E2 visa – Entrepreneur
An E-2 visa allows individuals to enter the U.S. for the purpose of making a significant capital investment in a business and direct that business. This can be a start-up or existing business or franchise. Although there are no specific amounts mandated, the investment amount should be enough to justify the long-term sustainability of the business and workforce.
The eligibility and requirements of an E2 visa are:
· Be a national of a country with which the United States maintains treaty relations of navigation and commerce
· Be an active investor in an U.S. business
· Enter the U.S. only to direct investment to U.S. business
· Invest significant capital or funds in the U.S. business
You have the burden of proof to show that you qualify for an E visa. You must have sufficient and organized documentary evidence in order to receive an approval.
We know this can be daunting and challenging or difficult to do.
Often, USCIS will respond to your petition with a Request for Evidence, requiring you to explain parts of your petition in more detail or provide additional documentation. These requests must be adequately responded to and in a timely manner or your petition will be denied.
In order to obtain an E2 visa you must be from a country that has formed a treaty of continuous trade and investment with the United States. E-2 visa countries include:
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Singapore, Slovak republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.
Contact us to discuss the specifics of your needs and answer any questions you may have. We will advise you on which option is best for you and provide you with an estimate of the associated fees.
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