The E-2 investor visa allows a national of a treaty country to enter the United States to develop and direct a business in which (s)he invested, or in which (s)he is actively in the process of investing a “substantial” amount of capital. The investor can purchase or invest in an existing business or start a new business. The E-2 investor has to put funds “at risk” and has to show that funds were not obtained through criminal activity. The investor has to have controlling interest in business and the business cannot be marginal. It cannot be solely to earn a living for the investor and his family (they have to create job(s) for U.S. workers).
The E-2 investor visa is only available to investors from countries that have treaties of commerce and navigation with the U.S. There are more than 80 such countries. For instance, a foreign investor from United Kingdom can apply, while a foreign investor from India or Russia may not since the U.S. does not have treaties with these countries at this time.
The length of the visa is based on reciprocity with treaty countries — for example Canadian investors’ E-2 visas are valid for 5 years while Mexican investors’ E-2 visas only for 1 year.
The E-2 investor may only work for the company (s)he has invested in. His family (spouse and children under age 21) may accompany him to the U.S. and are not required to be of a treaty country nationality. His spouse can apply for an employment authorization to work anywhere in the U.S.
The foreign investor must show that (s)he meets all requirements of E-2 investor visa. While some investors may be able to obtain E-2 visa without a lawyer, in order to obtain timely approval, it’s advisable to hire an experienced investor visa attorney. An investor visa attorney Irena Juras has tract record of obtaining E-2 visas for investors from all over the world. Please call an immigration attorney in Phoenix at 480-425-2009 today or send us an email to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION and we will help you obtain your E-2 visa. Investor visa attorney in Phoenix Irena Juras has extensive experience obtaining (E-2) investor visas for her clients. As an immigrant herself, she understands your concerns. She will work diligently to make sure the investor visa application is approved in the shortest amount of time. We will help you understand your legal options and answer your questions about the process.