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

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 thought starting my own business was not an option for me.  I was also not encouraged by the “Big” business EB-5 green card category where a $1 Million dollar investment is required.  When I became a lawyer and realized I wanted to start my own law firm, I quickly realized though that the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa was the perfect option for me.   The key advantages of the E-2 Visa is the infinite duration, the fact that your family can come with you and also work in the U.S., & the relatively small investment amount that is required.   In fact, your dream of becoming a business owner in the U.S. could become a reality by spending as little as $25,000 with additional working capital set aside. (This low investment amount will not work for all business types)

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The remainder of this post summarizes the main requirements for an E-2 Visa and some of the common issues.


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Get answers to the most common E-2 Visa questions by  clicking here.


1.      You Must Be National of A Treaty Country

The E-2 Investor Trader Visa is only to people from the countries that the U.S. has a Treaty with.  Many Western countries are on the list but there are also countries from Africa, Asia and the Middle East on the list.  Israel was just recently added to the list. If you are a U.K national, you must also be a resident of the British Isles in order to be eligible.


A complete list of the countries on the list can be found here.


2.      You Must Have Invested or Be Actively in the Process of Investing

In order to satisfy this part of the test, you must fulfill three requirements.

i)Show Legitimate Possession and Control of the Funds

You must invest funds that you have obtained from a lawful means.  While dollar for dollar accounting is not required, you must prove to the Government that you either saved the money, were given the money as a gift or legitimately earned the money.  There are various forms of proof that will satisfy this requirement including tax returns, bank statements, investment accounts & more.  For some countries, this can be problematic if records are not readily available or the country is subject to a high degree of corruption.  When I applied, I showed the government 10 years worth of tax returns, my current W-2, my 401K investment statements and my bank statements.


Find out about E-2 gifts or loans by clicking here.


ii)All Funds Invested are “At Risk” & Irrevocably Committed

All of the assets invested must be personal assets subject to risk of loss and this really means that you actually have something to lose.  Loans are fine but you must be on the hook if there is a loss and this requirement forces you to sign contracts and/or spend money prior to the approval of the Visa.  When I applied, I signed a one-year office space lease and would have been required to pay approximately $24,000 even if the Visa was not approved.  At risk money does include credit card debt or other loans as long as those debts are not secured by business assets or in the name of a limited liability business.  This provision is one of the “scarier” provisions related to an E-2 Visa.

iii) You Must Be Close to The Start of Business

While you cannot accept money from clients or “do business” until the Visa is approved, you must be close to starting your business.  The idea here is that the U.S. government does not want to approve Visas for people who “may” set up a business in the U.S. or who have a “desire” to start a business.   As such, your business must be at the start up ready phase.  This means you should have a signed lease, your business bank account should be set up, you should have a website, and you should have purchased what ever you need to get the business up and running.

3.      You Must Be in a Position to “Develop & Direct” the Business With Skills

You cannot get the E-2 Visa unless you are the one that is going to direct and run the business. Also, you must have the appropriate skill set such that the Government has faith that the business will be viable. For example, you would likely not have much success getting and E-2 Visa if you wanted to open a restaurant if the only experience you had was eating in a restaurant.  Normally, your educational background and experience should suggest that you will be in a position to make the business a success.

4.      Your Investment Must Be Substantial

The U.S. Government does not have a predetermined amount that they consider substantial.  As such, your investment could be as low as $50,000 (very rare) or as high as millions.  When I started the law firm, I invested around $50,000 but only spent $15,000 for equipment, furniture and other items.  I also deposited $35,000 in my business account as operating working capital.  The actual required investment amount depends on a number of factors including the Consulate you are filing at, the business and the other parts of your application.  You should note that idle cash sitting in a business account is NOT considered an investment but the government will consider a reasonable amount of working capital as part of an investment.  While for a service oriented business a smaller investment can be sufficient at some Consulates,  if the business was say a car manufacturer, the required investment amount would have been substantially more.   You should ensure that you keep records of all of your expenditures as the government will want to see them.

You can find out more about some common E-2 expenses by clicking here.


You can read more about how large the Investment amount should be by clicking here.


5.      Your Investment & Business Cannot Be Marginal

This means that the business cannot be set up so that it provides a means of living just for yourself and family.  It also means that the business will be viable and will be able to continue operations going forward. You can demonstrate a business is not marginal by putting together a business plan that shows growth over a 5-year period or by showing that you plan to hire employees in the future.  Letters of intent or other documents that show that the E-2 business has prospects or prospective clients is also helpful.


You can find out more about the marginality requirement by clicking here.


6.      You Must Intend to Return to Your Home Country After Expiration

This is not a difficult test to meet and all you must do is sign a document that indicates you plan to return home once your visa expires.  Unlike many other visas you do not have to show any ties to your home country like a home there. Your spouse and family can also get E-2 visas and your spouse can get full work authorization.


Find out more about the spousal work authorization by clicking here.


All in all this is a great Visa for those who wish to start a small business in the U.S..  The Visa does have an extensive documentation requirement and you are strongly advised to seek the assistance of a lawyer.

Click here for a PDF version. 

Scott Legal, P.C., is an E-2 business that has actually been through the E-2 Visa process and successfully filed the Visa petition for this business so who better go guide you.

 

 


Find out about our E-2 visa services and pricing by clicking here.


To find out more about the new rules or other investor visas, contact Scott Legal, P.C.

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Ian E. Scott, Esq. is the Founder of Scott Legal, P.C. He can be reached at 212-223-2964 or by email at info@legalservicesincorporated.com.


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October 1st, 2012|295 Comments

295 Comments

  1. sait December 6, 2018 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Is it possible I want to establish a logistics company in the United States taking the tar? var. up investment companies in turkey is ready I will provide düşünüyorum.gerekl conditions around $ 80,000 visas inanıyorum.b Is there an example in the way?

    • IanScott December 8, 2018 at 11:53 am - Reply

      This is possible but the exact amount really depends. I have included consultation details below.

      E-2 Visa Brochure

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/E-2BrochureScottLegal2018.pdf

      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,

  2. Denise October 6, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Hello, i want to know if there are any posibility that my group of family can have the E2 visa. We are my mother (72), my sister (43) my niece (23) and me (37). We want to invest in a franchise but i wonder if they considered this like a family group. Thanks

  3. Dung Tran September 25, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I’m on F2 visa can I purchase a business and let a manager run the business for a few months before applying for E2 visa to show proof of profit?

    • IanScott September 29, 2018 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      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 a link to our E-2 visa brochure below that describes our services and fees and you can see from the brochure that we can also help you with your business plan and your business entity set-up.

      E-2 Visa Brochure

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/E-2BrochureScottLegal2018.pdf

      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,

  4. Dung Tran September 25, 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I’m on F2 visa can I purchase a business and let a manager run the business for a few months before applying for E2 visa to show proof of profit?

    • IanScott September 29, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      The short answer is yes but this requires explanation. Please let us know if you would like to set up a consultation.

  5. James Sreewarom July 24, 2018 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Hello

    I am a U.S. citizen. I am planing to open a restaurant very soon. I wonder if it is possible to hire my foreign friend who only has a tourist visa or can I apply his work permit? He used to do internship in the U.S. as a chef couple years ago, and he has a social security.

    Thank you
    James Sreewarom

    • IanScott July 27, 2018 at 6:57 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. 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.

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

      Kind regards,

  6. Khizar July 11, 2018 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    How much experience do you have in dealing with the Toronto Consulate for E2 Visas? In your experience what is the refusal rate for E2 visas at the Toronto Consulate?

  7. Mirza Ali Nasir March 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    I have a single member managed LLC registered in Delaware. Can I invest in the same company to obtain E2 visa. I am planning to invest around 150k USD. At what point I would have to make the transfer before or after visa approval.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Regards,

    Mirza Ali Nasir

    • IanScott March 25, 2018 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      The short answer is yes but this requires explanation. I would recommend setting up a one hour consultation to discuss.

      E-2 Visa Brochure

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/E-2BrochureScottLegal2018.pdf

      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,

  8. Ali December 29, 2017 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Hi, I am outside the US and currently selling online on eBay USA. should I setup the corporation first? Can I continue to show my existing business and sales of ebay to get E2 visa or I need a different business model? thanks

    • IanScott December 31, 2017 at 2:03 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. I recommend setting up a one hour consultation to go over the E-2 visa requirements. We would be happy to do this at your convenience.

      Kind regards,

  9. Asif Khan December 25, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Dear Sir/Ma,
    I am the Owner at Global Trading Enterprises located in Karachi, Pakistan. We deal in import of used construction machinery like wheel loaders, Cater pillars, Excavators, bulldozers and Eastern White Pine Wood etc. I wish to start a side Transportation business in USA in the local market. Therefore I need to know about the requirements, duration and the process for E-2 Visa. Kindly render any assistance.
    Thanking You

    • IanScott December 31, 2017 at 2:02 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. I believe we sent you an email so please contact us if you need anything.

  10. Daniel Ramos December 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Is there a maximun period of staying in the US prior to an E-2 visa application?

    • IanScott December 31, 2017 at 1:59 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You can be in the U.S. as long as you are here on a valid visa.

      Thanks,

  11. Karin August 14, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Hi!

    I am a spouse of a E2 Visa holder and I have been offered to act as a consultant for a company in Spain (where we lived before moving to the US). Do I need to start a business in the US or can I use my Spanish company to invoice although I live n the US?

    If I need to start a company here what do I need and how do I proceed?

    • IanScott August 14, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Hello, You should get work authorization in the U.S.. You do not need a separate company.

