Investing In The Future: Understanding The E2 Visa Application Process
The E2 visa program provides a unique opportunity for individuals to invest in and manage businesses in the US, with the potential for long-term residency. At HAWM Law, we understand the importance of investing in the future for our clients and are here to help.
What is an E2 Visa?
An E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows foreign nationals to enter the United States for the purpose of investing in and managing a US business. To qualify for an E2 visa, the applicant must be a citizen of a country that has a qualifying treaty with the US, have invested or be in the process of investing a significant amount of capital into a US business, and be coming to the US solely to develop and direct the business.
One of the unique features of the E2 visa is that there is no set minimum investment amount. The investment must be “substantial,” but the definition of substantial can vary depending on the nature of the business and the amount needed to start and operate it. Generally, the investment must be sufficient to show that the investor is committed to the success of the business and that the business is likely to create jobs and have a positive impact on the US economy.
Benefits of the E2 Visa
The E2 visa offers a number of benefits to foreign nationals who are looking to invest in the US. One of the biggest benefits is the potential for long-term residency. While the E2 visa is initially granted for up to two years, it can be renewed indefinitely as long as the applicant continues to meet the eligibility requirements.
Another benefit is that it allows the applicant to bring their spouse and children under the age of 21 to the US with them. Spouses are eligible for work authorization, which can provide additional income and opportunities for the family. Children can attend school in the US, which can provide them with an excellent education and open doors to future opportunities.