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Should Supporting Visa Documentation be in English? Do I have to Translate my Visa Documents?

Immigration petitions can be filed either at a Consulate or United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).  While the petition or form will be in English, supporting documentation is often required also.  For example, [...]

What Do You Need to Know About Applying for an E-2 Visa at a U.S. Consulate?

An E-2 visa is a visa that can be issued to nationals of certain countries who want to start a business in the U.S. that will ultimately hire U.S. workers.  The business can be [...]

  • Immigration and Business Law

What is an E-3 Visa? What are the Requirements of an E-3 Visa? Is an E-3 Visa the same as an H-1B visa?

For Australian nationals seeking to live and work in the United States, an E-3 visa may be an excellent option. The E-3 visa classification is only available to Australians, and permits Australian nationals to [...]

  • Contracts, New Business

What is an E-1 Treaty Trader Visa? What are the Requirements for an E-1 Visa? What are the Differences between an E-2 and E-1 Visa?

An E-1 visa is a Treaty Trader Visa and allows nationals from certain countries to live and work in the United States to engage in international trade between the U.S. and their home country.  [...]

How much do I have to invest for an E-2 visa? What is a substantial investment for an E-2 Visa?

An E-2 visa allow a foreign national to purchase or invest in a company in the U.S. and obtain a visa for an indefinite period. The E-2 visa requires that the applicant invest in [...]

  • Bankrupcty

What to do after you visa application has been denied? My visa application has been denied, what can I do when I reapply?

Scott Legal, P.C. has worked on hundreds of immigration cases and have seen a wide spectrum of cases ranging from humanitarian cases to immigrant investor cases. As we process more and more cases, we’ve [...]

What Does Marginality Mean for an E-2 Visa? How Do I Prove That My E-2 Business is Not Marginal? Do I have to Hire U.S. Workers if I Get an E-2 Visa?

The E-2 Investor visa is a nonimmigrant visa available to foreign investors and entrepreneurs who want to start and run a business in the US. One of the requirements for the E-2 visa is [...]

Is my E-2 Investment Amount “Substantial?” How much is Enough for an E-2 Investment?

One of the most frequent questions we get from potential clients is “how much do I have to spend to qualify for an E-2 visa?” The substantial investment requirement can be difficult to understand, [...]

  • Contracts, New Business

Guidance on Letters of Intent for E-2 Visas

An E-2 visa is a visa available for foreign nationals who want to purchase or start a business in the U.S..  An E-2 investor must invest a certain amount of money in the U.S. [...]

Can I Apply for an EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa using my E-2 company? Does an E-2 Visa Lead to an EB-5 Visa? Does an E-2 Visa Lead to a Green Card?

What is an E-2 Visa? An E-2 visa is a perfect visa for an individual or company who wants to start or purchase a business in the United States. In order to obtain the visa, [...]

E-2 Visa Renewal: What do I need to know when I renew my E-2 visa? What things do I need to accomplish in time for my E-2 visa renewal?

An E-2 visa is an ideal visa for a foreign national who wants to start their own business in the U.S.  The key advantages of the E-2 Visa are the infinite renewal option, the fact [...]

A New Immigration Option for Entrepreneurs just Announced! Is there a new Visa for Entrepreneurs?

A new immigration law was published recently that opens the door for another visa option for Entrepreneurs.  Where in the past, foreign entrepreneurs could rely mainly on an EB-5 visa or an E-2 visa, [...]

How Do I Prove The Source of My Investment Funds for The E-2 Visa?

For investors and entrepreneurs considering whether to apply for an E-2 investor visa, understanding the rules and regulations governing the source of funds may be challenging, and establishing a clear source of the E-2 [...]

Is my Purchase Sale Agreement E-2 Compliant? Why some Purchase Sale Agreements Fail to Comply with E-2 Regulations. Do I Need an Escrow Agreement for an E-2 Visa? Purchase Sale Agreements and E-2 Compliance.

Many of our E-2 clients choose to purchase an established business as their E-2 investment. The purchase of an established business comes with significant benefits, such as an established revenue base and book of [...]

