E2 Visa Lawyer USA | E2 Treaty Investor Visa Attorney
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The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa is a U.S. non-immigrant visa designed for individuals who make an investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States. The E-2 Investor Visa allows a national of a treaty country to temporary come to the United States together with their spouses and children to live and work. E-2 Investor Visa allows the Investor or Entrepreneurs and their spouse and children to travel outside of the Unites States and re-enter.
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In order to qualify for an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, the Investor must meet certain minimum requirements.
What Nationality Does an Investor Need to Have to Apply For An E-2 Business Investor Visa in the United States?
The Investor or Entrepreneur must be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a Treaty of Commerce and Navigation. There are currently about 80 countries with whom the United States has an E-2 Treaty. The E2 Visa is based on reciprocity and the list of E2 countries is changing at times with some countries being added to the list and others taken out. Moreover, the terms of the E2 Visa for each country are frequently changing and the E2 Visa Lawyers can provide updated terms. Currently, the E2 countries are 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, South Korea, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, 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, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom. For a complete list of countries that qualify for an E-2 Investor Visa and updates, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s Treaty Countries List.
What Is The Minimum Investment For E-2 Visa?
The Investor, Business Owner or Entrepreneur, must invest or be in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital in a business in the United States. An experienced E2 Visa Lawyer will tell you that in the case of setting up a new business there is no minimum amount of capital required to be invested, but instead substantial amount is a subjective threshold that depends on the nature of the business, the total of investment compared to the total cost of purchasing an established business in the specific sector or establishing a new one and the financial commitment required to ensure the successful operation of the enterprise. As such, for capital intensive businesses the investment amount can be in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars while for businesses that are not capital intensive, the investment can be around $100,000 or less. However, the investment must be large enough to ensure that the investor will successfully develop and direct the enterprise. If, however, the investor purchased an existing business, then an experienced E2 visa Lawyer in the USA, will tell you that the cost is generally, its purchase price, which is normally considered to be the fair market value.
What Is The Best Advice that an Experienced E-2 Visa Lawyer Is Giving His or Her Clients Regarding Their Investment?
The capital invested must be at placed at risk in the U.S. business with the objective of generating a profit and must be subject to loss if investment fails. Simply having investment funds in a bank a bank account is not not sufficient to show that the investment capital has been placed at risk for E-2 Visa purposes. Moreover simply being in the stage of signing contracts or looking for suitable locations and property is not sufficient to qualify for the E2 visa. Also, simply inheriting a business does not constitute an investment for purposes of E-2 visa eligibility. From our best E2 Visa Lawyers point of view, the E2 visa rules and regulations regarding the amount of funds invested in the U.S. company are intended to ensure that the E2 investor or entrepreneur is unquestionably committed to the success of the business in the United States and is not simply a gamble. Further, the investment funds must not have been obtained, directly or indirectly, from criminal activity. At this point, the presence of an E-2 Investor Visa Lawyer is almost mandatory, especially when the client is not sure how to prove that the source of funds is compliant with immigration standards.
Finally, the Investor or Entrepreneur must intent to develop and direct the U.S. company in which he or she invests. For E-2 Investor Visa purposes, the Investor or Entrepreneur cannot be a passive investor in a U.S. enterprise and must show that he or she owns at least 50% of the enterprise or possesses operational control through a managerial position or other corporate device. A smaller business that is a joint venture may also qualify as an E-2 enterprise; at least 50 % of the enterprise must be owned by a citizen of the treaty country. Certain employees of such an Investor or Entrepreneur or of a qualifying organization may also be eligible for E-2 Investor Visas.
How Long Does An E2 Visa Last?
We advise you ask for the advice of an experienced E-2 Visa Immigration Lawyer because in general the E-2 Investor visa is granted for three months to five years depending on the specific treaty the United States has with each country. The E-2 Investor Visa can be renewed for the same length of stay and there are no limits as to how many times Investor or Entrepreneur can petition to renew the E-2 Visa.
For example, the maximum length for which an E-2 Investor Visa can be issued to an applicant who is a citizen of Mexico is four years pursuant to new adjustments of the E-2 Visa terms in 2020. However, in the case of most citizens of European countries, the E-2 Investor Visa is issued for two (2) to five (5) years. Currently, the validity period for E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Investor visas issued to French nationals has been drastically reduced from 60 months (5 years) to a mere 25 months. The validity period for E-2 Investor Visa for nationals of Treaty countries is continuously revised and we recommend those interested continue monitoring any updates or contact a dedicated E-2 Visa Lawyer.
Why should a foreign Investor, Business Owner or Entrepreneur work with an E-2 Visa Lawyer?
The U.S. laws, rules and regulations for E2 visa are not only many, but they are also complex because these rules are intended to ensure that the investor is unquestionably committed to the success of the business. Moreover, certain business transactions involving E-2 investors must be compliant with U.S. immigration standards and E2 visa regulations in order for the investor to meet the legal requirements for the E2 visa. To qualify for an E2 visa, investors are advised to work with an experienced E2 visa lawyer on their case to represent them before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and at the U.S. Embassies and Consulates. In the United States the only individuals who are qualified to advise clients on US laws, including immigration laws are attorneys and lawyers licensed to practice law in the United States. Individuals who are not qualified as lawyers through membership in a US state bar are not authorized to practice law in the United States and interpret and advise clients about US law. Moreover, clients benefit from confidentiality and attorney-client privilege which is the most important privilege afforded under US laws. As a result, an experienced E-2 Visa Lawyer can assist foreign Investors, Business Owners and Entrepreneurs with guidance in making the investment compliant with E-2 Visa immigration laws, long term business and immigration planning and documenting and preparing E-2 visa applications and requesting other immigration benefits. Finally because the E-2 Visa exists at the intersection between business corporate and immigration law, an E-2 Visa Lawyer must be able to understand complex business and immigration concepts and our E-2 Visa Lawyers have the required background and experience in business and finance to provide competent legal advice in the area of E-2 Visas and other business visas.
How can our best E2 Visa Lawyers at Malescu Law assist?
Our experienced business and US immigration lawyers in Miami, Florida USA can determine if the E2 visa is right for you, review all other visa options, inform you about the E2 process and legal requirements, guide you throughout the E2 visa investment, assist you with the necessary documents and prepare all the required E2 visa documentation for the U.S. Embassy or United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For more information about the E-2 Investor Visa or to speak to our best E2 Visa Lawyers in Miami, Florida USA, contact us now. We speak English, Romanian, Bulgarian, Russian and Spanish.
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