  12. Miri July 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Hi, we have an existing business in the UK. It’s small but growing, and is entirely portable (in fact we are going to be targeting the American market within weeks). Would this help our case in any way? And how long does this visa typically take to get? Many thanks

    • IanScott August 8, 2017 at 2:42 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. This could help your case but we would have to do a full assessment. I recommend setting up a one hour consultation to discuss. Kind regards,

  13. Roy July 17, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Hi,

    I hav in Italian passport but my wife doesn’t (she has an Israeli). Can we open a business under my name for her to run, and I work for a different company?

    Thanks

    • IanScott July 21, 2017 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      No. The E-2 investor can only work at the E-2 business. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation. Kind regards,

  14. Cengiz July 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am a Computer Engineer. I can open a business where I can get freelance job or I can build a product to sell it to businesses? In this case, what is the minimum investment I can make and do I have to make enough money the first year and do I have employ people?

    • IanScott July 21, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      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 a link to our E-2 visa brochure below that describes our services and fees and you can see from the brochure that we can also help you with your business plan and your business entity set-up.

      E-2 Visa Brochure

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/E-2BrochureScottLegal2015.pdf

      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,

  15. Jessica July 3, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Hi I’d like to know if I can self-petition myself under EB2-NIW with JD degree? Do I need to start a law firm and work for myself? Does that demonstrate nation interest in business? Thanks.

    • IanScott July 4, 2017 at 2:58 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The answer is very complicated. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation. Kind regards,

  16. Oded June 20, 2017 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Hi, I know that Israel was recently added to that list, but I understood that it’s still not efective for Israel? meaning people from Israel can’t realy go that routh yet?
    please let me know if I was mislead.
    I’m currently in the US on a L1 Visa, and would like to open the business on my Wife (L2 and have work permit), but just need to know if it’s feasible for Israel residents.
    Thanks in Advance!

    • IanScott June 21, 2017 at 12:11 am - Reply

      Hello, Things have not been finalized with Israel yet. It is still pending.

  17. Talia April 13, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I am a Singaporean who is looking to set up and work for my company in the US. Is it possible/easier to form a partnership LLC and ask my partner to hire me under the H1-B1 visa?

    • IanScott April 17, 2017 at 2:15 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Please contact us to set up a one hour consultation. We would be happy to assess your situation and answer any legal questions during the consultation. Kind regards,

  18. sto January 5, 2017 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Hello,

    I have a probably simple question for you guys, but my google skills aren’t the best 😉
    My wife and I live in US on my E1 visa since roughly 14 months. She is allowed to work, but her E1 is linked to mine.

    The question is, if she plans to found a company, am I allowed to help the business and/or to be a co owner?

    Thanks for you advise.

    • IanScott January 6, 2017 at 12:40 am - Reply

      Hello, An investor or trader can only work for the E entity. You could own part of the company but could not work there. Thanks,

  19. khan December 21, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I’m khan from pakistan,i have valid b1b2 visa.i want to start a restaurant in wiscocin,i want to know about how I start and required papers.ur fee and etc.

    • IanScott December 22, 2016 at 1:47 am - Reply

      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 a link to our E-2 visa brochure below that describes our services and fees and you can see from the brochure that we can also help you with your business plan and your business entity set-up.

      E-2 Visa Brochure

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/E-2BrochureScottLegalServices20151.pdf

      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,

  20. G. December 8, 2016 at 4:28 am - Reply

    I’m from Canada. If I’m already in the US on a tourist visa can I apply for an E2 without leaving the country or do I need to go back and apply from Toronto? Can you help in either case or would the location matter?

    • IanScott December 8, 2016 at 4:58 am - Reply

      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 a link to our E-2 visa brochure below that describes our services and fees and you can see from the brochure that we can also help you with your business plan and your business entity set-up.

      E-2 Visa Brochure

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/E-2BrochureScottLegalServices20151.pdf

      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,

  21. murad December 6, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

    hi i am businessman from india running business since 20 years, but my business is relatively small with 3 workers working and with turnover of 115000$ dollars in india. wanted to know is it possible for me to come under any kind of visa
    your help would be really appriciated.
    thanking you

    • IanScott December 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Please contact us to set up a one hour consultation to discuss visa options. Kind regards,

  22. R.azim December 2, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Sir
    This is azim from dhaka banglafesh intend to apply Usa E2 visa please advise me the possibility.
    azim

    • IanScott December 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      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 a link to our E-2 visa brochure below that describes our services and fees and you can see from the brochure that we can also help you with your business plan and your business entity set-up.

      E-2 Visa Brochure

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/E-2BrochureScottLegalServices20151.pdf

      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,

  23. Javeri November 21, 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    I am in currently in the USA, i have B1 B2 visa. My children have F1 visa and are studying in US. I have a son who also has a B1 visa. Im thinking to change my status to E2 by investing in a small business. Kindly let me know if this is possible. Thankyou.

    • IanScott November 29, 2016 at 12:53 am - Reply

      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 a link to our E-2 visa brochure below that describes our services and fees and you can see from the brochure that we can also help you with your business plan and your business entity set-up.

      E-2 Visa Brochure

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/E-2BrochureScottLegalServices20151.pdf

      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,

  24. Vinh Nguyen November 14, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    What about Business Visa for individuals from Non-Treaty Countries?

    • IanScott November 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      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 a link to our E-2 visa brochure below that describes our services and fees and you can see from the brochure that we can also help you with your business plan and your business entity set-up.

      E-2 Visa Brochure

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/E-2BrochureScottLegalServices20151.pdf

      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,

  25. Ammi Palladino November 14, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    E2 sounds great. But can a bank in the US approved a loan that i can use to open a business and then paid the bank based on that business earnings?

    Ammi

    • IanScott November 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      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 a link to our E-2 visa brochure below that describes our services and fees and you can see from the brochure that we can also help you with your business plan and your business entity set-up.

      E-2 Visa Brochure

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/E-2BrochureScottLegalServices20151.pdf

      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,

  26. Neelofar September 28, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Hi.. i am pakistani but born in dubai. I want to open my nails saloon by applying E2 visa. Though i already have b1/2 visa for 5 years. I dont have any schooling but yes i do have certificate of completion by 2 different well known teachers in USA. Can you help me? If you have any consultation office in dubai

    • IanScott October 5, 2016 at 4:43 am - Reply

      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,

  27. Sekar September 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    i am Indian by birth but i live and work in Ireland for past 15 years and i become Irish citizen year ago and am i eligible to apply for E2 visa

    • IanScott September 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Yes. You are eligible for an E-2 visa. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation. Kind regards,

      • Muhammad asif May 1, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

        Indians are not eligible for E1 E2 visas, why are you misguiding people just to make more money. Be honest in your profession and don’t make people fool.

        • IanScott May 2, 2017 at 1:12 am - Reply

          You said you were Irish also! Irish nationals are on the E-2 visa list. Instead of accusing us of dishonesty, perhaps one suggested approach is to ask for clarification.

        • IanScott May 2, 2017 at 2:15 am - Reply

          You said you were Irish also! Irish nationals are on the E-2 visa list. Instead of accusing us of dishonesty, perhaps one suggested approach is to ask for clarification.

  28. Sheikh Shamsul Islam September 17, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Hi Wish to apply for E2 visa with investment as much as small like USD50-60k for starting freight forwarding company. Is it possible if I wanted include one of my friend as business partner for this case. I have been working in a multinational shipping company and having 15 years of experience for shipping and freight business. Please adv. Rgds, Shamsul/Bangladesh

    • IanScott September 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      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.. 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,

  29. K A Iles September 16, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Hello, you state in the first paragraph that the e2 visa has infinite duration, however on the uscis.gov website it states:

    Qualified treaty investors and employees will be allowed a maximum initial stay of two years. Requests for extension of stay may be granted in increments of up to two years each. There is no maximum limit to the number of extensions an E-2 nonimmigrant may be granted. All E-2 nonimmigrants, however, must maintain an intention to depart the United States when their status expires or is terminated.

    I am from the UK and I am looking to buy a business in florida to obtain an e2 visa, I would like to live there and am worried that they can revoke the visa after 2 years.

    • IanScott September 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. An E-2 visa for a UK national can be issued for up to 5 years and renewed indefinitely. If you are applying in the U.S., the approval can be granted for 2 years and as the website indicates, it can be renewed after that. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation to discuss. Please let me know if you would like to set something up.

      Kind regards,

  30. Emanuele September 14, 2016 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    as a read there is a big different between consulates around the world.
    Do you have experience with the Italian consulates? my nearest one is Milan.
    I am thinking of this E2 visa and I am starting to investigate. Let’s say a buy a cheap restaurant (I have back ground on the business) but I want to change it up, forniture, equipment.. can I show that to the immigration? Maybe by making a business plan or? Would that work?
    Thank you
    Emanuele

    • IanScott September 15, 2016 at 3:17 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We have processed many E-2 visas at the Consulate in Rome and that is the only Consulate that accepts E-2 visas in Italy. A restaurant would make a fine E-2 visa. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation.
      Kind regards,

  31. prashant sablani August 22, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    i am thailand citizen , i want to start a trading business , importation of various items from china and other countries and sell locally in u s a
    and also i have some buyers in south american markets wants to make business with them thru my u s a trading company .
    can i apply an e2 visa for this kind of trading business ??

    • IanScott August 22, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Yes. An E visa would be an option. Please let us know if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  32. Andrea McAlister August 18, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Sorry, I’m not sure if that was clear on what we need to do … he would need to be able to come here and work via an E-2 visa if possible?

  33. Andrea McAlister August 18, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian

    I am currently a permanent resident in the US and I run a UK business with my brother selling US vaping goods in the UK. We would like to open the business in the US, what would be the best route to make this happen?

    Kind regards

    Andrea

    • IanScott August 19, 2016 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to help with an E-2 visa for your brother. I recommend setting up a one hour consultation to discuss.

      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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  34. qasim August 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Good day Sir
    Presently I am working with selection of a suitable business. Please let me know that dry cleaning laundry and hair saloon business are also considered in e2 visa.
    Thanks.