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Can I Include Intellectual Property as an E-2 Visa Expense? Is IP a valid E-2 Visa Expenses? How do I Value my IP so that I Can Include it as an E-2 Visa Investment?

One E-2 visa requirement is that the investor must invest a certain amount of money in the United States.  The government does not specific the exact amount that has to be spent but instead the [...]

Do You Need to Stay in the US for a Specified Period of Time to Set Up a Business Venture? How do I Start a Business Venture in the United States before Applying for an E-2 Visa?

For many foreign nationals seeking to start or purchase a new business in the United States, the E-2 Investor Visa may be the best option. The E-2 Visa permits the Investor to reside in [...]

Which Investor Visa Should I Select? What are the Differences between E-2, L-1 and EB-5 visas?

When an investor or foreign company wants to start operations in the United States they can select between three possible investor visas including an E-2 Visa, an L-1 Visa and an EB-5 visa.  The [...]

Can I apply for an E-2 visa with minimal startup costs? If I am starting a consulting firm with almost no overhead to startup, why do I need to make expenses now for an E-2 Visa?

One common question from entrepreneurs applying for an E-2 visa is how much money needs to be invested in the Company. The answer to this question depends on a number of variables, including the [...]

If I am a dual citizen, what nationality can I use when applying for an E-2 visa? If I am already in the U.S. and am a dual citizen, which nationality can I use to change to E-2 status?

In order to be eligible for an E-2 visa, an applicant must be a national of a country that has an E-2 treaty with the United States. A full list of countries can be [...]

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Can I volunteer while on an E2 visa? What types of volunteer activities are acceptable? Does volunteering ever count as work?

An E-2 Visa is a great visa option for an individual who wants to start a business in the U.S. The full set of E-2 visa requirements can be found by clicking here. The E-2 [...]

How will a Trump Win Impact my E-2 Visa? Will the E-2 Visa Program be Eliminated under Trump? Can I still get an E-2 Visa with Trump as President?

On November 8th, Donald Trump surprised the world and won the U.S. election.  Since the election, we have received numerous questions from our E-2 visa clients and prospective clients as they are concerned that [...]

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Do I have to Hire Full-Time Employees to get an E-2 Visa? Can I Hire Independent Contractors and get an E-2 Visa? Can I Hire Part-Time Employees and get an E-2 Visa? Can I Hire an Intern and Get an E-2 Visa? Do I have to Hire U.S. Workers to Get an E-2 Visa?

An E-2 visa is a good visa for someone who wants to start or purchase a business in the United States.  The applicant must be from one of the treaty countries, must invest money [...]

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What If I am Not From An E-2 Treaty Country? Are There Visa Options for People who are not from an E-2 Visa Country?

An E-2 visa is an investor visa granted to investors or entrepreneurs who want to start or buy a business in the U.S.. If you are a national of one of the E-2 Visa [...]

Can I Apply for an E-2 Visa When I Have a Pending Green Card Immigration Petition?

E-2 Investor Visa An E-2 visa is an investor visa granted to entrepreneurs who want to start or buy a business in the United States. If you are a national of one of the [...]

Should I go to a U.S. Consulate to get an E-2 Visa or change to E-2 status in the United States? (Part 2: Applying for a Change of Status with USCIS)

An E-2 visa is a great visa for a person who wants to launch a startup or purchase a business in the United States. In order to obtain the visa the applicant must invest in [...]

Should I go to a U.S. Consulate to get an E-2 Visa or change to E-2 status in the United States? (Part 1: Applying at the Consulate)

An E-2 visa is a great visa for a person who wants to launch a startup or purchase a business in the United States. In order to obtain the visa the applicant must invest in [...]

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How will my E-2 investment be calculated? Can I apply for an E-2 visa if my investment was made several years ago? Can I include expenditures in my E-2 investment that were made before I started the business?

An E-2 visa is an investor visa that allows an entrepreneur to start a business, invest in a business or purchase a business in the United States. The visa can be renewed indefinitely as long as the [...]

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What Can You Do When You are Unhappy with your E-2 lawyer? I am Unhappy with my E-2 Lawyer, What Can I Do?

