E-2 Visa

E-2 Visa Lawyer in San Francisco

Obtaining Nonimmigrant Visas for Multinational Investors

As an investor, you may decide to expand your operations or support a commercial enterprise in the United States. Because the U.S. government holds your economic contributions in high regard, it may grant you one of two types of investment visas: the EB-5 visa (which results in a green card) or the E-2 visa (which authorizes a temporary stay).

Our E-2 visa attorney at Harrison Law Office, P.C. has years of experience helping multinational entrepreneurs obtain the visas they need to visit the U.S. for several months or years. Having handled hundreds of cases, Attorney Harrison possesses the skills and insights needed to guide you through this process and help you secure a favorable outcome. The immigration system contains many challenges and legal hurdles, but our firm has an outstanding approval rate and is fully prepared to maximize your likelihood of success.

Requirements for the E-2 Visa

To qualify for an E-2 visa, you must meet a long list of requirements.

These requirements include the following:

  • The investment must be substantial enough to support the operations of the enterprise.
  • The investment funds/assets must be irrevocably committed to the enterprise, rather than simply sitting in a bank account or other form of security.
  • The investment must be a real, operating, and active commercial enterprise, rather than a paper organization or speculative investment.
  • The investment must have a significant impact on the U.S. economy or generate much more than what is needed to support you and your family.
  • The investment must be commercially at risk and under your control.
  • Loans cannot be secured by the investment’s assets.
  • You must be coming to the U.S. to direct the enterprise as either the principal investor or an essential employee in a supervisory, executive, or specialized position.

Our E-2 visa lawyer can clarify these requirements, help you determine whether you qualify, and compile the evidence needed to demonstrate your eligibility.

Begin with a courtesy case evaluation by calling (415) 212-6817 or reaching out to us online today. We offer services in multiple languages for our non-English speaking clients.

E-2 Visa Countries

In addition to meeting the above requirements, you must also be a citizen of a country that maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. Additionally, at least 50% of the business must be owned by citizens of the treaty country (if applicable). Visit the full list of participating countries here.

How to Apply

To apply for the E-2 visa, you will need to complete and submit Form DS-160. You will also need to attend an interview at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If you are already in the U.S. under a different type of nonimmigrant status, you may apply to change your status to E-2 classification with Form I-129.

E-2 Visa to Green Card

If you successfully obtain an E-2 visa, your initial period of stay will be no more than two years. However, you can extend this status in 2-year increments as many times as you wish (so long as you continue to qualify).

You might also be able to use your visa to obtain lawful permanent residence (i.e. a green card). While most nonimmigrant visas prohibit recipients from possessing immigrant intent, the E-2 is one of the few dual intent nonimmigrant visas. In other words, an E-2 visa holder may apply to adjust their status to permanent residence so long as they intend to leave the U.S. if this attempt is unsuccessful and their authorized stay ends.

Unfortunately, there is no direct path to permanent residence from the E-2. You will need to apply through another category (e.g. EB-5 visa, an employment-based immigration category, family sponsorship, etc.).

Bring your questions and concerns to our E-2 visa attorney in San Francisco. Call (415) 212-6817 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today!

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