Want to follow your American dream? Learn more about the E-2 investor visa

WHAT IS THE E-2 VISA?
 
The E-2 is a non immigrant visa which allows investors to enter, reside and work in the United States, after investing in a US business.
 
The E-2 visa is valid for a period of time of three months until five years, depending on the country where you are from. It can also be extended with no limits.
 
HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED FOR E-2 VISA?
 
The applicant must make a substantial investment to qualify for the E2 investor visa. They should be prepared to invest at least US $100,000 to obtain a good E-2 visa case. However the law doesn’t state a minimum dollar amount. 
 
A substantial investment is defined as an amount sufficient to ensure the investor’s financial commitment to the successful operation of the enterprise, and it must be able to support you and your family for five years.
 
The actual amount required will depend on the type of business the investor chooses. Investments less than US $100,000 may potentially qualify for some low cost start-up businesses.A proportionality test is applied to compare the total amount invested in the enterprise with the cost of establishing a viable enterprise of the nature contemplated or the amount of capital needed to purchase an existing enterprise.The percentage of investment decreases at a gradual rate as the cost of the business increases. Here’s an example of that:
 
  • 75% investment in an enterprise costing $500,000 or less. If the cost of the enterprise is substantially lower than $500,000, 85% to 100% investment may be required.
  • 50% investment in an enterprise costing more than $500,000 but no more than $3 million.
  • 30% in any enterprise costing more than $3 million.
 
Once you’ve been successful in gaining an E-2 visa, you should remember that you should keep the business going, and your E-2 investment shouldn’t be considered a side project.
 
HOW LONG DOES THE E-2 VISA REGISTRATION PROCESS TAKE?
 
The time you may take getting an E-2 visa can vary depending on the country from where you apply and on which kind of application you make. The process is quicker if the business is already registered with the E-2 Treaty Investor scheme. 
 
Processing times for the registration of an E-2 visa business at US Embassies and Consulates vary around the World. Some may be able to complete applications in a few weeks, others could take a number of months. You can speed up the process by applying from within the US, directly to the USCIS using premium processing, but this is not really recommended. 
 
Please note however that the COVID-19 Pandemic has seen patchy delays in processing.
 
WHICH ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF E-2 VISA?
 
  • A foreign investor can enter the country with his or her family (spouse and children under 21)
  • the spouse can work and the children can study legally
  • the E2 visa can be easily renewed
 
WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF GETTING AN E-2 VISA?
 
The E-2 visa application process can be daunting, and will require proper planning to be successful. However, prospective investors should note that most E-2 visa applications are approved, and with proper planning and execution your application can be approved too.
 
Keep in mind that many of the denials result from applicants filing on their own. The approval rate for applications filed with the aid of legal advice is over 80%.
 
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR E-2 VISA?
 
The investor must be a national of a country with which the United States have commerce and navigation deals, such as: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China (Taiwan), Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark (excluding Greenland), Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.
 
WHICH BUSINESSES CAN I INVEST IN?
 
You can invest in many types of US businesses, so it should be relatively easy to find one that fits.
 
The food industry is one of the most popular. Applicants often open a restaurant, a bakery, a cafe or a bar, frequently bringing foreign culinary traditions to the USA.
 
You can invest in construction, an interior design company, or home services, such as housekeeping and gardening. You can also invest in the education sector instead by opening a language school.
 
Of course you can also invest in personal care, in factories, in pet care or tourism, and there are many other options.
 
IS E-2 VISA PERMANENT RESIDENCY?
 
The E-2 visa is a non-immigrant visa, which means that it is temporary and doesn’t lead to permanent residency. Once your children turn 21 years old, they are no longer allowed under the principal E-2 visa arrangement, but they have to apply for their own one. The only way to obtain a permanent residency is to get a Green Card.
 
CAN E-2 VISA APPLY FOR GREEN CARD? HOW?
 
An E-2 visa owner cannot apply for a green card directly, but can convert the E2 visa into a Green Card.
 
To obtain the Green Card, there are many options.
 
You can decide to invest more money to get an EB-5 Green Card. In certain areas called “targeted employment areas”, the minimum investment is $900,00 investment in a USCIS-Approved project. In all other areas, the minimum required investment is $1.8 million. The investment does not have to be all in cash; other assets may be taken into account, including debts, stock, or hardware. The funds must also be shown to come from lawful sources.
 
BREAKING NEWS:
 
Please note, on 22 June 2021, the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the new regulations which took effect under the Trump Administration on 21 November 2019 must be “set aside”.
 
It is possible that USCIS will appeal the decision or the Administration will finalise the EB-5 Modernization Rule, but until then the old minimum investment amounts apply and revert back to $500,000 if in a TEA / otherwise $1m) and Targeted Employment Area standards go back to pre-November 2019.
 
For more information on the judgment CLICK HERE
 
Another option may be, asking the sponsor of your employer, who has to prove that after looking for native US workers, they didn’t find any. Plus showing how he advertised the job position. You can also opt for the sponsor of a family member.
 
Last, but not least, you can also create a large business outside the US and work as a manager there. After 1 year, you can return to the US and get your L1 visa.
 
DO E-2 VISA HOLDERS PAY TAXES?
 
In the United States, whether you are a citizen, immigrant, or non-immigrant, as long as you earn an income in the country, you are subject to taxation. Therefore, you have to pay taxes as an E-2 visa holder.
 
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