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

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

An E-2 Visa is a Visa Classification that is available for foreign nationals who wish to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business.  The business can be large or small and an E-2 Visa is a great Visa option for those who want to start a business.  In order to qualify for the Visa, applicants must meet specific requirements and these requirements are outlined in an  article you can access by clicking here. This article focuses on the top E-2 Visa questions asked by our clients.  The answers are short answers to complicated questions and should only be used as a basis for a discussion with a qualified immigration attorney.

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Here are the top E-2 Visa questions.

1.     Does an E-2 Visa Lead to A Green Card?

No.  An E-2 Visa is a non-immigrant Visa and does NOT lead to a Green Card.  While it does not lead to a green card, it is often approved for a 5-year period and as long as the business is still in operation you can renew the Visa indefinitely.  If you qualify for another green card category (eg. EB-5) you should consult an immigration attorney to explore the best way to apply for the green card.  This can be a tricky area as the temporary intent aspect of the E-2 Visa makes applying for a green card difficult.  See more detail on this in our Article “Does an E-2 Visa Lead to A Green Card” topic by clicking here.

2.     Do I have to hire U.S. employees in Order to Get an E-2 Visa?

There is no required number of U.S. workers that have to be hired to work in the business but usually the business should employ at least some employees in the U.S. as reasonably necessary for the business to operate.  If no workers are hired, the investment may be considered as a business that is set up only to support the E-2 applicant and his/her family. (The legal term for this is “Marginal” and it is not permitted).  You do not have to hire the workers immediately and your 5-year business plan should detail exactly when you plan to hire the employees.  Find out more about marginality and hiring employees in our article “What Does the Marginality Requirement Mean for an E-2 Visa?” by clicking here.

3.     Is an E-2 Visa the Visa where I have to Invest 1 Million dollars ($1,000,000) and hire 10 employees?

No. The E-2 Visa is often confused with an EB-5 Visa. The EB-5 Visa is a completely different Immigrant (Green Card) Visa and you can read more about and EB-5 Visa by clicking here.  In contrast to an EB-5 Visa, an E-2 Visa does not require a specific amount of Investment and does not have a specific number of employees that you have to hire.

4.     Can I get an E-2 Visa with a low amount of Investment? Is there a minimum amount of an Investment?

There is no required Investment dollar amount.  A common myth is that a minimum of $100,000 is the required but Scott Legal, P.C. has obtained approval for investments with as little as $15,000 spent and $35,000 in a bank account as working capital.  If your business is a service business (eg. a consulting business) the investment that is required will be much lower than if your business is a capital-intensive business (eg. car manufacturing plant).  Read more about the differences between an E-2 visa and an EB-5 visa by clicking here.

 

5.     Can I borrow money to start the business?

Yes. Unlike the EB-5 Visa, borrowing money is fine for this Visa as long as the business is not overly leveraged.  You can also receive a gift.  Find out more about gifts and loans by reading our article “Can an E-2 Investment be from a Gift or Loan?” by clicking here.

6.     Is there a particular type of business that I have to start or buy?

No. Any for profit active business type is fine. (eg. drug store, law firm, consulting agency, car dealership, hair salon, etc.).

7.     Do I have to Make a Business Plan to Get an E-2 Visa?

Yes.  A 5-year business plan is required and the business plan is a key element that immigration officials consider when they review your Visa petition.  To find out more about how to make an effective business plan click here.

8.     Does an Investment in Real-Estate Qualify for an E-2 Visa? Can I buy a Home and get an E-2 Visa?

No.  The E-2 Visa can be obtained by either purchasing an existing business or creating a new business in the United States and the business must be an “active” business.  This excludes passive investments like real-estate or owning stock.  Your business must also make money and as such not-for-profit enterprises are excluded.

9.     Can I bring my family and can they work in the U.S.?

Your husband or wife can get an E-2 visas and are eligible to apply for an “Employment Authorization Document” (referred to as an EAD) to work in the United States after obtaining E-2 status.   He/She can work in any field and this is a significant advantage of an E-2 Visa as many other non-immigrant visas, like a TN Visa and an H-1B Visa, do not allow a spouse to work in the U.S..  See more about the spousal work authorization by clicking here.

10.  Which countries are eligible to get an E-2 Visa?

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.  A complete list of the countries on the list can be found by reading our Article “Which Countries are Eligible for an E-2 Visa?” by clicking here.

11.  How long does it take to get an E-2 Visa?

An E-2 Visa is a very document intensive petition.  In addition to a number of government forms, the Visa requires the submission of a binder full of documentation that is often quite lengthy.  Once the documentation is prepared, the processing time depends on the processing time at the consulate that is located in the applicant’s country.  This could range from 3 weeks to 3 months (or longer).

12.  How much does it cost?

Legal fees for an E-2 Visa will be $5,500 for most E-2 Visas.  Filing fees usually will not exceed $500.

13.  Do I need a lawyer?

Yes.   Like most Immigration law, the E-2 regulations are complicated and you must demonstrate to immigration officials that you have met all of the legal elements.  In addition, the documentation requirements for an E-2 Visa are quite extensive and a legal brief must be written linking all of the elements of the Statute to your case.

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If you are considering an E-2 Visa, contact Scott Legal, P.C..  For more information on this and other immigration Visas click here.  We can also assist you with your business plan and business entity set-up.  You can also call us at 212-223-2964 or email us at info@legalservicesincorporated.com.

Also, click here for your free White Paper that summarizes the top 10 Immigration Questions and Answers.

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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February 20th, 2013|478 Comments

478 Comments

  1. Santucci Eugenio November 30, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Hello ,

    I’m under a E2-Visa for aboute 5y now in the same establishment / restaurant business .
    And my question is under which circumstances & title ( Eg: employée or consultant ) can I be able to work / help in a second establishment /restaurant business for a period of 3 ,6 or 9 moths ,in a totally official/simple way.
    and without Quitting the first establishment /restaurant business ..

    Thank you

    • IanScott December 8, 2018 at 11:56 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,

  2. Daniel Bonnet November 26, 2018 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Good day

    I search internet about E2 visa.. and luckily find your website with very useful advise.. but my concern is what happens if you invest and start a business and get denied… you lose everything?
    Thank you

    • IanScott November 28, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Hello, You can still own the business from abroad but would need employees to run it. Kind regards,

  3. Shahzad Kamal November 8, 2018 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Hello I am considering for buying multiple houses near a university in US and will use them as hostel. It’s good business as per my working as multiple residential properties will be used under one business plan. Would it be approved as a business model for E2.

    • IanScott November 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm - 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,

  4. Shah October 28, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Respected sir
    I have B1/B2 visa, currently im in USA with my family and i want to start business here and get E2 visa. Moreover i have already submitted petition I-130 in brothers and sisters category for green card in year 2009 and case is in process.
    In this situation if i will start business on E2 visa then is there any possibility in US law to get my green card which is already been filled in 2009.

    • IanScott November 8, 2018 at 6:10 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,

  5. alan thompson September 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I’m looking at purchasing an ‘established pool route’ in Florida in the region of $50-$80k, sometime in the near future. They all show hefty profits ranging from $60-$90k per year, working as a employer only route.
    If I was to do a 5 year business plan, as the first year there would be no employees taken on, then looking at 1 per year for the next few years after that (as I would invest a sum of the profits to expand the pool route to gradually build quite a large business).
    Does this sound like a viable option for an E2 Visa, and do you know if it has been done before?

  6. Ali haider September 1, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Sir i just want to know you that i have 15000$ to 25000$ To invest in USA for the purpose of uber (taxi) business.. Should i apply for E2 visa?? And what type of documents would be required for furthur procedures

    • IanScott September 13, 2018 at 7:51 am - Reply

      This business would likely not qualify for an E2 visa.

  7. Jack August 9, 2018 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Hi, if I have a E2 Visa I understand that I can only work for the company that applied to the Visa.

    Can I have passive investments like real estate, invest in other companies as a passive investor (be a capital member and have share interest) and continue working for the company that applied for the Visa?

    • IanScott August 25, 2018 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      You can only work for the E-2 company but you can own real estate and buy stock and sell it as long as it is not a business.

      • Juan Molina August 29, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

        Hello Ian,

        I am currently on an F1 status, should I consider a change of status while in the US or is it better to apply directly at my consulate back home? I also wanted to know, since I’m partnering up with an American citizen, can my amount invested be half of the amount needed?

        Thanks in advance.

        • IanScott August 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

          Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation to discuss. Kind regards,

      • Ria September 13, 2018 at 1:33 am - Reply

        Hello Ian,

        If someone is a dependent of a E2 Visa holder such as their child, are they eligible to work? They are over the age of 18 and attending college, are they able to work in major related jobs or internships?

        • IanScott September 13, 2018 at 7:48 am - Reply

          Children on E-2 visas are not permitted to work.

  8. Fahad August 5, 2018 at 8:32 am - Reply

    I am pakistani national and interested in E2 visa and plan to move to US with my family. A petition for immigration has already been filed by my brother around 4 years back. If i apply for E2 visa at consulate in Islamabad, will my current immigration petition stay valid ? or should i apply for a status change in US ? i do a have a valid visit visa. Thanks in advance.

    • IanScott August 6, 2018 at 12:46 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,

  9. Reb April 11, 2018 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Hello, I am currently on a J1 visa until december 2018. I would like to open a bakery next year and I wanted to know if I could look for spaces and employees before with my J visa or do I have to wait until I receive the E2? Thank you!

    • IanScott April 12, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Hello, you could certainly look at spaces and employees with the J visa. The business must be to the point of just about starting prior to applying for the E-2 visa.
      Thanks,

  10. Rich March 9, 2018 at 2:10 am - Reply

    While in the us on a b2 can i apply for a e2 investors visa

    • IanScott March 9, 2018 at 4:42 am - Reply

      Yes. You can file for a change of status but a visa at a Consulate is usually better. I recommend setting up a consultation to discuss.

  11. Eleanor January 23, 2018 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Hi my name is Eleanor, i am originally from UK then i moved to US 6 months ago, which i started a cosmetic studio with my friends name because i am not a citizen of US yet , and now i want to apply for the E 2 visa.. please can i and how much will it cost me to get a E 2 visa … thanks

    • IanScott January 24, 2018 at 3:59 am - Reply

      Certainly. Here is the information.

      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,

  12. Raj January 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Hello,
    I have restaurant business in Toronto,Canada. We have been running profitable for over 6 years now. I am planning to open new restaurant in Bay Area. Not a necessarily a branch. My wife is an IT professional so she has more opportunities out there. I am wondering if E2 would be ideal for us in order to purchase an existing small restaurant (<$80 to $100K) bay area and startup. What type of investment would be required. We are Canadian citizens.

    • IanScott January 24, 2018 at 4:00 am - Reply

      Hello, That certainly would work for an E-2 visa and 100K would be sufficient for a restaurant that had employees.

      Here is some more info.

      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,

  13. Gio January 13, 2018 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Hi I’m essential employee visa e2 is any chance to apply for change company ?
    Or change my status ?

    • IanScott January 20, 2018 at 3:02 am - Reply

      You would have to find another company that was owned by someone of the same nationality as you.

  14. Wavki January 12, 2018 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Hi sir can illegal person open his business or apply for e2 visa

    • IanScott January 20, 2018 at 3:01 am - Reply

      Unfortunately generally speaking no.

  15. Stratos December 16, 2017 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Hello I have an E2 Visa valid for 5 years. I just found out my I-94 is only valid for 2 years and that it supersedes the validation of my visa. Is that true? Do I need to leave the country?

    • IanScott December 31, 2017 at 2:01 am - Reply

      The visa is an entry document where the I-94 governs how long you can stay in the country. You should contact a lawyer immediately.

  16. Mike December 15, 2017 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Hi
    My company is applying me an e2 visa and the documents have been already submitted to the embassy.
    I would like to know if during this waiting time it is possible without occurring in any troubles to:
    1) go back and forth (with waiver program) for training & conferences purpose due to the handover
    2) rent an house in the US in order to have the accommodation ready when I will get the visa
    3) apply my son in a vpk private school
    Thanks

    • IanScott December 31, 2017 at 2:00 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. As your lawyers (or the lawyer for the company) have all of the relevant information, you should really check with them. Kind regards,

  17. Mathieu December 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    I am a French citizen and I’ve been working in NYC under J1 visa for 18 months. I am currently looking for job opportunities under a visa E2 employee but can’t find any offers. Is there any directory of companies working under E2 visa and hiring E2 employees? Or a website listing companies or job offers for E1/E2 employee visa?

    I am specialized in marketing and I am sure a lot of French E2 companies could require the help of fellow citizens to develop their business in the USA!

    Many thanks for your help.

    Best regards,

    • IanScott December 6, 2017 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      Hello, I am not aware of any such directory.

  18. Dan December 4, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Hello, I have a E2 visa, I am the spouse of the main E2 visa holder, I have been working 7 years in a company, do I have right to unemployment benefits in case I loose my job ?

    • IanScott December 6, 2017 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      Sorry, I do not know the answer to your question. You should check with the local UI office. My first thought is no but I am not sure.

  19. Simon December 2, 2017 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    in 2001 i was barred for 10 years, now i would like to apply for E2 visa, as the ban time is over what are my chances to obtain an E2 visa?

    Thanks

    • IanScott December 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      Hello, You could certainly try to apply and you would not need a waiver. Please contact us if you would like to discuss.

  20. Ibrahim November 18, 2017 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Hello, thank you so much for the useful information!

