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Agreement Between USA and Portugal favors Brazilians


The international treaty signed between the United States and Portugal has come into effect, enabling the issuance of the E visa (investor) for Portuguese and Brazilian citizens holding Portuguese passports who wish to invest and reside in the United States. This bilateral agreement was forged as a result of Portugal's accession to the U.S. Treaty of Trade and Navigation, making it the sole European nation without such an agreement with the United States.


With the advent of the fiscal year in the United States on October 1, 2023, both the E1 and E2 visas are now available for application. To apply for this visa, dual nationals of Portuguese and Brazilian citizenship, with the Portuguese nationality being a prerequisite, must demonstrate to the U.S. government that their intended investment in the United States amounts to at least $100,000.


It's worth noting that E visas are temporary, with a validity of five years and the possibility of renewal contingent upon the ongoing investment in the country. For investors with spouses and children under 21 years of age, this visa extends to them as well.


Finally, it's important to clarify that this visa is unrelated to the Green Card, as it falls under the non-immigrant category. This type of visa is a more straightforward and less bureaucratic option, with an average issuance process duration of approximately 3 to 4 months.

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