Finding a good E-2 visa lawyer is difficult and this is especially the case as some law firms will file E-2 visa immigration petitions with little or no experience in the area.  E-2 visas [...]

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Can I Work for Multiple Companies on an E-2 visa? Can I Work for a Subsidiary of the E-2 Company Where I am Currently Employed?

There are a few different types of E-2 visas, including the E-2 Investor visa, the E-2 Employee visa and the E-2 dependent visa. You can read more about the different types of E-2 visas [...]

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Can my child come with me to the U.S. on my E-2 visa? What happens to my child’s status when he or she turns 21?

Nonimmigrant visas such as the E, L, O, and H-1B allow for the principal visa holder’s children to also come to the United States with dependent visas. The children are permitted to stay in [...]

Common E-2 Visa Myths

An E-2 visa is an investor visa that allows an entrepreneur to start a business, invest in a business or purchase a business in the United States.  Once the E-2 visa requirements have been [...]

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My E-2 Visa was Approved! What do I Need to do When I Move to the United States?

Congratulations on your recent E-2 visa approval!  Here are a few things you should consider when moving to the United States: Address Change Please note that immigration law and regulations require that all foreign [...]

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Do I have to Hire Employees to get an E-2 Visa?

An E-2 visa is a great option for entrepreneurs who want to start and run a business in the United States. You can read more about the specific E-2 requirements here. One common myth [...]

What are the Steps Required for an E-2 Visa? What do I Have to do to Get an E-2 Visa?

An E-2 visa is an investor visa that allows entrepreneurs or business owners to either start or purchase a business in the U.S.  You can find out more about the full set of E-2 [...]

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Can I Include the Cost of a Car as an E-2 Visa Expense?

One of the most daunting requirements associated with the E-2 visa process is the requirement that the applicant must invest money in a business before getting the E-2 visa.  Also, although some businesses do [...]

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Can I Bring my Mother and/or Father to the U.S. with me if I have an E-2 Visa? Can I Bring other Family Members to the U.S. with a nonimmigrant visa?

Many nonimmigrant visas such as an E-2 visa, an L-1 visa and H-1B visa allow spouses and children under 21 to accompany the primary applicant to the U.S. These dependent visas allow families to [...]

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Why Hiring a Lawyer to Draft Your Business Plan Can Increase Your Chances of Approval for an E-2 Visa

Abbreviations, jargon, and buzzwords.  Every profession is plagued with obscure, industry-specific vocabulary.  We routinely use these terms and phrases and because careers are such an important part of our lives, we often take for [...]

US Consulate in Toronto Announces Streamlined Procedures for E-1 and E-2 Visa Applicants!

As of March 1, 2016, Canadian applicants for E-1 and E- 2 (Treaty Trader and Investor) visas will benefit from streamlined registration at the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto and additional processing locations across Canada [...]

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Moving to the U.S.? 3 Easy Steps to Obtain your Social Security Number

If you are moving to the United States temporarily to work you will need a Social Security number (SSN). It is relatively easy to obtain a Social Security number once you arrive in the [...]

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Can I Use a Home Office for an E-2 Visa?

An E-2 visa is the perfect visa option for an entrepreneur that wants to start a business in the United States.  You can find the full set of E-2 visa requirements by clicking here. [...]

¿Cuáles son los Gastos Comunes de la Inversión E-2? ¿Cómo Puedo Incrementar el Monto de Mi Inversión E-2?

La visa E-2 es una gran opción de visa para un negocio o un individuo que quiere empezar su negocio en los E.E.U.U. Todos los requisitos de la visa E-2 se pueden encontrar haciendo [...]

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¿Cómo Abrir una Cuenta Bancaria en los E.E.U.U. Cuando Está Aplicando Para una Visa E-2? Los Pasos a Seguir para Abrir Un Número de EIN y una Cuenta Bancaria en los E.E.U.U. Cuando Está Aplicando Para una Visa E-2.

Una visa E-2 es una excelente opción de visa de inversores para un individuo o compañía que quiere empezar un negocio en los E.E.U.U. La visa E-2 está disponible para los nacionales de ciertos países [...]

I Want to Work in the United States. What are my Options?