    • IanScott August 15, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Both of these businesses would qualify for E-2. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

      • qasim August 21, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

        Dear Ian Scott
        Thanks for your help. Now I found one restaurant business (sub way). The owner would like to sell 50% of his business. Please let me know what information and documents you need to make further steps.
        Thanks.

        • IanScott August 22, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

          Thank you for contacting us. I have included details below. We would be happy to help. Kind regards,

          E-2 Visa Brochure

          https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/E-2BrochureScottLegal2015.pdf

          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,

  35. Sabiha August 10, 2016 at 3:25 am - Reply

    What education is necessary nd my uncle in u
    sa he is a store may I buy my uncle business nd get e2 visa

    • IanScott August 10, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      No specific education is required for an E-2 visa. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation. Kind regards,

  36. Danial August 1, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    I have B1/B2 Visa, visited USA in 2013. I am IT Professional with more than 15 yrs of experience in Software Industry. I registered LLC in USA in the past but not renewed since last year.

    Can manage budget of around $150000,can i get E2 Visa?
    How much i need to pay if i apply with my wife and 3 kids.
    Estimated Total Expense Including your Fee?

    Thanks
    Danial

  37. Ebra August 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your helpfull advices,
    Could you plz tell me with e2 visa can we import and export in our business ?
    Best regards

  38. Abdulwahab July 12, 2016 at 4:04 am - Reply

    Hi

    I am currently working in Saudia Arabia,Pakistan pasaport holder got B1 B2
    2 years before till now didn”t visit USA.In future I am planning to invest in US what would be minimum investment required to get E2 visa.My initial budget is $100,000 to invest.Please let me know with futher details and procedures.

    Regards

    Abdul Wahab
    Abdulwahab_waqar@hotmail.com

  39. CachoSmith June 30, 2016 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Hi

    I am in the US working under an H1B visa that will expire this year, my wife will be applying for an E2 visa in the next few months, should it be granted, will I be able to work as an E2 dependent after my H1B expires without the need to spend 1 year abroad as required for H1B holders?

    Thanks

    • IanScott July 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. If you have an E-2 spousal visa, you can apply for work authorization to work in the U.S.. The work authorization does not have anything to do with the H-1B visa and the time restrictions related to H-1B do not have anything to do with E-2 status so you will be able to work in the U.S. without spending a year abroad. Please let us know if your wife needs any assistance with her E-2 visa application. Kind regards,

      • CachoSmith July 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

        Thanks a lot for you prompt answer Ian, do you think it will be hard to get a work permit approved as E2 spouse given I’ve been on a H1B until now? I will contact you for help on the E2 application as soon as we have things lined up.

        Thanks again.

        Regards

  40. daniel June 15, 2016 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Dear Sir , I am brazilian living in Brazil and I have a brokerage account in a US bank with a very relevant ammount . I have a B1 visa valid for more than 5 years . Can I apply for a visa to live in US ?

    • IanScott June 17, 2016 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. If you have over $500,000 you could consider an EB-5 visa. The visa requires that investment and you could get a green card. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation. Kind regards,

  41. Mohammed Moshiur Rahman June 9, 2016 at 6:01 am - Reply

    I am a Doctor in Singapore, Bangladeshi national. I am on B1/B2 visa usa.My whole family stay in usa (mom/3Sisters citizen usa)I have earned legally 200K usd cash .Want to invest in usa (main purpose to stay legally in usa with my family and earn in usa).Want to get E2 visa to open Business related to elderly care/Old home/physiotherapy center related to my field

  42. Rony slewa June 4, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Hi I’m newzealand citizen and I want to get e2 visa in usa to open Bussines in United state in Detroit like hairdresser business my wife she is hairdresser and we have Bussines in newzealand over 7 years still running so there is chance to get e2 visa to usa and get green card in usa thru business I’m planning to move there because my brother and Cusin all there thanks please let me know if I can get green card thru business thanks Rony slewa

  43. Alison June 1, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Can you apply to become a naturalized citizen if you have lived in the States long enough on this visa? If so, how many years does someone usually have to wait before applying?

    Also, how difficult is it to get approved for this visa and how long do you usually have to wait?

    • IanScott June 6, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      You can only apply for citizenship after you have had a green card. 3 years if green card is through marriage and 5 years if not.

  44. Anna May 27, 2016 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Hello Ian,

    My situation is: My father owns a business in the US and is a US citizen, he wants me to be involved in the business but right now I don’t have any experience on that subject, can I apply for this visa in order to do the business with my father? , I am 32 years old and I was afraid of applying because first I tried to go through family immigration and the family preference category has a waiting time of about 18 years!, I’m from Mexico, so, that´s why. Also, my previous experience is on teaching and I don’t have a bachelor’s degree yet, but I’m starting it. (Administration degree).

    Hope you can help me with this.
    Thanks so much

    • IanScott May 27, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The answer really depends and we would be happy to explore in a consultation. You may be eligible for an E-2 visa. Please let me know if you would like to set something up.

      Kind regards,

  45. Mike May 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian,

    I am currently in the US on a J-1 visa and decided to switch to an E-2 investor visa. I found a partner that is a US citizen and together we’d like to develop a travel app that will eventually grow and hire people in Los Angeles. I have read the basic requirements regarding the application, but I still have some issues:

    If I put in 50% initial capital, can I start selling some of my shares in the future (dropping under 50% interest) and still keep my E-2 visa? This is very important for our start-up and we are looking to get VC invest in our future company. I will still keep a managing/executive position in the company.

    Also, can I apply for the E-2 visa after we start the business and earnings are made? My partner is a US citizen.

    • IanScott May 25, 2016 at 12:11 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The company has to be owned 50% by a treaty national at all times and you cannot work at the company until you have the E-2 visa. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation to discuss the requirements in more detail.

      Kind regards,

      • Mike May 27, 2016 at 2:31 am - Reply

        Hi Ian,

        Thank you for your reply. I will probably opt for a B1/B2 visa, then try to go for a green card if the business works out. I will definitely contact you for a consultation if anything changes.

        Kind regards,
        Mike

  46. John May 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Hello, if you are already in us with esta visa, can you apply for the others visa too?

    • IanScott May 25, 2016 at 2:42 am - Reply

      The only visa you could apply for is a marriage based green card.

  47. Valerie Arend May 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    my husband and I own 2 properties in the US, and in the last few years have invested in performance horses. Our accountant is encouraging us to look into acquiring an E-2 visa because of the potential income from show winnings and sale of horses. We enter the US on a B1, and return to Canada to work for our other business for 6-7 months of the year. We already have an EIN # from a former business, which we entered the US on H2 visas. Would we have to apply for an LLC and business bank account? We already have a personal bank account at a US bank. And if we were refused the E-2, how would that affect the investment we have already made?

    Thank you.

  48. Dani May 12, 2016 at 4:49 am - Reply

    Hi Ian, I registered a single-member LLC in the US and would like to find out if it is possible to start receiving payment for my services before obtaining the E2 visa.

    • IanScott May 12, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You can receive money as long as you are not in the U.S. and working at the company. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation to further discuss the E-2 visa. Kind regards,

  49. Abby May 11, 2016 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Hi! I am a student (F1visa) from Panama.. I would like to start a non-profit foundation here in Colorado. I would work with high school students from the US and bring them to help kids in need in Central America.. I have the business plan ready! Can I apply for a E2 visa? I would love to get ahold to one of your lawyers! Thanks so much!

    • IanScott May 25, 2016 at 2:44 am - Reply

      Hello,
      Not for profit entities are not eligible for an E-2 visa.
      Kind regards,

  50. christina teo May 6, 2016 at 6:03 am - Reply

    HI Singapore is on the list but next to it shows “E1” so does that mean only E1 visa can be applied for? Does the government discriminate against particular businesses ie. does export business get more favourable evaluation than import business? Can it be a retail store in one location or it must be a multi-chain store or something more substantial? If the company projects only revenue of only US$200,000 in the first year and with small growth year on year will that be evaluated unfavourably?

    • IanScott May 6, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Nationals from Singapore can apply for an E-1 or E-2 visa. The exact financial projections that would support an approval are dependent on the facts and circumstances and the Consulate in Singapore requires a business plan done by a CPA. We have a CPA at the firm that does business plans and have done them for that Consulate. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation.

      Kind regards,

      • IanScott May 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm - Reply

        Thank you very much for contacting us and we welcome the opportunity to help you with your legal needs.

        At your earliest convenience, we would be happy to offer you a consultation with one of our lawyers. If after the consultation you decide to hire us to work on your matter and your billing is greater than $2,500, our $250 one hour consultation fee will be waived and the amount will be applied towards your future bill. (As such, the consultation would be free).

        While some legal questions appear straight forward, most do not have a yes or no answer and a proper answer requires a review of the facts and circumstances as well as an application of legal knowledge. Moreover, almost all questions require follow up and additional analysis that is best done during a consultation.

        We look forward to working with you and please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. For your ease of reference, I have included information below to set up a 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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  51. Dan A. April 30, 2016 at 8:19 am - Reply

    I just switched from the E2 visa for a business that is winding down to a B1 to be able to liquidate assets and close it. I am still awaiting approval for the B1 which I read could take several months. I found a nice business and would like to switch back to the E2. Can you help me to do it immediately while the B1 petition is pending?
    Thank you.

    • IanScott April 30, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      We could certainly help with this. Could you please call me at 212-223-2964 and we can discuss next steps. I look forward to hearing from you. I can be reached at 212-223-2964 and am available on Saturday. Kind regards,

  52. Angeline Oei April 23, 2016 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Hi Ian, I’ve read that a home office/studio is generally not acceptable. But what if the nature of the business makes it unnecessary for me to lease a commercial space for the first year i.e. it is still in its start-up phase with no employees.
    And if I am able to purchase equipments to set the studio up more professionally?

