E-2 Treaty Investors Visa

E2 Investor Visa lawyer in Chicago

E2 Investor Visa Lawyer in Chicago

E-2 Treaty Investors Visa is an investment based non-immigrant visa that allows foreign investors to invest and live in the United States. The E2 investor must be a business owner or entrepreneur from one of the Treaty countries. They must also intend to develop and direct an operations of an enterprise in which he/she has invested, or, of an enterprise in which he/she is actively in the process of investing. There is no legal limit to the E2 investor visa minimum investment amount.

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At CIPOLLA LAW GROUP, we have over 30 years of combined experience and Excellent Approval helping foreign investors and entrepreneurs for their immigration matters. Call 773-687-0549 or contact us online today if you’re interested to learn more about E Visa. We speak 中文, Español, Français, Italiano and Portuguese.

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Minimum Investor Amount for E2 Visa

E2 visa requires that an E2 investor must invest a “substantial amount” of capital to a legitimate enterprise or start-up in the U.S. So, how much is “substantial amount”? Is there a E2 investor visa minimum investment amount?

To avoid a denial of your E-2 visa, it is important to understand the term “substantial amount”. First of all, there is no set dollar figure constitutes a minimum amount of investment to be considered “substantial” for E-2 visa purposes. To determine whether an E2 investor visa has substantial investment amount, an immigration officer will use the “proportionality test” which weighs the amount of the capital invested with the estimated cost of establishing the business, or, for an already-existing business, the cost of its establishment.

Immigration Lawyers Chicago Illinois

At CIPOLLA LAW GROUP, we have over 30 years of combined experience and Excellent Approval helping foreign investors and entrepreneurs for their immigration matters. Call 773-687-0549 or contact us online today if you’re interested to learn more about E Visa. We speak 中文, Español, Français, Italiano and Portuguese.

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Who is eligible for an E2 Investor Visa?

  • Citizens from one of the Treaty countries.
  • Entrepreneurs/Nationals making a “substantial” and “non-marginal investment in a United States company/enterprise;
  • E-2 visas are for principal investors of the company (ie. Owning at least 50% of the company) as well as nationals of the treaty country that will be employed as managers or essential skills employees.
  • Spouses and children of the E2 investor visa holders
Immigration Lawyers Chicago Illinois

At CIPOLLA LAW GROUP, we have over 30 years of combined experience and Excellent Approval helping foreign investors and entrepreneurs for their immigration matters. Call 773-687-0549 or contact us online today if you’re interested to learn more about E Visa. We speak 中文, Español, Français, Italiano and Portuguese.

E2 Investor Visa Treaty Countries

Below is a list of Treaty Countries that are eligible for a E2 Investor visa:

