The E2 nonimmigrant visa allows foreign investors and entrepreneurs to live in and operate a business in the U.S. If you are a foreign national looking to invest in or start a U.S. business, securing an E2 visa can be critical to your journey.
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The E2 visa is a specific category of nonimmigrant visa also known as a “treaty investor visa.” It is not a path to a green card and does not allow the visa holder to have permanent residence in the U.S. Instead, the visa allows foreign entrepreneurs to operate a business in the U.S.
Certain employees, spouses and children may also qualify for an E2 visa.
To qualify for an E2 visa an individual must:
A “substantial” amount is defined broadly. There is no set dollar amount. For an investment to qualify, it must:
E2 visas are available to those investing in an existing business or starting a new business in the U.S.
You can apply for an E2 visa with either the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or a consulate abroad.
If you are residing in the U.S. on a different visa, you will petition for a change of status with USCIS. You will need to file a change of status petition with USCIS. Unlike the consular process, you can pay a $2,500 fee for Premium Processing to get a decision on your visa in as little as 15 days.
If you are applying outside of the U.S. you will need to go through visa processing with your country’s U.S. embassy or consulate. In general, you will need to do the following:
The E2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa meaning that it is temporary. However, it can be issued for up to five years and can be renewed indefinitely. An E2 investor visa also allows spouses and unmarried children to stay in the U.S. A spouse can receive work authorization and children can attend U.S. schools.
You cannot appeal an E2 visa denial. However, you can reapply. An E2 visa lawyer can help you determine why your application was denied, what actions you may need to take with your business, and appropriate avenues to reapply or select a different visa type.
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There is no minimum dollar amount for a qualifying investment. A substantial investment amount will vary based on the type of business, size of the business, operating account, etc.
No. There is no specific industry requirement. The focus is on demonstrating the business’ viability and potential to provide significantly more income for you, or a significant economic impact.
Yes. It is possible to change lawful status to another visa category based on eligibility. You will need to apply for an adjustment of status with USCIS.