    As an alternative, is it possible to rent a co-working office ?

    • IanScott April 23, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      Hello..yes. a coworking space is fine. The office does not have to be a closed door office but should be a fixed desk. (not somewhere where you come in and can sit anywhere). We works or Regus have good E-2 arrangements. Please contact us if you need help with your E-2 visa.

      • IanScott April 23, 2016 at 1:13 pm - Reply

        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,

  53. H A April 17, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Scott,

    It is a great article and helpful information. I wanted to ask a couple of questions.

    1- Is it necessary to apply for E2 visa only outside the US ?
    2- Can I still apply for E2 visa while on h1b in the US and transfer my visa to E2 from h1b once approved?

    Thank you very much

  54. Yiu April 11, 2016 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Hello Ian.

    Thanks for the article. I always thought the capital needed for the E2 visa is US$250,000. To learn that one might qualify with as little as $50,000 is great.

    Please confirm the information in the article is up to date.

    Secondly, if i am issued with an E2 visa and i move with my 2 children to the US, is their continued stay in the US tied to my business, or are there any paths available to them to stay if i ever decide to leave the US? My kids are 16 and 10. Does my 16 year old stop being a dependent when he turns 21?

    Lastly, would a work from home business (with a virtual office address) qualify or would one have to actually rent office space?

    • IanScott April 11, 2016 at 1:32 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The information is current but the amount of the investment depends on the type of business and also the consulate you plan on applying from. All dependents are linked to the primary applicants visa and a home office or virtual office is generally not acceptable. We have an article about a home office on our blog that explains more. Please let us know if you would like to set up a one hour consultation to discuss further. Kind regards,

  55. James texas April 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I am from Nepal so we are not qualified for E2 Visa in that case what else other possible way you would suggest to start small business over here in USA as I am just holding B1 Visa but having 15 years old company in Nepal with 75+ staff. Anyhow I want to start business here in USA

    • IanScott April 9, 2016 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The other visa that you could get is an L-1 Visa. Please contact us and we would be happy to set u a one hour consultation using Skype or phone to discuss.

  56. Federico April 8, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    If a get the E-2 VISA, Can I open another company different than I applied? And can I work in that one?

    Thanks.

    • Mus September 27, 2017 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      I’m also interested in this question…

      • IanScott September 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm - Reply

        Hello, Please send the question again as I am not sure which one you are referring to.

  57. Qasim April 3, 2016 at 9:33 am - Reply

    This article is very useful. I need yr assistance to get e2 visa. I am a pakistani national, presently residing in saudi arabia aongwith wife. Holding 5 yrs b1/b2 visa. Previously visited several times in usa. I would like to start a franchise business (sub way). Having us $ 100,000
    Would qualify me to get e2 visa.
    Also pls let me know what would be best for me either to apply during stay in usa or from Saudi Arabia. Thanks and hope to to get response. Qasim

    • IanScott April 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to help you with your E-2 visa. You could be eligible for an E-2 visa and we can discuss whether it is best to apply from the U.S. or where you live. Please feel free to set up a one hour consultation. I have added the details here.

      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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      • Qasim Siddique July 4, 2016 at 8:51 pm - Reply

        Thanks for your response. I am planning to visit New York on 7th of this month and would stay upto 10th July. On 11th July will fly to Chicago and will stay 3 weeks before back to saudi arabia.
        Is it possible to have a meeting on this subject.
        Would appreciate your response. Thanks

        • IanScott July 6, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

          Certainly. We could meet in person or using phone or skype. I have added the details to set up a consultation below.

          Thank you for contacting us. 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.

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

          Kind regards,

  58. Jehan March 4, 2016 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Hi,

    Thank you for writing such an informative article with helpful links. Two questions on my mind:

    1) What percentage of E-2 visas are typically declined? How easy is to avoid being declined?

    2) How long does it take from start to finish to live in the US on an E-2 visa assuming the client gives you everything you need on time? Just FYI, I’m on an H1-B visa currently and looking to switch to an E-2.

    Thank you

    • IanScott March 4, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Most E-2 visas are approved but I am not aware of any statistics the government issues regarding approvals. Our firm has had all but one E-2 visa approved but past results do not guarantee future outcome. It takes about 3 months to get an H-1B visa but it depends on the consulate and how fast you can gather the information. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. We would be happy to help. Here is one of our brochures.

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/E-2BrochureScottLegalServices20151.pdf

  59. Jehan March 4, 2016 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Hi,

    Thank you for writing such an informative article with helpful links. Two questions on my mind:

    1) What percentage of E-2 visas are typically declined? How easy is to avoid being declined?

    2) How long does it take from start to finish to live in the US on an E-2 visa assuming the client gives you everything you need on time? Just FYI, I’m on an H1-B visa currently and looking to switch to an E-2.

    Thank you!

  60. Isaac February 29, 2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much Ian, i was looking for this kind of info, but i have one more question:

    I would like to buy a franchise in the United States but i have a valid B1/B2 (BUSSINES/TEMPORARY VISITORS) issued in Mexico.

    So Can i Start with that process meanwhile i´m in the US with B1/B2 VISA? or Do i have to start the process in Mexico an then get to the US with the E-2 Visa?

    I hope you can help me.

    • IanScott March 1, 2016 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You can start looking at franchises on a B visa but it is best to have us involved right from the start so that we can guide you through the process. Please reach out if you would like some assistance.
      Kind regards,

  61. Mark February 29, 2016 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Let’s say that I open an business under E-2 and after x years, I generate a couple of million dollars, can I get back to Canada and re-apply to EB-2 to them get green card? How do you go from a non intent visa to intent without being burned in the process?

    • IanScott March 1, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You could consider moving form E-2 to EB-5 but not EB-2. it is a complicated area so please contact us if you would like to go through this in more detail.

      Kind regards,

  62. darshan Jain February 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Sir I am interested in E2 visa let me know total information regarding this

  63. Shilpa February 16, 2016 at 2:58 am - Reply

    Hi, thank you for the detailed explanation! Very helpful.
    As mentioned in point 6- go back to home country after visa expiration, is there a possibility to extend the visa? What’s the duration of the initial visa?
    Thanks

    • IanScott February 16, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You can extend the status in the U.S. or renew the visa at the consulate. As such, you can run a business in the U.S. on an E-2 indefinitely. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.

      Kind regards,

  64. Sebastian February 9, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Hello Ian,
    I would like to apply for E2 Visa, I have an argentine passport but I live in Spain, I have residence permit until 2018.
    Is it recommended to apply in US embassy in Argentina or I could apply directly in Spain? which option would you consider the best?
    I have prepared a business plan which includes adding a new business to my parents company which is in the US. Do you provide consultancy on business plan in order to submit proper documents to the embassy?
    Tks!!

  65. Syed Khalid Aftab February 7, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I need assistance and information about the E2 visa

  66. Lydia January 22, 2016 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Hi,
    Thank you for the very useful article. My parents in law are Canadian and would like to apply E2 for a small business, but the business is located in a residential house? Does the rent premise have to be in commercial building or residential? Thank you.

  67. noman January 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    dear sir/medam
    i m very thankfull to u if u give few minutes to my question….i just want to know about my case.i m a pakistani national.acctually 3 years ago i got 5 years b1,b2 visa from my country.and i went to usa with my wife and son.then istart my own business in new york and i applied for e2 visa during my stay.after arround 7 mounth i got e2 approved petition for 2 years.after 1 year i had to go my country back for any urgent work.now i m in pakistan.now i got one later from uscis.it says my petition is approved.and we notified consulate in my country and port of entry on 5 november 2015.more then 2 mounths gone but i did not recive any response from embassy.plz guide me about this that what i need to do now.
    and secondly i have my b1 b2 valid visa .can i travel on my b1 b2 or not
    i m realy thank full to u if u guide me about my case
    thanks alot
    regard

  68. Hyomoon Kim January 8, 2016 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Hello, I am interested in E-2 visa and your summary is very intriguing, please help me to get some idea. Such as where to start.

    Thank you.

  69. sohail qaisar December 17, 2015 at 8:42 am - Reply

    sir i have experanss in agriculture 7 years .canyou give me help for visa

  70. Sherzod Khodjimatov December 15, 2015 at 12:25 am - Reply

    HI, I am considering home care business in Columbia South Carolina. There is Startup Homecare business that requires potential home care operators a business plan with around 17k one time fee. They make sure people like me to get license in area I will be working and get me customers, training as well. As experience, I am paramedic and my wife has certificate and work experience in senior care. I have a home in SC and able to start with home business until the business grows. There are other expenses with this type of business such as work compensation and insurance. So I would like to know if the investment is enough. Thanks

  71. faisal December 11, 2015 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Hi
    very informative article I have a confusion we are in US and would like to go for change of status with E2.We are purchasing a franchise and for that we want to form an LLC this is where the prblm is.We dont have SSN or ITIN so how can you open LLC if you are a foreigner and dont have SSN or ITIN?

  72. Andy December 8, 2015 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian,

    Thanks for your valuable information and update.
    I am British Citizen and if I enter USA under Visa Waiver Programme to evaluate the business I have identified and would it be possible to apply E2 visa from USA if I agreed to buy the business or I have to back to UK to apply?
    Do you have UK office?
    Appreciate your input please.
    Regards, Anand

    • IanScott December 9, 2015 at 12:51 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. If you entered on Visa Waiver, you have to apply at the Consulate in the U.K. as you cannot change status when you enter on visa waiver. We do not have an office in the UK but we have clients all over the world. We would be happy to set up a Skype or phone call consultation at your convenience. Kind regards,

  73. Solomon December 8, 2015 at 4:45 am - Reply

    Hi. I am a real estate agent. I am looking at establising a real estate brokerage in the states. It will be home base. I can run it on 50k since i have a decade of experience and know how to run it. will 50k be enough to get me an E@ visa? it is a service business
    Thanks

    • IanScott December 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. $50K could be enough but it depends on the facts and circumstances. I recommend setting up a one hour consultation to discuss.

