How to Get an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa?
The E-2 Investor visa is for applicants from certain countries who wish to invest in a US business enterprise or actually start one. This category is perfect for any startup company or individual entrepreneurs. The E-2 visa is generally secured through the US Consulate of the foreign country.
Am I Eligible to Apply for an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa?If you are a national of a foreign state with which the United States entered into a bilateral treaty of commerce and navigation, you are generally eligible to apply. Eligibility alone will not guarantee a visa so it is always recommended to seek immigration counsel prior to submitting an application. You may find the current list of treaty countries at the following link: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/fees/treaty.html. Your spouse and children of any eligible applicant may not need to be nationals of the same country.
What Documents do I Need to Prepare for an E-2 Visa?Every US Consulate will have its own set of guidelines to follow in terms of submission of an application for an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa given that each country has its own bilateral agreement with the United States. These agreements are very similar notwithstanding you must carefully follow the instructions of the specific US Consulate. You will need to show that you placed your investment/ capital or assets at risk- and enough of it so that the investment is not marginal but substantial and adequate to provide beyond earning a living for the investor and his or her family alone. You will need to write a business plan- an extensive one for a five-year period to demonstrate that your business has the likely potential of generating sufficient profit. You will need to show that you as the Treaty Investor will be able to develop and direct the business - most efficiently by showing ownership of at least 50% of the treaty business.
How do I Start the E-2 Visa Application?You will start by collecting the above listed documents once you secured the investment project- either investment in an existing business or by starting a new one. Then you create a profile on the online application system, pay the visa fee, submit all your documents including form DS-156E to the US Consulate of your country for review- in the specific format they wish to see. I emphasize this fact because not providing your documents in the preferred format such as a binder or tabbed pages will delay the processing of your application. Usually a few weeks later (or months- depending on the specific consulate) they will notify you that the review is complete and that they are ready for your interview.
At the US Consulate Interview and AfterwardsOn the day of your interview, you will likely be asked specific question about your background, experience, the business enterprise and your business plan. You will likely be notified whether your application is approved at the time of the interview. Then you leave your passport at the US Consulate and it will be mailed to the address you provided in the application within a few days- with your visa stamp in it. Make sure you check that your information is correct and if so, you are ready to make travel arrangements. Good luck on your new adventure!