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E-2 Investors

The E-2 Treaty Investor visa is one of the most popular visas used by foreign investors to buy or operate a business and to live and work in the U.S.

An individual may apply for an E-2 investor visa to come to the U.S. to develop and direct the business operations of a U.S. company, which received the investment. Individuals may also come to the U.S. to make a “substantial investment” in a U.S. company. The amount of the investment depends on many different factors, but must generally be more than $50,000.

Requirements for the E-2 Visa:

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You must be a national of a treaty country

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You must be the principal investor or an executive, manager or employee with special skills essential to the investing country
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The business invested in must be at least 50% owned by the investor of the treaty country.
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The investment must create or maintain U.S. job opportunities, either direct or indirect
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Substantial documentation of direct or indirect investment is needed particularly by smaller entities such as legal formation documents of the company, financial accounts and bank statements.

Once an individual is granted an E visa, their employees may also be eligible for E-visas to work in the U.S. These employees include executives, managers and essential skilled workers who are citizens of the E-2 visa investor country.

Processing Times
The processing time to obtain an E-2 visa depends on whether you are applying from within the U.S. or outside the U.S. A U.S. consulate will usually process an E visa application within a couple of days. For individuals applying from within the U.S., it usually takes 3 to 4 months for the E visa application and approval process, however Premium Processing is available at an additional cost if you need the visa sooner.

Duration of Stay
An E visa will be issued for a period of time based on the agreement between your home county and the U.S. Initial E visas are issued for a maximum of two years but can be extended indefinitely in increments of two years.

Spouses and Children
The spouse and minor children of an E visa holder can live and study in the U.S. under E status. Spouses can work, but children cannot work.

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