      Kind regards,

  74. Pedro December 2, 2015 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Ian , Entering, ( not re-entering);What’s the visa’s time lenght good for?. Also do you Know what’s the Visa’s cost ? , (not the filling fee) I do not think this is on your blog !! Thanks!!

    • IanScott December 4, 2015 at 4:44 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The duration of the visa depends on the country you are from and how long the consulate grants the visa for. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation to further discuss. Kind regards,

  75. Sohail qaisar November 17, 2015 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Sir,I am in Pakistan.I move to Canada with my wife three sons and one daughter.sir my two sons are cp patient .my Canada moving reason is my child treatment .but sir I have some problems I have not enuf balens .that’s I will start a low begat returent or a labour job in Canada.I make Pakistani all foods.in this way can you help me we are moving to Canada easily.

  76. Sohail qaisar November 15, 2015 at 4:18 am - Reply

    Hello sir.I want to start a small restaurant in Canada.I can invest 3000$ in it.my contact number is 0926336026 you can call me at any time in day at Pakistan time.I want Visa for me and my family.pleas sir help me.I am waiting.contact me pleas help me as soon as possible. God bless you.or you can send me your contact number or email I will contact you. Thanks

  77. Sohail qaisar November 15, 2015 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Weher I contact you.I don’t aunderstan.

  78. sohail qaisar November 13, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Sir’i start a small businiss in Canada .I start a resturent .I have no visa.I start my business 3000$.can you help me.

    • IanScott November 14, 2015 at 12:21 am - Reply

      Thank you very much for contacting us and we welcome the opportunity to help you with your legal needs.

      At your earliest convenience, we would be happy to offer you a consultation with one of our lawyers. If after the consultation you decide to hire us to work on your matter, our $250 one hour consultation fee will be waived and the amount will be applied towards your future bill. (As such, the consultation would be free).

      We look forward to working with you and please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.​

      Kind regards,

  79. Marco November 10, 2015 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I checked so many websites official and non official about the EB-5 visa and this i the only one that says we need as few as 15K when all the websites said at least 500K in a rural place!
    thxs

    • IanScott November 10, 2015 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      You are confusing E-2 visa and EB-5. E-2 can be processed with as little as $50,000 – $15,000 spent and the rest in working capital (as per the article). An EB-5 visa needs minimum of $500,000 investment.

  80. abu November 10, 2015 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    hi !
    Great site and many usefull answers !
    I was coming to the states since years on B1/B2 visa , have already 2 registered companies at the states and few properities .
    I live in indiana and for sure will use ur service :))
    my question :
    I have already an E-commerce company in the states and earning few thousends monthly and have already a US employee , can i use the money i ll collect from this company to proof the (funds source) and to make the investemt of 50k ?!
    I started with a Notebook and an ebay accunt , i don`t work my self at the states but manage the buisness oline from abroad .. will plan to buy a commercial office using this funds , buy a car and truck .. and use the rest as operating money ( 30-35k ) ….
    So no money really coming from abroad but they were geneated at the states …
    Will this work ?

    • IanScott November 10, 2015 at 10:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The answer is not a straight forward one. If you would like to set up a consultation to discuss, we would be happy to do that.

      Kind regards,

      • abu November 10, 2015 at 10:56 pm - Reply

        that would be great .
        How much do u charge for phone consultation ?

  81. Roberto contreras October 27, 2015 at 1:01 am - Reply

    How long does it take to get a E2 visa in México?

    • IanScott October 27, 2015 at 1:11 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The timing really depends on the consulate you are applying at. For Mexico, the timing is around 6 weeks but it depends on when the application is filed. Most consulates take between 1-3 months to call applicants for interviews and it usually takes a couple of months for the applicant to pull together the information. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation to further discuss E-2 visas. Here is a link to our E-2 visa services.

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/E-2BrochureScottLegalServices20151.pdf

    • IanScott October 27, 2015 at 1:11 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The timing really depends on the consulate you are applying at. For Mexico, the timing is around 6 weeks but it depends on when the application is filed. Most consulates take between 1-3 months to call applicants for interviews and it usually takes a couple of months for the applicant to pull together the information. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation to further discuss E-2 visas. Here is a link to our E-2 visa services.

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/E-2BrochureScottLegalServices20151.pdf

  82. Roberto contreras October 27, 2015 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Hi, exactly how long does it take to get a E2 visa would it take more than six months? I would appreciate the information

  83. Charles Ndubuisi October 25, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

    My wife (Qualified chef) and I are Nigerian parents to 2year old US citizens by birth. While she would be attending further professional culinary study in the city in 2016, and upon completion intends to go into partnership with her sisters (US Citizens) to form a Private Chef Business (Ultimately metamorphosing into a restaurant business) for Nigeria Continental Fusion Cuisine. Our annual visit to New York in B1B2 Visas (especially to Queens and Brooklyn areas) in the last 3 years has presented a huge market for Nigerian cuisine. She would also like an opportunity to be closer to support her ageing parents who are US Legal residents. How do we go about this service set up on a 20-25k investment?

    • IanScott October 25, 2015 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Nigeria is not an E-2 treaty country so you are not eligible for an E-2 visa. If you have a business in Nigeria already then perhaps an L visa and if you invest more than $500,0000 then an EB-5 investor visa.
      Kind regards,

  84. Karina torres October 24, 2015 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Hello,
    My partner and i Are planning to get E-2 Visa we have 2 kids both under 5 years old and we have been togehter for 7 years but we are not officially married we just live together do we have to marry in order to get it!?? And as my kids will they be able to stay stay in the u.s once they turn 21? Also my parents are u.s residents and my sisters u.s citizen would they Be able to petition a green card for white already having the e2 visa and if so would i have to give up my visa or still be able to travel??

    Thank you for ur time.

    • IanScott October 24, 2015 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. IN order to get a spousal E-2 you must be married but if you were both running and investing in the business, you could consider 2 investor visas. The E-2 visa only permits spouse and minor children as dependents. If you have further questions, we would be happy to set up a one hour consultation to discuss.

      Kind regards,

  85. Deborah Galliano Daros Zeigelboim October 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Dear Sir,

    As an Italian citizen and owner of the biggest pet casting agency in Brazil, I would like to know the procedures to migrate my business to the USA.
    Thank you for your attention.
    Regards,
    Deborah

    • IanScott October 24, 2015 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      Hello and thank you for contacting us. You could consider an E-2 visa or an L visa. The best option would depend on the facts and circumstances. I would recommend a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss options and so that we can give you legal advice. We look forward to hearing from you.

      Kind regards,

  86. Den October 24, 2015 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Thank you for an informative article. I am a UK citizen, would buying a franchise worth US$25 000 allow me to get an E2 visa?

    • IanScott October 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      This may work but you would also need to put working capital (say around $75K) in a business bank account so that the total investment would be $100,000 or around that. If you have further questions, please feel free to set up a consultation with one of our lawyers. Kind regards,

  87. Shahid Hussain Shera October 21, 2015 at 5:32 am - Reply

    One of the conditions of E2 visa is stated to be the ability to ‘Direct and Develop’ business. If I make a partnership arrangement with my brother – a US national- whereby I bring in the investment and he performs the above function,
    would that be an acceptable arrangement?
    The rationale is that my brother knows the US market and the business would have better chances of success if a person who knows the US market, manages it.
    Were such an arrangement to be acceptable, could I ask my brother to join the interview at the US consulate to explain the business plan and clarify related questions.
    Regards,

  88. Karin October 19, 2015 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian!

    I’ve been researching the net but haven’t found an answer for my question. I’m a German citizen and Canadian Permanent Resident and want to start a business with a Brazilian friend. I know Brazil is exempt from the E2 visa, but would she be eligible to be my business partner and work in the US as long as I own 50% of the business?

    thank you!!

    Karin

    • IanScott October 20, 2015 at 1:02 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The Brazilian national would not be eligible for an E-2 visa under the situation you outlined unless your business partner was also your spouse. A spouse can get an E-2 visa regardless of nationality but E-2 investors and E-2 employees must be from treaty countries. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  89. Michael October 17, 2015 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    I am looking to start a soccer company in the bay area.

    I have 100k to invest but after reading your blog i wonder if i need to invest that much to get an E2 visa.

    It does not cost a lot to set up this type of company as our clients would provide the fields etc all we need is equipment and transport.

    We already have people ready to start with this company.

    So my question is how much investment do i actually need to invest and also how much would i have to spend of the investment?

    Thanks,
    Michael

    • IanScott October 17, 2015 at 11:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We recently processed an E-2 visa for a Soccer Club and the investment amount was under $100,000. The potential success of the petition is really fact specific and also where you are applying. We would be happy to set up a consultation to discuss your case and assist you with the E-2 visa.

      Kind regards,

      • Rupinder October 22, 2015 at 6:56 pm - Reply

        How do we contact you?

  90. Rupinder October 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian,

    This article is great and helped many questions i had regarding E2 visa. My brother and his wife are planing to buy business in USA. I have searched many site but non of the sites provided answer to this question:

    1. For E2 visa you have to buy business before you get visa. Right now they have visited USA in visitor visa and found a business they liked but how can purchase that business without any documents. When we contacted a Franchise business they liked, we were asked for social security. Since he does not have that, what document can you provide them.

    Thank you for great advices, looking forward to your answer
    Rupinder

    • IanScott October 16, 2015 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The only person who can answer your question is the franchise sellers as they are asking for the information. An E-2 visa does not require the individual to have a SS# but the business will have an EIN number and this can be obtained by non residents. The franchise may accept the EIN but you would have to check with them. We would be happy to help you with your E-2 visa so please contact us if you would like to set up a consultatoin.

