E-2 Investor Visas Are Becoming Harder for Canadians to Obtain These Days

E-2 Visas Can be Tricky in a Poor Economy

We have written about E-2 Investor Visas in the past: those US Work Permits for investors starting or buying a business in the US. Such business are often launched by entrepreneurs taking on great personal risk in the hopes of creating employment for themselves and other American workers.

In times of economic hardship in the US, you would think that USCIS and the various Consulates that process E Visas, would welcome such applicants and do what they could to approve them. Not so it seems. At our office, we handle many E-2 Visa applications, many of which, represent great opportunities not just for their Canadian applicants but for prospective US employees who would be working in these businesses. Canadians generally have a very good track record of success in the US in virtually every industry. The E Visa process is a gateway to the US for Canadian entrepreneurs who can be properly regarded as a source of US employment.

However, sometimes we are shocked to discover that after carefully preparing our client’s E visa applications and waiting for the US Consulate to process them, we sometimes get letters of refusal.  Reasons such as “lack of marginality”, “passive, not-at-risk investments”, not “substantial, uncommitted”, are often cited. While not all prospective E-2 businesses will meet the regulatory criteria, it is not necessary that E applications have to be virtually guaranteed to succeed and will hit home runs right out the gate either.

But based on some of the refusals, it appears that perfect cases are what it takes.  And a what is a “perfect case” anyway?  To make matters worse, we have seen incredibly well capitalized businesses with proven success operated by experienced applicants nevertheless get refused. Frankly there is no good reason for this.

Our experience is shared by other US immigration attorneys in Canada and within the US who have to tell their frustrated clients the bad news.  Other creative strategies to get our clients to the US have to be employed often involving longer wait times and greater expense and risk. Prospective US employees waiting for work will have to wait longer.

Canadian Investor Visas Are Still Being Approved

But it is not all doom and gloom. E Visa applicants are still getting approved and we get lots of them!  But given the strained economy south of the border, one would think we would see the contrary trend. Sadly the “gate keepers” to the US seem to have another perspective. Let’s hope that this will change soon.

Benefits of an E-2 Visa?

  • If you qualify for an E-2 they can be valid for up to 5 years and they are renewable. There is no cap on E-2s.
  • Your spouse can apply for a work visa after your E-2 is issued
  • Your children can go to school under the age of 21
  • E2s can be approved relatively quickly –within a month after submission

E-2 Visas are an attractive option for those wishing to establish or buy into a business in the US.

Why Seeking Professional Help for an E-2 Visa is Crucial

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.

Why Hire Us to Help You With Your E-2 Visa Application?

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!

 

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

  • Jubin

    I am a Canadian PR with an Indian nationality, my question raises if I can be eligible to apply for E2 Visa??

    • Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Jubin,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would have to know more about your professional background to help determine if you would be eligible for an E-2 visa. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

  • John Lee

    To pursue E2 Visa, do we need to set up a US Corporation first then apply for E2 Visa or do we obtain E2 Visa first, then set up a US Corporation?

    • Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi John,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may be granted an E-2 visa while you are investing a substantial amount of capital in a US corporation. To start a new business in the US you will likely obtain an E-2 visa. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

  • sid reddy

    I am a canadian citizen like to know the information regarding e2 visa. As I am interested in persuing business opportunities in usa. please let me know.

    thanks
    sid reddy

    • Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sid. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals. There are many factors involved in obtaining a E-2 visa. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

  • Rodney Burley

    hi Michael, about what % of Canadians applying for the E2 get it? thanks, great article, Rod

    • Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Rodney. The E-2 Investor Visa allows an individual to enter and work inside of the United States based on an investment he or she will be controlling, while inside the United States. Provided that your investment is considered to be legitimate, you should not have any problems. If you need more help developing a strategy, please contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

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