E-2 Treaty investors Visas
The quickest way to get a visa that allows you to live in the USA is an E-2 treaty investor visa. Foreign entrepreneurs from nations that have a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the United States are eligible to apply for the non-immigrant E-2 visa. A considerable investment in a legitimate business qualifies foreign investors for the E-2 investor visa, which allows them to enter the country and work there.
A citizen of a treaty country—one with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation, or with which the United States maintains a qualifying international agreement, or which has been designated a qualifying country by law—is eligible to enter the country under the E-2 nonimmigrant classification if they invest a sizable amount of money in a U.S. company. It’s also possible that some workers for that person or for a qualifying company qualify for this categorization.
Eligibility for E-2 Visa are:
If the treaty investor is already lawfully present in the country as a nonimmigrant, they may submit Form I-129 to ask for a change of classification to E-2. The qualified employer may submit Form I-129 to request a change of status to E-2 classification on behalf of the desired employee if they are currently lawfully present in the country in a nonimmigrant status.
How to get E-2 classification if outside of United States
You cannot submit a Form I-129 request for E-2 classification if you are physically outside of the country. For more information on how to apply for an E-2 nonimmigrant visa abroad, interested parties should visit the U.S. Department of State website. The individual may apply for admission as an E-2 nonimmigrant at a point of entry into the United States after receiving a visa.
For the treaty investor to be eligible for E-2 categorization, they must:
a national of a nation with which the United States has a trade and navigation agreement;
Have invested, or be actively in the process of investing, a sizeable sum of money in a legitimate American business; and Be looking to enter the country with the express intent of growing and managing the investment business. This is proven by demonstrating at least 50% ownership in the business or having operational control over it thanks to a managerial position or other corporate mechanism.
General Requirements for a Treaty Investor Employee
For the employee of a treaty investor to be eligible for E-2 classification, they must:
be the same as the primary foreign employer’s nationality (which must be that of the treaty country);
meet the criteria for “employee” as defined by the applicable law; and
possess special qualifications if employed in a lower position or be performing executive or supervisory activities.
Period of Stay
A maximum initial stay of two years will be permitted for qualified treaty investors and staff. Requests for up to two-year extensions of stay or changes of status to the E-2 classification may be granted. An E-2 nonimmigrant may be granted as many extensions as necessary. However, all E-2 nonimmigrants must continue to intend to leave the country after their status expires or is cancelled.
If a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer finds that an E-2 nonimmigrant is acceptable, they will typically award them an automatic two-year period of readmission upon their return to the country.
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