An E-2 visa requires a substantial investment (usually over $100,000) and this money must be spent on all of the things needed to get the business ready to conduct business. You can find out more about the E-2 visa requirements by clicking here. You can find out more about the investment amount by clicking here.
One question our E-2 clients have had is: Does the investment have to come from the Treaty Country? That is, if an applicant is from Canada, would the investment funds have to originate and/or come from Canada?
The short answer is no. For an E-2 visa, the investment funds can come from anywhere, provided that the source is legitimate. For more information on legitimate source of funds for E-2 visas click here. For example, if a Canadian applicant was working in the U.S. on an H-1B visa and earned the investment funds through employment in the U.S., these funds could be used for an E-2 investment. Similarly, if the applicant borrowed money from a relative in Australia, this is also fine to use as the investment.
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