If you own a company both in your home country and in the U.S., you may qualify for both an E-2 and an L-1 visa.
An update to the Foreign Affairs Manual clarified that E-2 dependents are eligible for E-2 visas even when the E-2 investor changed status in the U.S. and does not have a visa.
Khadija DerrickOctober 26, 2022
E-2 investors who plan to sell their business and remain in the U.S. have several visa options to consider.
Khadija DerrickOctober 11, 2022
You can have an E-2 petition pending simultaneously with USCIS and at a U.S. Consulate abroad and each of them will make their own decision whether you qualify for the E2 visa/status.
Khadija DerrickSeptember 8, 2022
Most nonimmigrant visas permit the visa holder to study, but those whose visas are primarily focused on work should ensure that they do not neglect that focus.
Khadija DerrickAugust 17, 2022
We just had an E-2 investor visa approval at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto. The applicant was granted the visa for 5 years and the business does landscape design.
Khadija DerrickAugust 16, 2022
Today I went to the U.S. Consulate in Toronto to renew my E-2 visa. Our company was issued an E-2 visa 10 years ago, so this was our second renewal.
Khadija DerrickJuly 7, 2022
New FAM guidance clarifies that the E-2 dependent spouse and children of the principal E-2 applicant receive the same visa validity and number of entries, and must pay the same reciprocity fee.
Khadija DerrickJuly 5, 2022
E-2 investors should plan to hire employees in the U.S. It is strongest for the E-2 application to hire full-time employees who are not related to the investor.
Khadija DerrickJuly 1, 2022
The E-2 investor applicant can take draws from the E-2 business instead of a salary, but should be careful to effectively communicate this in the visa application.
Khadija DerrickJune 27, 2022
Starting in January 2022, E-2 dependent spouses are authorized to work pursuant to their status if their status is designated E-2S; the process to confirm and correct this status is different depending on how the spouse received their most recent…
Khadija DerrickJune 16, 2022
New FAM guidance clarifies standards for and benefits of E-2 company registration program at consulates.
Khadija DerrickJune 14, 2022
Your E-2 company does not have to have employees when you apply for the E-2 visa but should be able to hire employees in the next 5 years.
Khadija DerrickMay 26, 2022
We just had a E-2 client move his E-2 visa to a green card. The approval was for an EB-5 direct investment for a trucking business.
For E-2 investors who are starting service-based businesses, a good strategy to increase the investment amount is to look ahead to future expenses and make some of those expenditures earlier than planned.
Making E-2 investments in companies that are owned by the E-2 applicant or related family members carries the risk that the officer will determine the funds are not actually committed and at-risk.
Khadija DerrickMay 2, 2022
E-2 applicants with long-pending applications who are attending visa interviews should prepare updated information prior to their E-2 interviews.
Khadija DerrickMarch 31, 2022
USCIS has updated the policy manual addressing the documentation that E and L nonimmigrant spouses can use as evidence of employment authorization.
Khadija DerrickMarch 18, 2022
We prepared a comprehensive business plan for an E-2 client that was just approved in London. U.K. nationals can obtain an E-2 visa for 5 years and it can be renewed indefinitely.
Khadija DerrickMarch 8, 2022