The E-2 Visa

For Entrepreneurs

The E-2 is essentially a visa for entrepreneurs who want to come to the U.S. to open and operate a business. The regulations refer to it as a “Treaty Investor Visa” and this simply means that there must be a treaty between your country and the U.S. that allows you to apply for the E-2. Most countries are eligible, however some major countries like China, India, Russia and Brazil are not.

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The Basics

The E-2 is essentially a visa for entrepreneurs who want to come to the U.S. to open and operate a business. The regulations refer to it as a “Treaty Investor Visa” and this simply means that there must be a treaty between your country and the U.S. that allows you to apply for the E-2. Most countries are eligible, however some major countries like China, India, Russia and Brazil are not.

For more detailed information, please see our E-2 Visa Guide.

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Quick Processing

The client will receive their E-2 visa in as little as 15 days of application with the USCIS if premium processing is selected, or as little as 30 days of application at a consular post.
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Benefits/Challenges

Benefits:

  • Infinite duration: the E-2 visa can be renewed as long as the business continues to operate
    Validity periods are often 5 years at a time
    Does not require a massive investment

Challenges:

 

  • Not all countries are eligible
  • Cannot use a loan as the source of funds for investment