E2 Visas for the United States of America
An E2 visa is a type of United States work visa for investors. There is also the E1 visa, which is for traders. These are popular visas that can be issued to citizens of specific countries, and may be a great way for you to experience fantastic business opportunities in the United States. But what is an E2 visa, and who can qualify for one?
About the E2 Investor Visa for the United States
The E2 visa allows the holder to invest in and work in the United States. For these visas, someone must be an owner of or an investor in a United States business, and their investment must be considered “substantial”. Requirements for an E2 visa for the United States include having these “substantial” investment funds available and that they can be committed to the investment, that the investment is in an active business and is not in something like buying a house, that at least 50% of the business is owned by a foreign national from a country with a United States treaty, and that the investment provides a living for more than the visa holder and their family.
While there is not a specific minimum investment amount that is necessary, most of these investments are in the $100,000 (USD) area. However, in some cases it may be less.
In some cases, an employee of an E2 company can also be granted an E2 visa depending on their role in the company. For example, executives, managers and supervisors may qualify, while minor employees may also qualify if they have specia skills or qualifications.
Applicants for E2 visas must be from a country that has signed a treaty with the United States for the E2 visa, and a list of those countries can be found here.
Please note that in the summer of 2012, Israel was added to this list of countries with an E2 treaty with the United States.
Do you have questions about the E2 visa? We can help you! Please contact us at the phone number above or by using the e-mail form to the right for assistance.
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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