When applying for an E-2 visa, you must sufficiently demonstrate that your current or planned investment in a U.S. business is substantial and involves a bona fide enterprise. There are different steps you can take to strengthen your application and chances of approval.
Engage in careful planning – You should have a detailed business plan, so there are no questions about the intended operations of the enterprise. Carefully select the right business entity to form to support your investment.
Set up your business entity properly – Having a properly formed business entity and all of the appropriate paperwork can help demonstrate it is a bona fide company. You should also open a corporate bank account, transfer the investment funds, obtain a commercial lease for a space that is appropriate for the operations, and purchase equipment, inventory, and other supplies.
Provide documentation – You can provide supporting documents with your application that indicates you have a bona fide enterprise. This may include your FEIN assignment from the IRS, prior tax returns, financial statements, organizational paperwork, payroll, licenses, contracts, and more.
Prove the source of your investment funds – It is extremely important to be able to demonstrate that your investment funds did not come from criminal activity or illegitimate means. You should provide a detailed statement and supporting documentation to show how you obtained the funds.
Demonstrate commitment to the enterprise – You should provide information and documents that show you are irrevocably dedicated to the investment and enterprise. This can include the work you have already put into the business, letters of intent or bill of sale, leases with a one-year term of longer, loan or mortgage agreements, stock purchase agreements, minutes of meetings, and much more.
Speak with an Immigration Lawyer in Santa Ana Today
The above are only some ways to improve your E-2 visa application, and you should discuss your specific situation with a Santa Ana immigration attorney at Brudner Law. Call 714.794.9366 or contact us online for an appointment.