E-2 Investor Visa
If you intend to buy a company or open your own business in the United States, make a substantial investment, and hire American workers, you may qualify for an E-2 visa.
How it works?
The E-2 visa is the result of bilateral treaties between the United States and several other countries.
To apply for this category of visas, you must be a citizen or employee of a company from a country with a specific trade agreement with the United States.
The candidate must own at least 50% of an American company’s shares or create a company, which will act as a sponsor in the immigration process.
Both the American company and the investor must qualify for the E-2 visa.
You may establish your company in any state in the United States. We will provide you with a list of trusted professionals who provide services related to the documents required for this process.
Benefits of the E-2 Visa
You will be able to legally work in the U.S. for the company in which you invested.
You will be able to travel freely in and out of the U.S. as long as you have a valid E-2 visa.
You may stay in the country for an indefinite period with unlimited extensions of two years, as long as you maintain valid E-2 status.
Benefits are extended to spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age.
Children of E-2 visa holders may attend school in the United States. They may attend public or private schools and also colleges or universities.
As an E-2 visa holder, you will only be allowed to work for your company, which is the sponsor of your E-2 visa. However, your spouse will be able to work for any local employer or be self-employed (spouses receive unrestricted work permits).
The E-2 visa also allows entrepreneurs to bring in key employees from their home countries to help with the business. E-2 visa holders may even apply for B-1 visas for domestic workers they want to bring into the United States.
The holder of an E-2 visa may be a partial or total owner of other companies. The investor will not need another visa to be the owner or a shareholder of another company but will not be able to work for any of those other companies.
The E-2 visa is a temporary visa that does not lead directly to permanent residence in the United States. However, you will be able to apply for a Green Card and permanent residence once you have established your business.