Business Law Services
WE HELP ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESSES PREVENT AND SOLVE LEGAL ISSUES IN A PRACTICAL MANNER
Are you seeking to invest in the United States by opening a business, purchasing an existing one, or expanding the one you already have? We can guide you throughout the process and help your business, your family, and, if necessary, your key employees as well.
We are entrepreneurs and businessmen–in addition to being lawyers. Our firm is partly founded on an E-2 investor visa. So we live and breathe entrepreneurship daily, and we enjoy working with entrepreneurs from all over the world. We focus our business services on international businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to bring their talents, ideas, and innovations to the United States. We were in your shoes not long ago, so we understand the uncertainty of learning new legal, social, and business systems.
INCORPORATION AND REGISTRATION OF YOUR BUSINESS
Do you need help establishing your new business? If so, our firm can guide you through the incorporation process.
One of the first steps will be determining the correct business entity for your company. In the U.S., a limited liability company or LLC is one of many possible business associations and probably the most popular among entrepreneurs.
At DGO Legal we can help you determine if this is the business entity that best suits your needs. We will walk you through the benefits and drawbacks of each type of business entity and recommend the best process for your business.
We can also help you obtain your EIN number with the IRS. This number is required to open a bank account in the US, and to secure the legal documents you will need for your business entity.
WORK AUTHORIZATION FOR YOUR BUSINESS IN THE UNITED STATES
Are you interested in starting a business in the United States but you are worried about whether you can lawfully work in the country? Are you interested in sponsoring your co-founder for a work visa? Or would you like to bring employees from your company abroad to perform work in the United States? If so, our team can help you identify the best employment visa for your business. We use our background in both business and immigration to prepare successful immigration petitions for new businesses.
Are you an entrepreneur from abroad who is ready to invest money into your new business in the United States? If so, the E-2 visa can be a great option that can allow you to set up your business in this country. We founded our law firm on an E-2 visa, so we know exactly what it’s all about. Our firm can help you create a business plan and present a persuasive petition to show how you qualify for an E-2 work visa.
What is an E-2 visa?
The E-2 is a work visa that allows people to set up businesses in the United States. The foreign worker must be ready to invest some money in the company to be eligible, but it is not nearly as much as the “million dollar” EB-5 green card. The E-2 Visa is an excellent instrument for investors who want to have their own business in the United States.
The U.S. immigration laws allow citizens of certain countries to apply for an E-2 Visa (for example: Argentina, Mexico, and Italy). To see if your country qualifies, click here. If your country is not on the list, you may consider other options like an EB-5 investor green card or L-1 visa.
ADVANTAGES OF THE E-2
Smaller investment required: Unlike other visas, the E-2 is known for requiring a smaller investment. There is no investment requirement for this visa, although the law requires a substantial amount that depends on the type of business.
Faster: The E-2 visa process is also faster than other investor visas. Depending on the consulate, an E-2 can be approved within only a few weeks. Other visas can take a year or more to be approved.
Bring employees with you: With an E-2 visa you can also bring employees from your own country.
Bring family with you: As an E-2 Visa investor, you are also able to bring your family with you. Your spouse can work and your children under 21 can go to school.
Autonomy: While E-2s are nonimmigrant (temporary) visas they nevertheless allow investors to own their own business and ultimately their own lives.
Unlimited renewals: E-2 visas can be renewed indefinitely as long as you continue to meet the requirements. Many countries grant them in 5-year increments.
No lottery: E-2 visas do not have annual caps or waitlists, as opposed to an H-1B or EB-5 visa.
Do you work in an industry that trades goods with the United States? If so, you may be eligible for a work visa that doesn’t require you to invest your own money into the business.
What is an E-1 visa?
The E-1 visa is designed to help companies who do trade with the United States. It allows companies to sponsor employees to work for the trade company in the United States. The beauty of the E-1 visa is that it does not require any specific investment. Instead, it’s based on the volume of international trade between your country and the United States. As long as over 50% of your international trade is with the United States, you may qualify.
ADVANTAGES OF THE E-1
No investment required: The person who the company sponsors does not need to invest any money in the company.
Faster: The E-1 visa process is also known for being faster than other investor or trade-based visas. Depending on the consulate, an E-1 can be approved within only a few weeks. Other visas can take a year or more to be approved.
Bring employees with you: With an E-1 visa you can also bring employees from your own country.
Bring family with you: As an E-1 visa holder, you are also able to bring your family with you. Your spouse can work and your children under 21 can go to school.
Autonomy: While E-1s are nonimmigrant (temporary) visas they nevertheless can allow trade investors to own their own business and ultimately their own lives.
Unlimited renewals: E-1 visas can be renewed indefinitely as long as you continue to meet the requirements. Many countries grant them in 5-year increments.
No lottery: E-1 visas do not have annual caps or waitlists, as opposed to an H-1B or EB-5 visa.
Are you a business owner abroad and you would like to set up a related business in the United States? Or do you already have businesses abroad and in the United States and you would like to transfer employees from abroad to your U.S.-based company? Or are you an employee at a foreign company that has subsidiaries in the United States and you are curious whether you can be transferred to a U.S. subsidiary? If so, the L-1 visa may be the right fit for you. This visa allows companies abroad to transfer employees to the United States–whether to establish a new office or work in an existing one.
What is an L-1 visa?
The L-1 is a work visa that allows foreign companies to sponsor employees to work in the United States. You might hear this called the “intracompany transferee” visa. What this means is that an employee is being transferred from a company outside of the U.S. to one connected to that company (through a parent/subsidiary type of relationship) within the United States. There are different ways that someone may be eligible for an L-1: you may be able to qualify for an L-1 as a manager or as someone who has specialized knowledge of the company (for example, a software engineer who knows the internal, proprietary code that the company uses).
ADVANTAGES OF THE L-1
No investment required: The employee who the company sponsors does not need to invest any money in the company.
Bring family with you: As an L-1 visa holder, you are also able to bring your family with you. Your spouse can work and your children under 21 can go to school.
No lottery: L-1 visas do not have annual caps or waitlists, as opposed to an H-1B visa.
Our firm offers a wide range of immigration services for businesses in the United States. Click here to learn more about our employment-based immigration practice.