I. WHAT IS THE E-2 VISA?
The E-2 Non- Immigrant Visa allows individuals to live and work in a specifically approved business that they will personally be investing in within the United States.
II. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
FOR TREATY INVESTOR:
International investors MUST be from a national country that has a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States
Has invested OR is actively investing a substantial amount of money into a bona fide United States enterprise
- This CANNOT be a marginal enterprise
- Considered “substantial” in relationship to the total cost of either
purchasing an established enterprise or establishing a new enterprise
- Sufficient to ensure that the treaty investment commitment is met
- The likelihood that the investment will be successful in the development
Be seeking to solely develop and direct the investment enterprise through at least 50% ownership
FOR EMPLOYEE OF TREATY INVESTOR:
Must be of the same nationality of the principal alien employer
Must meet the definition of a lawful employee
Engaged in executive or supervisory duties or have special qualifications required for that particular enterprise
III. ADVANTAGES OF THE E-2 VISA
Education: No specific educational background needed in order to apply the visa
Investment Amount: No minimum amount required
Sponsorship: Spouse and unmarried children (under the age of 21 years) of E-2 investors can also be granted an E-2 Visa
Time Limit: (2) Two years at a time but can re-apply for an extension for (2) two more years each time. There is no maximum limit for extensions.
Travel: Can travel in and out of the United States
IV. LIMITATION OF THE E-2 VISA
Only countries with a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States are allowed to apply.
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