Apply for a work visa based on a substantial investment or significant bi-lateral trade with the United States.
The E-Visa category is a non-immigrant visa category that allows individuals from certain treaty countries to invest in and manage a business in the United States. It is designed to promote foreign investment and enhance economic relations between the U.S. and treaty countries.To qualify for an E-2 visa, the applicant must be a citizen of a country that has a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. Additionally, the applicant must make a substantial investment in a U.S.-based enterprise and be actively involved in the management of the business.
The investment made by the applicant must be substantial, which means it must be a significant amount of capital that is at risk in the commercial sense. There is no fixed minimum investment amount specified by the U.S. government, but it should be proportional to the type of business being established or acquired. Generally, investments below $100,000 are unlikely to be considered substantial.
The applicant must also demonstrate that the investment has created job opportunities for U.S. workers or provide a significant economic impact in the United States. The business should not be established solely for the purpose of providing income for the investor and their family; it should have the potential for growth and job creation.
The E-2 visa allows the applicant and their dependents (spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21) to live and work in the United States for the duration of the visa. The initial validity of the visa can vary depending on the treaty country, but it is usually granted for a period of two to five years. The visa can be renewed indefinitely as long as the applicant continues to meet the eligibility requirements.
It's important to note that the E-2 visa does not provide a direct path to U.S. permanent residency or citizenship. However, there is no limit on the number of times the visa can be renewed, and many E-2 visa holders choose to maintain their status long-term.
Spouses of E-visa holders may work in the United States.
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