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Non-Immigrant Investor Visa (E-2 visa): Part one of a two part series on investor visa options.   Did you know? Foreign Entrepreneurs establish more than 25% of US businesse

Non-Immigrant Investor Visa (E-2 visa): Part one of a two part series on investor visa options.

 
Did you know? Foreign Entrepreneurs establish more than 25% of US businesses.

To join the ranks of these successful startups, you must first qualify for one of the following Non-Immigrant Investor Visa (E-2 Visa) or an Immigrant Investor Visa (E5 Visa). In this two part blog series, I will describe the basics of each visa, and follow with personal observations from experience to help you further understand your options.

 
The Basics of a Non Immigrant Investor Visa (E-2 visa):

This visa is for you if:

  • You are a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation
  • You dispose of a substantial amount of capital
  • You are in the process of investing or close to invest the capital in a US company.
  • You are coming to the United States to develop and direct the company, ie: you own at least 50% of the company or control the company operation through a managerial position for example
  • Your business is not marginal, meaning cannot be set up to only support yourself and your family. Moreover, the business must be a viable one (which can be demonstrated by providing a business plan accounting for future growth: income, personnel etc..).
  • You intend to return in your home country.

Observations:

Capital: There is no minimum capital required. The law only requires the capital to be substantial. The amount invested will depend on the type of business. However, it is generally difficult to obtain an E-2 visa with an investment of less than $50,000.

Investment:  There must be an investment in a commercial sense, meaning that you must put money in the company with the objective of generating a profit, and the capital must be at risk of partial or total loss if the business fails. Moreover, you must be able to prove that the money invested was legally.

Duration: Once you enter the United states on a E-2 visa, you are entitled to stay in the US for 2 years to run your business. This 2 years period can be extended, as long as you meet the E-2 visa requirements. There are no limits on the number of extensions for this visa.

 

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