    If I apply for e2 treat visa , within the 2 years can I travel outside USA and come back?

    • IanScott November 29, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Hello, It depends where you apply. If you get a visa at a Consulate, then you can leave and enter. IF you do a change of status, you cannot do this.

      • Mahad December 6, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

        Is there any way to travel outside the US and come back if the status is changed to E2 within the US?

        • IanScott December 6, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

          If you go to Canada or Mexico for less than 30 days you should be able to reenter but this is not guaranteed. You could also always apply for a visa when you leave.

  21. Jessica Hodkinson November 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Hello Ian,

    If i may ask a couple of questions regarding an E2 Visa;

    1) Can 3 people apply on the same E2 VIsa, myself, husband and sister-in-law. Investment is small but the business will be profitable with hiring US Workers at approx 6 months period if not sooner.
    2) If i have a work permit as my husband has the E2 Visa am i allowed to work for our own company or do i have to work for another company?
    3) We plan to set up a 2nd business but need to be able to do more market research whilst in America again another very profitable business, this will require investment, are we allowed to start up another business on the same E2 Visa or apply for another/different Visa?

    Thank you for your help in advance

    • IanScott November 18, 2017 at 2:14 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would recommend setting up a one hour consultation to answer your legal questions as they all require explanation. Please let us know if you would like to set something up. Kind regards,

  22. laurent September 22, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    I am “living” in the US under a B2 visa and just received the Approval Notice of E2 dependent visa.
    Should I move back to my country of origin to obtain a new visa with a new classification?
    Thank you in advance
    Best
    L

    • IanScott September 23, 2017 at 1:21 am - Reply

      The I-797 notice is not a visa so if you want to travel and reenter the country, you will have to go to a Consulate to get a visa issued. If your spouse only has an I-797 approval (change of status) then you will not be able to get a visa at the Consulate until he/she gets one.

      • laurent September 25, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

        Ok clear thank you.
        L

  23. Laurent September 22, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    I am “living” in the US under B2 visa, and I just received the Approval Notice for the E2 dependent visa.
    Should I go back to my country of origin in order to obtain new visa classification?
    Thank you
    L

  24. imran September 21, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    i am on e2 visa running my business successfully in usa. I am thinking about investing in stock market does my visa allow me to do that or is it restricted.

    Thanks

    • IanScott September 23, 2017 at 1:22 am - Reply

      Yes. you are permitted to make passive investments in the stock market.

  25. Maram September 12, 2017 at 6:45 am - Reply

    HI,

    I’m holding a Jordanian national, having B1/B2 visa and would like to visit US and apply for E2 visa. my question is:

    1. how long it will take to get the approval for the visa.
    2. is it possible to hire an attorney to proceed with the visa and I come back to my home until the visa obtained? or I should stay in US till the visa approved?
    3. in case I got the visa, is it allowed to return back to my country and the visa will stay valid? or once I leave US and visa will be canceled and I have to obtain a new one?

    many thanks in advance

    • IanScott September 12, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      You could do a change of status or go to the Consulate and the timing depends on which you select. You can certainly start the process and then go back to your home country and process there. The pros and cons of processing at a consulate v. in the U.S. really need discussion so a consultation would work best. E-2 visas for Jordan are issued for 3 months but then you are given 2 years when you arrive. This also needs discussion. Please let me know if you would like to set up a one hour consultation. Kind regards,

  26. Caylee August 24, 2017 at 4:36 am - Reply

    Hi, thanks for the article and quick replies! A quick question please!
    My cousin is on e2 visa (just recently got it approved) and has a coffee shop but wants to sell it and start a new shop at a different location( still in california) my question is, if there is a term of lets say half a year between two stores, will his e2 visa be taken away?? Or is there a grace period where we have some time to look for and open another shop else where? Thanks in advance !

    • IanScott August 29, 2017 at 4:09 am - Reply

      Hello, the visa is applicable only for the business it was issued for and if that business stops, the visa is no longer valid. This is a short answer to a complicated question so please set up a consultation if you wish to discuss further. Kind regards,

  27. Waseem August 13, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Hi I applied for E2 visa since April 2017
    And still under adminstrations inspection.
    And now I am in USA as I established the company. And need to change the intity of the company to another State. Do I have to inform the embassy. Or I can not do that according to my application?

    • IanScott August 14, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Please contact us for a consultation. I am not clear on what the question is but it seems too complex for a short answer.

  28. Asif August 11, 2017 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Hi Sir,

    I have a quick question. My brother in law applied for E2 Visa which has just got denied yesterday. He still has not received the package which contains the reason of denial. He , along with his family, came to USA on B1/B2 visa and got 6 months entry which expired on June 02, 2017. Although they filed their E2 before June 02 2017 but as they have now received their E2 decision, what is their current legal status in USA? Would they be considered as legal? They applied their E2 through a lawyer and at the moment their lawyer has suggested them to wait until we receive the package which contains the E2 denial reason and we can see if we can reattempt or not.
    I am checking with you the worst case option; if for e.g. they don’t get the reattempt or reconsideration chance, what options they have to stay legal in USA? Should they be looking for F1 visa option ? Would you like to take this case by helping them in changing their status using any other visa option?

    Thanks
    Asif

    • IanScott August 11, 2017 at 3:01 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. I sent you an email to address your questions. Kind regards,

    • Ayesha August 11, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Asif can you please tell what you have find out about ur brother in law status.

  29. Erick Ben August 9, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    I’m looking into a possible franchise where franchisor can provide financing.

    Is it allowed under the E2 visa as long as i’m investing atleast 50% of the cost ?

    Eg. UPS store selling for $400k. I invest $200k

    • IanScott August 11, 2017 at 2:59 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The franchise cannot provide financing as described above. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation.
      Kind regards,

  30. Bradley July 6, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I would like to purchase a bar or restaurant in the USA, and feel the E2 visa would be by far the best way for me to do this. However, have never worked in a bar or restaurant, but I did do a business administration apprenticeship when I left school, and still work in business admin now. Do you think this could help me in getting an E2 visa? Or do I not have much chance with never working in a bar or restaurant?

    Thanks for your help.

    • 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,

  31. Tiago Piazza June 21, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Hello. Congratulation on this article, well write and the QA section with plenty information.
    There is a scenario over which I’d like to hear the odds:
    – I am Italian Citizen (and Brazilian, living in Brazil).
    – My wife (10 years marriage) is Brazilian, and we never looked for her Naturalization as Italian through marriage
    – Nevertheless, we communicated Italy regards the marriage, sending all documentation, etc. So Italy is aware about this.
    – I am willing to apply for a E2, but, due the skills/know how, I’d be the best choice to look for a job on the market – Work Permit.
    If I get everything right, the applicant CAN NOT apply for the work permit, just the spouse, would you know if my wife could apply for this E2 just because she married me, even not being naturalized as Italian?
    If not, is there any chance to the applicant (in that case myself) get a work permit?
    Best Regards, Scott team.

    • IanScott June 25, 2017 at 5:15 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Please send us an email to set up a one hour consultation to discuss. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards,

  32. yance dc June 18, 2017 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Hello. my wife has F3 visa petition approved. waiting for 15 yrs for the visa schedule.

    I want to do business in USA. will it be okay i apply for E2 visa ?

    ty

    • IanScott June 21, 2017 at 12:10 am - Reply

      This should be fine. I sent you a separate email. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  33. Yang Park June 8, 2017 at 10:25 am - Reply

    First of all, thank you for the great article. My friends and I (3 people) are willing to invest in a business in the U.S. Each of us will invest an equal amount or over $150,000 each. We plan to purchase an existing business. Is it possible for all three of us to obtain E-2 visas as direct owners of the business in the U.S.? Or should we (1) set up a parent company A in our country, (2) have company A purchase company B in the U.S., which will be Company A’s subsidiary, then (3) apply for E-2 visas as managerial employees? The goal is for three of us to invest together and obtain E-2s together. I greatly appreciate your time.

    • IanScott June 8, 2017 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. I have sent you an email with next steps. Kind regards,

  34. Ramez Riad May 24, 2017 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Hello, i wanted to ask, if i am holding an E-2 Visa, can i import a car for personal use and what are the restrictions on the car? Do i need to send it back or will i be able to sell it in the US when i no longer need it or if i’m leaving?

    • IanScott May 25, 2017 at 2:02 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The E2 visa should not impact your ability to buy a car. Kind regards,

  35. Mel May 22, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m working on an E2 Visa for a company that is filing bankruptcy now. If I would find another job offer, would I be able to apply for another E2 visa while still working for my current employer? Since I am German, would the new company would have to have there headquater in Germany or EU or does it matter at all?

    Thank you!

    • IanScott May 22, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      Hello, you could apply for an E-2 visa as an Investor if you start your own company or as an E-2 employee if you get hired by a company that was owned by German nationals. We would be happy to assist. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation to discuss options.

  36. Steve May 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    Assuming I already obtained my E2 Investor Visa and I own over 50% of the company. However as my business grows I plan to have investment from VC’s and my ownership of the company may go below 50% in the future.
    What happens to the visa that I already have? Do I loose the status when the ownership goes below 50%?
    Does USCIS know when this happens?

    • IanScott May 16, 2017 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      You must maintain 50% of the company or you will invalidate your visa. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation to discuss.

  37. Jim April 14, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Hello, I need help answering the following question:

    There are several foreigners (“employees”) working in the USA via an E-2 visa. These employees qualify for an E-2 visa based on their work, skills, and abilities- this is not disputed. Previously, these employees worked for an employer in their native country. Is it allowable for these employee’s former employer from their native country to pay the employee’s new employer in the USA to teach the employees American etiquette, culture, and some English language? Teaching American etiquette, culture, and language to the employees will not interfere with the employee’s daily work in any way. In fact, this additional teaching will better help the employees in all aspect of their job. When the employees’ E-2 visas expire, they might return to their native country to work for their former company.

    Is the above allowed? I think it’s allowed because it does not violate any of the E-2 visa requirements in that the employees are following all requirements of the visa.

    • IanScott April 17, 2017 at 2:14 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,

  38. Vijay Rimal February 8, 2017 at 9:03 am - Reply

    I am holding B1/B2 visa of USA and visited 2 times on the visa and still valid till 2019 June. I want to do small business such as a tour operating company or a small handicraft shop. Will I be liable to start my own small business there on E2 visa.
    For your information, my children is a US citizen, and I am liable to file Green card from my own country Nepal or from USA. Even though I would like to be in USA to proceed, is it possible?
    Sincerely yours,
    Vijay Rimal

    • IanScott February 13, 2017 at 4:31 am - Reply

      Please call to set up a one hour consultation. Kind regards,

  39. Simone February 3, 2017 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Hi –

    I had an E2 visa with my ex-employer (05/2016 -> granted for 5 years, renewal every 2 yrs) who I worked for for many years. I went to the US in July to work with them until I had to go back to my home country (family emergency) in October for personal reasons and therefore quit my job. Now, 4 months later (and working with an other company), I would like to go back to work with them and there were signals they are looking for me to come back anyway.

    Would we have to do the entire E2 visa process all over again or would be sufficient if they’d hire me for the same position again as it is still vacant?

    Kind regards
    Simone

    • IanScott February 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      I believe the visa may still be valid but I would have to research it to confirm. Please let me know if you would like to hire us to do the research. Kind regards,

  40. AKM Ziaul Haque January 28, 2017 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Hi,

    we are currently visiting USA (B2), can we apply for E2 visa. investment will be gift from my close relative

    Please note, we have 2 children and they were born here and we used State Medicaid (medical insurance) during their birth, will it be a problem to get E2 visa?

    • IanScott February 1, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you. We met recently for a consultation and please get back to us at your convenience.
      Kind regards,

  41. Yacoob Zain January 25, 2017 at 5:07 am - Reply

    Dear sir/madam,
    I’m a Bangladeshi passport holder , a resident in Qatar, holding b1-b2 visa.
    Planning to apply for e2 visa while I’m in the US on b1-b2 visa.
    Recently I have been arrested for using medical marijuana in Qatar, I styed only one night in jail and got out the next day. Am I still eligible to travel to the US WITH with my valid b1-b2 visa ? And am I still eligible to apply for e2 visa when I visit the US?
    I used to be a student in the US, graduated and came back to QATAR, also visited the US 4 times in the last 2 years. My main concern is if I’m still eligible to visit and invest in the US with my drug case?

    • IanScott February 1, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you. We sent an email to your email address. Thanks,

  42. Moiz Pirani January 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I am a Canadian National but born in India. Will i qualify for E2 visa based on the nationality.
    Also if i engage you for my case, will you as my lawyer help with my business plan?

    Thank you

    • IanScott January 25, 2017 at 3:57 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We could certainly help you. Please contact give us a call at 212-223-2964 to discuss. Kind regards,

  43. Erick Moretti December 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Hello! I have a question… Would I be elegible for an E2 visa if I buy land and develop townhouses or what about a single family house just to start?

    Tnks
    Erick

    • IanScott January 4, 2017 at 4:16 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You may be eligible for an E-2 visa but would need more detail. 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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      Kind regards,

  44. Frank December 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am from Brazil and my parents are from Taiwan. Having a Taiwanese passport is enough to apply for the E2 visa or do I need to a be Taiwanese citizen?
    Best regards,
    Frank

    • IanScott December 22, 2016 at 1:46 am - Reply

      A valid passport from a treaty country allows one to apply for an E-2 visa.

