The USA is offering foreign investors opportunity to obtain a E2 Investor Visa, which gives the right legally to reside and run business in the country. The E2 visas cannot directly lead to a Green Card, as it is a Nonimmigrant (temporary intent) Visa. Although, it can be renewed for indefinite times. Visa prolongation needed every 2 to 5 years, depending on the country the Investor is from. This type of visas can be granted only to the citizens of those countries, with which the USA has signed a treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation or bilateral investment treaty (see the list of countries below).
The USA is offering foreign investors opportunity to obtain a E2 Investor Visa, which gives the right legally to reside and run business in the country. This type of visas can be granted only to the citizens of those countries, with which the USA has signed a special treaty. Neither job offers, nor a sponsoring employer needed and applications are submitted to any US consulate.
Application processing can last from two weeks to four months, depending on the consulate and it includes an interview with the applicant and Due Diligence checks. As E2 visas are non-immigrant (temporary intent) visas they cannot directly lead to a ‘Green Card’. Although, it can be renewed for indefinite times.
The E2 investor visas are granted to those entrepreneurs, who are ready to invest and run business in the US. There is no investment threshold in order to qualify, but investment of at least USD 100,000 is desirable to increase the chances of the application success. Moreover, for different types of businesses the amount can be varied.
- Free travel to and from the USA.
- Visa renewal for indefinite times.
- Family inclusion.
- Options to invest in a new or existing business, or purchasing a franchise.
- Relatively low investment expectations, compared to other immigration schemes.
- Quick application with no waiting lists.
- Potential tax benefits over permanent residents.
- No language, education or previous work experience requirement.
- Right to work in the USA for a spouse.
- The freedom to retire on a full or part-time basis and the pathway to qualify for U.S. naturalization.
List of countries, citizens of which are eligible to apply for E2 investor visa in the USA
Signing the agreement with an immigration firm and provide them with all requested documents.
Application preparation, gathering all necessary documentation, including a business-plan for the enterprise. Review of the application.
Making investment and submission of the application through authorized lawyers.
Interview in the US consulate (if application is submitted not from the USA)
E2 investor visa issuance by a consulate if the application was submitted from outside USA; or changing immigration status, if the applicant was residing in the USA.