How to Get an E2 Visa

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There are specific steps to follow on how to get an E2 visa, a non-immigrant visa allowing foreigners to invest in and run a business in the United States. The E2 visa is intended to encourage foreign investment in the U.S. economy and promote economic growth. To qualify for an E2 visa, the applicant must be a national of a country with a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States and make a substantial investment in a U.S. business.

Steps to Follow in Applying for E2 Visa

  1. Determine Eligibility. You must be a citizen of a treaty country and plan to invest a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business.
  2. Invest in a Qualifying Business. You must invest in a U.S. business that meets the E2 visa requirements, including a legitimate and active commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking.
  3. Develop a Business Plan. You will need to develop a comprehensive business plan that outlines your investment, business goals, and the projected growth and success of the business.
  4. Gather Supporting Documentation. You must provide several documents, including proof of your citizenship, evidence of your investment, and any other documents required by the U.S. embassy or consulate.
  5. Apply for an E2 Visa. You must complete the online DS-160 form, pay the application fee, and schedule an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country.
  6. Attend the Visa Interview. You must attend an interview with a U.S. consular officer, who will review your application, ask you questions about your investment and business plan, and decide on your visa application.
  7. Receive your E2 Visa. If approved, the consular officer will issue you an E2 visa, allowing you to enter the United States and work in your E2 visa-approved business.

It is important to note that the E2 visa application process can be complex and time-consuming. Consider working with an experienced immigration attorney who can guide you through the process and increase your chances of success. Additionally, remember that the E2 visa is a temporary visa and will need to be renewed every two years as long as the qualifying investment and business plan continue to meet the E2 visa requirements.

Key Considerations When Applying for E2 Visa

  • Investment Requirements

    To qualify for an E2 visa, you must invest substantially in a U.S. business. The amount of investment required can vary depending on the nature of the business, but it must be significant enough to create jobs and generate profits.

  • Business Plan

    Your business plan should be comprehensive and outline your investment, business goals, and projected business growth and success. The plan should also demonstrate that your investment will create jobs for U.S. workers.

  • Treaty Country Eligibility

    Only citizens of treaty countries are eligible for the E2 visa program. Make sure that your country of citizenship is on the list of treaty countries before applying.

  • Consular Interview

    The consular interview is a crucial step in the E2 visa application process. Be prepared to answer questions about your investment, business plan, and personal qualifications.

  • Renewal

    The E2 visa is a temporary, valid visa for two years. You must continue to meet the investment and business plan requirements to renew your visa.

  • Immigration Attorney

    Working with an experienced immigration attorney can help navigate the E2 visa application process, prepare the necessary documents, and attend visa interviews.

  • Family Members

    E2 visa holders can bring their spouses and unmarried children under 21 to the United States. They can apply for E2 dependent visas, allowing them to live and work in the United States.

It is important to remember that the E2 visa application process can be complex and time-consuming. Careful preparation and attention to detail can increase your chances of success in obtaining an E2 visa.

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Key Terms for E2 Visas

  • Treaty Country: A country that has signed a treaty with the United States, allowing its citizens to apply for an E2 visa.
  • Substantial Investment: The investment required for an E2 visa must be significant and used to start or develop a business in the United States.
  • Business Plan: A comprehensive plan that outlines the investment, business goals, and projected growth and success of the business.
  • Consular Interview: An in-person interview with a U.S. consular officer at a U.S. embassy or consulate in the applicant's home country.
  • Dependents: E2 visa holders can bring their spouses and unmarried children under 21 to the United States as dependents.

Final Thoughts on E2 Visas

Obtaining an E2 visa can be a great opportunity for foreign investors who want to start or grow a business in the United States. However, it is important to understand that the application process can be complex and time-consuming. To increase the chances of success, applicants should have a comprehensive business plan and a significant investment and be prepared to answer questions during the consular interview.

Working with an experienced immigration attorney can help navigate the E2 visa application process. Additionally, E2 visa holders should be aware of the renewal requirements and limitations on employment. With careful planning and preparation, the E2 visa can be a path to business success in the United States.

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