E-2 Treaty Investor Visa
Helping Clients in Chicago with Their Immigration Needs
Nonimmigrants from countries that keep a treaty of commerce and navigation
with the United States can apply for an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa. A person
who has an E-2 Visa, can be admitted into the country and is allowed invest
a substantial amount of capital in U.S. enterprises. Certain organizations
and specific employees can also qualify for E-2 classification as well.
You can view a list of the countries the United States maintains a treaty
of commerce and navigation with
here. To request a change of your status, you should refer to the
U.S. Department of State website for application information.
What Are the Qualifications for Treaty Investors?
A treaty investor has to meet the following criteria in order to qualify
for E-2 classification:
- They must be coming from a country that maintains a treaty of commerce
and navigation with the U.S.
- The person has invested, or is in the process of investing, a substantial
amount of money in an enterprise in the United States.
- The reason the person is coming to the U.S is for the development and direction
of their investment enterprise.
- The person must prove their investment funds weren’t obtained through
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS) defines a substantial
amount of capital as:
- An investment amount that is similar or equal to the total cost of purchasing
or establishing a new enterprise.
- An investment amount that will ensure the treaty investor’s financial
commitment to the successful operation of the enterprise.
UCIS states that a bona fide enterprise must be a real, active, and operating
commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking that produces services or goods
for profit. The enterprise must also meet certain legal requirements for
doing business within its jurisdiction.
What About Marginal Enterprises?
Unfortunately, the investment enterprise can’t be marginal. An enterprise
that doesn’t have the capacity to generate enough income for the
investor’s minimal living expenses is considered to be marginal.
Although an enterprise might not have the current capacity to create the
minimum income for the investor, some situations allow a marginal enterprise
to qualify for an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa. You should consult with an
immigration lawyer to find out if your investment enterprise qualifies for E-2 classification.
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Do you need help obtaining an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa? The lawyers at
Milla & Associates, LLC can assist you. We are committed to providing
all of our clients with the legal services they need to obtain the visa
or immigration status they are seeking. We can help with filing your visa
application and we will make sure that your rights and interests are protected
throughout the entire process. Don’t hesitate, give us a call to
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