The E2 Visa: Investor Visas and how they work
There has been a lot of media coverage about investor visas in the United States, specifically E2 visas. Skeptics indicate that with this visa, the US is selling a fast lane to residency (and possibly US citizenship).
What is the E2 visa?
The E-2 visa authorizes a national of a country with an E-2 treaty investor visa, the opportunity to invest and live in the United States. There is no minimum investment amount required, however, an investment of at least $150,000 increases the chances of the visa being approved. In addition, there is no minimum required number of US jobs to be created. Most home countries allow for a 5-year renewable visa indefinitely as long as the business is operational and financial benefits not only the investor but also the economy of the United States. E2 visas have a high approval rate.
Children and Spouses
This visa not only allows the investor to reside in the United States but also any children and spouse. Children have to be less than 21 years of age. The visa is usually aimed at individuals who are natives of a country that has an E2 treaty formed with the United States. These individuals have to be either purchasing a business or creating one in the United States, which will subsequently create job opportunities for Americans.
The E2 Visa is given to those who meet these requirements and after approval are granted a stay of up to 2 years or 25 months. The applicant of an E2 visa has to go through the US Embassy in the country of origin and with the help of an immigration attorney can get through the process successfully.
To meet all the necessary conditions to obtain the visa, here is a recap of some of the requirements:
- Citizen of the country of origin where the treaty has been signed
- Must have a bonafide and active business investment in the United States
- Must have the intention of entering the United States strictly for the same business operation
- Must have fifty percent or more shares in the company
- Must function as a manager of the company
- Must prove that the money to finance the business was acquired lawfully
For E2 visa law Los Angeles offers various attorneys that specialize in this area. You can go through the process with confidence, knowing you are dealing with an experienced professional.