Benefits of E-2 visa for ‘New Office’
You may legitimately come to the U.S. as an E-2 investor for establishing a new company that is the subject of the investment
You can freely travel in and out of the U.S. while on a valid E-2 Visa
You can stay on a prolonged basis with unlimited two year extensions as long as you maintain valid E-2 status.
You may bring your dependents (spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21) to live with you in the U.S
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Requirements for the E-2 Visa
To qualify for the E-2 visa, you must fulfill the following requirements:
You must be a national of a treaty country
You must be a national of a country that maintains treaties of navigation and commerce with the U.S. for E-2 visa purposes.
Treaty countries currently include: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China (Taiwan), Colombia, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Yugoslavia.
Your investment must be substantial
It must be sufficient to ensure the successful operation of the enterprise. The percentage in investment required for a low-cost business enterprise is generally higher than the percentage of investment required for a high-cost enterprise.
Your investment must be in a real operating commercial enterprise
Speculative or passive investment does not qualify. Uncommitted funds in a bank account or similar security are not considered an investment.
Your investment may not be marginal
The investment must have the capacity to generate significantly more income than just to provide a living to you and your family, or it must have a significant economic impact in the U.S.
You must have Control of Funds and Bear the Risk of Investment
You must have control of the funds, and the investment must be at risk in the commercial sense. Loans secured with the assets of the investment enterprise only are not considered to be at risk.