The E-2 Treaty visa is for individuals who wish to obtain residence in the USA to develop and direct business operations that they invest in.
The E-2 visa can be attainable to owners and prospective owners of businesses in the United States as well as their employees.
This visa is very popular because of the reduced investment compared with other investor visas. It can also be renewed or extended as required making it a viable long-term visa that can be used as part of further immigration planning to obtain permanent residency.
One of the key criteria that distinguishes the E-2 Treaty visa is the requirement for the investor applicant to hold nationality of a Treaty country. The list of Treaty countries details the nationalities which are eligible to apply. If your nationality is not on this list we can offer alternative routes — which can include the further benefit of a second passport — however the total cost will be higher.
Although there is no official figure for the "substantial investment" requirement, there is a common rule: the lower the cost of the business, the higher the percentage that is required to constitute a substantial investment. Conversely, the higher the cost of the business, the lower the percentage required.
We believe in being fully transparent and based on our significant experience we suggest that applicants should have access to at least $120,000 in order to demonstrate the ability to fund their business, cover all fees, support themselves, and therefore be successful when applying.
Investors must also own at least 50% of the business and be in a position to direct its active development.
Visa Kings Global are London-based business immigration experts. We have achieved successful visas for many clients around the world with very different business backgrounds and immigration goals.
We specialise in helping clients to apply their skills and experience so that they can invest in new or existing businesses that comply with visa requirements.
We also work with trusted USA immigration and corporate attorneys and have our own dedicated business plan writers to ensure that your business meets the criteria for the E-2 visa.
We also work with established US-based business brokers who can offer you businesses that may be suitable for investment under the E-2 visa. These business brokers can also talk you through franchise opportunities which are very popular for those seeking the E-2 visa route.
Business visas have complex technical requirements and these can extend to periodic checkpoint evaluations. Our service doesn't stop once you apply and we provide significant support services to help keep your business and visa fully compliant, with minimum effort on your part.
Visa Kings Global offers exclusive, fully-managed visa programmes that can be tailored to suit a wide range of applicants with different skills and budgets.
Unlike other immigration advisors, our team has significant business experience, particularly with start-up businesses and corporate matters.
Our business background means we have long-standing relationships with organisations which are now responsible for assessing proposed businesses in relation to visa applications. This gives us a deep understanding of the requirements and our clients benefit from extremely high success rates.
Visa Kings Global is the immigration department of Canfields Law Limited and as such is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (ID 634801). We are Lexcel accredited and undergo annual audits to maintain this legal practice mark of excellence.
To illustrate our confidence of success, we offer a "no win, no fee" contract which is not available anywhere else! This means you will only pay our fees if you get the E-2 visa. If we can't achieve a visa we'll fully refund our fees. Please enquire below for details.
If your E-2 visa is not successful, we can offer 50% off our fees for a UK visa if that is an alternative you would like to pursue. We can also introduce you to other corporate support services for your business.
Please enquire below if you would like one of our specialists to help you consider which of the business investor visa routes may suit you best.
Please note that our immigration programmes, legal work and business support are paid services (we will advise you of all costs in advance).