I own a business outside the U.S. and would like to open an office in the United States. If you want to come to the United States temporarily to open a U.S. office, an [...]

Nais Mo bang Magtayo o Magsimula ng Negosyo sa Estados Unidos? Puede ang E-2 Visa Para Sa Iyo!

Ang ideya ba ng pagsisimula ng iyong sariling negosyo ay isang bagay na palagi mong naiisip? Kung ganun nga, pareho tayo! Dahil hindi ako isang green card holder, hindi ko naisip na isang opsyon [...]

¿Cómo Desarrollar un Plan de Negocio Conforme con la Visa EB-5 o E-2?

Para cada Dueño de Negocio, Inversor & Empresario, el hecho de tener que elaborar un plan de negocio es abrumador, pero frecuentemente es un mal necesario para los que quieren triunfar. Hay algunas Visas [...]

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How Do You Open a U.S. Bank Account when Applying for an E-2 Visa? The Steps to Opening an EIN Number and a U.S. Bank Account When Applying for an E-2 Visa.

An E-2 visa is an excellent investor visa option for an individual or company that wants to start a business in the U.S. The E-2 visa is available to nationals of certain Treaty countries [...]

  • Contracts, New Business

Los dos tipos de E-2 Visas para Empleados

El inversionista debe invertir en los EE.UU. y en última instancia contratar trabajadores estadounidenses, pero la ley no obliga a una cantidad específica de inversión o el número de empleados que deben ser contratados. [...]

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How Long Will it Take to Process my E-2 Visa?

How Long Does it Take to get an E-2 Visa? An E-2 visa is an investor visa option for an individual or company that wants to start business operations in the United States. The [...]

What are Common E-2 Investment Expenses? How can I increase my E-2 Investment Amount?

An E-2 Visa is a great visa option for a business or individual who wants to start a business in the U.S.. The full set of E-2 visa requirements can be found by clicking [...]

What is an Escrow Agreement and How Can it be Used for an E-2 Visa? What if my E-2 Visa does not get Approved when I have Bought a Business?

An E-2 visa is an investor visa that permits a company or individual to buy or start a business in the United States. The investment amount can be low depending on the type of business [...]

What Type of Business is Eligible for an E-2 Visa?

An E-2 Visa is a great visa option for a foreign national that wants to start or buy a business in the United States. Depending on the type of business, the visa may only [...]

Can I Just have the Intention to Start a Business and get an E-2 Visa? What Does Real and Operating Mean for an E-2 Visa?

An E-2 visa can be a perfect visa option for an entrepreneur that wants to start a new business in the U.S.. The applicant must be from a Treaty country and must also invest [...]

Comparison of the E-2 Visa and the L-1 Visa

E-2 or L-1 Visas are two visa options that investors and entrepreneurs often turn to in order to start up business operations in the U.S.. While both allow a business owner to run a [...]

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What are the Most Common E-2 Visa Questions Asked by Our Clients?

An E-2 visa is a visa that permits a foreign investor to start or purchase a business in the U.S. with a relatively low investment amount. The investor must be a citizen of one [...]

E-2 Visas for Nationals from the United Kingdom (Special Considerations for E-2 Visas for U.K. Nationals)

An E-2 visa can be the perfect visa for a foreign national who wants to start a business in the United States. The visa can be obtained with a low investment amount ($50,000 or [...]

  • Contracts, New Business

The Two Types of E-2 Employee Visas

The investor must invest in the U.S. and ultimately hire U.S. workers but the law does not mandate a specific investment amount or number of employees that must be hired. More information on the [...]

What Is Required When Your E-2 Visa Business Changes?

An E-2 visa is a great visa option for someone who wants to purchase or start a business in the U.S.. The visa requires an investment of as low as $50,000 and the E-2 [...]

  • Immigration

When Should an E-2 Visa Applicant Consider a Change of Status Instead of Consular Processing?

An E-2 visa is an excellent visa for a foreign national who wants to direct and operate a business in the United States. Unlike the EB-5 visa, the investment amount for an E-2 visa [...]

