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I’m a creator of a start-up on an E-2 investor visa and just got engaged! My soon-to-be partner will sponsor me for a permit.
Exist any minimum salary requirements for her to sponsor me? Exists anything I should bear in mind before starting the permit procedure?
— Betrothed in Belmont
Congratulations on your engagement and thanks for connecting!
There are several things to remember prior to you tie the knot. These essential considerations are particularly relevant considering that you’re a start-up creator, currently on an E-2 visa, and if you’ll continue to live in California.
My law partner, Anita Koumriqian, who is an expert in household migration law, recently talked to Lydia Hsu and Kara Foster, the co-founders of Foster Hsu, LLP, a California household law firm, on our podcast. They cover the ins and outs of household law and prenups, and what to know prior to you tie the knot and pursue the green card procedure.
California is a community residential or commercial property state, which suggests if your marital relationship does not exercise, all of the possessions gotten by you and your spouse during the marital relationship will be divided up similarly unless you have a prenuptial arrangement (prenup) in place before you get married. Considering that you are an E-2 investor and I picture you have considerable properties, it’s helpful to consider entering into a prenup before you become lawfully wed.
This is particularly important for you in pursuing a marriage-based permitsince U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Solutions (USCIS) typically aims to see whether couples are commingling funds in a joint checking account when assessing if your marital relationship is good-faith to authorize your green card.