The E-2 visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows an individual to enter and work in the United States under certain conditions. It is reserved for citizens of countries with which the United States has a trade agreement or treaty. This type of visa is often referred to as an investor’s visa because it requires applicants to make an investment in a new or existing U.S. business.
This visa is accessible to foreign investors applying both within and outside of the U.S. If inside the U.S., the investor will apply through USCIS. If outside the U.S., the investor may apply at a U.S. embassy or consulate. When applying, the applicants must provide evidence that they meet the necessary requirements for an E-2 visa. This includes proof having a controlling interest in a U.S. Additionally, applicants must provide documents confirming that they are not from any country that imposes restrictions on E-2 visas.
To qualify for an E-2 visa, applicants must show proof that they are from a treaty country (countries with whom the United States has established diplomatic relationships) and have invested substantial capital into a business or enterprise in the United States. They must also prove that they plan to direct and develop the operations of said business. Additionally, those applying should show non-immigrant intent, and proof that they possess sufficient financial resources to keep their business running effectively while staying in the U.S.
Once your E-2 visa is approved, it is valid for up to two years at a time and can be extended indefinitely. You can even bring your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old with you. Your spouse may apply for work authorization, and your child can go to school. With a valid visa stamp, you may also travel.
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