Can I Get a U.S. Visa Through Investment?


Can you obtain a United States work visa through an investment in a new or existing business? The answer is yes! You can obtain an E2 investor visa, which is a work visa, when you make a substantial investment in a United States business (new or existing).

Getting a U.S. Visa Through Investment

The investment needs to be substantial, although there isn’t really a minimum requirement. To give you an idea, you can expect to invest about $100,000. In addition, you must be from a country that has signed a treaty for the E2 visa with the United States.

Eligibility for the E2 work visa in the United States

To get the E2 visa, you need to have the money ready to go for your investment, and the investment itself must be in a business – not in something like buying a home or another passive investment. The investment must be in a business, and it needs to be an active investment that generates a profit.

The business itself needs to be at least half-owned by a foreign national who is also from a treaty country, and the business needs to provide more than enough for that foreign national and their family to live on.

Are You Interested in Getting a U.S. Visa Through Investment?

We have been helping people from all over the world invest in the United States or obtain work visas for over 15 years, including investment visas such as the E2 visa and trade visas like the E1 visa. We can help you with your application, determine your eligibility and answer any questions you may have about this visa and others. Contact us to book a consultation.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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