E-2 Visa

Are you seeking ways to take your business to new heights? Consider the E-2 visa as your key to expanding your business in one of the world’s most dynamic economies. At Oguz Law, we provide comprehensive guidance to entrepreneurs and investors from around the globe at every stage of their E-2 visa processes, helping them seize the opportunities the U.S. market offers.

The E-2 visa is an excellent opportunity for investors who wish to establish and expand their businesses in the United States. It enables them to play an active role in managing and engaging in enterprises, which promotes economic and cultural exchanges.

Our team is here to support you at every stage of the E-2 visa process, helping you expand your business ventures in the U.S.

What is the E-2 Visa?

The E-2 visa is a non-immigrant visa category that encourages foreign nationals to invest in and manage businesses in the United States. This visa category promotes investor immigration by providing an opportunity for individuals from treaty countries to contribute to the U.S. economy.

Who Qualifies for the E-2 Visa?

To qualify for the E-2 visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Treaty Country Nationality

The applicant and the treaty enterprise must both be citizens of a country that has a valid treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. The applicant’s citizenship determines their nationality, while the nationality of the enterprise is determined by the shareholders who own at least 50% of the company’s shares and hold citizenship from the treaty country.

Substantial Investment

The applicant must have made a substantial investment in a U.S. enterprise. The investment must be at risk, meaning the investor must have personally invested or be in the process of investing a significant amount of capital.

Ownership and Control

The applicant must own or have a controlling interest in the U.S. enterprise. The investment should demonstrate the investor’s ability to direct and develop the business.

Active Investment

The investment must be in an active, commercial enterprise that generates income and provides job opportunities within the United States.

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    How Does the Application Process Work?

    Step 1: Initial Consultation and Assessment of Eligibility

    The first step is determining if the person or company qualifies for an E-2 visa. The nationality of the person or company, the size and risk of the investment, and the foreign national’s involvement in the U.S. business are assessed.

    Step 2: Establishment of Business in the U.S. (if not already established)

    If the company hasn’t been established yet, the first step is to set up the business entity in the United States. This involves registering the company according to the laws and regulations of the state where it will operate. This phase includes selecting a business structure (LLC, Corporation, etc.), registering with state and federal agencies, acquiring the required licenses and permissions, opening a business bank account, and starting to conduct business activities.

    Step 3: Collection of Necessary Documents

    The next step is gathering the necessary records to demonstrate the foreign national’s suitability for an E-2 visa. This process includes obtaining records, comprehensive details regarding U.S. business operations, E-2 investment evidence, and the source of investment documentation. Collaborating closely with the client to ensure all necessary documentation is obtained is important at this phase of the process.

    Step 4: Preparation of the Application Package

    Compiling the application package entails assembling the required paperwork, such as a cover letter outlining the applicant’s eligibility for an E-2 visa, creating a thorough business plan that details the U.S. enterprise’s operating strategies and viability, pertinent paperwork, proof of substantial investment, and an acknowledgment of fee payment.

    • Filling Necessary Forms and Paying Fees: Depending on the applicant’s current location and immigration status, sending the completed E-2 visa application to the appropriate U.S. embassy or consulate. Filling out the necessary forms—Form DS-160 and Form DS-156E for treaty investors and staff, etc.—and paying the relevant application costs.
    • Change of Status Application: The applicant may choose to apply for an E-2 visa if they are currently in the U.S. on a different non-immigrant classification, such as B2 tourist status. The application will change status if it is approved by the USCIS. The applicant can then apply for the E-2 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate following USCIS approval.

    Step 5: Visa Interview

    Arranging and attending a visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate is necessary if you are applying from outside the U.S. To answer inquiries about the investment and the works of the U.S. Business, the applicant must be ready to answer the questions about the investment and provide more supporting documentation if requested.

    Step 6: Visa Issuance

    The applicant will obtain the E-2 visa after approval, either as a separate document or with a stamp on their passport.

    What Are the Benefits of the E-2 Visa?

    The E-2 visa offers several advantages to investors seeking to establish and manage businesses in the United States:

    a. Temporary Stay

    E-2 visa holders can live and work in the U.S. for an initial period of two years, with the possibility of extensions as long as the qualifying investment and business operations continue.

    b. Flexibility in Employment

    E-2 visa holders can work in their own U.S. enterprise or engage in self-employment activities related to the investment.

    c. Unlimited Extensions

    E-2 visa holders can request unlimited extensions as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements and maintain investment and business operations.

    What Are the Required Application Documents?

    When applying for the E-2 visa, applicants must submit a comprehensive set of documents to support their eligibility and investment. The following documents are commonly required:

    a. Treaty Country Evidence

    Documentation proving the applicant’s nationality and the existence of a qualifying treaty of commerce and navigation between the treaty country and the United States.

    b. Investment Documentation

    Evidence of substantial investment, such as bank statements, financial statements, purchase agreements, leases, and invoices.

    c. Business Plan

    A detailed business plan outlining the nature of the investment, the business objectives, the source of funds, and the projected financial performance of the U.S. enterprise.

    d. Ownership and Control Documentation

    Proof of ownership or controlling interest in the U.S. enterprise, such as stock certificates, membership certificates, or partnership agreements.

    e. Source of Funds Documentation

    Documentation demonstrating the legal source of the investment funds, including bank statements, tax returns, sale of assets, or loan agreements.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    No, the E-2 visa is available only to nationals of countries that have a qualifying treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States.

    There is no fixed minimum investment amount required for the E-2 visa. The investment must be substantial and proportional to the nature and scale of the business.

    The primary purpose of the E-2 visa is to manage and develop the qualifying investment. While incidental employment within the enterprise is allowed, working for another employer is generally not permitted.
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