E-2 (Investment) & L1-A Visa


The E-2 non immigrant visa that allows a national of a treaty country (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business.  Certain employees of such a person or of a qualifying organization may also be eligible for this visa.

Qualify for Treaty Investor (E-2) Visa/Requirement of E-2 Visa

  • The investor, either a person, partnership or corporate entity, must have the citizenship of a treaty country. Bangladeshi nationals are qualified for this category of visa due to the treaty/business relationship with the U.S.
  • If a business, at least 50 percent of the business must be owned by persons with the treaty country’s nationality.
  • The investment must be substantial, with investment funds (recommended amount is minimum $100,000 and over) or assets committed and irrevocable. It must be sufficient to ensure the successful operation of the enterprise.
  • The investment must be a real operating enterprise, an active commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking. A paper organization, speculative or idle investment does not qualify. Uncommitted funds in a bank account or similar security are not considered an investment.
  • It must generate significantly more income than just to provide a living to you and family, or it must have a significant economic impact in the United States.
  • You must have control of the funds, and the investment must be at risk in the commercial sense. Loans secured with the assets of the investment enterprise are not allowed.
  • You must be coming to the United States to develop and direct the enterprise. If you are not the principal investor, you must be considered an essential employee, employed in a supervisory, executive, or highly specialized skill capacity. Ordinary skilled and unskilled workers do not qualify.

Advantages of the E-2 Visa:

  • Investors from Bangladesh are allowed to establish, advance and operate a business within the United States.
  • There is no minimum investment amount that is required and no specific sum is written into law. The regulations state only that the investment must be sufficient to develop a successful, non-marginal business that meets the criteria above.
  • Spouse of E-2 Investor will be issued an E-2 dependent visa which can allow the spouse to apply for work authorization based on their E-2 dependent visa.
  • Children under 21 of the E-2 Investor will also be issued an E-2 dependent visa and are be able to attend school of their choice (in many states, children can qualify for in-state tuition at State Universities up until they reach the age of 21).
  • The E-2 visa holder has the choice of living outside of the United States for undetermined amount of time and can re-enter the country for as long as their visa is valid.
  • E-2 Visa holder may initially be granted visa for 5 years. Extensions of stay can be granted for further 2-5 years. There is no limit by law on how many times an E visa holder can extend their stay, so theoretically they could legally remain in the U.S. on E-2 visa and status indefinitely, as long as the investor owns the Company with substantial profit, and the Company did not become “marginal” in nature.
  • Accompanying Spouse and Children under 21 years of age would qualify for Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) known as Green Card through Principal applicant if principal applicant change his status from E-2 to H1B Entrepreneur/Self-Employed or through Spouse, if Spouse would change his/her status in U.S. through suitable employment category and then apply Green Card through sponsoring company. If principal applicant is unmarried he/she can apply green card through marriage to U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.



The United States L1 visa is a non-immigrant visa which allows companies operating both in the US and abroad/Bangladesh to transfer certain classes of employee from its Foreign/Bangladesh operations to the USA operations for up to seven years. The employee must have worked full time for a subsidiary, parent, affiliate, joint venture partnership or branch office of US company outside of the US for at least one year out of the last three years. The US and non-US employers must be related in one of four ways: parent and subsidiary; branch and headquarters; sister companies owned by a mutual parent; or 'affiliates' owned by the same or people in approximately the same percentages. The L-1 classification also enables a new U.S. Company to transfer employees from Bangladesh to the United States to help establish one, with additional requirements.

To Qualify for L-1 (L1A/L1B) Visa/Requirement of L1 Visa

  • You can be transferred to U.S. Company and work legally for a U.S. Company as Managers/Executives (L1A) / Specialized Knowledge Skill (L1B), to continue employment with an office of same employer, its parent, branch, subsidiary, affiliate, joint venture partner that employs you outside of the U.S.
  • Must be qualifying relationship (control/ownership) between the Foreign/Bangladesh Company & US Company. Minimum 5-10 full time employees need to maintain in U.S. Company or if qualifying parent, subsidiary, affiliate, joint venture business partner relationship exist between the U.S. and Bangladesh Company then the beneficiary / Bangladeshi applicant needs to maintain 5-10 full time employees
  • Managers/Executives (L1A)– can lawfully remain in the US for 7 years.  Specialized Knowledge (L1B) Skill - can lawfully remain in the US for 5 years.
  • The Office in the US can be brand new
  • The Beneficiary must be employed with Foreign/Bangladesh Company for continuous period of at least 1year within the last 3 years.

Advantages of the L1A Visa:

  • Parent, branch, subsidiary, affiliate, joint venture partner companies don’t have to be involved in the same nature of business
  • No size limitation of company
  • Can be transferred from one US affiliate to another
  • Spouse and children under 21, are permitted to accompany Beneficiary and to obtain employment authorization
  • Premium/Faster processing is available for L1A and L1B Visa, thus ensuring an adjudication in 15 days of receipt of the application
  • Expeditious Visa process
  • You can apply for Green Card under Multinational Executive/Manager Category just after one year through same Employer/ business qualifying relationship to skip major steps of Green Card Process.


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