  45. HOOMAN MANI November 17, 2016 at 12:46 am - Reply

    1)If I get granted for an E2 visa , doI have to work on the business it self, or can I get hired from a diferent company.
    2) Lets say after 1 year I would like to open a diferent country in a diferent state, can I ? Or Shall I open a new one.

    • IanScott November 17, 2016 at 12:55 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,

  46. Narmin November 8, 2016 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Hello there,
    I came to the USA on B1/B2 visa and thought that I would find a good business during 6 months. Unfortunately things didn’t work as I planned and my B1/B2 visa expired; however before the expiration date I appled for student visa and still waiting for the approval. I did it because I thought I can find any business that matches my requirements and during the waiting period I can immidately apply for E2 visa. Finally I found one Business and asked the broker to put escrow terms to the aggreement and if i don’t get an approval for E2 visa, all my money will be returned to me. However the seller doesn’t agree with this term and he says that I can buy the business then apply for E2 visa. Is it a true story? Is there is a chance that I don’t get an approval for E2 visa if I’m going to invest in a gas station business that costs $150,000? I’m scared of loosing my money. Because I don’t want to operate a business here illegally.

    • IanScott November 10, 2016 at 3:03 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,

  47. Nick November 3, 2016 at 2:40 am - Reply

    Hi there,

    Do the money invested needs to come from outside the USA?

    • IanScott November 5, 2016 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      It does not. We also sent you an email to set up a consultation.

  48. Par October 26, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Hello
    I have origin from India but holding canadian passport. I am planning to apply for E-2 visa.
    Only thing I am not quite sure about is my wife’s I-130 petition in progress.

    What do you think are chances of getting E-2 visa if I-130 is in progress?

    If there are chances, Should I apply for E-2 me being principal applicant OR my being principal applicant?

    • IanScott October 27, 2016 at 12:09 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,

      Ian E. Scott, Esq., J.D. Harvard Law School
      Scott Legal, P.C. | Counsel for Business Owners, Investors & Entrepreneurs
      40 Worth Street, Floor 10 | New York, NY 10013
      Tel. 212.223.2964 | Toll-Free 1-888-LAW-2964
      [www.legalservicesincorporated.com]www.legalservicesincorporated.com | [iscott@legalservicesincorporated.com]iscott@legalservicesincorporated.com |

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  49. Jorge October 26, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    A few months ago I applied and got accepted into a Master program in the United States starting January 2017. I received the I-20 but haven’t applied for the F1 visa yet. Now I have a company that want’s to employ me and go for an E2 visa.

    Do you think there is going to be an issue if they try to apply for the E2 while I was already accepted into college? Are those 2 visa in conflict? Can I do my master degree with the E2?

    I hope you can help me clarify these questions.
    Kind regards.

    • IanScott October 27, 2016 at 12:10 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,

      Ian E. Scott, Esq., J.D. Harvard Law School
      Scott Legal, P.C. | Counsel for Business Owners, Investors & Entrepreneurs
      40 Worth Street, Floor 10 | New York, NY 10013
      Tel. 212.223.2964 | Toll-Free 1-888-LAW-2964
      [www.legalservicesincorporated.com]www.legalservicesincorporated.com | [iscott@legalservicesincorporated.com]iscott@legalservicesincorporated.com |

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  50. Sohail Nayani October 18, 2016 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Hello,

    My name is Sohai, resident of UAE with Pakistan passport

    My friends wanted me to invest in Gas Station business in USA, Currently i don’t have a any visa for USA so would appreciate your feedback on the following : Am i eligible to invest ?
    Can partnership agreement can be made with legal acceptance?

    Appreciate your feedback

    • IanScott October 20, 2016 at 12:25 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,

  51. Alessandro October 17, 2016 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Hello,

    I’ve been reading a lot of info about the E-2 visa but I still don’t get one point: in my specific case, I’d like to open a small new business with my wife (not buying an already existing one), so I understood the best way to get the E-2 approval would be to invest some money in a “irrevocably committed” way, such as a leasing contract, buy some equipment, hire people etc but at the same time I understood I can’t do it with a tourist visa (ESTA), so this is what I don’t get: how can I spend this money and do all these stuff before applying for the E-2 visa? Do I need a B-1 visa?

    I just found out yesterday about the B-1 visa almost by accident, and that would make sense, but at the same time it would be hard to show some strong relationship with my country because, in order to spend some months in the US looking for the right place, before I should leave my job, and my current house is registered at my parent’s name, so I’m quite confused about the best war to proceed.

    I really hope you can help me clarifying this point.

    Thanks a lot for your help guys and regards from Italy!
    Alessandro

    • IanScott October 17, 2016 at 1:12 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,

    • IanScott October 18, 2016 at 2:27 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,

  52. Bradley Adams October 15, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Hello there,

    When renewing an E2 visa, do you have to leave the USA and return to your home country while you wait for your visa to be renewed, or can you stay and renew it in the USA without leaving? Also, what are the requirements for renewing an E2 visa?

    Thanks, Bradley.

    • IanScott October 16, 2016 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would welcome the opportunity to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers to answer your legal questions. Please let us know if you would like to set something up. Kind regards,

  53. Negin Min September 26, 2016 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Hello – I am currently on a TN visa and my wife has a TN visa as well (both Canadian citizens).

    I am starting a company and thinking the E2 visa is the best option. I have a business plan in line with all supporting docs, funds avail. with documentation etc.

    Can I keep the E2 and TN visa and still work my TN visa job and be an investor with the E2 visa?

    If so, can my wife surrender her TN and get a employment auth card/doc though the E2 visa that I will receive if approved?

    Thanks

    • IanScott September 26, 2016 at 3:08 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).

      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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  54. SAM September 21, 2016 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Hello,

    I have a question about the the E2 visa, are we granted visa based on the business plan ? Or the purchase/investment has to be done prior to the application. Also, can we purchase a home to live with the E2 or does it have restrictions

    • IanScott September 22, 2016 at 3:04 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,

  55. Usama September 20, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Hello Ian,

    I’m looking to invest in a Gas Station/Convenience store/Franchise that costs 300k or so and I Invest 100k – 150k, Can the remainder be borrowed at all through a bank loan in the US? Just trying to weigh my option to see if I need to invest the entire amount and then decide the what the viable options are

  56. Usama September 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    If myself and my brother would like to own a business together , In order words can E-2 be a joint application. if so , Can Both of our spouses/depends be part of the E-2 VISA or does it have to be separate application for the two owners

    Thanks

    • IanScott September 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Yes. You would both be eligible for an E-2 visa even if there was only one company. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation. Kind regards,

      • Usama September 20, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

        Thanks for getting back Ian, I appreciate it. if I’m looking to invest in a Gas Station/Convenience store/Franchise that costs 300k or so and I Investo 100k – 150k, Can the remainder be borrowed at all through a bank loan in the US? Just trying to weigh my option to see if I need to invest the entire amount.

        Thanks

  57. Cindy September 8, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Greetings, Is there a list or application for a US business to SEEK an E2 investor for partnership?

    Also, are there different levels for Investors? IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN E2 AND EB-5 ETC…

    • IanScott September 13, 2016 at 4:42 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 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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  58. AB August 30, 2016 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    I can have TN and E2 visa at the same time?

    • IanScott September 1, 2016 at 1:41 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The short answer is no but it really requires additional explanation. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation.

  59. Rajan K Sood August 28, 2016 at 5:02 am - Reply

    This is Rajan K Sood from India , would request you to clarify as under :
    1. Whether Indian are under treaty or not ?
    2. Whether Indian are eligible to get E 2 Visa ?
    3. Whether Petrol Station are eligible for investment or there are specific businesses only ?
    4. If answer to 3 above (part 1 – Petrol Station) is yes, what would be the minimum amount required for investment ?
    5. Whether investment less than half a million would meet the requirement ?
    6. What is fees for this kind of visa ?
    7. Presently, I am employed in India .

  60. Sisay Assefa August 25, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

    HI SCOT

    I am an Ethiopian living and employed in ABU DHABI (UAE), my family are also living with me .my wife wants to apply for E2 .can she apply for the visa from US consulate in Abudhabi or she has to do it from the embassy in Ethiopia.

  61. Ayman Elezabi August 21, 2016 at 3:57 am - Reply

    My wife and I want to go to the US to have our children, who are US citizens, attend school there. At the same time, we want to open a business to support ourselves and because it gives us a more stable visa status than B1/B2, which we both currently have. Is there a problem with intent in this case, when we apply to E2, whether from our country or if we apply for a change of status in the USA?

    • IanScott August 21, 2016 at 8:09 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,

  62. Andrea Real August 17, 2016 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Hi Ian,
    I am planning to change my status to J-1 intern to E-2 spouse and I’ll be submitting both forms I-539 and I-765 together. Was just wondering where they should be mailed to as I couldn’t work it out from here: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Resources/C2en.pdf
    Thanks a lot

    • IanScott August 19, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      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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  63. Giovani August 10, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Hi. Is my country Indonesia eligible for applying E-2 visa because I don’t see Indonesia on the list of eligible country. And I happened to see one of the people asking you that he is from Indonesia and at OPT status, you said he can apply for E-2 if he meets the requirement. Thank you

  64. Alfred August 8, 2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Hello

    I live in a western country and willing to run a bar in the states. Is it possible to get the e2-visa by owning a bar and spending an amount of 100-120K?

    How long would it take and is there any real chance or should I make some more money first?

    And I’m pretty busy at the moment. Would you be able to manage a full-service, including helping me with the buying process?

    • IanScott August 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. This amount should be sufficient for an E-2 visa at most consulates. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation to discuss the E-2 visa further and assist you. Please let me know if you would like to set something up.

      Kind regards,

      • Alfred August 11, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

        Thank you for your response. I’ll contact you within the next days or weeks.

  65. Jay August 2, 2016 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    i need to start a Car Dealership business here in USA, i want to know which visa is suitable for me? i came here on B1/B2 visa and now planing to move here with my family as i think here its more chances to grow business.

    Plus if there is any other way you can guide me would be appreciated!

    Await Response!

    Thanks

    • IanScott August 3, 2016 at 3:20 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 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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  66. Martin McManus July 26, 2016 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Hi,

    I am from the UK and looking at the possibility of moving to the US.

    If I successfully obtain an E2 visa with one business (for example, and IT service and repair centre), are there any limitations on then purchasing further businesses, or would I have to obtain separate visa’s for each business>

  67. Shoaib July 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Hello sir

    Can I apply E2 without usa citizen friend or relative.

    • IanScott July 26, 2016 at 12:56 am - Reply

      Yes you can. Please let me know if you would like 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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  68. mona July 15, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Hello,
    I want your advice regarding E-2 , actually i want to set up some business there in USA. just wanted to know can we two person start business there ( the second person is my friend) we are able to invest $4million like $2million each–is it possible that we can have a business with partnership with both people seeking foe E-2

  69. Pierre JOSEPH July 15, 2016 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I’m looking to buy a existing business in florida. I’m canadian and looking to know the cost and what do you do in your E2 visa package.

    thank you

  70. Tom King July 14, 2016 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Hi there, I am a current E2 Visa holder and need to add my wife as a dependent on the visa, what is the process like for doing this? We are both based in the US at the moment, would she need to have a interview and would it have to be in our home country?

    Hope you can help

    • IanScott July 16, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We could assist with this and charge $1,000 for processing the spousal E-2 visa which includes filing for work authorization and related advice. Please let me know if you would like to move forward. info@legalservicesincorporated.com

  71. bureau June 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Hi
    I’m French.
    Can i réquire a liquor licence with e2 visa to open a wine shop ?
    If my wife get a job in Georgia, while i’m under the E2 visa, can she as’ for a green card ?
    Thanks a lot
    Jean Marc

    • IanScott June 30, 2016 at 4:28 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 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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  72. Busra June 29, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Hello,

    I am a Turkish citizen. The company I work for has an office (which acts like a separate entity but both offices have some common shareholders) in the West coast for 2 years. They want to hire me for the US office now. Employers of the US office are under E2 visa. So I was wondering if the E2 visa for employee is a better/easier option for me compared to L1 or H visa.

    Also, can I apply in my country directly or does my employer have to apply from the States? I know that E2 is multi-entry, but once I have the visa , is there any limitation how often one can leave US for travel, either business or tourism, and come back?

    I am currently in Turkey and hold a B1/B2 visa. I have been to the States on tourist/business purposes 3 times before. The last time I legally stayed for 5 months for an extended vacation. Would that be an issue?

    It could be great if you could email me your fee for the entire process if I am to hire you for my application.

    Thank you in advance
    Regards

    • IanScott June 29, 2016 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation at your convenience to answer your legal questions. Please contact me if you would like to set something up.

      Kind regards,

      • Busra June 29, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

        Thanks Ian,

        I’ll definitely look into it. Is it possible to give a brief info in advance though?

        Thank you

  73. Natasha June 27, 2016 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Hi I’m from Bangladesh I hv already B1/B2 visa and I visited usa last year. My B1/B2 visa till 2019 if I apply E2 visa and refused I want 2 know my B1/B2 visa will b excite or not ? Please advise . Thanks in advance.

    • IanScott June 28, 2016 at 2:38 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. If your E-2 visa is denied, that should not impact your B-1/B-2 visa unless the reason for the E-2 denial was misrepresentation or they had some issue where they questioned the veracity of the information.

  74. Marco June 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Hello Ian, I have been told that Attorney’s fees can be considered as part of the business investment. Is that correct?

