Not all E-2 visa investments are done with multi-million dollar purchases. In fact, most E-2 visa investments we see are made up of several small investment amounts. If you are applying for an E-2 investor visa, it is important to understand what expenses can be used towards the investment amount. We discuss what expenses can be used in an E-2 investor visa application here.
E-2 Visa Investment Requirement
Under INA 101(a)(15)(E)(ii) an E2 visa is available for investors whose purpose is, “solely to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which he has invested, or of an enterprise in which he is actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital.” Three factors are used to determine the meaning of “investment” such as (1) Source of Funds, (2) Risk of Funds, and (3) Commitment of Funds. We explain these factors here.
What expenses can be used in an E-2 investor visa application?
When calculating the total investment amount, there are many different expenses that can be used towards the E-2 visa investment amount. It must be demonstrated that all expenses are for investment and not personal purposes. Expenses for E-2 visa purposes may include:
- The purchase of land or real property.
- Office supplies, equipment, inventory, and other business-related expenses.
- The cost of permits, licensing, insurance, legal fees, and other professional fees.
- Marketing expenses including websites, signage, brochures, advertisements, or any other business-related marketing expense.
- Utility payments for electric, gas, water, internet, phone service, or any other business-related utility payment.
- Value of equipment or goods transferred to the United States such as machinery for a factory, or vehicles for a logistics company.
- Lease payments for property and/or equipment. You can use up to one year of advanced payments towards the investment amount.
Ultimately, you are able to use any business-related expense towards your E-2 visa investment calculation. Any expenses must be backed with adequate documentation. Expenses that cannot be proven with supporting documentation will not be accepted.
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