E2 Visa Lawyers Role in the US Business Application Process

Q. Hi I wish to open a convenience store in the US. I am a Canadian citizen and have about $100,000 to invest. How can an immigration lawyer help me with the E2 Visa application?


A. As with all other US Visa Applicants, lawyers can play a very important role in managing the entire E2 visa application process from providing the necessary list of documentation and information, to preparing the required Visa application forms and advising applicants about their interview with the US Consulate. E2 Visa cases require a significant amount of documentation to demonstrate that applicants have a viable business in the US, have made a substantial investment in the US  etc.

Moreover, if there are problems with the application, your immigration lawyer should be able to respond to the US Consulate or Service Center in an effective and timely manner to address any concerns that arise. Finally, there are certain technicalities associated with E2 Visa applications in terms of reentry to the US after issuance.  Some of these issues have already been addressed in previous E2 visa blogs here and here.

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

  • Robin


    I am from Bangladesh. I want to invest in the U.S. How can I do invest in the U.S.?

    • Dear Robin,

      Usually, one needs to apply for an E-2 visa. The E-2 is a non-immigrant U.S. work visa that may be granted for substantial investments in the U.S.
      There is no minimum amount of investment necessary to obtain an E-2 visa. However, in most cases, the investment should be at least $100,000USD although it can be less than this depending on the type of business involved, the number of jobs created, and the your personal assets.

      Thank you.

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