When applying for an E-2 visa, you have to show that your E-2 investment is substantial. Sometimes we get asked whether a real estate they purchase for the E2 business can be counted as part of the E2 investment.
This will depend.
You are starting a home renovation company and you want to purchase the office space real estate and also your storage real estate where you will store the necessary equipment. In this case, you could count the investments you make to purchase the properties as part of your E-2 investment, but you would also need to make any additional investments necessary to get this type of business up and running (e.g. equipment, office supplies/furniture, legal and business entity set up fees, marketing/website fees, etc.).
You want to start a service oriented business and you want to buy a property. However, the property is only designed for residential/not commercial purposes but you still want to count it as part of your investment. Will this work? Unfortunately, no. Because the property you will be purchasing can only be used for residential purposes, there is no argument that it can be used for/by the E-2 business. Therefore, in this case, you could not count the property purchase as part of your investment.
Please see our blog post on Whether you need an office space for an E-2 visa here.
Please see our blog post on Where can the E-2 investment money come from here.
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