What Is the E-2 Visa?
An E-2 treaty investor visa is a non-immigrant visa reserved for foreign entrepreneurs of countries that have a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the United States. E-2 investor visas allows foreign investors to enter and work inside of the United States based on a substantial investment in a bona fide enterprise.
The E-2 Investor Visa allows an individual to enter and work inside of the United States based on an investment he or she will be controlling, while inside the United States. The E-2 visa is good for three months to five years (depending on the country of origin) and can be extended indefinitely. The investment must be "substantial." Investor visas are available only to citizens of certain countries. E-2 visas are also available to non-investor employees of the business, as long as the persons are of the same nationality as the investor and are destined for a role in the US business that is either executive/supervisory or requires specialized skills that are essential to the efficient operation of the US enterprise.
For new startups, the investment must be large enough to start and operate the business. The amount of investment varies on the type of business. The investment will not be considered substantial if it is not large enough to capitalize the venture. The USCIS will use an "Inverted Sliding Scale" to determine whether the investment is substantial in proportion to the overall cost of the enterprise.
How to apply
Applicants should generally apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate accredited to their place of permanent residence. As part of the visa application process, an interview at the embassy consular section is required for visa applicants from age 14 through 79. Persons age 13 and younger, and age 80 and older, generally do not require an interview, unless requested by embassy or consulate.
The E2 Visa Facts and Statistics
The approval rates for the E-2 visa are much higher than other employment or investor visas like the H1-B, L-1 and EB-5. Over the past year, the approval rate fell slightly from 93% to 92%.
The approval rate includes people who did not receive the approval in the first interview and had to return to the consulate with a revised petition. The State Department has not released the approval data for fiscal year 2017 but the 2016 approval rate was 92%.
In 2018 just over 60,000 E-2 visa's where issued world wide
In 2018 there was an 88% approval rate for E-2 applications worldwide
The Top 10 E2 Visa Issuance Countries in 2018
Japan - 13,399
Germany - 5,807
Canada - 3,254
France - 3,081
The United Kingdom - 2,740
South Korea - 2,361
Italy - 1,799
Mexico - 1,578
Spain - 1,312
Taiwan - 585
About Yondaa, Inc.
Yondaa was formed on the premise that it shouldn’t be complicated to take your business international. In an age where markets are becoming increasingly intertwined and products and services transcend national boundaries, we believe that setting up a business should be simple and free of red tape. That’s why our core service is removing the complexity and packaging company formations into an easily manageable process where we work on your behalf to establish your business, so you can spend time thinking about running your business.
What do we do?
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