Hot Topic: E2 via Turkey
Did you know that if you are from a country facing a long multi-year backlog for an American Green Card, you could consider an E2 visa indirectly through Turkish citizenship?
Beyond Immigration synchronizes inbound and outbound solutions so you can seamlessly move from one country to another. A Chinese citizen, for example, currently must wait for seven or eight years for a US E5 Green Card visa, whereas the Turkey route can be quicker. If you are a citizen of countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria or UAE, you could also explore the E2 route via Turkey.
US immigration rules are constantly evolving and growing increasingly complex. Our integrated multi-country offering maximizes the advantages of US E2 work visa for our clients to make up for the shortcomings of EB5 green card visa. In doing so, we leverage a little-known investment treaty Turkey has with the US which entitles Turkish citizens to an E2 work visa, a much quicker option for relocation to US than E5 green card visa.
While the threshold for Turkish citizenship has been reduced by two-thirds since 2018, the barrier to EB5 green card entry to US is rising. In November 2019, the price of permanent US residency through EB5 jumped by 80 percent and the US government tightened the rules on what qualifies as a legitimate EB5 investment.
TURKISH CITIZENSHIP & US E2 VISA COMBINATION
|Turkish Citizenship By Investment||US E2 Visa|
|Application time (month)||4-6||A few months|
|Popular visa-free area||Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Brazil||n/a|
|Minimum investment amount||USD 250,000||No set amount but USD 200,000 or less depending on business|
|Investment holding period (years)||3||Residency is tied to the business, visa must be renewed every five years|
|Residential requirements (days)||None||Flexibility on travel, physical presence and domicile|
|Dependents requirements (include spouses)||Children <18 and spouse||Children < 18 and spouse|
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