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UNITED STATES

E-2 RESIDENT INVESTORS VISA

Overview

An E-2 treaty investor visa is the fastest form of obtain a visa which allows residing in the USA. The E-2 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 visa allows foreign investors to enter and work inside of the United States based on a substantial investment in a bona fide enterprise.

  • icon Processing time

    Average of 3 months

  • icon Investment type

    new business or franchise in the USA

  • icon Investment cost

    approximately USD 150,000 (and above without specific limit)

  • icon Family dependents

    Spouse, dependent children below 21 years old and business employees

Citizenship law or Residency Law

Country Info

The United States has long been known over the world as the land of opportunity, with its rich and diverse culture and one of the strongest currencies in the world.

Throughout its history, the United States has been a nation of immigrants. Currently, more than 325 million people live in the US. Of these, about 62 percent originally are of European descent,13 percent are African-American, 16 percent are Hispanic, and 5 percent are Asian. An estimated 20 percent of people living in the US speak a language other than English in their homes. Among the most common second languages are Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese.

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CAPITAL

Washington, D.C.

POPULATION

325.7 million

LANGUAGE

English

GOVERNMENT TYPE

Constitutional federal republic

CURRENCY

US dollar (USD)

EXCHANGE RATE

1 USD = 0.9214 EUR

Benefits

Costs

The investment used to qualify for an E2 visa must be in an active and operating business that requires people to work in the business.

1. E2 Visa Investment

Approximate E2 Visa Investment Amount USD 150,000 (and above without specific limit). Funds could be placed into a special escrow account only to be transferred if the E2 visa is granted. Escrow account arrangements are more likely to be relevant if you are buying an existing business instead of starting a new business. In such a situation the seller of the business could agree for money to be held in an escrow account.

Approximate E2 Visa Investment Amount
USD 150,000
Citizenship Invest professional fees, official application forms, certification of citizenship and passport, courier & other disbursements are the only other costs associated. A detailed quotation with no hidden costs is provided for the specific case.

Required Documents

Citizenship Invest appoints a Document Collection Specialist for each case. The firm offers a bespoke
service that simplifies the application process, requesting from clients the bear minimum. Our job is to
simplify the document collection as much as possible and when required we obtain the documents for the
client without their involvement. Please note the below list is to be used as a guideline only, after assessing
the particular case Citizenship Invest prepares a personalized checklist.

Documents required from each applicant including children:
• Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160.
• Certified copy of valid passport (with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant’s intended period of stay in the United States)
• One (1) Original 2-by-2-inch (5-by-5-cm) photograph.

Documents required only from the main applicant:
• Nonimmigrant Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor Application DS-156E,
completed and signed, for executives/managers/essential employees.
• A credible business plan showing that the US business will generate
enough money to support the applicant during his/her stay in the US
along with all his dependents. The business cannot be marginal.
• A business registration for the United States business.
• Proof of wire transfer.
• Proof of source of income.
• Proof of intent to return to your country (because this visa does not allow
dual intent)

Documents required only if married persons apply together:
• Original excerpt of marriage record or certified copy of marriage
certificates
• Certified copy of divorce certificate (if applicable).

Timeline

MONTH 1

CI will pre-screen your passport and Applicant to complete the investor questionnaire form. A down payment for professional fees is payable to start your application.

MONTH 2

Evaluate business/investment options and select E-2 franchise

Organize/register business enterprise with relevant U.S. Government authorities

Gather documents related to E-2 submission

Sign relevant forms for E-2 submission

Prepare legal memorandum and E-2 File for submission to U.S. Embassy/Consulate

MONTH 3

Submit E-2 filing package to U.S. Embassy/Consulate

Embassy/Consulate review

Prepare for visa interview at U.S. Embassy/Consulate

Attend interview and receive decision from U.S. Embassy/Consulate

Note: All timeframes provided above are estimated. The exact timing of each E-2 process is unique, and depends upon how diligent the investor is to provide the required documentation; the type of business for the E-2 investment (whether a startup enterprise or purchasing an existing business, and the process involved with the purchase – i.e., the timeline of the seller); and, the processing time of the U.S. Embassy/Consulate and waiting period to attend the visa interview.

UNITED STATES VISA FREE countries

* Visa on arrival
TREATY COUNTRIES WITH USA
  • Albania
    Argentina
    Armenia
    Australia
    Austria
    Azerbaijan
    Bahrain
    Bangladesh
    Belgium
    Bolivia
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bulgaria
    Cameroon
    Canada
    Chile
    Colombia
    Congo
    Costa Rica
    Croatia
    Czech Republic
    Denmark
    Ecuador
    Egypt
    Estonia
    Ethiopia
    Finland
    France
    Georgia
    Germany
    Grenada
    Honduras
    Ireland
    Israel
    Italy
    Jamaica
    Japan
    Jordan
    Kazakhstan
    Kosovo
    Kyrgyzstan
    Laos
    Latvia
    Liberia
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Macedonia
    Mexico
    Moldova
    Mongolia
    Montenegro
    Morocco
    Netherlands
    New Zealand
    Norway
    Oman
    Pakistan
    Panama
    Papua New Guinea
    Paraguay
    Philippines
    Poland
    Romania
    Senegal
    Serbia
    Singapore
    Slovakia
    Slovenia
    South Korea
    Spain
    Sri Lanka
    Suriname
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Taiwan
    Thailand
    Togo
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Tunisia
    Turkey
    Ukraine
    United Kingdom
    Yugoslavia

*The list of countries is subject to variations depending on each government's policy and so is access to these countries.

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Content
  • Program Overview
  • Citizenship Law
  • Country profile
  • Benefits of the program
  • Applicants Qualifications
  • Investment requirements
  • Application Fees
  • Document Checklist
  • List of countries Visa free and on arrival
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