The E-2 Visa Process Explained – Where Should You Apply for an E-2 Visa? Should You Apply for an E-2 Visa at a Consulate or USCIS through a Change of Status?

An E-2 visa is a perfect visa for a foreign national from an E-2 treaty country that wishes to purchase or start a business in the United States. The visa can be approved with [...]

Which Countries Are Eligible for an E-2 Visa?

An E-2 visa is the perfect visa option for many foreign national entrepreneurs that want to either start or buy a business in the United States. An E-2 visa has a number of subjective [...]

How Long Can an E-2 Visa be Issued For?

An E-2 visa is an investor visa that is issued to entrepreneurs who wish to start or buy a business in the U.S.. The investor must invest a certain amount of money in the [...]

The Three Types of E-2 Visas

An E-2 visa is a perfect visa for an individual or company who wants to start or purchase a business in the United States. In order to obtain the visa, the applicant must invest [...]

Does A Spouse of an E-2 Investor Visa Holder Require Employment Authorization

An E-2 Investor Visa is a visa option available to foreign nationals who want to start and manage a business in the United States. The visa requires a capital investment to either start or [...]

E-2 Visa Processing and the E-2 Visa Interview

An E-2 visa is an excellent visa choice for those who have a small (or large) amount of money and wish to invest that money to buy or start a business in the U.S..  [...]

Can an E-2 Investment be from a Gift or Loan?

An E-2 Visa is an investor visa that requires an entrepreneur to invest a certain amount of capital in the in the United States to either start a business or purchase one.  The entrepreneur [...]

Interested in an Investor Visa? Differences Between E-2 Visa and EB-5 Visa

While E-2 and EB-5 are both Investor visas, they have several differences.  This chart summarizes many of the key differences between the two investor visas.   Item E-2 Investor Visa EB-5 Investor Visa   [...]

Does an E-2 Visa “Lead To” A Green Card?

There are several differences between an E-2 and an EB-5 visa. For example, an E-2 is a non-immigrant visa so when you apply for an E-2 visa you are not applying for a green [...]

Coming to America? Some Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs

Foreign nationals who wish to start their businesses in America often find themselves trying to navigate the complicated regulatory scheme that includes immigration law, SEC rules associated with raising capital, and understanding other U.S. [...]

When Applying for an E-2 Visa, Should You Apply For A Change of Status Or For the Visa at a U.S. Consulate?

An E-2 visa is a visa that is available for entrepreneurs, investors and business owners who wish to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business.  The visa is [...]

How Do You Prove Where the Money Comes From? The Source of Funds Requirement Explained for E-2 & EB-5 Visas

Entrepreneurs and Business Owners who wish to start a new business have two options. First, an E-2 visa is a non-immigrant (not a green card) visa that is available for entrepreneurs, investors and business [...]

Want to Start a Business in the U.S. and Obtain an E-2 Visa? What Does the Marginality Requirement Mean for an E-2 Visa

An E-2 Visa is a Visa that is available for entrepreneurs, investors and business owners who wish to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business.  The business can [...]

  • Immigration

Want To Create American Jobs? Remove American Barriers To Immigration

As Published in Forbes on September 6, 2013.  Click here to see article on Forbes. While America is often called the land of opportunity, immigration law often serves as a barrier for many business [...]

How Large Does An Investment Have To Be For an E-2 Visa

An E-2 Visa is a Visa that is available for entrepreneurs, investors and business owners who wish to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business.  The business can [...]

Want to Start A Business In The U.S.? Which Immigration Visa You Should Select If You Are An Entrepreneur, Investor or Business Owner

Many foreign nationals who want to start a business in the United States have asked the lawyers at Scott Legal, P.C. to explain the different Visa options available to them.  This article reviews four [...]

E-2 Treaty Investor Visa – A Great Visa Option For Those Who Wish To Start A Small Business In The United States – Top E-2 Visa Questions & Answers

An E-2 Visa is a Visa Classification that is available for foreign nationals who wish to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business.  The business can be large [...]

Want To Start A Small Business in the United States? An E-2 Visa May Be Perfect For You.

The idea of starting your own business may always have been something at the forefront of your mind.  It certainly was for me but given that I was not a green card holder, I [...]