In order to qualify for an E2 Investor’s visa, the applicant must first be a citizen of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation. These countries are commonly referred to as E-2 Treaty Countries.
If you are a citizen of one of these countries, then continue reading to see if you meet the other qualifications. If you are a citizen of a country that does not qualify under an E2 Treaty Investor’s Visa, such as Brazil or Russia, than please visit our “Do I Qualify?” page to review the other options you may have to come, live, and work in the United States.
If your country is listed as one of the E2 Treaty Countries, then you are on the right track in considering applying for an E2 visa, but there are also other factors that you must consider.
Taking on the process of applying for an E2 Investor’s visa is not a simple task. An E2 visa applicant is not only taking on the creation and maintenance of a real and bona fide enterprise, but also taking on this responsibility in the United States, where running a business may be very different from running a business in your own country. These responsibilities may include business licensing, tax rules and regulations, and more. It is important to discuss these issues with an experienced business law attorney to ensure that you start your business off on a solid foundation.
If you are willing to take on the exciting process of creating this bona-fide enterprise, then the next step is to look at your financial situation and determine how much of an investment you are able to make. Although it is important to be financially prudent so that you will have funds to both support yourself and your family and reinvest in the business, it is also important to invest as much into the enterprise at the beginning as possible.
The investment requirement for an E2 visa is subjectively defined as “substantial.” This means that although there is no set minimum for an investment, it is generally understood the more you invest in your business, the better your chances are of having your visa approved. This investment MUST be a real investment, meaning that your money could be subject to partial or complete loss.
Once you have made the commitment to begin your enterprise and take on the risk of investment, you must then consider the number of employees that you will be able to employ. The E2 visa requirement for employees is equally as subjective as the investment definition, but it is generally a good rule to hire at least two employees (besides yourself or your family) within the first two (2) years of opening the enterprise.
When considering applying for an E2 visa, it is also important to give yourself and your attorney enough time to properly execute the application process. Although we at Boyer Law Firm strive to complete visa applications as quickly as possible, there are many factors that can and will delay your visa process. These delays may include the obtainment of documents, the time it takes to create a bona fide enterprise, and the human factor of working with real estate professionals, business vendors, and other professionals and individuals.
Applying for an E2 visa is an excellent opportunity to live and work in the United States, but it also not an easy task. If you believe that you qualify for an E2 visa, then contact Boyer Law Firm’s E2 visa attorneys today.