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Utilizing Past Expenditures for Your E-2 Visa Application: What Qualifies?

By May 16, 2024E-2 Visa
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For entrepreneurs planning to apply for an E-2 visa, understanding how past business investments can be leveraged in your application is crucial. This visa requires a “substantial” investment in a U.S. business, and sometimes, funds already spent can count towards this requirement.

Eligibility of Past Expenditures

When considering the inclusion of past business expenses in your E-2 visa application, it’s important to distinguish between what expenditures are acceptable and which are not.

  1. Tangible Assets Expenses related to tangible assets that will be transferred to and used by the U.S. business can typically be included in your E-2 visa investment calculation. Examples include equipment like computers or vehicles that are essential to your business operations in the U.S.
  2. Ineligible Expenses Costs incurred on intangible items, such as marketing for your existing business or utilities, should not be considered part of your E-2 visa investment. These expenses do not directly contribute to the U.S. business in a manner that supports the visa’s requirements.

Time Frame for Eligible Expenditures

The timing of past expenditures also plays a critical role. Generally, you should limit the consideration of past expenditures to those made within the last one to two years. This helps ensure that the investments are relevant to the current business operations and are seen as contributing to the economic activity within the U.S.

Strategic Planning for E-2 Visa Applicants

Investors should strategically plan which expenditures to include in their E-2 visa application to enhance their chances of approval. It’s advisable to focus on recent, tangible investments that can be clearly linked to the new U.S. business’s operations and growth.

Understanding which past expenditures qualify for your E-2 visa application can significantly impact your success. Utilize our comprehensive guides or contact us directly to ensure your application is strategically positioned for approval.

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