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If you wish to work in the U.S. by starting or investing in a U.S. business, an E-2 Visa may be an option for you. E visas are U.S. work visas for people working in the U.S. in trade or in investment. E visas can only be issued to countries where there is a treaty between the foreign national’s country and the USA.
Two types of E visa applications:
E-2 visas are for owners and investors in businesses in the United States. The E-2 is a temporary U.S. work visa that may be granted for “substantial” investments in the U.S. An investment must meet several criteria in order to qualify for an E-2 visa.
Employees of E-2 companies may be granted E-2 visas if they are or will be engaged in duties that are executive, managerial, or supervisory in nature. If employed in a minor capacity, the employee may be granted an E-2 visa if he or she has special qualifications that make the services to be rendered essential to the enterprise.
The spouse and children (unmarried and under 21) of E-1 or E-2 visa holders are entitled to the same E-1 or E-2 classification as the principal.
In order to qualify for the E-2 Visa as an investor, you have to:
There is no minimum amount of investment necessary to obtain an E-2 visa. The investment just has to be “substantial”. What is considered a substantial amount will depend on factors such as the type of business involved, the number of jobs created by the investor’s personal assets, etc. In most cases, the investment should be at least $100,000USD, but sometimes it may be less than this.
Yes if the following conditions are met
To qualify for E-2 Employee classification, the employee or prospective employee of a treaty investor must:
* Be the same nationality of the principal alien employer (who must have the nationality of the treaty country)
* Meet the definition of “employee” under relevant law
* Either be engaging in duties of an executive or supervisory character, or if employed in a lesser capacity, have special qualifications.
E-1 visas are for individuals involved in the exchange, purchase or sale of goods/services or merchandise. Services include technology transfer, architecture and engineering services, management consulting or accounting. The trade in goods and services should be substantial in terms of value, volume or a large number of small transactions.
The trade must also meet the following criteria:
In order to qualify for an E visa, you have to be a national of a country that has a Treaty with the U.S. for E visas.
Below is the list of countries that have an E visa treaty, for both types of E visas.
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Canada,
China(Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Honduras, Israel (new) , Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan,
Korea, Liberia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands,
Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Montenegro,
Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Turkey,
Countries with Treaties conferring only E-1 treaty-trader status:
Bolivia, Brunei, Denmark, Greece, Israel, Latvia
Countries with Treaties conferring only E-2 treaty-investor status:
Armenia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Congo, Czech Republic, Ecuador,
Egypt, Grenada, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco,
Panama, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Slovak Republic, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Ukraine, Zaire
When applying for an E visa, all the criteria must be met. With all of the paperwork and documentation required, it is easy to miss important details that can lead to a rejected application.
Without any legal help, navigating through the complicated application process is frustrating and potentially fruitless. When it comes to preparing an application for investors or traders, experienced legal teams will know the best way to prepare a successful application package.
With over 15 years of experience of working with investors and traders, we know what the U.S. immigration department requires. We have helped thousands and thousands of foreign nationals successfully enter the U.S. with E visas and we can help you too!
The first step towards a successful E-2 visa application is getting an assessment of your case. Fill out our free immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.
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