    • IanScott June 20, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Yes, legal fees can be included in the E-2 investment amount. Please contact us if you would like assistance with your E-2 visa application or if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  75. Tom King June 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Hi I am a UK resident and currently hold a E2 Visa, I am planning on marrying my partner but she has a Italian passport is she still able to be adding to my E2 Visa?

    Thanks

    • IanScott June 17, 2016 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The nationality of an E-2 spouse is not relevant for obtaining an E-2 visa. As such, your spouse could get an E- visa for your spouse after you are married. Kind regards,

  76. Patrick June 16, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Hello!
    I would like to know, if the 51% ownership is required, but c1n we split it. I mean 25% in one business and $26% in another. And about gift money, are they any specific requirements.

    • IanScott June 17, 2016 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to answer your legal questions during a consultation. Please contact us if you would like to set something up. Kind regards,

  77. Kree June 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Hi, I have an E2 and I’m an Australian Citizen. I applied with the USCIS here in the US, not with the Embassy in Australia. However, I need to travel to Canada on a business trip. Can I get the E2 visa stamped in Canada? Or will I absolutely have to travel back to Australia to get my E2 visa stamped?

    • IanScott June 14, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. To reenter the US you will need an E-2 visa. This is not just a visa stamp but a reapplication. Please note that the USCIS approval does not govern and the consulate will start from scratch. Canada may accept your application but not during the summer. Kind regards,

  78. Neha May 31, 2016 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Hi team

    I am a British citizen currently on a tourist visa open for 3 months.in the states. I have found a business that I would like to invest in for an e2 visa. Do I need to go back or can I apply for here? I have the money etc ready. Thanks

  79. MARIUS MIHAI May 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    I’m living in USA and I would like to apply to change my status from J2 visa to E2 visa. May I use my personal credit cards limit as part of my investment for E2 visa application?
    Thank you!

    • IanScott June 6, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Sorry for the delay your email was diverted to the wrong folder. You can apply for an E-2 visa and you can use personal credit as part of the investment amount. Kind regards,

  80. Khalid May 25, 2016 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Hi, I am an Indian national married to a Pakistani residing in Kuwait. I have a work permit and live here with my family of 3 kids who are Indian nationals. Currently we all have B1/B2 valid visas.

    I believe Indians cannot apply for E-2 Visa. Can my wife apply foe E-2 visa in her name and sponsor her spouse (me) and my kids.

    • IanScott May 27, 2016 at 5:03 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You could be eligible for an E-2 visa and we would be happy to help you. I have added details below to set up a consultation.

      Please let us know if you would like to set up a consultation.

      Kind regards,

  81. Savannah May 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian,

    Me and my husband are planning to enter into franchise agreement and set up a business in the US and exploring E-2 visa requirements. According to FDD the total investment is about $300K, which mostly includes build out cost and will be spent over 6 months. Do you know if we can apply for E-2 in the beginning of this process when we spent, say, only $15K or we have to wait till we spent more considerable amount? Also does your company accept clients from Canada, giving that we probably will be applying in Canada?

    Thank you

    • IanScott May 25, 2016 at 12:03 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We regularly process E-2 visas for Canadians at the Consulate in Toronto and would be happy to help you. In fact, the firm was founded on an E-2 visa by a Canadian.

      In order to apply for the E-2 visa, you would have to have the premises set up and it would not be sufficient just to purchase the franchise license. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation to go over a possible strategy.

      Kind regards,

  82. Amarjeet May 22, 2016 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    I am British Citizen, came in US on E2 visa and invested $126,000 in a franchise business with a US Citizen with a 51% share. Company provides job to 25 people which is gone up to 32 now. And i purchased another Business and I am 100% owner in Las Vegas and invested $160,000, which provides job to another 9 people. I take about $70,000 Salary from both businesses. I got my first extension in 2014. And this year I started another Franchise Business in a partnership in Las Vegas, which provides job to another 8 people and signed a lease for another location which will open in July and provides job to 15 more people. But all my Businesses are not showing profits but also not Losses as well. Will their be any problem in getting extension.

    • IanScott May 22, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to set up a consultation to discuss. Renewals are dependent on facts and circumstances and there may also be other issues with the other companies you set up if they are not just branches of the existing E-2 enterprise. I have included the detail to set up a consultation below.

      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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    • Prasad July 11, 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Amarjeet,
      I’m also a British citizen in USA.
      Would like to talk to you on E2.
      Please reply to me.

      Thanks,
      Prasad

      • 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,

  83. Raja May 19, 2016 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Hello is your firm working in other countries or we really had to come to USA .. If you have a PAKISTAN based firm which helps in E2 visa kindly share

    • IanScott June 7, 2016 at 3:00 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We have clients all over the world and you do not have to come to the U.S. to work with us. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation. Kind regards,

  84. Anna Q May 18, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    I am starting the process for E2 visa and my daughter is about to turn 21 in august of this year. While the E2 is in process and she turns 21, would she still be included in the process? Or if the E2 does get approved before August, does she have to enter USA before her birthday?

  85. Javier Ruso May 16, 2016 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Can 2 family groups apply for an E2 with a new business each family with 50% of the same company.
    Regards

    • IanScott May 16, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      It is possible for two people to get an E-2 visa each owning 50%. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.

      Thanks,

  86. MArcia May 10, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    I would like to know if my husband can open a service business, mainly, small home renovations company, in the USA on E-2 visa. Could he spend $20,000 and put another $40,000 in a US business bank account as working capital?

    • IanScott May 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. 60K may be enough but it depends on the Consulate.

      Please call us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation to discuss the options.

      Kind regards,

  87. Alessandra Costa May 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I’ve been ins the USA with a F1 Visa (Brazilian Passport). However I have a Italian Passport as well.
    Is it possible to change my status from F1 (Brazilian Passport) to E2 (Italian Passport) in the USA? Or I have to change my status in Brazil?

    • IanScott May 10, 2016 at 3:06 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You can change from F-1 to E-2 and when you are ready, you could go to either Italy or Brazil to process the actual visa in your passport. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation with you at your convenience to go over options.

      Kind regards,

  88. Jose Pereira May 1, 2016 at 3:06 am - Reply

    If I already have an E-2 Visa, Can I request a resident permanent?

    • IanScott May 1, 2016 at 2:27 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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  89. Javier Russo April 28, 2016 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Good morning
    With the E2 Visa will i pay taxes for the money that i have in countries outside USA?
    For example i am an Italian citizen, if i have 100.000 euros in banco santander Spain, that money should be reported to the IRS
    Regards

    • IanScott April 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      With the exception of a green card, taxes are defined by IRS rules of how long you are in the U.S.. (Residency rules). The E-2 visa in itself does not govern whether or not you have to pay taxes. Please contact us if you would like assistance with your E-2 visa. Kind regards,

  90. Ahsan Habib April 23, 2016 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Dear Sir,
    I’m B1/B2 visa holder, visited USA in 2014 for 66 days.
    I have one brother-in-law who lives in Irvine, CA.
    He is US citizen & he has one franchise business over there.
    Is he able to apply E2 Visa for me?
    If yes, I would like to travel there for apply.
    Once I get the approval, do I need to come back to my country to apply to get the E2 visa?
    Or I’m I able to convert my visa while staying in USA?
    Please reply.
    Kind regards,
    Ahsan Habib
    Dhaka, Bangladesh

    • IanScott April 23, 2016 at 1:10 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,

  91. Luciano Nardi April 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Hello, I am Brazilian with Italian citizenship as well as my 15 years old son. I am planning to start a company in Florida as maintenance products distribution investing from USD 150K to 300K. From what I already researched I believe I should not have issues to get the E2 visa. My question is when my son gets to 21 years old, to avoid him to have to leave USA, can my company hire him or he become a 50% shareholder of the company having his own E2 Visa issued? Thanks!

  92. Lalo April 12, 2016 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian.
    I am industrial engineer in Mexico, I have 60k USD to invest in a diesel truck repair shop in California. Actually I have found the shop and the owner is willing to sell it to me. This shop has been running for about 10 years. I am single, so if approved e2 visa, I will go alone. My question is, considering the type of this business, my amount is considered substantial?

    Best regards

    • IanScott April 12, 2016 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. This could be acceptable but the amount is a bit on the low side. I would suggest setting up a one hour consultation to discuss. Kind regards,

  93. Mirko April 7, 2016 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    In a few weeks I am going to apply for an E2 visa.
    I have a sole member LLC and the investment is about $ 80000 of wich 60000 from my funds in Italy and 20000 from a Us backer. Is that ok with the e2 visa requirement?

    • IanScott April 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      The E-2 has a number of requirements and you are required to meet them all. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation with you to assess your case and offer legal advice. Please let us know if you would like to set something up.

      Kind regards,

      • Mirko April 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

        How one hour consultation work?

  94. Khalid Hossain April 6, 2016 at 7:48 am - Reply

    If I start a business under E2 visa, can my spouse apply for a Green card ? If yes, how long it will take to have the Green card ?

    • IanScott April 6, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. If your wife is eligible for a green card category, she can apply for a green card while you have an E-2 visa.

      Kind regards,

  95. Greg April 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I am a Canadian working to get /e2 an E2 visa.
    Our planning to rent a retail /wholesale store to sell woman’s goods from a third country.

    We want to invest initially 60k. Is it possible to obtain a E2 visa?

    If E2 visa/business plan will be done by your firm, how much it will cost?

  96. Linda April 5, 2016 at 3:49 am - Reply

    I am on an L2 visa and I am a Peruvian citizen. I see Peru is not on the list of countries mentioned. Is there an exception or another sort of visa? We have the money to invest just feel we would be having limitations with my husband´s L1. Example: My husband´s L1 expires and no renewals by his company, I asume I would have to close my business, correct?

    Thanks

    • IanScott April 9, 2016 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      Hello,
      No exception for countries no on the E-2 list. You could consider an EB-5 visa though if you have over $500,000 to invest.

  97. Naz April 4, 2016 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    myself and my family are E2 Visa holder. I am the main visa holder with my wife and kids as dependants.

    the employers I work for paid for our visa application process and our frlight to the USA.

    my question is, if I decided to quit my job and take my family back to the USA, is there any legal obligation as per the E2 treaty for them to pay for our flight back?

    • IanScott April 4, 2016 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      While this exists for some visas (eg. H-1B), I do not believe this exist for E-2.

      Regards,

  98. Peter Sham April 2, 2016 at 10:49 am - Reply

    My services company is already operating from Pakistan for a Federal Govt Agency of the United States and is also currently under contract and we have a very good amount of services trade between us for the last five years which is around 1.5 million, and which is expected to continue in the coming years hopefully.

    What is the best option for me to obtain a green card ?

    • IanScott April 2, 2016 at 8:04 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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  99. Federico April 2, 2016 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Good evening. Can I apply to get an E-2 VISA investing 100.000 USD in a new company, and at the same time open a new company selling my consulting services (like 1099)?

    Thanks.

    • IanScott April 2, 2016 at 2:56 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us.. $100,000 could be sufficient for an E-2 visa and the actual investment amount depends on the business and other factors. You can only work at the E-2 business so you would not be able to set up an additional business but you could perhaps include that business in your initial plan. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.

      Kind regards,

  100. Louise Shiels April 1, 2016 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian, I’m from the UK and I’m interested in purchasing an old run down property with some land and running it as a vacation rental business out there. The property I’m looking at is small and there’s currently only one building but there’s 5 acres of land so real potential for growth. I would like to add more cabin style buildings and create a kind of glamping style vacation rental space on the land. The initial property is cheap at about $50,000 but obviously I would spend more fixing it up. I’m wondering if I would qualify for the E2 with this business? I also run a sound healing practice practice and would like to build a small studio where people could come and experience holistic therapies but that would be a bit later down the line. Looking forward to hearing what you think, thanks,

    • IanScott April 2, 2016 at 2:57 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation to discuss your business idea and see if it would fit an E-2 visa. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

    • IanScott April 2, 2016 at 8:05 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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  101. Gabriel Kenneth March 30, 2016 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Hello Ian

    My wife is an italian citizen and I am Brazilian. Italy is part of the E2 treaty but brazil is not. So here are the questions:

    1) Is it possible to do the E2 process under her name although I made most of the earnings ? Would our child and I be able to get papers as well ?

    2) We already have a case at the INS, for family visa, under the F3 category, would we be denied the E2 visa because of it ?

    Thanks

    • IanScott March 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. If you gift your wife the funds, it does not matter who earned them. Your children up to age 21 would also get an E-2 visa but would not be able to work. This should not impact the case (but it could) as long as the priority date is in the far future.

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

      Kind regards,

  102. Hassan March 28, 2016 at 6:41 am - Reply

    For Pakistani e2 visa is signal entry or multiple entry.

    • IanScott March 28, 2016 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Multiple entry and visa is issued for up to 5 years.

  103. B March 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Let’s say if I make a 40,000 investment to buy 50% of a business. and I would make additional amounts of investments ( 10K ) to Renovate remodel and all that good stuff. Is that considered to be part of the investment from an immigration stand point ?

    Also, If I would apply for the visa and the only mean to support myself is thru a decent paycheck based on the hours that I work ( for now, until the business starts making profits which might take 3-4 years to do so ) , assuming I get pregnant and need to take some extended time off ( maternity before and after the baby delivery which will effect the ” marginal “factor to support my self . How will immigration view this when it comes to renewal of the E2?

