E-2 INVESTORS VISA BASICS
It is a non-immigrant visa. There is no promise of a green card at the end of your business venture. An E-2 investors visa is valid over a 5-year period and can be renewed indefinitely as long as the business is running.
Any profit-seeking business is eligible, non-profits are not. You can start fresh or acquire an existing enterprise.
There is no required number of US workers that have to be hired but it is advisable to at least hire some.
Businesses designed only to support the E-2
There is technically no required investment dollar amount (E-2 versus EB-5 visa) but keep records of all expenditures handy - they usually expect a substantial amount. There is a “marginality requirement”. A sizable investment and profit must be made in order to be considered an acceptable profit-making business.
Borrowing loans should be fine as long as the business is not overly leveraged. You can also receive gift contributions.
E-3 INVESTORS VISA NECESSITIES E-2
You will need a 5-year business plan. It is a key element of consideration for immigration officials. Passive investments like
The time frame for getting an E-2 investors visa can range anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months (or longer). Applications and legal fees are usually around $5000 USD and filing feeds fall around $500 USD. You need a lawyer - there are a lot of legal elements.
You must intend to return to home country after your E-2