Investment Visas (E-2)
Navigating the E-2 Visa Process: Your Path to Investment Opportunities in the USA
If you are an entrepreneur or investor seeking to capitalize on business opportunities in the United States, the E-2 visa could be the gateway to your aspirations. The E-2 visa is designed for individuals from treaty countries who wish to invest in and manage a business within the US. At QBM Legal, we understand the significance of the E-2 visa and are committed to guiding you through the application process with expertise and efficiency.
The E-2 Visa Process:
Nationality Requirement: To qualify for an E-2 visa, you must be a citizen of a treaty country that maintains a bilateral investment treaty with the United States. Ensure that your country is on the list of treaty countries before proceeding.
Substantial Investment: The E-2 visa requires a substantial investment in a US enterprise. The investment must be sufficient to ensure the successful operation of the business and can vary based on the nature and scale of the enterprise.
Ownership or Control: As an applicant, you must demonstrate that you either own the investment enterprise or possess operational control over its operations.
Non-Marginal Enterprise: The business venture must not be considered marginal, meaning it should have the capacity to generate more than a minimal living for the investor and their family.
Investment Must be At-Risk: The investment funds must be committed and at risk, meaning they are subject to loss if the business fails.
The E-2 visa application necessitates a comprehensive set of documents to support your eligibility. These may include:
A detailed business plan outlining the nature of the enterprise, financial projections, and job creation potential.
Proof of the substantial investment, such as bank statements, asset valuations, or loan agreements.
Evidence of ownership or control over the enterprise, such as articles of incorporation or partnership agreements.
Documentation showcasing the non-marginal nature of the business, such as financial statements and revenue projections.
A treaty trader visa application (Form DS-160) and payment of the associated fee.
Any additional documents required by the US consulate or embassy where you will apply for the visa.
Benefits of the E-2 Visa:
The E-2 visa offers numerous advantages, including:
Ability to live and work in the US with unlimited visa extensions as long as the business remains viable.
Flexibility to travel in and out of the US without affecting visa status.
Eligibility for derivative E-2 visas for spouse and dependent children under 21.
No numerical limitation on the number of E-2 visas issued annually, ensuring accessibility for qualified applicants.
How QBM Legal Can Assist with the E-2 Visa Process:
At QBM Legal, our experienced immigration attorneys have a deep understanding of the intricacies involved in obtaining an E-2 visa. We are here to support you throughout the application process, offering the following services:
Case Assessment: A thorough evaluation of your circumstances to determine eligibility and devise a tailored strategy.
Document Preparation: Assistance in gathering and organizing the required documentation to strengthen your application.
Petition Submission: Skillful completion and submission of your E-2 visa petition, ensuring accuracy and compliance with regulations.
Consulate/Embassy Support: Guidance and representation during interviews at US consulates or embassies.
Ongoing Support: Continual support throughout the process, answering any queries and addressing concerns promptly.
With the E-2 visa, you can seize investment opportunities in the United States and embark on a path to success. At QBM Legal, we are dedicated to providing you with the guidance and expertise needed to navigate the E-2 visa process with confidence. Contact us today for a confidential consultation, and let us help you achieve your business aspirations in the US.