    • IanScott March 25, 2016 at 8:44 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.. Here is our 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 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,

  104. Trumpit March 25, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Hello
    I was thinking of purchasing a Florida gas station and C Store and would be putting aprox 180k into it with cash I have on hand. Can I open an American Company to own it . Get a local business number and federal tax number . If I had a general manager look after operations and employee’s and make sure all my taxes are remitted , then would I even need a E2 Visa.
    I am a Canadian citizen. thank you

    • IanScott March 25, 2016 at 8:51 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.. Here is our brochure. What you have suggested would be fine for an E-2 visa and you can buy or start a corporation without a visa but you would not be able to work until the visa.

      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 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,

  105. Samer March 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Dear sir

    Ii have E2 visa, how can bring my family from Jordan? How i can submit visa for my family.

    • IanScott March 25, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Certainly and we would be happy to help with the visa.

      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.. Here is our 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 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,

  106. Nadine March 21, 2016 at 3:56 am - Reply

    I am a e-2 visa holder how can I apply earn income tax credit for my kids?

  107. Peter March 18, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    When I say partner, its a business partner and not spouse/family

  108. Peter March 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Dears, Im from Brazil and my partner from Germany, a treaty country. If we do a 50/50 partnership, will I be eligible for e2 visa too? Awaiting urs. Tks.

  109. MAYO ALEJANDRO VEGA March 14, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    I am a british citizen (born in England, 1970) who lives in Guatemala, central america for 14 years. I am married to a guatemalan women and have 5 children, all under 21 years of age (14, 11, 6, 4 & 1); My mother (73) is a US citizen and my sister (40) was born in the USA and has a psycology practice in New York. My father is from Nicaragua so I have also the nicaraguan citizenship.

    I invested $50K in an industrial cleaning equipment from a dallas based company (Stripco Soda Blasting) in April 2014 to develop a business in Guatemala. Due to high altitude, extreme humidity and dew point related technical issues I could never managed to run the equipment efficiently, it just would not work in the central american region.

    I decided that needed to send back my equipment to the USA but the company from which Inbought it would not accept the machine back, therefore I been thinking about starting a “soda blasting service” business in Florida since these equipments work perfectly in US climate, market is already knowledgable about this cleaning technology and stimulated by the amount of companies that offer this service.
    I am currently registering an LLC to comply with tax and legal US requirements but definetly my company would need my execution and management to develop.

    Do you think I will be eligible for an E-2 Visa?

    • IanScott March 14, 2016 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Hello..the E-2 for a UK national, is only permitted if the UK national lives in the UK.. Do you have another passport?

  110. Angelica March 13, 2016 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    I am the spouse of an E2 Holder visa.. it’s almost been one year.. I need to renew it.. I’m from Mexico, do I need to go to Cd. Juarez or can I renew it online? Thank you!

    • IanScott March 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      There is not an online renewal process. YOu would have to extend status here or to to a consulate. Please contact us if you would like us to assist with the process.

      Kind regards,

  111. Angelica March 13, 2016 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Hello.. I am the spouse of an E2 Holder visa.. it’s almost been one year.. I need to renew it.. I’m from Mexico, do I need to go to Cd. Juarez or can I renew it online? Thank you!

  112. Bruno February 23, 2016 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    Once the e2 visa is granted can I start investing in other businesses to diversify my investments?
    If yes, do they have to be only passive investments or can also be active (only part of my time).

    Thank you.

    Kind regards,

    Bruno

    • IanScott March 14, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The answer depends. If the investments are for passive investments, that is fine. If you are investing in another company, you would need work authorization or to expand the E-2 visa. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  113. Yousaf February 17, 2016 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Hello sir…please tell of the transfer of money from Pakistan to the United states for E/2 visa…

    • IanScott February 17, 2016 at 2:43 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.. Here is our 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 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,

  114. Muhammad February 14, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I am British National. Can I invest the money for E2 visa alongwith my friend and both can be granted the visa(including families)?

  115. Ross February 11, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian,
    I have been looking at businesses for sale in phoenix, AZ and there has been a few pool cleaning business. And there all around $60,000-$120,000. So my question is would a investment in this region be classed as “substantial”? Also I will be buying a business not starting my own.

    Thanks, Ross.

  116. falah February 5, 2016 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    If for example i am in usa of b1 b2 visa,
    Is there a possibility that can i convert my status to E2 or can invest there by being there only?

    • IanScott February 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Yes. You can file for a change of status while in the U.S.. This requires additional explanation so we recommend setting up a consultation.

      Kind regards,

  117. Alex February 4, 2016 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    My E2 will expire in two month and I’m not going to renew , how long I have to stay y my country before I come back again with tourist visa .
    Thanks

    • IanScott February 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. There is no set time to remain in your home country and you can apply for a B visa once you return. You will have to convince the consular officer that you are no longer running the business and that you plan to return to your home country after the trip.

  118. Sherman Robles February 3, 2016 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    My brother in law is here on an E2 visa and he just sold his business. How does he have to purchase or open another business to maintain his E2 status?

    • IanScott February 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. If your brother is here on an E-2 investor visa then his status terminates when the business is sold. He should contact a lawyer immediately to avoid significant issues in the future. Kind regards,

  119. Mukesh rally January 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Complete knowledge about E2 visa as I want to set up a new business with minimum investment

    • IanScott January 24, 2016 at 7:45 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,

  120. Rony slewa January 21, 2016 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Hi I have hairdresser business in newzealand and I want to go to usa to open business in usa and get e2 visa thanks

    • IanScott January 24, 2016 at 7:45 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,

  121. Ashwin January 17, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    I have one question my son is 15 years old studying in uk, i am british citizen . What about my son study fees will be same as us citizen or international student? I am thinking about e2 visa

    • IanScott January 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The answer would really depend on the school and you would have to check with them. If you would like more information on the E-2 visa, we would be happy to help.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

  122. Anand Mahesh January 10, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Dear Scot,

    I am a British Citizen running my own business for last 14 years in London, thinking of expanding into USA, our business has changed in the recent past due to various policies of the country, therefore, we had to change our business model to suite to our clients all over the world and the right place to offer services from is USA.

    Though, we have considered EB5 initially, but considering the long delays, speculative investment with REGIONAL CENTRES where the principal amount as well as lifting the conditions on GREEN CARD at the end of second year is alarming and can lead to life changing events should we fail to obtain the GREEN CARD, Wondering whether we can go on E2 and establish the business in the meantime my spouse can locally (while we stay in USA) apply for EB5 $ 1 Million Dollar Scheme where we operate our business rather than investing into Regional Schemes. Do we qualify for EB5 in that case and whether we can take the bank loan to cover $ 1 million investment?

    • IanScott January 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. An E-2 visa is certainly an option and also an L visa may be an option. You can apply for a green card through the EB-5 program with both of these visas but the L visa would permit entering and exiting the U.S. while the petition was outstanding. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation to discuss.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Kind regards,

      • Anand Mahesh January 10, 2016 at 7:39 pm - Reply

        Thank you Scot, We can arrange a meeting to discuss this further either on the phone or skype as per your convenience. Can the main applicant on E2/L1 is eligible or have permission to take up a contracting role in IT while the dependent can run the business?

        • IanScott January 11, 2016 at 11:29 pm - Reply

          Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation to to over the E-2 visa. It is possible but we would need more information.

          Kind regards,

  123. Mohamed January 9, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    My sistet and her husband have Green card and he work as medical Eng. If he open small book shop or supetmarket can he send for me visa to work in this shop im from Egypt and im front office manager in five stars hotel 36 years old

    • IanScott January 10, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Please contact us if you would like to set up a paid consultation to discuss visa options. Kind regards,

  124. Abu S January 8, 2016 at 4:04 am - Reply

    I am on E2 visa now with a restaurant. I want to sell my current restaurant and buy another business, either a restaurant or something else. Do I need to inform uscis or apply again? I am keeping my LLC same and selling my dba.

    • IanScott January 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You likely do have to inform USCIS but I do not have enough information to conclude. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation at your convenience to discuss this further. Kind regards,

  125. Bunty January 6, 2016 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Hi, I’m a Canadian citizen who bought a farm in California last year. If I wanted to run this farm and move down there to do so, would I need to get a E2 visa and how would I be able to also take my family along with me?

  126. Mohamad December 23, 2015 at 3:43 am - Reply

    Hi , Please let me know if it is possible to change single entry for E2 visa when have already entered to USA?
    Regards

    • IanScott December 23, 2015 at 5:28 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You are able to change status from one non immigrant category to another once you enter the U.S.. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation to discuss e-2 visas. Kind regards,

  127. Nasser December 19, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Dear Sir,

    As an American citizen, I am planning with my Canadian veterinarian friend, who is on TN visa in California, purchasing a veterinary clinic as partner. Is there any limitation based of his TN visa for such partnership here in the USA? He as Canadian can apply for a loan from American banks or not?

    With best regards,

    nasser

  128. abdulrazak December 11, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Dear sir I looking to invest between 10000 to 15000 us dollar in us I have orady visa b1/b2 and I want to change to e2 visa my citizenship Jordan and I live in Kuwait it’s possible to get es visa ?

    • IanScott December 11, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Hello,
      You should be looking at spending around $15,000 and at least $35,000 in working capital in terms of investment amount and even that amount is low. Please contact if you would like to set up a consultation to discuss.

      Kind regards,

      • abdulrazak December 11, 2015 at 11:59 pm - Reply

        I am sorry the amount 100000 to 150000 us

  129. amin December 11, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Hi..

    does anyone have information visa E1?
    I’M From iran and I wana fill form to request e1 visa (I wana trade).does this visa issue for Iranian people?

    regards

    • IanScott December 11, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to help you. You would be eligible for an E visa and we can assist with this. Please contact us to set up a one hour consultation to further discuss.

      Kind regards,

  130. Fast Seif December 3, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Should the business plan which I will submit early in my documents to get E2 visa will match with the actual business l going to do there? I mean if after getting E2 visa on a business like drug store was not easy to do there, so may l change to another business like running a gas station?

    • IanScott December 4, 2015 at 4:18 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. A change in the business is possible but requires explanation. Please contact us to set up a on hour consultation so that we can give you legal advice. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards,

  131. JoeScott November 23, 2015 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Hi there,

    I’m currently work in the US under an E2 visa. I’m planning to start my own firm here in the US. Is there a way to transfer my visa to my new business?

    Thanks!

  132. Ari Olavuo November 19, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Hi!

    I’m from Finland and considering to build up Car service and workshop to Florida. Idea is to make a professional service and we have worked in numerous workshops and inspection stations. I have a degree for car mechanic and a degree from university of applied sciences for car engineering.

    How is that possible?

  133. Karmen Guerra November 10, 2015 at 12:27 am - Reply

    If our E2 Visa expires December 16, do I have to wait until December 16 to renew it, or can I start the process now?

    • IanScott November 10, 2015 at 12:32 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You should start the process now if you want to have the visa renewed by December 16th. Also, after that date, consulates slow down due to the holidays. Please contact us if you would like assistance with us.

      Thanks,

  134. Ahmed Ibrahim November 6, 2015 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    I am from Egypt and nowadays i am in the US having a B1/B2 visa and want to convert it to E2 visa knowing that i will invest 30000 USD in a books selling company that have two stores and will open a third one in a month period and in which i will fully operate , the net profit of one store is approximately 50000 equivalent to 40% margin, so does this investment support me in having the E2 visa.
    thx

    • IanScott November 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      This investment amount is likely too low. The investment needs to be substantial so you should be at least $50,000 if processing a change of status. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.

  135. Md wadud ahmed October 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I came here usa 2 years earlier as an visitor, than I filed asylum case but I married an us citizen than my lawyer close my asylum case for filling marriage base green card visa. Unfortunately our marriage gone bad and we are separate now and I didn’t file for green card. Literally I’m now in no status but my lawyer told me that I could back in asylum. Now my question is that at my condition is that possible to get E2 visa cause me and my uncle bought a convenient store and I invest there. Please let me know.

    • IanScott October 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would really need additional information as your case is a complicated one. If you wish to set up a consultation, we would be happy to do that so that we can give you proper legal advice. We look forward to hearing from you.

      Kind regards,

  136. John October 27, 2015 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Hello
    Sir

    I m Canadian. I know pretty much abt E2, I am buying franchise restaurant and I know I need some kind of letter from franchise but they says I have to have E2 before I apply for franchise. Without that letter I can’t get E2. In this situation what should I do? I mean should I take risk?

    • IanScott October 27, 2015 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us and for calling us today. We would really have to see the franchise agreement. Most franchises understand that you need to have the franchise or at least have firm commitment for the franchise in order to get the E-2 visa. Once you hire a lawyer, the lawyer can speak to the franchise and explain the process. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  137. Ilesh October 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Hello
    Sir

    I m Canadian. I know pretty much abt E2, I am buying franchise restaurant and I know I need some kind of letter from franchise but they says I have to have E2 before I apply for franchise. Without that letter I can’t get E2. In this situation what should I do? I mean should I take risk?

  138. sherzod Khodjimatov October 23, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am from Canada, I am planning to open used cars dealership with 60000 investment, does it count? Or an autoshop for same investment?

    • IanScott October 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. That should work for an E2 and we would be happy to go over the facts and circumstances in a consultation.

      Please contact us if you would like to set something up.

