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US E2 Visa

USA E2 Visa for Immigrant Investors from Treaty Countries

Overview of US E2 Visa

An E-2 treaty investor visa is a non-immigrant visa applicable for the foreign entrepreneurs of countries that have a treaty with United States. E-2 investor visa allows foreign investors to enter and work inside of the United States based on a substantial investment in a bonafide enterprise

Eligibility Criteria for USA E2 Treaty Business Visa

  • This visa is only allowed for the citizens of countries with whom USA has a treaty. These countries include Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Grenada, Iran, Jordon, Oman, Srilanka, Philippines etc.
  • The E2 Treaty investor visa allows the investors from treaty countries to live and to do business in USA with his / her dependants
  • It also allows executive and management level employees from treaty countries as well

Key Aspects for USA E2 Business Visa VISA

  • First the investment in business has to be done as per the business plan and then the petition of E2 visa has to be filed
  • There is no requirement in E2 visa that applicant has worked for the business outside the USA for a set period of time
  • There is no requirement under the E2 visa scheme that the business continues operating outside the USA
  • E2 visa is only available to people from specific nationality which have got treaty with the USA
  • E2 visa does not have requirement to generate minimum number of employment

Primary Conditions to avail E2 Business Visa

  • There has to be a substantial investment in the USA under E2 visa application. There is no specific investment requirement. However based on past experience, it is recommended that minimum of USD 50,000 onwards investment in business should be done in order to make bright chances for success of an application. Investments could include travel, sales and marketing, equipment purchases and a range of other expenses. E2 visa registration with smaller investment can be more difficult
  • The investment in the business has to be done upfront regardless of success or failure of the application. However in certain circumstances where existing business is purchased, the payment can be held in an escrow account and released to the seller of business once E2 visa application is approved
  • The investor with the E2 visa treaty requisite nationality will usually need to have at least a fifty percent ownership and control of the US business
  • There is no requirement to employ a particular number of US citizens or residents. Showing that you will employ two or three employees in the next one or two years will often be enough
  • You should have a business plan detailing the future plans for a new business. This should have detailed information on the new business and the plans to employ new staff in the USA
  • Details of the skills, qualifications, and work history should be provided for any prospective applicant
  • That the principal investor, and any other E2 visa staff, must be able and willing to leave the US upon termination of their E2 visa status, since the E2 is a non-immigrant visa category. However, the E2 Treaty investor visa can continue to be extended indefinite period

Different Business Options to avail E2 USA Visa

  • Business startup – Setting up completely new business
  • Business expansion – Setting up of branch of an existing overseas business
  • Buying existing business – Buying completely or minimum 50% shares of an existing business
  • Buying franchise

Consular E Visa Processing or Change of Status within USA

  • It is usual that E2 Registration and E2 visa is granted for a longer period of time at an Embassy. This depends on nationality and the policy at an US Embassy. However, in many cases the validity period when applying outside the US is five years. This is true for British citizens and many other nationalities. If you apply for change of status in the USA the maximum period granted is two years
  • If you apply under Consular processing not only is it more likely that E2 Registration and Visa will be for a much longer period, you will also not need to apply again. If you are successful in your application for an E2 visa you should be able to travel freely in and out of the US without having to make another application. If you have applied via change of status you have to apply again for a visa at an Embassy or Consulate. There is therefore an added risk that the US Embassy will not accept the decision of the USCIS in the US
  • The advantage of applying for an E2 visa via a change of status in the US is that with premium processing a decision can be obtained faster

Family & Dependants of E2 Visa Holder

  • Spouses and dependants of E2 visa workers are can also apply for E2 visas, and will normally be granted the same period of stay as the principal E2 visa holder
  • E2 – spouses and dependants do not need to be the same nationality as the principle applicant
  • Spouses are allowed to work. However, he / she has to apply for work authorisation
  • Children under the age of 21 can study but are not allowed to work under the E2 Treaty Investor visa category.
  • Children after reaching the age of 21 years of age under E2 visa status will need to change to his / her individual visa status
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