      Kind regards,

      • Rupinder October 22, 2015 at 6:56 pm - Reply

        Can we buy E2 business as Franchise business?

  91. Thiago Orlando October 14, 2015 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Hi!

    Thanks for the post, it’s very informative. But I have one doubt.
    I’m Brazilian (natural born), but I’ve got an Italian Citizenship.

    Am I eligible for the E2 visa? Or only naturals from the treaty countries are eligibles?

    Thanks in advance.

    Best regards!

    • IanScott October 14, 2015 at 12:26 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The passport is what governs so you are eligible. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. We would be happy to help you.

      Kind regards,

  92. Maraya October 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian,
    I’m an U.S E2 visa holder linked to my housband’s one (main holder). I got my working permit authorization and I found a new job where now I’m fine. My concern: my housband’s current work situation. The company is having some difficulties and his contract could be terminated in a few months. Here you go my questions:
    – how could this situation affects to me? Must I leave my current job as well if he finally loose his job?
    – could he works or been employed for another company holding his current visa? I heard about a kind of “release letter” issued by his current company allowing him to works for others until his visa expired.
    – in the worst scenario, we would be obligated to leave the country?
    I’d just like to figured out how can I handle with this situation. I would appreciate if you can let me know your thoughts.

    Thank you.
    Maraya.

    • IanScott October 12, 2015 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation with you to discuss all of your legal questions. Our $250 fee is applied towards your final bill if you decide to hire the firm and if not you will still have answers to your many questions. Please let us know if you would like to set something up.

      Kind regards,

  93. Stefan Hoffmann September 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian,

    My case is very special.

    I am German, married to an Ecuadorian with 2 kids (7 years, born in Germany and 1 year, born in the US).

    We have been living on a E1-Visa (except my 1-year old) in Florida since 2009 where I work for an international company. I am only allowed to work for that company. 2 months ago I invested USD 20 000 to open my own business (Retail kiosk) which we are running very successfully.

    However, there seems to no way for us to obtain the Green Card (my employer won’t sponsor as it would not benefit them, no immediate relatives, I don’t have half a million to invest, no extraordinary abilities to apply for National Interest Waiver, no luck in Green Card Lottery).

    Is there any chance to get a Green Card via my own company (LLC) or via my E1-Visa? It is very frustrating to be here legally for 6 years and not having chances to get the Green Card.

    Thank you and best,

    Stefan

    • IanScott September 29, 2015 at 12:18 am - Reply

      Hello and thank you for contacting us. You may be eligible for your own E-2 visa as an investor but you would have to invest more or put some money in a business bank account (perhaps another 30K so that the total investment is 50K). It really depends on the facts and circumstances. With your own E-2 you could stay for as long as you run the business. I do not see a green card category that is currently available to you. Please let us know if you would like us to set up a consultation.

      Kind regards,

  94. Ridhwan Zulkifli September 23, 2015 at 5:55 am - Reply

    Hi
    I’m Ridhwan from Malaysia, I’m currently running a corporate training/seminar/conference provider company here in Malaysia, What are the means and ways for me to relocate my business in the U.S. ? your guidance is very much appreciated. Thank you

    Best Regards
    Ridhwan Zulkifli

    • IanScott September 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      Malaysia is not an E-2 Country but you could consider an L visa. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation to discuss the requirements. Your company in Malaysia would have to have employees and you would also had to of worked there for at least one year.

      thank you,

  95. Said Issa August 30, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    I have a cellphone business in Colombia and I currently do a lot of business with US companies (buy phones and import to my country) I also have a B1 visa and come the US regularly for business purposes, now I want to open a new store (around 100 investment) I don’t want to live on the US as the business is to be opened with a US citizen partner (we will own 50% each) what I do need is that I can have all the legal business papeles on my name, Lo bank accounts, etc.. I do want to come 3 or 4 times a year and if the business grows maybe live here eventually. In my case what’s the best choice? E2? I’ve seen my country is on the list. Please let me know and send email with as much information as possible. Thanks!

    • IanScott August 31, 2015 at 3:50 am - Reply

      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,

      • Said Issa September 1, 2015 at 3:35 am - Reply

        Sure I would, let me know how can be done I’m in Miami at the moment for 3 days so maybe if u have an office here would be great or maybe thru Skype. Let me know. Please reply to email. Thanks

  96. Aarif August 27, 2015 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    I am Indian, working in Middle East since 5+ years. I am on job and also got partnership business here. I have sent you an email as well, kindly guide through the process and documentation needed etc.

    My email is given and tel no. 00965 66361468

    thanks in advance.

    • IanScott August 28, 2015 at 5:53 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Please contact us to set up a consultation at your convenience. We would be happy to help.

      Kind regards,

  97. Kumar R August 21, 2015 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Hi, I am an accountant from India who has clients in usa and india doing accounting and taxes. I had previously F1 and H1B visa as I did MBA from USA. Now I want to expand my business and set up an office in US and may recruit people in future. I may work from my US office for longer duration in future and may come to usa with my family. What kind of visa can I look at.

    • IanScott August 21, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      You may be eligible for an L visa. Please set up a consultation and we can evaluate.

      Regards,

  98. Luqman alvi July 31, 2015 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Hello sir….i want to invest USD 400,000 in the usa….can this amount be eligible for an EB-5 visa….if not…
    can i buy different types of businesses…e.g…..petrol station and a supermarket at a time now or in future during my e-2 status….???

    • IanScott August 21, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Hello,
      Yes, this could be used for an EB-5 investment but you would need another $100,000. E-2 can be converted to EB-5 as long as you qualify. Please contact us for a consultation.

      Kind regards,

  99. Le Corre Cindy July 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    My E2 Visa is linked to my Husband’s Visa (Main Holder) He is part of a big company here. I also have an additional work authorization.
    I’m currently thinking of starting my own small business? online to begin…should I apply for my own E2?

    Thank you for your valuable advises.

    Best regards,
    Cindy

    • IanScott July 8, 2015 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      You are permitted to start your own business while on a spousal E-2. You could apply for your own if you did not want to be linked to your husband’s E-2 as when that employment ends, you would immediately not be authorized to get an E-2 and it may be harder to get one after the business has been around for a few years depending on the profits.

  100. Vic June 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    I am sorry…my question was kind of confusing 🙂
    I wanted to ask:
    “Can someone obtain an E2 visa starting a new business partnering with an american that owns a similar business and wants to expand?

    • IanScott June 19, 2015 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Hello, Yes. As long as you own 50% of the company. Thanks

  101. Vic June 19, 2015 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian,
    this article is great! Thank you.
    I have one question. Can you start a new business partnering with an existing US business that wants to expand at 50%?

    Vic

  102. Giuseppe Coppola June 18, 2015 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for your fast reply!you guys are awsome!!!

    • IanScott June 19, 2015 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Our pleasure.

  103. Giuseppe Coppola June 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I have a quick question.i’m on a E-1 visa and i own my company for the past 3 years.i’m planning to move my company to another State in the US.can i do that with my visa or i will have to reapply in order to move my company to another state?
    Thank you

    • IanScott June 18, 2015 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      You can operate in all States with an E-2 or E-1 visa so do not have to do anything with the visa. You would though have to comply with any State requirements for doing business there.

  104. Sarah S. June 10, 2015 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Hello Ian: great article! I am a Canadian currently working in U.S. since Jan 2014 on a P1 visa ( I’m a professional aerialist and acrobat) and perform in an established US production at a well known venue. I am interested to open my own business in the States as owner/ director of my own circus school and performance company. Are there any visas that would cover this? Is an E2 visa my only option? Thank you very much for your insight.
    Sarah

    • IanScott June 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Certainly an E-2 visa sounds like a good one for you. I will send you a separate mail and hope we can speak today.

      Take care,

  105. nora hash June 10, 2015 at 2:37 am - Reply

    Is it possible for Malaysian to set up business in America as it is not in the treaty list?
    Your respond is much apreciated.
    Thanks

    • IanScott June 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Not for E-2 but perhaps L-1 or EB-5 if you meet the criteria. Please contact us to set up a consultation.

  106. Alex June 9, 2015 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I am currently under a J2 visa with a 2 year rule exception. Does this rule apply for the E-2 Visa?

    • IanScott June 9, 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      You may obtain an E-2 visa even though you are on a J visa. The restriction applies to green cards, L and H-1B visas.

      Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation to discuss.

      Kind regards,

      • Alex June 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

        Hi Scott,

        but my J2 visa has a 2 year rule exception. Does this apply only for the J1 or also to me (dependand)?

        • IanScott June 19, 2015 at 9:26 pm - Reply

          The 2 year residency requirement does not apply to E visas.

  107. Sid June 2, 2015 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Could I be eligible for EB2 if I am a Canadian citizen who was born in India?

    • IanScott June 2, 2015 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      Yes you are eligible.

  108. johnlow May 28, 2015 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Hi, great article, very useful. Quick one: If I get an E-2 visa and I move to the US to manage my incorporated business, can I work for another company as well? In case I get an offer from another business, can I be employed by another company and still operate mine? Thanks for your help. John

    • IanScott May 28, 2015 at 3:12 am - Reply

      Hello, An E-2 investor or employee visa only allows you to work for the company that the visa is associated with. An E-2 spousal visa permits the spouse to work anywhere. Please contact us to set up a consultation if you have additional or follow up questions. Kind regards,

      • johnlow May 28, 2015 at 3:34 am - Reply

        Thanks Ian.