      Kind regards,

  139. Shahid Hussain Shera October 20, 2015 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Dear Sir,
    My question is – place of interview after submission of a business plan i.e Pakistan or USA.
    If Pakistan, is it necessary for the US attorney to come over to Pakistan and attend client’s interview with the US embassy.
    If USA, under what visa would I be allowed to visit USA i.e B1.
    To apply for the visa, would I need an invitation letter from the US business targeted to be acquired?
    Thank you.

  140. Migena Ergun October 16, 2015 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Good morning,

    I live in Turkey but my parents live in USA and they are US citizens. Now I’m under F3 process but it will take min 6 years more to be approved. At the same time I have a B1/B2 valid visa. I want to come next year in USA with my turist visa and convert it in E2 visa making an investment. I think to invest smth like 75.000$ in a Turkish style restaurant. Do you think I have a chance to take the E2 visa? Can I apply for E2 visa beeing under F3 process? Is E2 visa multiple entry? so during the period I hold E2 visa can I leave and return to USA?

    thank you

    • IanScott October 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      Hello. You are eligible for an E-2 visa and it is a multiple entry visa. Please contact us to set up a consultation to discuss your business idea and the E-2 visa. We would be happy to help. Kind regards,

  141. Amy October 12, 2015 at 3:06 am - Reply

    Hello, I am Korean and wouldo like to apply E2 visa. However my husband is Brazilian which is not a treaty country for E2 visa and our fund is from Brazil. Can I still apply for E2???

    • IanScott October 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. You can apply for an E-2 visa using your Korean passport. An E-2 spousal visa does not require the same passport as the investor so there is no issue that your spouse if from Brazil. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  142. armin October 11, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Hi

    Can I change my f1 visa to e2 Visa if yes how much I have to invest (am looking for really low mount of it) if no can I open an restaurant and have employees there ?thanks

    • IanScott October 12, 2015 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Yes. you can change status from F-1 to E-2. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.

      Kind regards,

  143. Muhammad Fahad Hassan October 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Dear Ian Scott,

    I want to know what documents will be need to bring at the time of interview for E2 investor visa.

    And also provide me at which states i could get a gas station within $150000 investment.

    I shall be very thankful to you if you answer my query.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Fahad Hassan

    • IanScott October 9, 2015 at 8:45 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,

  144. Robson September 30, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    I ‘ m from Brazil. I am interested in E2 visa but Brazil do not make part of treaty and not eligible for this visa.

    My mom, has a american citizenship because she married with an american. I know about F3 VISA Third preference, but this kind of visa generally waste 8 years to obtain.

    My question, in this my scenario are there any possibility to immigrate with visa E2, with any sponsorship through my mother ?

    My mom doesnt have funds to prove a sponsorship for me because she is retired.

    My idea is open a Gas Station in Orlando or West Florida – ClearWater, Sarasota, Tampa, etc. for this plan I have an amount of US$ 150.000,00.

    I research about E2 visa and found about Argentina which has a treaty for E2. Argentina is integrant of Mercosul and it is not difficult to obtain a Temporary Residence and DNI. It is sufficient to apply for E2 Visa ?

    I hope hear about any suggestion.

    Thanks in advance.

    Best regards
    Robson Minjoro

    • IanScott September 30, 2015 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      It does not look like an E-2 visa would be an option for you until you have nationality from a treaty country. This is defined as having a passport from the country. Eg. Argentina.

      Kind regards,

  145. Haitham alzoubi September 30, 2015 at 7:42 am - Reply

    I want to change my visa from b2 to e2.I have $ 60000.

    • IanScott September 30, 2015 at 12:56 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,

  146. Amy September 18, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Hi there. Does an E2 visa cancel a B1/ B2 visa? My E2 visa expired in 2013, but my B1/B2 visa is still valid until 2018. Can I still travel as a tourist to the US of A? Many thanks,

    Amy

    • IanScott September 18, 2015 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. It really depends. The E-2 should not impact the green card but it may be tough to get an E-2 visa issued if you have a green card petition outstanding. It will depend on the nature of the petition. For example, if it is a sibling petition that was filed with a long wait, then the E-2 may still be issued. Please set up a consultation to discuss further. Kind regards,

  147. Shahid Hussain Shera September 18, 2015 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Dear Sir,
    Can someone,who has already applied for a green card, become an E2 applicant without jeopardizing the green card process. In other words, can the green card process move on in parallel with the E2 application.
    Shahid Shera

  148. Faisal September 15, 2015 at 12:51 am - Reply

    I live in the US as a permanent resident and a friend of mine lives in Pakistan. If we can start a business together for say 50/50 then will he be eligible for E2 visa or he has to have 51% ownership to get E2 visa or both partners must be outside of US to be eligible to get E2.

    • IanScott September 15, 2015 at 1:13 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The 50/50 partnership arrangement you have outlined is fine for an E-2 visa. If you have additional legal questions, please feel free to set up a consultation with us. Kind regards,

  149. Brad September 13, 2015 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Hello,
    I have been a employed plumber since I was 16 and have wanted to move to the us since I was 14. I have been thinking of starting a plumbing business here in the uk for a while and when I came across this visa I thought could I ether buy or start a plumbing business in ether California or florida and get a e2 visa. So my question I would this be eligible for the e2 visa?
    Thanks.

    • IanScott September 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. An E-2 visa is certainly an option for you. I have attached our E-2 visa brochure here. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.

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

      Kind regards,

      • Brad September 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

        Thank you so Much for your help, I’m glad to hear that this could be the visa that will let me live my dream. If I decide to hire you will you be able to help me with the whole prossess including the bussiness plan?
        Thanks.

        • IanScott September 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm - Reply

          Certainly. We can process your E-2 visa and also offer the service of developing a business plan and setting up the business entity. Please contact us to set up a consultation. You can reach us at 212-223-2964 or by email info@legalservicesincorporated.com

        • IanScott September 13, 2015 at 4:55 pm - Reply

          Certainly. We can process your E-2 visa and also offer the service of developing a business plan and setting up the business entity. Please contact us to set up a consultation with one of our E-2 lawyers. You can reach us at 212-223-2964 or by email info@legalservicesincorporated.com

  150. james September 11, 2015 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Hello, can you still get a e2 visa if you have no bussiness experiance? Thanks and i found your website very helpful and answers many of my questions.

  151. Abdullah Alyamani September 9, 2015 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Hello,

    Im looking to start up a business and apply for E-2 visa. but Im from Saudi Arabia and I didnt find my country under the list on scott legal services. doest that mean this is impossible for me ??

    Thank you

    • IanScott September 9, 2015 at 1:32 am - Reply

      Hello,

      Saudi Arabia is not a Treaty country. An L visa may be an option if you have a business outside of the U.S. or an EB-5 visa if you have $500,000 or $1,000,000 to invest. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.

      Kind regards,

  152. Beatriz September 8, 2015 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Hello Mr Scott. Thanks for your time.
    I am planing to buy a small ice cream store,(kiosk) in a small mall. Actually it has 2 USA employeees. The cost is 50000$. I think remodeling and incorporated new equipment. The final investment will be around 100.000$. I am spanish woman.
    Do you think that it is enough for my visa E2? In this way, how much is the cost for your services?
    Kind regards,

    • IanScott September 8, 2015 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you. I sent you a brochure that lists all of our services and fees and also comments on your case.

      Thanks,

  153. FARAZ September 8, 2015 at 7:44 am - Reply

    hi scott,

    I am a frequent traveler to USA and has a valid B1/B2 visa till 2018. can I apply for my E2 visa while visiting USA.

    • IanScott September 8, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      The short answer is Yes. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  154. Mahesh Kumar September 7, 2015 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    I wanted to start business over there plz let me know about all the details and ur fees also

    • IanScott September 7, 2015 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      Certainly. I will send an email to your account with our brochure. Please let me know if you would like to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers. Kind regards,

  155. Paul September 1, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Hi. I am looking to buy an e2 business in Florida. What is the minimum investment if my son and I were to buy the business as 50/50 partners?

    • IanScott September 1, 2015 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      We would be happy to help you. This arrangement would be fine for an E-2. Please let me know if you would like to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers. We would be happy to help.

      Kind regards,

  156. Umer August 31, 2015 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    hi, I am from Pakistan, with investment of 200k can i apply for EB5 or E2 is best option.

    • IanScott September 8, 2015 at 10:26 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,

  157. Umer August 31, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I am from Pakistan, could you please guide me what is the best option between E2 and EB5 for me if I have an investment of 200k.

    • IanScott September 8, 2015 at 10:26 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,

  158. shanila shafaq August 30, 2015 at 4:10 am - Reply

    I want to get a E2 visa in usa and want to by a business like ups store does its a good thing that i can buy with the low investment of 30.000 plz reply me and can i apply for the green card on this business thanks

    • IanScott August 31, 2015 at 3:58 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,

  159. Arslan Saleem August 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    hi dear,
    i’m from Pakistan.I just want to know that $50,000 is enough for E-2 Investor visa or not?? thanx
    Regards!
    Arslan Saleem

    • IanScott August 28, 2015 at 5:55 am - Reply

      Hello, It really depends on the business. For a change in status in the U.S., it could be enough. It would be best to set up a consultation to walk through the details.
      Kind regards,

    • Muhammad June 23, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

      I am Pakistan national. I have 4 kids under 17 years. We all have b1/b2 visa’s till 20019. We want to apply for e2 visa. We can apply during our stay in US.

      • IanScott June 26, 2016 at 5:34 am - Reply

        Yes, you can apply when you are in the U.S.. We would be happy to help you so please feel free to contact us to set up a one hour consultation. Kind regards,

  160. Mariana August 22, 2015 at 1:57 am - Reply

    Hello, I saw your answer above about Brazilian and italian citizenship, just have one doubt do I need to go out of USA to ask for the E2? I did entry in USA with my brazilian passport and received my Italian passport in MIAMI. My I-94 is in my brazilian passport…

    • IanScott August 22, 2015 at 2:02 am - Reply

      Hello, You can apply for an E-2 in your home country or from the U.S.. Most do it from through consular processing in their home country. Kind regards,

  161. Many August 18, 2015 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Hi there i would like to ask regarding the E2 visa. we are currently in doha and we are having a Philippine passport. my wife and i would like to open a company in the united states. once the E2 visa approve do we need to go to the US consulate in Doha or in the Philippines to get it stamp?

    thanks for your assistance.

    • IanScott August 18, 2015 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      You can usually go to the Consulate and apply for the E-2 in the country you live in. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.

      Kind regards,

  162. Phill August 7, 2015 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Hi I’m relating to someone else’s question on here witch is do you need business experience for this visa? And if so is there any way you can get a approval if you don’t have any previous business experience? Thank you.

    • IanScott August 8, 2015 at 2:25 am - Reply

      Yes..business experience is helpful but not required.

  163. Sebastian August 5, 2015 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Hello i am from Ecuador i get to USA with a b1/b2 visa and I extend my visa for 6 more moths i haven’t receive any letter of approval or denied , and i want to apply for a E2 visa i have some questions
    1 Can i apply to the E2 visa from USA
    2 My fianse and an i we are going to get married here in the USA she is from Ecuador too, she will get the E2 visa as well??
    I gona buy a restaurant with tree frnachises Blimpie, Surf City and Ranch One the restaurant is 20,000 and the frnachise fee is 15,000, i will have to spend 15000 more in equipment advertisement.

    • IanScott August 5, 2015 at 12:33 am - Reply

      Hello, you can apply for an E-2 visa but you should contact us immediately if you would be out of status if the B1/B2 extension was denied. Your spouse could get an E-2 visa when you are married. Please contact us to set up a consultation if you have additional questions.

  164. amira August 3, 2015 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Can i buy a gas station and hire someone to run it because i have work in another country …. I dont want to stay in usa … I want to start the work and move to usa after 3 years

    • IanScott August 3, 2015 at 1:42 am - Reply

      Hello,
      Anyone can buy a business in the U.S. and have others run it. This should be planned carefully though if you are visiting the U.S. after you purchase the business. Buying a business does not require a visa but working in the U.S. does. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us for a consultation. Kind regards,

  165. Jord August 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Hello,I have just read someone else’s post on here about renewing a e2 visa but didn’t really understand it,so can you renew without leaving the usa?

    • IanScott August 2, 2015 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      Yes, you can renew as many times as you like without leaving the U.S. but if you leave the U.S. after a renewal, you would have to be re-approved at the consulate. The approval in the U.S. is not a “visa” but rather an extension of status.

  166. Paul August 1, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Hi are personal secured loans a elidgeable source of funds for the e2 visa and will I be able to use all the loan to buy the bussiness without using my own money? Thanks Paul.

    • IanScott August 1, 2015 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      Hello and thank you for contacting us. A personal secured loan is fine as long as the loan is secured with personal assets (not the assets of the business). Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

      • Paul August 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the reply.iam a homeowner where I live now so if I secured it on that would that be eligable? And how would I give proof of the funds if I got it from a loan company? And if it is from a loan company could I still use the loan for the full investment? Thanks.

        • IanScott August 1, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply

          Thank you. Yes. that would be eligible. For further questions, please feel free to set up a consultation at your convenience. Our $250 fee is applied towards your final bill if you decide to hire us. Kind regards,

  167. Sunny July 31, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    If an E-2 visa holder’s business has proven to be marginal, and now the USCIS is asking for data before proceeding to renew his visa, can he present a new business plan for an entirely new venture?

    The old or existing business just did not work.

    But the E-2 investor has another business plan, in a completely unrelated area of business, which is much more promising. In fact they have started making good money on this new venture. Will the USCIS renew his E-2 visa if they find that this new business plan could work?

