E-2 Visas for Treaty Investors
Enter the Country for Treaty-Related Investment
Are you looking to invest in a company in the United States as a national of a foreign country? You might be able to qualify for an E-2 visa for treaty investors if you are from a country with a current standing treaty with the U.S.
Navigating the immigration processes related to an E-2 visa can get tricky, though. It is better to prepare yourself and your immigration case with the help of an experienced immigration lawyer. At Kanu & Associates, P.C., you can work with Phoenix E-2 Visa Attorney Solomon Kanu, who is a first-generation immigrant himself. Use his firsthand insight to understand your E-2 visa case better, and to gain confidence that you will soon be able to enter the country as a treaty investor.
Purpose & Requirements of E-2 Visas
If you receive an E-2 visa, you can enter the United States and remain as long as you are working on an investment that you manage. You cannot be a minor investor in a business or project, though. The investment you make has to be significant enough to make a major impact on the company’s operation and future.
Eligibility requirements for a Treaty Investor (E-2) visa include:
- Investor needs to be a national of treaty country
- Investment must be substantial and sufficient to ensure successful operation of the enterprise. The percentage of investment for a low-cost business enterprise must be higher than the percentage of investment in a high-cost enterprise.
- Investment must be a legitimate, committed operating enterprise.
- Investment may not be marginal and must produce substantially more income than just to provide a living to the investor and family, or must have significant economic impact in the U.S.
- Investor must have control of the funds and investment must be at risk in a commercial sense.
- Investor must be coming to the U.S. to develop and direct the enterprise. However, if the applicant is not the principal investor, he/she must be employed in a supervisory, executive, or highly specialized skill capacity.
Don’t forget that you will also need to register with your country’s U.S. Embassy to gain sponsorship before your E-2 visa application can be accepted. If your E-2 visa application is approved, you can expect it to last a minimum of three months with a maximum of five years. However, an E-2 visa can be renewed as many times as needed, allowing for a stay of indefinite duration in the United States.
How To Get A Green Card From A E-2 Visa
As a non-immigrant visa, the E2 does not allow for a direct conversion to a Green Card. However, there are ways to obtain a Green Card from an E2 Visa. First, you may apply for an EB5 Visa if you invest $1,000,000 in a commercial business or at least $500,000 in a high-unemployment location in the U.S. You may also obtain a Green Card by converting your E2 through a derivative petition or family petition.
If you have questions about your immigration status or need help converting your E2 Visa, speak with an experienced immigration lawyer in Phoenix at Kanu & Associates, P. C.. An attorney who specializes in immigration law can help you submit the appropriate documents and evidence needed to obtain a Green Card or investment visa.
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