i am from Jordan . i intend to visit the USA on December B1 B2 visa holder, would like to know more about : 1- the E2 visa for the investor and for the employee, 2- i know that there is no fixed number for the capital i have to make my investment with, but is there i limit for miner numbers of capital that i would invest with (20.000$) for example, or less ?
You're right ... there is no fixed number. But, it must be substantial ... $20,000 is NOT SUBSTANTIAL.
I always recommend that the people invest $200,000 ... or more.
Talk to an attorney before you spend money on a plane ticket ... many of us use Skype.
ALSO: Forget about the 'employee' visa for at-least a year or two, after the 'principle' investor has established the company in the US.
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As a citizen of Jordan , you may be able to qualify for the E-2 investor visa if you make a " substantial investment" in a qualifying business in the U.S. Please note that $ 20,000.00 is not a " substantial investment" and you will need to consider an investment at least 7 times that amount ( less is still possible but expect a lot of turbulence with USCIS or the U.S. consulate). You will need an experienced immigration attorney to assist and guide you.
I agree that $20,000 is theoretically possible, but it almost certainly will not be approved. Typically I like to see $100,000 -$200,000 as a minimum.
You should always consult with an experienced immigration attorney to make certain that the advice you received is appropriate for your particular immigration case.
A substantial investment is required. $20K will not be considered substantial.
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There in no lower end limit on the investment amount for an E-2 visa application. However, in my experience it is unlikely that an investment of less than $50,000 USD would be considered substantial. I recommend you consult with an immigration attorney to discuss your investment opportunity and potential for working in the US
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The amount of investment necessary for an E-2 visa depends on the type of business and the capital required for the business. Note that investment of a small amount of capital solely for the purpose of earning a living is not sufficient and also that the amount of the investment must demonstrate your commitment to the business. I agree with the other answers in that $20,000 is not substantial, however, I have personally seen one case where an investment of an amount less than $20,000 resulted in a successful E-2 visa application. It is certainly rare, but it appears that given the right circumstances it may be possible.
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