The E-2 Visa is a Treaty Trader Investor Visa for international entrepreneurs and investors from selected countries who have a trade agreement with the United States. This investor visa allows international entrepreneurs and investors to establish or acquire a business in the US.
What Are the Requirements for the E-2 Visa?
This visa requires the applicant to be from a selected country that has a trade treaty with the US. This also requires the applicant to be in the process of investing in a business or transferring funds to the US for investment. This investment must be from the applicant’s funds and must be “at-risk”, meaning that it should be invested in activities such as renting a business premise, buying equipment or machinery, etc.
The applicant will be required to start the business operations and hire workers before applying for this visa. The applicant must also have a direct role in the operations or management of the business and can not just be a passive investor.
There is no minimum requirement for investment, however, it must be substantial enough to start a business in the US. The business can not be marginal, meaning it should generate more income than required to sustain the applicant and their family members.