  109. Leuw King May 24, 2015 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Hello Ian,

    Thanks for the article. I have an idea to start up a coffee shop in my school while i am f1 student. As my f1 visa, I can do the business for one year after my graduation. After my 1 year period, I will need other visas to support me to keep the business going. Does the E-2 visas apply to me? Or is there any other visa that is more appropriate with my situation?

    Thank you,
    Leuw

    • IanScott May 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Hello, I sent an email to your email account. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.

  110. Asif Mehmood May 17, 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I’m doing textile services business in Pakistan from 7 years thinking to setup same services business in US like another office for marketing of textile items.

    • IanScott May 17, 2015 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      hello, I sent an email to your gmail account. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.

      Kind regards,

  111. angie May 5, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    IS THERE OTHER OPTION IF MY COUNTRY IS NOT ON THE LIST? (GUATEMALA) I WANT TO OPEN A SAMLL BUSINESS IN NY?

    • IanScott May 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      EB-5 is an option but would require a much larger investment. Also, L visa if you have a company that you work for in your country and have done that for one year.

  112. Alberto March 12, 2015 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Hello Ian, nice and helping article. I was wondering, if someone wants to come in the US to open a business, but wants to scout and research the market first, maybe trying to sell some products before actually invest big money (that as far as I understood is needed to ask for a E-2 visa) what options does he/she have? B1? would that work and what is good to know about it? Does the E2 actually require a big investment? Someone told me that under 120k it’s very unlikely to get the E-2 approved. Is that true even if a business, such as an import-export one, that doesn’t need big money to run?
    I hope that the answers to my questions will help readers to get a wider understanding of the E-2 visa and when is needed and when is better choose something else, at least as first step toward the E2. Thank you.

    • IanScott March 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Hello, A B visa permits one to come to the U.S. to investigate an E-2 visa and do things like sign lease contracts, set up a business entity and open a bank account. It does not give you the ability to “try out” a business and things like sales would be strictly prohibited. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation to further discuss E-2 visas. Kind regards,

  113. Maria del Carmen Valle March 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Dear Good afternoon:

    I’m from Ecuador , with my husband want to have information on the Visa E2, we have approximately 50,000 to invest. We live in Quito Ecuador and We have visa B1 B2

    We have not children , his age is 38 years old and my 29 , my mom has an apartment in Fort Lauderdale and she lend us , so we would not have to worry about housing.

    Our idea is to put a washing cars in Florida , however we do not know if this is feasible and if it comes to the E2 Visa . Please help me with information and total costs….. But please you remember we want to open a car wash in Florida because the apartament is there

    Sorry for my English It is very basic

    Sure to have your kind help advance my thanks.

    Best regards,

    • IanScott March 12, 2015 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you. I have sent you an email to set up an appointment. Hablemos Espanol tambien y tenemos este articulo en espanol en nuestro blog.

  114. Mauro March 10, 2015 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Dear Ian, I’m Mauro and i’m italian. I would buy an existing shop/restaurant (less 10 employee) and i’m looking to valuate the chances i have for do it. I supposed i need a E-2 visa and i would your confirmation in order to lose time. I have also to move all my family (wife and children) and in the future we would became a us citizen. Is possible change the e-2 status after some years? In order to have the us opportunity i have to sell all my properties in Italy. Many thanks on advance for your time.

    • IanScott March 10, 2015 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      Hello and thank you for contacting us. You can change from E-2 to green card but it takes careful planning. Please contact us to set up a consultation at info@legalservicesincorporated.com We look forward to hearing from you.

  115. Aslam February 24, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I would like to invest in a business in USA. If my E-2 visa denied that what about my investment. This mean that will be loss for me or there will be time to resale my business.

    • IanScott February 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. This is a risk but there are ways to mitigate the risk. One significant way, is to hire a qualified attorney so that they can guide you through the process. For example, if you buy a business, we can put in a provision that says you are not obligated if you are not approved. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation. Please send an email to info@legalservicesincorporated.com

  116. Rory February 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    very nice article! My fiance and I are Italian and we are planning to start a business in the US to import and sell Italian wines.
    Do we both must apply for the E1 visa? You mentioned that the cost is about 15,000USD, if we would have to cover that for two it would be 30,000USD, which is quite a big step for a start up company.
    Thanks again for this article.

    Rory

    • IanScott February 7, 2015 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Hello,
      I just sent you an email. than you.

      Kind regards,

  117. Bo January 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian,

    I am currently on H4 visa and intend to start a financial service company sometimes next year. I intend to start the business from my home. Will this type of business qualify for E2 visa, and will I be able to adjust my status in the US?

    • IanScott January 20, 2015 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Perhaps but we would need more information. Also, you would likely need a commercial lease (office outside the home). I recommend setting up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss your options.

  118. Moshe January 15, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Hello, thank you for the informative article.
    I am currently going through the E2 process from Canada. My question is once business is moving forward in the US business, how would I be able to eventually obtain a Green Card. I am aware that the E2 does not offer that option.

    Please advise.
    Thank you,

    • IanScott January 15, 2015 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      Hello. Please see our article on this topic. https://legalservicesincorporated.com/does-an-e-2-visa-lead-to-a-green-card/

      For more information, we would be happy to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers. We look forward to hearing from you and would also be happy to help you with your E-2 visa. In order to apply for EB-5 later, you should get things set up right from the start. Kind regards,

  119. Peter L January 14, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Happy New Year and thanks for great article! I read the Q and A about E-2 Visa, and it was stated that buying a home does not qualify for E-2. But how about investment properties, I already own few condos in FL and I plan to buy more under an LLC. Also plan to buy-renovate-sell/rent and possibly expand into property management services. Is this kind of activity considered substantial business so that I could obtain E-2 visa?

    • IanScott January 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Hello, This could work but would have to be properly structured and you would have to show that it is a true business that will hire U.S. workers. We suggest that you set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers.

  120. Joe December 7, 2014 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Hi team

    I am an Australian and planning to open a business in the US.

    I have few online stores already and was thinking to expand to the US.

    Please could you contact me and let me know what information is required before I actually apply for E2 visa?

    I am guessing I am just after a YES or NO answer if my business has a chance get VISA for me to come over to the USA.

    I am not intending to stay there as I am quite happy living in Australia. But was thinking to start up a venture there as well to increase my profits and grow globally.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Joe

  121. Diksha Moon November 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Hello,
    I’m from India. I was to start my own business in USA and I don’t even own any business in India.
    I’m only 18.
    And treaty country list doesn’t show India in it.
    So is there any other way I can get the visa to USA?

    Thank you

    • IanScott November 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you very much for contacting us and we welcome the opportunity to help you with your legal needs.

      At your earliest convenience, we would be happy to offer you a consultation with one of our lawyers. If after the consultation you decide to hire us to work on your matter, our $250 one hour consultation fee will be waived and the amount will be applied towards your future bill. (As such, the consultation would be free).

      We look forward to working with you and please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.​

      Kind regards,

  122. Suky November 12, 2014 at 12:24 am - Reply

    What if you have e2 visa and our purchasing anyother busniess do you apply for a seperate e2 or can they be combine ?…

    • IanScott November 16, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      You could combine. I suggest setting up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss. Kind regards,

  123. Tagraj Goyal October 27, 2014 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Dear
    I m from india , I have my own garments manufacturering company.
    Now I m planning to open trading house in USA in men’s Garments .
    I can invest USD 200,000 .
    I have not any relative or Clint in US right now.
    Can I eligible for start new business in USA.
    Thanks & wait for your reply
    Tagraj Goyal
    91-98250 78196

    • IanScott October 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You may be eligible for an L visa. Please contact us to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers. We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us at info@legalservicesincorporated.com Kind regards,

  124. Jade October 15, 2014 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Dear Ian,

    Our UK based Hospitality company is setting up in the US (NY) and we have decided the E2 would be the best option for us going forward however we came across a very interesting initiative known as SUNY which stands for START-UP NY (initiative to create tax free communities for new and expanding businesses on university campuses across the state) http://startup.ny.gov/Business-Growth

    Can you let me know if potentially being accepted to take part in such initiative could jeopardise our E2 visa application process in anyway at all.

    Would really appreciate your feedback.

    Jade

    • IanScott October 17, 2014 at 3:05 am - Reply

      Hello, this program should not impact your E-2 Visa. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation to find out more about E-2 visas. Kind regards,

  125. Carla September 18, 2014 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Hello, as Brazil is not eligible for E-2 visa, is there any other way to run a business (100,000 investment) legally?
    Thanks

    • IanScott September 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Hello, If you have had an H-1B visa previously, you may be able to set up a business but it is complicated. Also, If you have a business in Brazil, then perhaps an L visa. Please contact us for a consultation.
      Kind regards,

  126. Martin June 19, 2014 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Dear Ian,

    I am not sure if my plan in applying an E2 visa is viable.

    My doubt is as follows: Would I have a chance to have my application approved, if I have not had the experience in the business that I plan to setup. I will be partnering with my sister who is an American national and we plan to setup a personalized service, for customers back in my country (Australia), however, we see the same service can be provided also for American customers.

    I have already made investments in a form of an apartment and a house in Los Angeles , either property can be the location of the business where it operates, as it will only require a home-office (currently one property is already used as a home for my mum and sister). The other property currently vacant, is planned to be used as an income generating source unrelated to the service we plan to setup, however will initially subsidized the operating cost of the business we plan to develop. Would the vacant property be considered as part of the start-up capital subject to risk or loss. My sister will be handling most of the operations in the US and I will be coming to help and direct the business for a few months of the year in the US. Gradually as the business grows, I will need to spend longer time in the US.

    Thank you.

    • IanScott July 5, 2014 at 3:34 am - Reply

      Please contact us to further discuss this. We can offer you legal advice if you set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  127. Laura June 15, 2014 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Dear Ian,

    thanks for this helpful article! We are running a business sucessfully for 10 years now in Austria and we would like to start the same business in the US. Is this a way to obtain a E2 Visa? Do the investments made already count towards the investment that is needed or do we have to make them again for the US-business? Is there a way to get a consultation via email as we don’t live in the US?

