The E-2 Visa is a wonderful opportunity for eligible investors and their families to live and work in the US. We’ve created a helpful overview of all of the key information you need to know.
It’s a non-immigrant visa for foreign entrepreneurs from countries that have a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the United States. E-2 investor visa allows foreign investors to enter and work in the United States upon investing a substantial amount of capital into a bonafide enterprise.
A bonafide enterprise is a real, active commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking which produces services or goods for profit.
The E-2 visa allows investors and their families to reside in the US for 2 or 5 years. It can be renewed indefinitely so long as all the visa requirements continue to be met. With an E-2 visa, your spouse is entitled to work anywhere in the US and children under 21 can attend school.
While the E-2 visa is not an immigrant visa, it is the longest-term visa currently available for the U.S. Furthermore, it can be converted to an EB-5 visa, through which you can obtain a green card and citizenship down the line, provided all the conditions for the EB-5 visa are met. Key requirements include an investment of at least US$500,000 and the creation of at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers. In some cases, your E-2 investment can serve as a down payment for your E-5 investment.
While there is no officially mandated dollar amount, most E-2 investments are at least $100,000-$200,000.
The investor can only work for the business which was the basis of the E-2 visa application. His family can hold other jobs.
The business must create at least 2 jobs.
The business must be a lawful, active, operating enterprise that offers a tangible good or service for profit.
The enterprise must produce enough profit to initially support the investor’s family, but it should ideally have a significant economic impact in the United States and create US jobs.
There are many types of businesses that can successfully obtain E-2 visa. Here are some examples.
There are many other business types that are eligible for the E-2 visa - please contact us if you have a question about the business you plan to establish.
The processing time for an E-2 visa is just 2 months, but the application process varies depending on which country you’re applying from, and the type of enterprise you plan to invest in. Please contact us and we’ll be happy to outline the exact application steps for your unique situation.