    • IanScott July 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Your question is a complicated one and we welcome the opportunity to set up a one hour consultation with you to discuss. Our consultation fee is $250. Please let me know if you would like to go ahead with this. Kind regards,

  168. Sara July 29, 2015 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Hi
    Regarding E2 visa , can investor get visa for her / his key employers as well ? And they should apply at the same time as investor ?
    Thank you

    • IanScott July 29, 2015 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      Yes. An E-2 visa can be E-2 investor, E-2 employee or E-2 dependent. It is best to apply for them at the same time but not required. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation.

  169. Lee July 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Hi there I have just read your post on the loans for e2 visas and thought if I got a loan of say $150,000 could I use all of that money to buy a bussiness or has some of it got to come out of my own money?

    • IanScott July 27, 2015 at 12:11 am - Reply

      Hello,
      If it is a loan for the full amount of the investment, it should be secured against personal property. Please let us know if you would like to set up a consultation if you have any questions.

      Kind regards,

      • Lee July 27, 2015 at 7:59 am - Reply

        Oh okay so I will have to get a secured loan of like I said of about $150,000-$200,000 and I get buy a business using just the loan and non of my money. Could you please tell me how much your consultations are,thanks

        • IanScott July 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

          Hello, We charge $250 for a consultation but we apply that amount towards your final bill if you hire us so it could be free. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

          • Lee July 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm

            Okay thank you for your help I will look into it.

  170. Simon. July 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Hi I am from the U.K. and was looking at buying a convenience store/gas station in orlando FL. How likely is it to get approved the visa through a convenience store etc. thanks Simon.

    • IanScott July 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      We have processed E-2 visas for gas/stations and convenience stores. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers. Kind regards,

  171. Si July 25, 2015 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Hi I am from the U.K. and was looking at buying a convenience store/gas station in orlando FL. How likely is it to get approved the visa through a convenience store etc. thanks Simon.

  172. jeff July 25, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Hello,
    I have already an E2 visa.
    I always go to the usa for business but this time, I will go for holiday.
    Can I come with the e2 visa or do i need to take an esta as well?
    Thanks,

    • IanScott July 25, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      E-2 is fine for tourism as I assume you are still in valid E-2 status. If your E-2 status is no longer valid (ie. you do not work for the employer or the company does not exist), you should get another visa.

  173. Garry July 23, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Hi I was thinking of trying to buy a gas station/convinience store in the USA and wanted to ask how much would you say would be a “substantial” amount to buy one with. Thank you,gary

    • IanScott July 23, 2015 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      It depends on the business and how much it costs to get the business up and running. See our article here that discusses investment amount.

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/how-large-does-an-investment-have-to-be-for-an-e-2-visa/

      • Garry July 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm - Reply

        Hello, I have seen a number in the orlando area (where I would like to live) and many of them seem to be between $60,000-$100,000 mark to buy.

        • IanScott July 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm - Reply

          That could be reasonable..would depend on the post you are applying at and the other aspects of the application. Please feel free to schedule a consultation if you have further questions.

          Kind regards,

          • Garry July 24, 2015 at 7:13 am

            Okay thank you for your help.

  174. Andy lawson July 23, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Hi there say if I was on my first e2 visa and it was for 2 years after the 2 years has expired and I want to get a extention on my visa so I can stay do I have to leve the us and extend it back home or can I stay in the USA while I renew my visa? Thanks.

    • IanScott July 23, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

      You can renew here through an extension of status or you can go back to your consulate. The documentation that is required is generally the same but the consulate will issue a visa so you can leave and enter the country.

      • Andy lawson July 23, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply

        Right so I can stay in the USA and renew it the there rather than go back home and do it there?

        • IanScott July 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm - Reply

          You can renew here through an extension of status or you can go back to your consulate. The documentation that is required is generally the same but the consulate will issue a visa so you can leave and enter the country.

  175. Jacob July 21, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Hi.
    As an E2 investor…

    Can a none US buy a land in Denver and build a condos building to rent them out?

    Jacob

    • IanScott July 21, 2015 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      An investor that is not a U.S. person can buy property and rent it as long as he/she is not working in the U.S..

  176. Dave Ramsey July 19, 2015 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Hello I was thinking of buying a pool company in the Orlando area and wanted to know would this type of bussiness be eligible for the e2 visa. And how much would be a reasonable loan for me to get for this type of bussiness thanks.

    • IanScott July 19, 2015 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Certainly. A pool company would be fine for an E-2 visa. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  177. Rane July 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    I am planning to purchase a gas station (lease or lease to own in USA). I am a Canadian citizen.

    I am thinking of buying it in Atlanta area where they have slot machine in the gas station. Would I be eligible for E2 visa with a budget of $85000 USD and am I also eligible to get liquor and gambling licence?

    Is there a minimum budget I need to have if above is not enough?
    Please advise.

    • IanScott July 14, 2015 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The amount could be fine for an E-2 visa depending on how much it costs to set up the business. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation to discuss further. Our consultation fee is $250 and that amount is applied towards your final bill should you decide to hire us.
      Kind regards,

  178. Cheria July 13, 2015 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Hi i m holding E2 visa dan the business sold out like 10 months ago. What should i do for that? and i m stil in USA now?

    • IanScott July 14, 2015 at 12:38 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. Your E-2 status ended the day the company was no longer an E-2 entity. As such, you may currently be out of status and accruing unlawful presence. You should consult with a lawyer to discuss options. After 180 days of unlawful presence, you are subject to a 3 year bar. Please contact us if you would like to set up a paid consultation. Kind regards,

  179. Sam July 11, 2015 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I’m a Canadian trying to stay in the US after Grad School.
    Is it possible to work and accumulate income outside the business you have invested in? Using the E2 as a type of work visa as well.

    Thanks

    • IanScott July 14, 2015 at 12:38 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,

  180. Alain July 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m a lebanese national and I know that it’s not on the treaty countries list, however I read on a forum that if I set up a 50/50 business partnership with an investor from the treaty countries then I will be eligible to apply for the E2 visa.
    Awaiting your kind response.
    Regards,
    Alain

    • IanScott July 14, 2015 at 12:39 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,

  181. Naveed Ahmed June 30, 2015 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    I would like to get E2 visa for my self and my family
    I am working as telecom subcontractor with US and French company Alcatel – Lucent can I start any different business I n USA
    Or I have to do the same as in Pakistan
    Regards

    • IanScott June 30, 2015 at 4:36 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,

  182. omar bandar June 27, 2015 at 12:13 am - Reply

    is the E2 visa multiple entries or it is only single entry ??

    • IanScott June 27, 2015 at 12:16 am - Reply

      An E-2 visa is usually multiple entry but it depends on the Country. For example, for Canada it is multiple entry, for Iran it is a single entry. You can check this using the reciprocity schedule published by the State Department.

      • omar bandar June 27, 2015 at 5:12 am - Reply

        WHAT ABOUT EGYPT ? SINGLE OR MULTIPLE

  183. Shailesh Acharya June 20, 2015 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Since my country Nepal ain’t in Trade list so is there any other provision for me coming to USA with my family ? I want to run Nepali Restaurant investing upto US$ 200000

    • IanScott June 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      You would need 500K for an EB-5 visa. Please contact us if you would like to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  184. Caitlin Kondrat May 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I am an American and my fiancé is working in the US with an E2 Visa. We are looking to buy a home with his name on the loan application (I am a stay at home mom). Is he able to get a mortgage with an E2 Visa if he meets the financial obligations required by the bank?

    • IanScott May 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      E-2 Visa holders do not have any restrictions regarding getting mortgages so should be able to get one without a problem. You will have to check with your bank but there is not any general restriction. Citibank for example, would give a person on an E-2 visa a mortgage. Kind regards,

  185. dalu May 9, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Dear sir,
    I am indian currently doing business here. I already have b1b2 visa for 10 years and visited US 6 months back. Can I convert my visa to E-2 visa and start a business there. Can I get any help from you

    • IanScott May 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      Nationals from India are not eligible for an E-2 visa. Do you have another passport?

  186. Silke May 7, 2015 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I am a German living in the UK, considering buying a ranch or farm in the US to start a holiday business.
    Where would I have to apply for an E2 Visa? In the UK (which is my permanent residence) or in Germany?

    • IanScott May 7, 2015 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      You could likely apply at either. London for sure and I don’t believe Frankfurt has a residency requirement.

      • Silke May 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm - Reply

        Thanks Ian.
        One more question. Since I’m thinking of buying a property to run the business on, do I have to buy it before I can apply for the visa? (Which would be a bit tricky I guess, in case it doesn’t go through.)

  187. Ben May 4, 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    im on an e2 visa and I just turned 21. I’m supposed to leave the country in September. Is there anything I can do so I don’t have to leave. I haven’t been home in almost 8years and wouldn’t know what to do. I’ve graduated high school. Can I apply for the DACA? Even though I came 1 month after the deadline

    • IanScott May 5, 2015 at 2:25 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would have to go over the facts and circumstances (including exact dates) to be able to help you. We could do this during a one hour consultation at your convenience.

  188. Seman May 3, 2015 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am wondering whether is a qualifying requirement for e-2 visa specifically relating to the degree/experience of the applicant? This would be in relation to the purchase of an existing business. I know that the biz has to meet the requirements but could my wife apply for the E-2 though she has been an homemaker for many years. Thanks for your help.

    • IanScott May 3, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Yes, you would be eligible based on what you have been written but the success would depend on the facts and circumstances of the business. Please let us know if you would like to set up a consultation. You can contact us at info@legalservicesincorporated.com

    • IanScott May 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      A degree is not a requirement for an E-2 visa. We would be happy to set up a consultation to go through your E-2 visa options. Please contact us at info@legalservicesincorporated.com

  189. Lucie May 3, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Hi,

    We are Egyptian having an american daughter, currently living in cairo, we plan to invest 100,000 in real estate, are we eligable for E2 visa ?

  190. Dev April 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Sorry for the typos in earlier comment.

    Dear Sir, thanks for providing this information. It is really helpful.
    I’m a Canadian citizen, seriously considering to go for E2 visa in the very near future. Currently I’m in the US on TN status working as management consultant cum data analyst. My background is in consulting, marketing research, data consulting and also in filmmaking. My educational background is both in engineering and in MBA. I have several achievements in my filmmaking career as well (Selections of my short films in prestigious film festivals and some media attention). I want to open a consulting company which can offer consulting services in data management, data processing, data analysis and market research etc. Under the same consulting company, I also want to offer film production/video production services as well. So, my question is, is that possible under E2 visa? I dont see any problem because I have skills and experience in both areas and I can offer that under one consulting/services company. Also, I believe that in some ways both fields are inter-related too (use of software and technical tools). What will be the minimum investment needed for this and how can your firm help me in this? Finally, is it possible to get this done as fast as possible-lets say in 2 months after I decide to go for this route? Thanks so much in advance!

    • IanScott April 30, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      Hello..I sent you an email with some answers. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards,

  191. Sleiman Najib April 6, 2015 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I am Canadian I have my E2 Visa since 17 month I have almost 3.5 years left on it .
    I need to know when I enter the USA under this visa do I have 5 years from the day I enter or I really have what is actually on the Visa.
    if so is there anyway to renew it so I can use the full 5 years period.
    also when I renew my I94 do they evaluate the business income & employment or they do it when I renew the visa
    Thanks

    • IanScott April 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The visa just governs your ability to enter and each time you enter on E-2 status you have 2 years that will be stamped on your I-94. We are happy to answer additional questions if you would like to set up a consultation with one of our lawyers. Kind regards,

      • Leila October 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm - Reply

        Hi
        For getting e2 visa , is it necessary to purchase or rent a bussinece befor going to U.S ?

        • IanScott October 26, 2016 at 2:52 am - Reply

          Thank you for contacting us. You must purchase or rent your business or be at the final stages of applying for an E-2 visa before you apply. Kind regards,

  192. sultan April 5, 2015 at 6:18 am - Reply

    I am under b1/b2 visa and would like to come USA and like to run a business under e2 visa. as far as I know, I have to show the fund / money to buy and run a business. but it is not easy to transfer money from my country. hence, while i come to USA, can I borrow money from my relatives staying in the USA and use this money officially to apply for e2 visa. thanks.

    • IanScott April 5, 2015 at 1:48 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.. You can borrow money to invest and obtain an E-2 visa but the explanation is a bit complicated so we can go over this more during a consultation.

      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. The consultation can be by phone, 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.

  193. imran March 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    How much do I need to invest to pass the proportionality test, For example, if the total cost of the business is 1,30,000 dollars would investment of 75,000 dollars be sufficient. Thanks for the help.

    • IanScott March 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The amount really depends. We have a blog post on investment amounts below. We would need the facts of the case to be able to comment further. 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).

      https://legalservicesincorporated.com/how-large-does-an-investment-have-to-be-for-an-e-2-visa/

      • imran April 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm - Reply

        Thanks for your detail response. Further, I would like to know the total fee to process an E2 application.
        thanks

  194. Nadar March 24, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Hello,
    I am US citizen. My brother is asylee in the US from Pakistan. His case is still pending. Since asylum takes long time and his children are stuck in Pakistan. Will E2 visa help him bring his children to the United States?
    Thanks
    Nadar

    • IanScott March 24, 2015 at 5:26 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.​

      Kind regards,

  195. Paul March 21, 2015 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Hello,

    My partner and I are considering bringing a successful UK franchised company to the US as our own entity (we have obtained a licensing agreement from the UK). I am already in the US and will look to raise investment here. This will likely lead to shares in the company being offered.

