E-2 visa USA

Government program. No queues. A method of obtaining a Green Card

E-2 visa advantages

  • No requirements to a level of education, work experience, age, language proficiency

  • No need to have any relatives residing in the US

  • Spouse and unmarried children under 21 may receive a visa together with an investor

  • Spouse can get a work permit, children can attend public schools

  • No queue for E-2 visa applicants

  • Can be extended an unlimited number of times

Conditions and requirements for obtaining an E-2 visa

E-2 visa is non-immigrant visa, but it can be helpful in getting a “green card” by changing the status in the future. For this purpose, an investor must meet a number of requirements and follow some rules. First of all, he should invest in a business in the USA. It is important to confirm the legality of the origin of income. Also, it is necessary to meet the following requirements:

  • To be a citizen of a country that signed a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the U.S.

  • To invest at least $ 100,000 in a business (not including fees). There are several options: purchase an existing business, a part of a business or establish your own business.

  • Actively participate in the business management.

Who can be included in an E-2 US visa application along with the main applicant:

  • A spouse

  • Unmarried children under 21


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Investment options to obtain an E-2 visa

Investment in business

$ 100,000 – minimum investment for investor & their family

– in existing business;

– in the part of a business;

– in new business in the territory of the United States.

Investment in SPA business (example)

Location: Sarasota, Fl (Sarasota County)

Price: $118,000 (inventory price included – $64,000)

Rent: $2,400 per month

Year of establishment: 2018

Investment in cargo company (example)

Location: Miami, FL

Price: $95,000 (inventory price included – $47,500)

App. cash flow: $30,000

Year of establishment: 2016

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Steps to obtain an E-2 visa

The following steps are described for reference purpose only. The main thing that we want to underline is that Migronis takes care of the preparation and submission of your case. You only need to provide the original documents. We will do all the paperwork ourselves.


Free preliminary background check of an applicant (1 day) and conclusion of the contract in one of our offices or remotely. At this stage, it will be sufficient to provide the copies of foreign passports for all family members that will be included in the application for an E-2 visa.

Result of this step: background check report + signed contract.


Preparation of a business plan, transfer of the investment sum, filing of a petition by an attorney.

Result of the stage: Approval from the USCIS is received.


As soon as the petition is approved, the applicant receives a visa at the consulate or a notification of a change of status if the petition has been submitted within the United States. The visa is valid for at least 2 years (depending on the country of the applicant). E-2 visa can be extended for an indefinite time.

Applicant’s actions: Passing a visa interview at the embassy and departure to the USA (if visa documents are submitted at a consulate in the applicant’s own country)


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Information about L-1, E-2 business visas

L-1 visa

L-1 visa is also associated with the possibility of doing business in the United States. Under the US laws, an L-type visa is considered to be a tool for moving officers and managers of foreign companies to branches located in the United States. Also, the L-1 visa is issued to foreign nationals working in the US companies abroad, in order to attract them to the main offices based in the United States. Compared to the EB-5 visa which does not require detailed substantiations of investor's qualification and experience in management, there is a different situation with L-type visa. An individual petition for individual visa must be accompanied by a list of documents. This refers not only to bank statements and financial documentation, but also to advertising materials, job descriptions, employees' business cards, etc.

E-2 visa

Investors who have invested in the development and management of business in the United States are eligible for applying for an E-2 visa. An important condition: an investor must have not less than 50% equity interest in a US company. Processing time for this type of visa is 2-4 months.

Can L-1 and E-2 visas be treated as the path to a Green Card?

L-1 and E-2 visas are not immigration visas. If L-1 and E-2 visa holders wish to obtain permanent residence status in the United States, they need to switch to a different visa category - often this is EB-5 visa.

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