Most Common Visas

Here we discuss only the most common types of visas used for business people interested in having or operating a business in the United States, and who have an eye towards emigration or for people wishing to permanently reside in the United States.You should seek counsel (an Immigration Attorney) to determine which visa is best suited to your needs and legal advice. If you need a recommendation, we can help you. Secondly, it is useful to state the obvious, that is the USCIS (United States Customs and Immigration Service) will do background checks (no drug dealers, criminals, etc.) and since the visas we will be discussing in detail all require an investment, the USCIS looks to see that the funds are not derived from a criminal enterprise (directly or indirectly). That being said, the funds can come from the visa applicant, their business directly, or can usually be gifted from one family member to another (Parent to Child for example). Without a valid visa or other authorization from the USCIS, no foreign national has the right to be physically present or work in the U.S. Non-immigrant (temporary) Visas are permissions authorizing entry to the U.S. for a specific purpose and for a defined time period.

Different Types of Visas

The United States offers many different types of visas for entry and/or residence. For simplicity purposes the non-business related can be broken down into the following categories:

The Following is an Overview of the Different Visas Used for
Commercial or Business Purposes:

This is a key visa type for people wishing to obtain permanent residency. For more information click on the button at the bottom of this page.


EB Series Visas are employment and investment-based residency categories:


Here we will be focusing in on the following visas: EB-5, L-1 & E-2. While the others have their uses, are most common and generally easiest methods of obtaining residency, it should be noted that only the EB-5 Visa assures you of a Permanent Residency Visa more commonly known as a “Green Card”. Just for informational purposes, the reason it is called a “Green Card” is that the original document that was issued was in the form of a green colored card. Also, the Green Card is generally the only path to U.S. Citizenship.

Please consult an Immigration Attorney to see what applies in your specific situation. Edited by Grant Kaplan principal of The Immigration Law Office of Grant Kaplan or contact him at