An E-2 visa is for a foreign national with the intent of purchasing a business or starting one in the United States. Everyone is not eligible for this visa.
Eligible countries for E-2 visas include the following: Georgia, Senegal, Congo, Cameroon, Iran, Oman, Mongolia, Moldova, Morocco, Togo, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Two countries that are not on the list are China and India. A complete list of eligible countries can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fees/treaty.html
In order to qualify to apply for an E-2 visa, you must be a citizen of a treaty country.
Why Do You Have to Be a Citizen of a Treaty Country?
The E-2 visa is based on whether or not your country has a treaty with the United States. The United States has agreements with these other countries for the purpose of promoting positive relations with other countries. These treaties mean that the U.S. and the treaty countries have similar laws. Therefore, if a U.S. citizen wanted to open a business in a treaty country, he or she would be able to do this by following similar laws as the ones that the U.S. has for foreign nationals.
Along with being a citizen of a treaty country, you must also have a substantial investment in the enterprise that you are opening or purchasing in the United States. This number can vary. Some people qualified with a $50,000 investment, but this is very rare.
The investment cannot be an amount that could be considered to be “marginal.” This means that the money your business makes cannot only be sufficient to take care of yourself and your family.
If you have questions about E visas, contact an immigration attorney Scottsdale today. Our JCL immigration attorneys are here to help you prepare to apply for the visa that you need. Investor visa attorneys in Scottsdale AZ will ensure that you qualify for the visa and will make sure that everything goes well during the process.
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