    Question 1. My partner and I will be even partners in this venture. If the investor receives shares in exchange for investment capital, my partner and I will own less than 50% each. e.g. 20% to the investor, 40% to myself and 40% to my partner – would this still satisfy the E2 requirements, and could we both obtain E2 status with this setup?

    Question 2. Can the capital obtained come from a US investor?

    Thanks,

    • IanScott March 21, 2015 at 1:05 am - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. The question is not straight forward and requires a fairly detailed explanation. I will give the short answer here though. The U.S. entity must be 50% owned by a member of a treaty country. Once that condition is satisfied, you can look at who can get visas. Visas can either be investor visas or employee visas. If investor visas, each investor must own 50%. If an E-2 investor with one E-2 employee (and you can do this even if the employee owns shares), then you can have a different mix. The control of the investors will also impact this analysis but there is not problem with the investors being U.S. investors. Please contact us if you have any further questions and we can set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers. You can contact us at info@legalservicesincorporated.com. Kind regards,

  196. roz March 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Hello,
    Me and my sister are from Israel, we are in the procces of getting Goergian passport. we are very intersted in the E2 visa program. we wanted to know if we invest together the amount can be 100k? or each one of us should invest 100k, total of 200k all together?
    Thank you for your answer.

    • IanScott March 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We regularly process E-2 visas and would be happy to help you. Although Israel is not an E-2 treaty country yet (expected very soon), you can use your Georgian passport and process the visa in Israel. For two investors, we recommend as high an investment as possible. There is no absolute number but you should aim for the $200K in your example. Please contact us at info@legalservicesincorporated.com if you would like to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers. Kind regards,

  197. jord fisher March 10, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Hello I live in the UK and want to get a e2 visa. Would it be possible for me to get a business loan in the usa instead of here in the UK and buy a cafe or something or can I not get a loan in the USA with living in the uk. Or would it be easier for me to get a loan here in the uk? Thanks

    • IanScott March 10, 2015 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for contacting us. A loan for E-2 is possible whether the loan is obtained in the UK or in the U.S.. You may have a tough time getting a loan in the U.S. without a credit history though. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers to further discuss. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards,

      • jord fisher March 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

        Okay thanks and 1 more thing would I be able to pay off the loan if I was living in the USA but got the loan from the UK?

        • IanScott March 18, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

          Yes.

  198. imran March 4, 2015 at 12:14 am - Reply

    what is the initial required investment for e2 visa. i am interested in investing in my brothers business which requires total of 100,000 investment. my share of investment would be 50,000 dollars which is half of the total investment. my questions is do i need to pay my share 50000 in one go or is it possible to pay initially 30,000 and after getting e2 visa invest the rest in the business?

    • IanScott March 4, 2015 at 12:38 am - Reply

      The investment amount depends on the business and the facts and circumstances. We have processed applications with investments of 50K but you may be able to use the 100K and then do an employee E-2. I recommend you set up a one hour consultation so we can give you legal advice. Please contact us at info@legalservicesincorporated.com if you would like to set something up. Kind regards,

  199. Alex February 23, 2015 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    I have amn E2 VISa and I would like to apply for the Green card EB-5.
    Can I go out from US for business / holidays during Green card Visa application process with my valid E2 VISA?

    Thank you

    • IanScott February 23, 2015 at 10:58 pm - Reply

      Hello. The short answer is yes. Please contact us to set up a one hour consultation to discuss as this is a complicated process. Please email info@legalservicesincorporated.com

  200. Evelin Reis February 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Hello! I am a brazilian with Italian citzenship and passport. Can I apply for a E-2 Visa?
    Thank you!

  201. Geoffrey gregg February 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Hello there,I’m from the UK and wanted to know would this be eligible for the e2 visa.I was going to get a bank loan of about $100,000 and buy something like a café or restaurant in phoenix arizona. Like I said would this get me the e2 visa easy or would I need a bigger investment? Thanks.

    • IanScott February 3, 2015 at 3:56 am - Reply

      Yes you are eligible. Please contact us to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers.

      Kind regards,

      • Geoffrey gregg February 3, 2015 at 9:50 pm - Reply

        Thanks for your help.and where would I go about setting up a consultation with one of your lawyers?

  202. Jay January 30, 2015 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Dear Sir,

    I am Australian Citizen and I want to know is gas station eligible business to get E2 visa? I have seen Gas Station is USA and asking price is $120,000 which generates 80,000 profit a year. Please advise me.

    Thanks

    • IanScott January 30, 2015 at 3:29 am - Reply

      Hello, Thank you for contacting us. We have processed visas in Australia (and for gas stations) and would be happy to help. Please contact us to set up a consultation. We recently had a gas station/convenience store approval in Canada.

      • Jay February 4, 2015 at 4:47 am - Reply

        Thanks Ian for your prompt reply.

        Please share your contact details and let me know how can I contact you to arrange appointment to discuss on this.

        Please ensure I want to apply E2 visa for USA not for Canada.

        Thanks.
        Jay

        • IanScott February 4, 2015 at 5:27 am - Reply

          Thank you. You can send an email to info@legalservicesincorporated.com and we can arrange a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards,

          • IanScott February 4, 2015 at 5:29 am

            To clarify, the E-2 visa that we mentioned above was for a Canadian national that wanted an E-2 visa in the U.S. for a gas station.

  203. Rajen Thakkar January 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Dear sir
    i am British Citizen . i am on b1/b2 visa in USA.
    Can you tell me that i am eligible for switching form b1/b2 visa to E2 Visa from USA ? or i have to fly back to UK for E2 visa stamp ?

    • IanScott January 4, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      Dear Sir, If you entered on visa waiver, you cannot change status in the U.S. so you would have to go back to the UK. If you entered on a B visa, you could change status in the U.s.. Please contact us to set up a consultation if you have additional questions. Kind regards,

  204. Durrenao December 26, 2014 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Please tell me one thing…. That how much time required for spouse visa processing as my husband got E2 visa its 2 months ago but still m waiting for spouse process. And tell me what documents I need to apply for visa? Thanks

    • IanScott December 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      We would be happy to set up a consultation to discuss your E-2 visa issues. Please contact us if you would like to set something up with one of our lawyers. From what you have written, it is not possible for me to tell whey the spousal visa is taking so long. Kind regards,

      • Durrenao December 27, 2014 at 3:43 am - Reply

        Sir how I contact you. ? N sir husband didn’t apply yet for spouse visa I just wanted to know. How much time needs to process once it’s applied ?

        • IanScott December 27, 2014 at 5:16 am - Reply

          We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyer to discuss. You can call or send an email to info@legalservicesincorporated.com to set up a consultation.

          • Durrenao December 27, 2014 at 11:45 am

            Ok is there any charges for one hour consultation?

          • IanScott January 4, 2015 at 5:45 pm

            Hello, We charge $250 for a one hour consultation but it is credited to your final bill if you hire us.
            Kind regards,

  205. bradley stone December 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    hello,could i get a loan and use that money to buy a business in the usa and come on a e2 visa thanks

    • IanScott December 23, 2014 at 12:32 am - Reply

      We would be happy to help. You are eligible based on your Pakistan origin but you would need a passport from Pakistan. We would be happy to set up a consultation to further discuss. Pleas contact us to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers.
      Kind regards,

      • IanScott December 23, 2014 at 1:00 am - Reply

        Certainly. Gift or loan are fine. We would be happy to discuss this with you in more detail and encourage you to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers. Please contact us if you would like to set something up.

  206. saman December 20, 2014 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I am MAlawian passport holder also having Pakistan nationality card as Malawi does not allow dual nationality.I have b1/b2 visa on my recent trip to USA met an attorney and he said I can get my status transfer to e2 based on my Pakistan origin card.please you also advice

  207. Prabhat Jain November 8, 2014 at 9:08 am - Reply

    I am an Indian passport holder having Japanese residency status and having a business in Japan, what possibilities do I have for immigrating ? And how can you help me (fee & details)

    • IanScott November 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      We would be happy to help and set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss E-2 visa options. Our $250 fee is waived if you end up hiring us to process your visa. Please let me know if you would like to set something up. Kind regard,

  208. ali jahangiri October 28, 2014 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    we want to know more about e2 and want tpo have a consutlation call . I am with my friend in usa now on b1 b2 visa but want to know about e2 visa. im from pakistan and living in queens

    • IanScott October 29, 2014 at 1:26 am - Reply

      We would be happy to help and set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers. Our $250 fee is waived if you end up hiring us to process your visa. Please let me know if you would like to set something up. Kind regards,

  209. Aor October 22, 2014 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Hi i am 56 y from israel nationality , i live many years in thailand with my thai wife and kid , i want to invest 400k to 600k in a hotel in the west cost ,i actually already found a good and profitable property to buy , which visa should i apply if i want to run this business and live in the usa with my wife and kid.?

    • IanScott October 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Thank you for contacting us. We would be happy to help you and you may consider an EB-5 Investor visa. We would be happy to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss this. We look forward to hearing from you. Please email iscott@legalservicesincorporated.com to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

    • IanScott October 28, 2014 at 1:05 am - Reply

      Hello, We would be happy to help you and EB-5 is a good option for you. Also, very soon Israel may be eligible for an E-2 visa. Please contact us to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

  210. arya September 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Hi
    I am from iran, if I get e2 visa during the visa period can I leave usa and come back without going to us embassy
    in the other word e2 is single entry or multiple entry
    regards,

    • IanScott September 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Generally you would have to get the visa again if you left after 3 months. (but if you did not leave the U.S. you would have 2 years) This requires additional explanation and would be happy to do this over a consultation. Kind regards,

  211. brad stone September 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Hi with the e2 visa can you go and when you get there can you go on dating things and if you find someone and say if everything goes well and in the future if you decided to marry her could you get a green card that way?

    • IanScott September 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Hello, you would be eligible to apply for a green card if you were here on an E-2 but the concept does require additional explanation. Please contact us if you would like to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers.
      Kind regards,

  212. Ali September 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    I came USA first time on B1/B2 visa and apply E2 case during my stay and got approval from USCIS on April 15 ,2014. I did make $100000 initial investment as treaty investor . After getting E2 USCIS approval notice I went back immediately to my treaty country to get E2 stamp from local US consulate
    but consulate denied my application with no reason . I had my valid B1/B2 visa and I did travel back to USA . Now I am in USA but My E2 USCIS notice is no more longer valid as I left country so what next options I have to make my status . My E
    2 business is still running , I am earning and paying tax . Please advise
    Sent from my iPhone

    • IanScott September 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Hello, We would be happy to discuss your case with a consultation. I strongly recommend you set up a consultation immediately to learn your legal options and to ensure that you maintain valid status. Please contact us and we can set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers. You need a lawyer to review your documents and determine why the application is denied. E-2 visas are usually processed by lawyers and a USCIS approval does NOT mean that a consulate will approve.

  213. stanley santoso September 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    dear sir,

    I am a from Indonesia. I am currently living in California holding F1 student visa. I just graduated last May. I am under OPT Program. I have obtained my EAD card and my SSN.

    am I eligibile to start my own business and then register for E2 visa soon or later when my EAD expire?

    • IanScott September 16, 2014 at 1:40 am - Reply

      Hello, you certainly would be able to apply for an E-2 visa provided you meet the requirements. Please contact us to set up a consultation. Kind regards,

      • Mansoor January 21, 2015 at 9:54 am - Reply

        Dear Sir,

        Please provide me the total investment in E-2 visa approval. If there is 100000- US dollar I am agree to start business.

        Awaiting a kind response

        Mansoor

        • IanScott January 21, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

          Hello,

          We have processed several E-2 visas with investment amounts of $100,000 (past results do not guarantee a future outcome). Please contact us and we would be happy to set up a one hour consultation with you to discuss your case and the E-2 requirements. Kind regards,

  214. Nauraiz September 10, 2014 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Dear sir ,im from Pakistan i want to know how much capital is required for E2 visa and i have to hand over my money to some one else? ,or is there any possibility to invest money after reaching there in U.S?

    • IanScott September 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      We would be happy to set up a consultation to discuss E-2 visas and offer you legal advice. Please contact us at info@legalservicesincorporated.com to set up a phone or skype consultation. Kind regards,

      • saulat October 18, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

        For E2 Visa. Should i first get visit visa.

        • IanScott October 20, 2016 at 12:25 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,

    • Mian Aslam August 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Dear sir
      I want to know that the money should be in the bank account before application and what of decuments should require
      Is govt officer apply

      • IanScott August 8, 2016 at 10:27 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,

      • Leila November 1, 2016 at 8:38 am - Reply

        Hi
        For applying for e2 visa should the bussinese has been purchased or not?
        Thanks for your help

  215. murad August 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I am a dual Canadian/ Pakistani national currently residing in Lahore Pakistan. I have a Canadian Passport. Am I eligible to apply from the USA embassy in Pakistan? I do not have a Pakistani passport but I am legally resident here on account of my dual nationality. Or do I need to go back to Canada although I am not a resident there as of now.

    • IanScott August 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm - Reply

      Hello. You could apply in Pakistan or in Canada. My suggestion is that you apply in Canada. Please touch base with us to set up a one hour consultation with one of our lawyers so we can explain this reasoning and explain E-2 Visas. Kind regards,

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