CountryClassificationEffective Date
AlbaniaE-2 VisaJanuary 4, 1998
ArgentinaE-2 VisaDecember 20, 1854
ArmeniaE-2 VisaMarch 29, 1996
AustraliaE-2 VisaDecember 27, 1991
AustriaE-2 VisaMay 27, 1931
AzerbaijanE-2 VisaAugust 2, 2001
BahrainE-2 VisaMay 30, 2001
BangladeshE-2 VisaJuly 25, 1989
Bosnia and
Herzegovina
E-2 VisaNovember 15, 1982
BulgariaE-2 VisaJune 2, 1954
Cameroon E-2 VisaApril 6, 1989
CanadaE-2 VisaJanuary 1, 1994
ChileE-2 VisaJanuary 1, 2004
TaiwanE-2 VisaNovember 30, 1948
ColombiaE-2 VisaJune 10, 1948
Congo (Brazzaville)E-2 VisaAugust 13, 1994
Congo (Kinshasa)E-2 VisaJulye 28, 1989
Costa RicaE-2 VisaMay 26, 1852
CroatiaE-2 VisaNovember 15, 1982
Czech RepublicE-2 VisaJanuary 1, 1993
DenmarkE-2 VisaDecember 10, 2008
EcuadorE-2 VisaMay 11, 1997
EgyptE-2 VisaJune 27, 1992
EstoniaE-2 VisaFebruary 16, 1997
EthiopiaE-2 VisaOctober 8, 1953
FinlandE-2 VisaDecember 1, 1992
FranceE-2 VisaDecember 21, 1960
GeorgiaE-2 VisaAugust 17, 1997
GermanyE-2 VisaJuly 14, 1956
GrenadaE-2 VisaMarch 3, 1989
HondurasE-2 VisaJuly 19, 1928
IrelandE-2 VisaSeptember 14, 1950
IsraelE-2 VisaMay 1, 2019
Italy E-2 VisaJuly 26, 1949
JamaicaE-2 VisaMarch 7, 1997
JapanE-2 VisaOctober 30, 1953
JordanE-2 VisaDecember 17, 2001
KazakhstanE-2 VisaJanuary 12, 1994
South KoreaE-2 VisaNovember 7, 1957
KosovoE-2 VisaNovember 15, 1882
KyrgyzstanE-2 VisaJanuary 12, 1994
LatviaE-2 VisaDecember 26, 1996
LiberiaE-2 VisaNovember 22, 2001
LuxembourgE-2 VisaMarch 28, 1963
MacedoniaE-2 VisaNovember 15, 1982
MexicoE-2 VisaJanuary 1, 1994
MoldovaE-2 VisaNovember 25, 1994
MontenegroE-2 VisaNovember 15, 1882
MoroccoE-2 VisaMay 29, 1991
NetherlandsE-2 VisaDecember 5, 1957
NorwayE-2 VisaJanuary 18, 1928
OmanE-2 VisaJune 11, 1960
PakistanE-2 VisaFebruary 12, 1961
PanamaE-2 VisaMarch 07, 1860
ParaguayE-2 VisaMarch 07, 1860
PhilippinesE-2 VisaSeptember 6, 1955
PolandE-2 VisaAugust 6, 1994
RomaniaE-2 VisaJanuary 15, 1994
SenegalE-2 VisaOctober 25, 1990
Serbia E-2 VisaNovember 15, 1882
SingaporeE-2 VisaJanuary 1, 2004
Slovak RepublicE-2 VisaJanuary 1, 1993
SloveniaE-2 VisaNovember 15, 1982
SpainE-2 VisaApril 14, 1903
Sri LankaE-2 VisaMay 1, 1993
SurinameE-2 VisaFebruary 10, 1963
Sweden E-2 VisaFebruary 20, 1992
SwitzerlandE-2 VisaNovember 08, 1855
ThailandE-2 VisaJune 8, 1968
TogoE-2 VisaFebruary 5, 1967
Trinidad &
Tobago
E-2 VisaDecember 26, 1996
TunisiaE-2 VisaFebruary 7, 1993
TurkeyE-2 VisaMay 18, 1990
United KingdomE-2 VisaJuly 03, 1815
UkraineE-2 VisaNovember 16, 1996
YugoslaviaE-2 VisaNovember 15, 1882
Updated on 11/2020

Advantages of E2 Investor Visas

  • No minimum investment amount, but rather the investment must be “substantial” for the type of business. The term “substantial” can often be a subjective term and generally indicates an investment that is sufficient to make the business successful as opposed to a “speculative” investment.
  • The investment must be “non-marginal”. In other words, the business should generate sufficient income to provide beyond the investor and the investor’s family, which generally means job creation.
  • An E2 investor can either purchase an existing business or form a new business.
  • E2 visas can be renewed indefinitely and in some cases can be granted in 5 year increments. .
  • Your spouse and children can be included in the E-2 visa application as dependents.
  • Your spouse will be eligible for employment authorization and your minor children can study in the U.S. while you’re on your E2 investor visa status.
  • The E-2 investment can also be applied to an EB-5 Green Card Investment, in some circumstances and potentially allow the E-2 investor to remain in the US while waiting for the EB-5 green card to be adjudicated.

Hire an experienced E-2 Investor Visa Attorney in Chicago

Our principal attorney Gerald Cipolla is an experienced immigration lawyer with a strong business background.  He is a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), an Immigration Advisor for ChristianityToday.com Church Law & Tax, a former law professor at the City Colleges of Chicago and a frequent speaker on EB-5 and other related investment based immigration issues. In 2021, Gerald was also nominated as one of the top 10 immigration lawyers in the U.S. by HR Magazine. We are confident to provide you the best E-2 visa representation in Chicago and beyond. Call 773-687-0549 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

If you are a business owner or entrepreneur from one of the Treaty countries, and you wish to gain residency in the U.S. through investment, then the E-2 Visa may be the appropriate visa for you. Please call 773-687-0549 or contact Cipolla Law Group online for a consultation. Our immigration lawyers have over 30 years of combined experience helping clients to live legally in the U.S. Our E visa immigration lawyers speak español, français, 中文, italiano and Português.

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