I want to cofound a tech company in the US with an American (I'm Canadian). One option for me is the E-2 visa. I've read that I must invest a substantial amount of funds. Can this substantial amount come from friends and family? Can it come from angel investors (in Canada or the US) intending to invest in my company?
When it comes to the source of the E-2 investment funds, they can indeed come from a gift or inheritance, as long as the funds were lawfully acquired by the E-2 investor. Some types of loans would also qualify as a legitimate source, but not all. The E-2 investor must have majority ownership and control of the entity. A 50/50 ownership situation is possible, but the E-2 investor must prove it controls the entity. Best of luck to you.
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These kinds of technical questions should be handled by an immigration attorney who is working on the E2 visa application for you.
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Hello Sir or Madam. If your E-2 application is based upon you being the principal investor (as opposed you being an employee and someone else being the principal E-2 investor), then you have to make the investment. It is best to hire an experiened immigration attorney to assist you. Regards.
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You must be the principal investor.
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