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 require a small investment amount and the business does not have to hire employees right away. The full set of E-2 visa requirements are described here. One question that often comes up with E-2 visas is: “What Type of Business is Eligible for an E-2 Visa?” The short answer is; any legitimate and lawful business where the intent is to ultimately higher U.S. workers may qualify for an E-2 Investor Visa.

To illustrate this, we have summarized a list of business types we have successfully obtained E-2 visas for or consulted on. Please note that past results do not predict future outcome. The investment amount for these businesses ranged from $45,000 to $400,000 but generally we have seen investment amounts of around $150,000. The actual required investment amount depends on the facts and circumstances and you can read more about how large your investment amount has to be for an E-2 visa by clicking here.

E-2 Businesses that Scott Legal, P.C. has Worked With

  • Auto Repair Shop
  • Acoustic Booth Sales
  • Bar
  • Bike Share and Use Program
  • Book Illustrator
  • Cabinet Making and Distribution Business
  • Catering Company
  • Cleaning Company
  • Clothing Distributor
  • Clothing Manufacturer
  • Coffee Shop/Book Store
  • Computer/Technology Advisory Services
  • Computer Application Design
  • Consulting Company
  • Convenience Store
  • Events planning and Coordination
  • Exhibit Coordinator
  • Fashion Design Company
  • Film Maker
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Delivery Service
  • Food Distribution Sales
  • Franchise OwnersGas Station
  • Graphic Designer
  • Home Renovations
  • Import/Export Business
  • Internet Marketing Company
  • Internet Start Up
  • Law Firm
  • Legal Referral Business
  • Management Consulting Company
  • Medical Addiction Treatment Center
  • Oil Refinement Company
  • Pilot School
  • Plumbing
  • Real Estate Investment (Over 50 Properties Purchased)
  • Restaurant
  • Retail Shop
  • Sporting Soccer League
  • Technology Mobil App Start up for Leisure App
  • Technology Mobile App Start up for Sporting App
  • Trucking Company
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Welding
  • Wellness Retreat
  • Wine Distributor

All of these business ideas (and many others) are all acceptable types of businesses for an E-2 visa. Contact us to talk about your business idea and we would be happy to help you with your E-2 visa needs.


Ian E. Scott is a Harvard Law School Graduate, lawyer and author of Law School Lowdown: Secrets of Success from the Application Process to Landing Your First Job.  Mr. Scott worked as a corporate litigator in the law firm Cleary Gottlieb and currently runs his own law firm Scott Legal, P.C. specializing in Immigration Law & New Business set-up. 

For more practical or legal advice contact Scott Legal, P.C.. We offer services in a number of business areas including, Immigration, New Business set up, Contract review and development and entrepreneurial support. Call 212-223-2964 or email info@legalservicesincorporated.com for a consultation.


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6 Comments

  1. Amal saleh August 17, 2016 10:13 pm

    I am planning to start a business in USA to obtain the E2 visa… And I am really confused what is the best way , do I have to buy a stablished business or I can establish my own business , I need you opinion please

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    • IanScott August 19, 2016 4:52 pm

      We would be happy to help you with an E-2 visa and can guide you through the process. I recommend setting up a one hour consultation.

      Please find attached our credit card link to make your $250 consultation payment for a one hour consultation. If you end up hiring the firm and your bill is greater than $2,500, we will apply this consultation fee to your final bill. Once we receive the payment, we can schedule and confirm your appointment. Please reach out if you have any questions.

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  2. imran othi August 29, 2016 7:35 pm

    i from Pakistan i have b1 b2 visa of USA ,i have visited many times i want change status of visa in E2.please you guide me .i have one friend he heaved sahfa lecanice of new york .if i buy food push carts in new york and i give the job of friend its possible of get E2 visa . thanks

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    • IanScott August 30, 2016 1:53 am

      Thank you very much for contacting us. We know that the decision to start a business in the U.S. is one that brings many questions to the forefront and we are here to help. This firm was founded on an E-2 visa so we understand much of what you are concerned with. Our goal is to assist you so that you can realize the dream of growing a business in the U.S..

      We would like the opportunity to help you and welcome the chance to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers who regularly processes E-2 visas. This lawyer will be able to answer all of your questions and can give you valuable information so that you can make informed decisions. Our consultations can be arranged based on your convenience and can be done over the telephone, via Skype, or in person.

      Our consultation fee of $250 will be refunded to you if you end up hiring us and we would be happy to send you a link so that we can set up an appointment.

      We hope you decide to give us the opportunity to assist you and please let us know if you would like to set up a consultation.

      Kind regards,

      Reply
  3. mehran September 4, 2016 10:56 am

    HI
    My name is Mehran . I am from Iran . I am 45 years old . I like to immigrate to U.S .A
    I have master degree of project management . I have B.S degree in industrial engineering . I have worked 22 years at project management , feasibility study and business plan and ….. .I I work in a great company in Iran as a manager . . Please guide me how I can do for E2 category (or ….. ) please guide me . how can I use from your service .
    Thanks
    MEHRAN

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    • IanScott September 5, 2016 11:30 am

      Hello and thank you very much for contacting us. We know that the decision to start a business in the U.S. is one that brings many questions to the forefront and we are here to help. This firm was founded on an E-2 visa so we understand much of what you are concerned with. Our goal is to assist you so that you can realize the dream of growing a business in the U.S.. I have attached our E-2 visa brochure here that describes our services and fees. We can help you with the E-2 visa, your business plan and your business entity set-up.

      We would like the opportunity to help you and welcome the chance to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers who regularly processes E-2 visas. This lawyer will be able to answer all of your questions and can give you valuable information so that you can make informed decisions. Our consultations can be arranged based on your convenience and can be done over the telephone, via Skype, or in person.

      Our consultation fee of $250 will be refunded to you if you end up hiring us and I have attached the link to set up a consultation below.

      https://secure.lawpay.com/pages/scottlegalservices/operating

      We hope you decide to give us the opportunity to assist you and please let us know if you would like to set up a consultation.

      Kind regards,

      Reply

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