If you are a foreign national and would like to come to the United States to invest in a business enterprise, you might qualify to obtain an E-2 Treaty Investor visa. The following are some common questions and brief answers regarding the E-2 visa. For specific questions, contact an immigration lawyer in Santa Ana directly.
Who can apply?
To qualify for classification as an E-2 investor, you should meet the following criteria:
- Currently be a national of a country that is a party to an E-2 treaty with the United States (you can find qualifying countries here)
- You are investing or have invested a substantial amount in a United States business enterprise
- You want to come to the U.S. to direct and develop your investment enterprise
What is considered to be a substantial investment?
There is no minimum amount of investment that qualifies you for an E-2 visa, and the amount will vary depending on the nature of the enterprise. You should discuss your specific investment or planned investment with a lawyer who assists with E-2 applications. Under the circumstances, your investment should not be considered “marginal” and might be in the range of $100,000. You must accept the risk of your investment.
How long does an E-2 visa last?
An E-2 visa lasts for a maximum of two years, though you may apply for a renewal for additional two-year terms. This is a nonimmigrant visa, however, so you must maintain the intention to leave the U.S. in the future.
Can my family join me in the U.S.?
You may also apply for visas for your spouse and children under age 21 to accompany you to the United States.
Contact an Immigration Lawyer in Santa Ana for More Information
Brudner Law handles E-2 visa applications, so please do not hesitate to contact our office for a consultation. Call 714.794.9366 or contact us online today.