If you are a foreign entrepreneur, an E-2 Visa is one of the most straightforward ways to build your business. An E-2 Visa is a nonimmigrant investor visa that can only be granted to entrepreneurs from a country with a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the United States. Although there is no dollar amount set, to qualify you need to make a substantial investment in either personal funds or a loan secured with already established property. Keep in mind that the investment amount must be sufficient to develop your business. In order to qualify for an E-2 Visa, you must:
This Visa requires the entrepreneur to put at stake a substantial investment capital. Even though there is no set number for your investment, a substantial amount is:
The E-2 Investor visa is only available to those living in a country that has a commerce treaty with the United States. Remember that you do not have to live in those countries to apply for an E-2; you need to be a citizen of a qualifying country. The Department of State maintains a complete list.
These are some of the privileges you gain when you are an E-2 Visa holder:
Some of the disadvantages of the E-2 may be:
Spouses and children (Unmarried and under 21 yo) may receive derivatives E visas to accompany the principal visa holder. The spouse of an E visa holder may apply to DHS for employment authorization. One of the most significant advantages for young families is that your children can attend school in the United States and superior education without the need for an F1 Visa. You may also bring employees to help you advance your enterprise, and a critical note to make here is that the derivative employees do not have to be from a country with a treaty, just the Visa holder.
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