E-2 Trade Treaty Investor Visa

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E-2 Trade Treaty Investor Visa

Through this type of visa, foreign nationals from countries with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation or a qualified international agreement or which have been defined as a qualified country by law may obtain a nonimmigrant visa when making a substantial investment in a U.S. enterprise.

E-2 Investor Visa Benefits

  • Offers residency and work permit
  • Allows the investor’s spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age to obtain this type of visa as well.
  • Allows the investor’s domestic employees to obtain a B-1 visa.
  • It is valid indefinitely as long as its requirements continue to be met.

E-2 Investor Visa
E-2 Visa for Investors

  1. About the investment
    • The money invested must be of lawful origin
    • Invested capital should be subject to losses if the operation fails
    • It must be a substantial investment, i.e:
      • Sufficient to generate in the investor a financial commitment to the successful operation of the company, as well as to support this success.
      • Substantial in relation to the total cost of buying an established business or establishing a new one, on the understanding that the lower the cost of the business, the higher, proportionally, the investment to be considered as substantial
  2. About the company in which the investment is made.
    • It must be genuine: real, active and operational.
    • Must be incorporated for profit.
    • It cannot be marginal, i.e., it must have the current or future capacity (within 5 years of the investor’s E-2 classification date) to provide a life. minimum for the investor and his family.
    • The investor must have ownership of at least 50% of it or possession over its operational control through management or other corporate figure.

E-2 visa for investor’s workers

The employee with executive or supervisory functions or with special qualifications of the same nationality as the investor may opt for an E-2 visa with a maximum initial stay of 2 years, extendable indefinitely.

If the foreign employer is not an individual but a corporation, the corporation must be at least 50% owned by persons with the nationality of the treaty country who are in the United States.

The worker may only work in the activity for which he/she was approved and any substantial change in the basic characteristics of his/her employer will affect his/her status.

Treaty Countries

Albania, Argentina, Armenia Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China (Taiwan), Colombia, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), 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 11, Kyrgyzstan, LatviaLiberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, MoroccoNetherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia, Australia and New Zealand.