The E-2 Investor visa has been designated for citizens of countries that maintain treaties of commerce and navigation with the United States. Qualifying E2 Visa entities can become registered as E Visa Companies. Qualifying owners, executives, supervisors, or essentially skilled employees are able to obtain E2 visas to perform work for the company inside the United States. We discuss what businesses can qualify for registration as an E2 Visa company here.
E2 Visa status is investors coming to the United States to develop or direct the operations of a business enterprise in which they have invested a substantial amount of capital. One of the main considerations when determining qualifications for the E2 visa is an investment. We discuss what is considered an “investment” for the E2 Investor visa.
E Visa status is available to nationals of countries that maintain treaties with the United States for commerce and navigation. The E2 Visa is specifically for those coming to the United States to develop or direct the operations of a business enterprise in which they have invested a substantial amount of capital. One of the main considerations when determining qualifications for the E2 visa is whether the investment is considered “substantial.” In order to determine the substantiality of an investment, a proportionality test is used. We discuss what is considered “substantial” and the “proportionality test” here.
There are two ways to obtain an E2 Visa as a Treaty Trader, at a US Consulate or Embassy, or by mail with USCIS through a change of status. We recently received approval for an E2 visa for the owner of a gas station who changed status from a visitor visa to an E2 visa while remaining inside the United States. Read more about this case here.
Arrive US Immigration Law Podcast – Episode 13 – In the most recent episode of the Arrive Podcast, we discuss the E1 and E2 Visa options for Canadians doing business or investing in the United States.