Characteristics of the E2 Visa
- The United States has made treaties with several countries that allow foreign investors or their employees to come to the US for the purpose of guiding and directing their investment. These investors may be granted an E2 visa, if they are a national of one of the following countries:
- Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, The Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Moldovia, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Senegal, The Slovak Republic, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, The Ukraine, U.K., Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia
- Investors, whether an individual or organization, who qualify for the E2 visa have a substantial investment in the United States. The more money invested, the greater than chances of approval. Also, the investment must be directly in an operating business, and the investor must be in some control of the funds. Owning stocks and bonds or supplying funds for an operating loan does not count towards qualification. A substantial portion of the investment must have been made prior to applying for this visa. There is no requirement to maintain operations outside the United States.
- Employees who qualify for the E2 visa must be either an executive or similar manager, or can demonstrate some highly specialized ability that is necessary for the success of the investment. Skilled or unskilled laborers do not qualify.
- These visas are typically valid for 2 years, though sometimes they are granted for 5, and can be extended indefinitely, provided the applicant is prepared to leave upon the expiration of the visa.
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