    Regards,
    Laura

    • IanScott June 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Dear Laura,
      Thank you for contacting us. You would have a few visa options available to you (eg. E-2, L, EB-1 and H-1B) depending on the facts and circumstances. We regularly set up Skype or phone interviews and would be happy to do this. Please email us at iscott@legalservicesincorporated.com and we would be happy to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  128. prajeev June 1, 2014 at 5:52 am - Reply

    i would like to open a restaurant in usa,. already i have one restaurant in Malaysia ., what can i do ? ( i have $ 200,000) i need more information like business visa or visiting ., i m indian citizen .

  129. prajeev June 1, 2014 at 5:48 am - Reply

    i would like to open a restaurant in usa,. already i have one restaurant in Malaysia ., what can i do ? ( i have $ 200,000) i need more information like business visa or visiting .

    • IanScott July 5, 2014 at 3:28 am - Reply

      Please contact us for a consultation. We can discuss different visas including E-2.

  130. GIANCARLO May 22, 2014 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I’m a U.S. citizen and I will be opening a restaurant in Hawaii. The business will be set up as a DELAWARE corporation operating in Hawaii and I was planning to be listed as the only director and also as all officers (President, Vice, etc.) My question is : My mother in Law will be the main investor and she is from Japan. For her to qualify AND obtain the E-2 visa will she need to be one of the officers or directors of the corporation??

    • IanScott May 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      She likely should be but that would be done in your minutes and other corporate documents. I would be happy to set up a consultation to discuss the set up and how you can improve your chances as the consulate in Tokyo is not an easy one to navigate through.
      Kind regards,

  131. MDS April 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Dear Ian,

    Thank you very much for preparing this informative and explicative page. I am planing to buy some shares worth of USD 120.000 and become a partner in an existing US Company. I will mostly stay 3-4 months a year in USA to maintain my business. Can I be eligible to apply for E2 visa? Or Should I continue to use 10 year B1 visa?

    Thank you and best regards

    Dunbar

    • IanScott April 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Dear Dunbar,
      If you buy shares of a company, the company must comply with SEC regulations regarding the sale. Spending less than full-time in the U.S. to run the business is fine for the E-2 visa. We would be happy to set up a consultation to discuss. If you are working in the business a B visa is not an option. Please email us at info@legalservicesincorporated.com if you would like to set up a consultation.
      Kind regards,

  132. solomon davies April 20, 2014 at 5:35 am - Reply

    please call me at your convenience to iscuss this. thx

    Solomon 780-232-462

    • IanScott April 20, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      Dear Solomon, You have not left a complete phone number. Please contact us at 212-223-2964. Kind regards,

  133. Jitender Kumar April 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    J.K.DANCE COMPANY PVT.LTD.
    14B/6,3RD Floor,D.B.Gupta Road,Dev Nagar
    Karol Bagh,N.D-5

    Hello sir/mam,
    My name is Jitender Kumar. I m putting up in New Delhi. I had a word with Uk Embassy ,so they give me this email id. I m a professional choreographer. I m running my own dance company in Delhi i.e.(J.K.DANCE COMPANY PVT. LTD.) . I want to start this company in UK too.In starting ,I don’t want any employee under me ,when my business will rise up at that time I only need, otherwise I can running my company by my own because I know how to run my company. I want to explore my Indian art culture internationally. I want to know the procedure that how could I apply there. Please let me guide about this.
    Thanks
    JITENDER KUMAR

    Contact me: jkdancecompany.pvt.ltd@gmail.com

    • IanScott July 5, 2014 at 3:35 am - Reply

      Please contact us to set up a consultation.

  134. Jitender Kumar April 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    J.K.DANCE COMPANY PVT.LTD.
    14B/6,3RD Floor,D.B.Gupta Road,Dev Nagar
    Karol Bagh,N.D-5

    Hello sir/mam,
    My name is Jitender Kumar. I m putting up in New Delhi. I m a professional choreographer. I m running my own dance company in Delhi i.e.(J.K.DANCE COMPANY PVT. LTD.) . I want to start this company in USA too.In starting ,I don’t want any employee under me ,when my business will rise up at that time I only need, otherwise I can running my company by my own because I know how to run my company. I want to explore my Indian art culture internationally. I want to know the procedure that how could I apply there. Please let me guide about this.
    Thanks
    JITENDER KUMAR

  135. Sikander March 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I have B1 visa valid for 5 years, i want to buy a C-Store in New York, and then apply for adjustment of status from B1 to E-2, someone told me that Interview at USCIS is Not required if Applicant is already in USA and applies for Adjustment of status and decision is made on Documents Only without interview.
    and he told that interview is required Only if applicant applies in his home country at U.S. consulate. IS IT CORRECT SIR?

    and in above comments i did read that if You Apply and Re-enter ,then visa is issued for 5 years, could You plz explain it more that if i Apply for E-2 visa while being already in USA and then if i go out of usa before approval is done then How would i re-enter ?
    and approval of adjustment of status is done in my absence then i would re-enter on B1 visa? and receive E-2 visa in USA? or i will get some Approval Document in my home country and send that to US consulate in my country and visa will be issued in my passport then i can re-enter only?

    • IanScott March 2, 2014 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you very much for contacting us and we welcome the opportunity to help you with your legal needs. At your earliest convenience, we would be happy to offer you a consultation with one of our lawyers. If after the consultation you decide to hire us to work on your matter, our $250 one hour consultation fee will be waived and the amount will be applied towards your future bill. (As such, the consultation would be free). In order to protect and be fair to you, our current clients and the firm, we only offer legal advice after an attorney-client relationship has been established. While some legal questions appear straight forward, a proper answer requires a review of the facts and circumstances as well as an application of legal knowledge. Moreover, almost all questions require follow up and additional analysis that is best done during a consultation. We look forward to working with you and please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.​

  136. Ali Malik January 5, 2014 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Hi
    I am interested in E2 startup business. I have few business plans and would like to know more about them,

    Can you please call me or let me know my contact details are below.

    Many Thanks

    Ali Malik
    954 798 8756

  137. Martha Monteiro October 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Hello Ian Scott. great article.
    would Brazil or Portugal be out of this visa them? Please let me know.

    • IanScott October 19, 2013 at 12:52 am - Reply

      They are not on the list. The eligible countries gets updated occasionally. For example, Israel was recently added.

  138. Fernanda August 26, 2013 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Hi, thanks for your article it is very helpul
    I have aquestion , I have an E2 is there any chance to start another bussiness with the same visa?

    Thanks in advanced

    • IanScott August 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm - Reply

      Hello, You could apply to USCIS or the Consulate to get the nature of your business changed so that it includes the new business. We could help with this if you wish.

      • Dan April 22, 2016 at 8:14 pm - Reply

        Hey Guys – I have an E2 but would like to change the industry of the company i have (from fashion to ecommerce) – do i need to set up a new company and re-apply for visa or simply inform USCIS that my market has changed?

  139. Immigration Advice Canterbury March 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    I blog often and I genuinely appreciate your content.
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    • IanScott March 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you. Please reach out if you have any questions.

  140. Andrew Jackson October 8, 2012 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Hi,
    I am Andrew Jackson, a financial writer. Today I came across your site (legalservicesincorporated.com) and enjoyed reading your article on finance. I just want to know if you allow guest posts? I would like to write on a relevant topic that is still to cover on your blog. I will make sure that my articles will be completely original to serve the quality. I do believe your readers will enjoy reading it. It will be a great honour for me if my article finds a place in your blog. Please let me know about your decision.

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  141. Blanca Funes July 18, 2012 at 4:33 am - Reply

    can you post some information in regards to the time frame the visa is valid? one year, two years, i mean for those people who might like to know…

    • IanScott July 18, 2012 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Sure. If you are already in the U.S. on another Visa, you can either adjust your status or apply and then reenter the country. If you adjust status, the Visa is good for two years. If you apply and reenter, the Visa is good for 5 years. The Visa is renewable as long as you continue to run the business so one could spend the rest of one’s life in the U.S. if that was the desire.

      • Ro May 6, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

        Hi what if the company is doing very well why does one have to go back to their country after 5 years.

  142. Joseph S. Tann, Jr. July 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Ian,

    Excellent article. If investment in an existing US business versus starting a new business in the US is desired, I represent two “green businesses” — a wind turbine company and a new technology battery rapid charge company — which are positioned for EB-5 investment. I will gladly provides details to sincere interests. Take care.

    Joe

    • Olivier July 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Joe, we will be starting an EB-5 visa for a DR Congo client very soon. I would be interested in hearing more about the two green businesses and their viability as a long term investment. Thanks

      Olivier

    • Wayne de Wet March 8, 2016 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Hi Ian, I am keen to move to USA on EB-5 Visa please supply me with the information regarding Green Technology – Wayne.

      • IanScott March 8, 2016 at 1:01 pm - Reply

        Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to set up a consultation or contact that regional center once we are retained. Please let us know if you would like to hire us to guide you through the EB-5 process.

        Kind regards,

  143. R. Hidalgo July 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Interesting article. There is a sentence that reads: “A complete list of the countries on the list can be found here”. I am afraid that the link to the member countries to the treaty has not been provided. Could you please give that missing information?

    • IanScott July 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you for pointing this out. This link has now been added.

  144. Akira Hirai July 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Ian – this is a very helpful and informative article. In case your readers want to dig deeper into the business plan requirements of the visa, we published a blog post recently that may be helpful: http://www.caycon.com/blog/2012/05/you-can-live-and-work-in-the-u-s/

    Best regards,
    Akira Hirai

    • IanScott July 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you. A business plan can be essential so guidance in this area is greatly appreciated.

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