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The E-2 Visa Investment: How Much is Enough?

By April 30, 2024E-2 Visa
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Investing in the American dream through an E-2 visa represents a unique pathway for entrepreneurs worldwide. Unlike many other visa categories, the E-2 visa does not prescribe a minimum dollar amount for investment. This flexibility, however, brings its own set of challenges, particularly the question of “How much should one invest to qualify for an E-2 visa?”

E-2 Visa Investment Requirements

The E-2 treaty investor visa requires individuals to make a “substantial investment” in a U.S. business. While ‘substantial’ is subjective, the investment must be sufficient to ensure the successful operation of the business. The amount varies based on the nature of the business. For instance, a tech startup may require less initial outlay than a manufacturing plant, but each must be significant enough to establish a bona fide enterprise.

Key Factors Influencing Investment Size

  1. Business Type and Scale: The investment should be proportional to the total cost of purchasing or creating the business. A service-oriented business might require less capital compared to a capital-intensive one.
  2. Job Creation: A vital component of the E-2 visa application is the potential for job creation. A larger investment that creates more jobs may be viewed more favorably.
  3. Operational Costs: The investment must cover operational expenses until the business becomes profitable. This includes rent, payroll, and inventory costs, among others.

Gauging the Investment Amount

Although there’s no fixed amount, investments that are too low may not convince the U.S. government of your commitment or the venture’s viability. Historically, investments of less than $100,000 may face closer scrutiny, although approvals are not unheard of at this level, especially for businesses that require less capital to start and operate.


Determining the right investment amount for an E-2 visa requires a careful analysis of your business model, market, and the specific requirements set forth by immigration authorities. It’s a balancing act between making a substantial enough investment to prove commitment and ensuring the business plan is robust and viable.

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