E-2 Investors Visa
The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa is a non-immigrant category that is well-suited to small and medium size businesses. It is an alternative to the EB-5 immigrant investor category, and is more flexible in some important ways. The holder of an E-2 visa, his/her family, and employees are allowed to enter and leave the U.S. as often as needed, as long as the business continues to be viable. E-2 visa holders may engage in self-employment related to their investment, may remain in the U.S. for an indefinite period, and are not required to maintain ties to their home country.
A new business venture will typically require a team effort. Along with a good immigration attorney, the investor should be sure that he/she has a relationship with a local bank familiar with serving business clients, an experienced accountant, and perhaps a business plan specialist. With a reliable network of business professionals, an investor increases the chances for success both in the business and in successfully obtaining the E-2 visa.
At Migration Counsel, we help small and medium size business investors at all stages of the visa process, and would be happy to discuss the options and requirements with you.