The E-2 Investor Visa is a non-immigrant work visa that allows citizens of certain countries to legally enter the U.S. in order to own and/or run a business enterprise. Those countries must be treaty countries with the U.S. That means, the country must maintain a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. The primary requirement of securing an E-2 Visa is that the applicant have a substantial monetary investment in the business. This investment must generally be sufficient to fund the business or enterprise.
Advantages of Limitations of the E-2 Visa
There are both advantages and limitations to the E-2 Investor Visa.
- Indefinitely renewable:
An E-2 Investor Visa is valid for up to 5 years, but can be renewed indefinitely; as long as there is a need to manage the business, renewal is possible. If the visa is not renewed, the investor must return to his/her country of origin.
- Spouses and dependents are covered:
Dependent spouses of the E-2 Visa holder are able to work in the U.S. and dependent
children are able to secure lawful U.S. residency as well.
- No green card:
The E-2 Visa does not directly lead to permanent residency or green card status. (more…)