U.S. immigration policy supports investors and foreign commerce in a variety of ways. The E-2 visa is one way the U.S. ensures healthy investment in the United States. The E-2 visa is issued to individuals known as 'treaty investors'. A treaty investor is defined as a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation.
How much should I invest in the United States?
You should be coming to the U.S. to partake in a substantial investment. Your investment may be as high as $200,000 but in my work experience it can be lower too. Investors have used their money to purchase gas stations, car mechanic shops, auto repair operations and franchises. However you may also start your own company. This will involve you forming a corporation with officers and following the procedures of incorporation. You must own at least 50% of the company. Remember that the USCIS will require you to show where the investment money is coming from. The sources of the money must be from legal sources.
Your employees may also be eligible for the E-2 Visa if they are of the same nationality as you the lead investor.
Should I handle this E-2 application process alone?
I do not recommend filing this application without the help of an immigration attorney with experience in filing many E visa applications. There is simply too much at stake.
What steps must I take to receive the E-2 visa?
Application for an E-2 visa is at a U.S. Consulate in your country. We recommend you do not apply at a U.S. Consular Office outside of your permanent residence, since that process is more difficult.
What documents are need for the E-2 Visa?
To apply for an E-2 Visa, you must supply the following documents:
You may also be asked to prove that:
You may also be asked to describe in detail: