E-2 VISA

The E-2 is essentially a visa for entrepreneurs who want to come to the U.S. to open and operate a business. The regulations refer to it as a “Treaty Investor Visa” and this simply means that there must be a treaty between your country and the U.S. that allows you to apply for the E-2. Most countries are eligible, however some major countries like China, India, Russia and Brazil are not.

The Basics

The E-2 visa is an excellent option for entrepreneurs starting or purchasing businesses in the U.S. The regulations do not state a minimum required investment for the E-2 visa. In our experience, we have successfully represented clients investing as little as $79,000. The required amount of investment depends greatly on the nature of the business and can include working capital as well as past expenditures such as computers, software, furniture, etc.

For more detailed information, please see our E-2 Visa Guide.

Quick Processing

The client will receive their E-2 visa in as little as 15 days of application with the USCIS if premium processing is selected, or as little as 30 days of application at a consular post.

Benefits/Challenges

Benefits:

  • Infinite duration: the E-2 visa can be renewed as long as the business continues to operate
  • Validity periods are often 5 years at a time
  • Does not require a massive investment

Challenges:

  • Not all countries are eligible
  • Cannot use a loan as the source of funds for investment