What to Know About E-2 Investor Visas

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What are the advantages of an investor visa?

You will want to recognize that E visas have a number of different advantages. First, it is the only visa that permits a foreign national to be self-employed in the U.S. Additionally, E visas are issued for up to 5 years and can be renewed and extended in five-year increments as long as the qualifying activity persists. The main applicant’s spouse and children of the investor will be identified in the same category and qualified for employment authorization during the entire duration of the E visa. Other benefits include the direct filing with the consular post and you do not require the permission of the USCIS; the ability to remain in the U.S. indefinitely; prior work experience or advanced degree is not required, and there are no statutory limitations to the number of E visas which can be administered.

What is an E-2 visa?

To be able to qualify for an E-2 visa, the foreign investor or enterprise must have invested or must be active in the process of investing in a U.S. enterprise. The investment of capital must be put at risk in a commercial enterprise with the expectation of earning a profit. You are required not only to have possession of the investment but also to control it. Most importantly, the investment must be irrevocably dedicated to the U.S. enterprise and issue partial or total loss if the investment does not thrive. The capital must be your unsecured personal business capital or capital assured by personal assets. As a result, uncommitted funds in a bank account are not acceptable. However, placing funds in escrow pending approval of an E visa with legal mechanisms that irrevocably commit funds but also protect the investor if the application is denied is permitted.

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