related to obtaining a Green Card. If you have questions, consult with a knowledgeable and experienced immigration lawyer.
For more information on L1 Visas, please visit the E2 Visa section of our website.