For those persons who have an entrepreneurial outlook, the E-2 US investment visa may be the ideal visa for them.
The E-2 investor visa is popularly known as the “Temporary Green Card”. The reason for this is that there is no upper limit to the visa term and therefore extensions to your stay and visa renewals can be granted on a limitless number of occasions, provided that the qualifying investment is still in existence and all other conditions for the E2 visa are still being satisfied.
This visa allows foreigners/foreign entities who have made substantial investments in the United States to relocate to the United States in order to develop and direct the business operation established by their investments.
You may be eligible for this US investor visa if you are the investor, or if you are an executive, manager or essential employee of the foreign company that made the investment and you and the major shareholders of the company are the nationals of a country that has an ongoing Treaty of Trade, Friendship and Commerce with the United States.
In the case of executives and corporate personnel, only nationals from the same country as the corporation are eligible. You will have to show that an investment in the United States has already been made, or that your company is “actively in the process of investing”.
The E-2 visa may be suitable for those who wish to invest in order to either purchase an existing business or to set up a new business (or essential employees of the investing company).
Unlike the EB-5 Permanent visa for Regional Center investors, the E-2 visa is not suitable for “silent” investors as the investor is required to play an “active” role in the management and direction of the investment enterprise.
What Can Our Law Firm Do For You?
The law firm has over ten years experience in representing clients in the complete visa/immigration process from initial consultation through to issuance of visas/immigration status by the US governmental immigration authorities. In the U.K. there is a specific team of E Visa officers located at the American Embassy in London who will thoroughly assess whether your investment qualifies for E status. We have experienced success in several cases including at the American Embassy in London and are proud of our track record. Because of the unique complexities of investing in a U.S. business, it is highly advisable to seek competent legal advice on the types of investment that may qualify for an E-2. This law firm is able to provide such advice.
Please contact us so that we can help you determine whether this visa category is the best one for you.
After receiving such advice, the next step is likely to be to contact a reputable business broker that has an awareness of the requisite criteria for making a qualifying E-2 investment.