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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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.
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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
E2 Investor Visa Treaty Countries
Below is a list of Treaty Countries that are eligible for a E2 Investor visa:
|Albania||E-2 Visa||January 4, 1998|
|Argentina||E-2 Visa||December 20, 1854|
|Armenia||E-2 Visa||March 29, 1996|
|Australia||E-2 Visa||December 27, 1991|
|Austria||E-2 Visa||May 27, 1931|
|Azerbaijan||E-2 Visa||August 2, 2001|
|Bahrain||E-2 Visa||May 30, 2001|
|Bangladesh||E-2 Visa||July 25, 1989|
|Bosnia and |
|E-2 Visa||November 15, 1982|
|Bulgaria||E-2 Visa||June 2, 1954|
|Cameroon||E-2 Visa||April 6, 1989|
|Canada||E-2 Visa||January 1, 1994|
|Chile||E-2 Visa||January 1, 2004|
|Taiwan||E-2 Visa||November 30, 1948|
|Colombia||E-2 Visa||June 10, 1948|
|Congo (Brazzaville)||E-2 Visa||August 13, 1994|
|Congo (Kinshasa)||E-2 Visa||Julye 28, 1989|
|Costa Rica||E-2 Visa||May 26, 1852|
|Croatia||E-2 Visa||November 15, 1982|
|Czech Republic||E-2 Visa||January 1, 1993|
|Denmark||E-2 Visa||December 10, 2008|
|Ecuador||E-2 Visa||May 11, 1997|
|Egypt||E-2 Visa||June 27, 1992|
|Estonia||E-2 Visa||February 16, 1997|
|Ethiopia||E-2 Visa||October 8, 1953|
|Finland||E-2 Visa||December 1, 1992|
|France||E-2 Visa||December 21, 1960|
|Georgia||E-2 Visa||August 17, 1997|
|Germany||E-2 Visa||July 14, 1956|
|Grenada||E-2 Visa||March 3, 1989|
|Honduras||E-2 Visa||July 19, 1928|
|Ireland||E-2 Visa||September 14, 1950|
|Israel||E-2 Visa||May 1, 2019|
|Italy||E-2 Visa||July 26, 1949|
|Jamaica||E-2 Visa||March 7, 1997|
|Japan||E-2 Visa||October 30, 1953|
|Jordan||E-2 Visa||December 17, 2001|
|Kazakhstan||E-2 Visa||January 12, 1994|
|South Korea||E-2 Visa||November 7, 1957|
|Kosovo||E-2 Visa||November 15, 1882|
|Kyrgyzstan||E-2 Visa||January 12, 1994|
|Latvia||E-2 Visa||December 26, 1996|
|Liberia||E-2 Visa||November 22, 2001|
|Luxembourg||E-2 Visa||March 28, 1963|
|Macedonia||E-2 Visa||November 15, 1982|
|Mexico||E-2 Visa||January 1, 1994|
|Moldova||E-2 Visa||November 25, 1994|
|Montenegro||E-2 Visa||November 15, 1882|
|Morocco||E-2 Visa||May 29, 1991|
|Netherlands||E-2 Visa||December 5, 1957|
|Norway||E-2 Visa||January 18, 1928|
|Oman||E-2 Visa||June 11, 1960|
|Pakistan||E-2 Visa||February 12, 1961|
|Panama||E-2 Visa||March 07, 1860|
|Paraguay||E-2 Visa||March 07, 1860|
|Philippines||E-2 Visa||September 6, 1955|
|Poland||E-2 Visa||August 6, 1994|
|Romania||E-2 Visa||January 15, 1994|
|Senegal||E-2 Visa||October 25, 1990|
|Serbia||E-2 Visa||November 15, 1882|
|Singapore||E-2 Visa||January 1, 2004|
|Slovak Republic||E-2 Visa||January 1, 1993|
|Slovenia||E-2 Visa||November 15, 1982|
|Spain||E-2 Visa||April 14, 1903|
|Sri Lanka||E-2 Visa||May 1, 1993|
|Suriname||E-2 Visa||February 10, 1963|
|Sweden||E-2 Visa||February 20, 1992|
|Switzerland||E-2 Visa||November 08, 1855|
|Thailand||E-2 Visa||June 8, 1968|
|Togo||E-2 Visa||February 5, 1967|
|E-2 Visa||December 26, 1996|
|Tunisia||E-2 Visa||February 7, 1993|
|Turkey||E-2 Visa||May 18, 1990|
|United Kingdom||E-2 Visa||July 03, 1815|
|Ukraine||E-2 Visa||November 16, 1996|
|Yugoslavia||E-2 Visa||November 15, 1882|
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. 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 plan to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which you have invested, or, of an enterprise in which you are actively in the process of investing a “substantial amount” of capital as required by the Immigration and Nationality Act that will create jobs in the United States, then the E-2 Visa may be the appropriate visa for you.