The E-2 Investor Visa is a type of visa that allows citizens of 79 countries to invest in and manage a business in the United States. The investment required is approximately $90,000, and any type of business qualifies.
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Requirements for the E-2 Investor Visa
To qualify for the E-2 Investor Visa, the applicant must be a citizen of one of the eligible countries and must own at least 50% of the business. The applicant can use their own funds or borrow from others, but loan documentation and collateral must be provided. The visa does not lead to a Green Card but can be renewed every 2 years, as long as the applicant continues to conduct business.
How to apply for the E-2 Investor Visa
To start the E-2 process, a business plan and an escrow account showing commitment of approximately $90,000 to the business are often sufficient. If needed, the Chicago Law Group can provide business acquisition and management solutions for a newly started business or assist in finding and analyzing a business to be purchased. However, a legal consultation is necessary before any action is taken. The E-2 Visa can be obtained in about 2-3 months and allows the applicant’s spouse and children to live, work, and attend school in the U.S.
Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply:
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Honduras, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (South), Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, and UK.