By Michael Monnot – www.InfinityBusinessBrokers.com
If you are thinking about buying a business in the United States, you may have wondered if it would be possible to bring members of your family with you. If your method of coming to the U.S. is the E2 Visa, then the answer to that question might be yes. Let’s look at each type of family member individually, as the rules differ.
The E2 Visa allows a treaty investor to bring their spouse with them to the United States. Your spouse may work with you in the business that is the basis for your E2 Visa status or can apply for a work permit if they wish to work for someone else in the U.S. Your spouse may also attend school while in the country.
Your Kids Under 21
Your children under the age of 21 may also come with you to the U.S. They can attend school while they are here, but they are not permitted to work. Any child over the age of 14 must also accompany you to your interview with the U.S. Consulate in your home country – and they should be prepared to answer questions if any are asked of them.
Your Kids Over 21
Any children over the age of 21 will not be able able to get a derivative E2 Visa to come with you to the United States. If your children are under 21 when they first come to the States under your E2 Visa, then on their 21st birthday they will have to obtain their own Visa. This can be done by obtaining an F-1 Student Visa, or by obtaining an H1B Visa by finding work at another U.S.-based business. Another option is for your child to buy a business and get their own E2 Visa.
Other Family Members
If you are hoping to bring a family member who is not your spouse or child, there may be options. As each case is different, you will need to discuss any additional family members with your immigration attorney.
Do you have questions about the requirements necessary to obtain derivative Visas for your spouse and kids? Do you want to know more about the E2 Visa process? Please feel free to leave us a comment or question here, and we will be happy to assist you.
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