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E2 Treaty Investor Visa
How to Legally open a business and relocate to the USA
The E2 Investor Visa allows entrepreneurs and business owners to come to the USA to invest and start a business, allowing them and their family members (spouse and children under 21) to live, work, and study in the United States. If you’re interested in moving to the USA to start your own business, then this visa might be perfect for you! In this article, we’ll talk about how you can qualify for an E2 Investor Visa and what steps need to be taken.
To legally operate your business inside America, you will need to either be an American citizen or hold a Permanent Residency aka “green card.” Otherwise, you will need to obtain a visa that allows you to operate a business domestically in the United States. The treaty investor visa is a wonderful option to own and operate a business for interested investors and is generally approved for up to 5 years (depends upon the alien’s country treaty agreement with the United States) and upon entry will allow the investor to operate the business for 2 years at a time. Upon expiration of the 2 years, they will typically have to leave and reenter to resume the operation of their business for the duration of their visa.
Next, you need to identify the investment opportunity you would like to invest in. The E2 visa is very flexible, and you can invest in any legal for-profit business. We can assist you with identifying potential businesses with proven franchises and other business opportunities, should you require assistance.
Find out if you qualify
Read up on E2 visa eligibility requirements. The US State Department outlines what you need to do, including start-up capital requirements and other potential costs, for an E-1 or E-2 visa: To be eligible for an E visa, you must be a national of one of the treaty countries, meet the requirement for the investment of the business that you want to open or purchase, and have a good business plan.
Please see the link for the treaty investor or trader eligible countries here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fees/treaty.html
Meet with an immigration lawyer
The most crucial step is to find an accomplished and experienced licensed immigration attorney. They will be well-versed in addressing and navigating the many nuances of the eligibility for the visa and dealing with the government application process. We here at Immiggreat have seasoned lawyers on staff to provide you with the best service and assistance for your E2 investor visa. They will meet and guide you with the documents and navigate you seamlessly through the process.
Apply for your E2 Visa at the U.S. Embassy in your home country
After you have completed all the steps above, the completed application will need to be submitted to the local US embassy or consulate in your home country. Some have electronic submissions, and some require a paper application to be mailed in. After the application is accepted, the next step will be to wait for the appointment to be set and to attend your interview. Again, we at Immiggreat with our dedicated support staff and attorneys, will guide you through the process step by step Although each post is different, typically about 60 days are required for processing (as the embassies and consulates gear up for normal processing post-Covid).
Obtain your E2 visa
So, you got your E2 investor visa! Congrats! Now, don’t get complacent. Although it doesn’t take too long to obtain the visa (4 months or so from start to finish), it does take a lot of planning. For that reason, I recommend starting the process at least six months in advance—this is true even if you already have your company set up.
You might be able to apply for an E2 visa even if you don’t yet have all of your start-up capital. The most common reasons for rejections are a lack of adequate funding or no market in which to sell one’s products or services. If you believe that either of these statements is true, simply work on securing more investment or proving there is sufficient demand for your product before applying for an E2 visa.
Apply for an E2 investor visa with us!
The E-2 investor visa allows you to start your own company in the US by investing at least $80,000 USD or more in that business, or whatever the financial figure is that allows your selected business to become operational with a balance held in capital reserve for business operations if it should be required.
Let us help you with this huge decision and guide you along the way, we have professional lawyers that will file your E2 visa and an accountant that will do your business plan for an E2 investor visa and open your company. Apply today!
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E2 Treaty Investor Visa - FAQs
The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa is one of a series of U.S. visas open to nationals of more than 30 nations with which the United States has trade agreements. An E-2 visa is available to foreign nationals who wish to establish a company, franchise, or business in the United States.
An E-2 treaty investor must meet the following requirements: Be a national of a country with which the United States has a treaty of trade and navigation; Have invested or are actively investing a significant sum of money in a legitimate American business.
You can check if your country’s has a treaty agreement here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fees/treaty.html
Investment in a US firm qualifies you for the E2 visa, which permits you to work and live in the United States. However, because the E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa, it does not lead immediately to a green card. To go from an E2 visa to a green card, you must first apply for and be authorized for an immigrant classification or convert to an EB5. This might take time.
E2 visas are valid for a period of five years and may be renewed with two-year extensions if the requisite credentials are maintained. Currently, there are no restrictions on the amount of extensions you may request. There are typically two ways to file an extension of status.
The first option is to obtain a new visa every time you (treaty alien) reenter the United States (one-year intervals). Depending on your trip itinerary, this may not be practical or feasible. If you do not plan to leave the United States before your visa expires, the second option is to apply for a stay extension.
Visa extensions for E2 holders are issued in 2-year increments. To apply for an extension of stay, you must provide:
Form I-129, Nonimmigrant Worker Petition
Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-539
Form I-94 Arrival/Departure record copy
Original Form I-797, Notification of Action (if status was previously extended or approved)
Passport photocopy plus E2 visa
Employer letter showing the need for an extension
Copies of previous two years’ personal and corporate tax returns, as well as payroll tax returns
It is important to note that if you petition for an extension before your I-94 expires, you can continue to work for 240 days while awaiting a decision. In contrast, if you file after the deadline, you can only stay for 40 days pending a judgment.
What occurs if you do not receive an answer within forty days? You must quit working and depart the United States.
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