Get A US E2 Visa As A Citizen Of A Non-Treaty Country

Get A US E2 Visa As A Citizen Of A Non-Treaty Country

Become Eligible to Apply for A US E2 Visa By Obtaining Second Citizenship

Here Are The Steps

Obtain Second Citizenship from an E2 Qualifying Country

If you are a citizen of Brazil, China, India, Iraq, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Venezuela, Vietnam or the United Arab Emirates, as well as other countries, you will need to obtain second citizenship and a new, second passport from either Grenada or Turkey as your Gateway to a US E2 Visa

Decide if You Want to Start or Buy a Business in America

You have the choice of establishing your own business, purchasing an existing business or owning and operating a franchise business here in the United States to be eligible to apply for an E2 Visa. You may also find more details about US Residency and Citizenship by Investment Choices here.

Take Your Complimentary Legal Consultation & Apply for Your E2 Visa

We facilitate a 100% free initial legal consultation with an independent immigration attorney experienced in US Investment visas enabling you to confidentially discuss your personal circumstances and most prudent options.

What is the US E2 Visa Success Rate?

The E2 classification remains an accessible route into US business for qualified foreign nationals. In 2019, 48,401 individuals or companies applied for an E-2 visa and 43,286 were approved which puts that approval rate around 89%.

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Exactly How Do We Help You?

Guide You Step-by-Step

We guide you through the entire two-step process (1. Obtain a Second Citizenship) (2. Obtain Your US E2 Visa) by providing a single experienced source of knowledge, professionalism and guidance at a fixed cost.

Independent Legal Consultation

We facilitate a 100% free initial legal consultation with an independent immigration attorney experienced in US Investment visas enabling you to confidentially discuss your personal circumstances and most prudent options.

Personal Concierge

You will work with an advisor who is a first generation immigrant and has personally helped many clients settle in America using Investment Visas. Your personal advisor will work with you throughout the process.

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Get A US E2 Visa as a Citizen of a Non-Treaty Country

Stephen Parnell IMCM

Founder of American Investment Migration

“After reaching my own goal of living permanently in the USA, I’ve got an unwavering commitment to help individuals like you get your second passport, settle in your new chosen country, and save you from as many challenges as possible along the way.”

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Questions & Answers

To qualify for E-2 visa, the investor must:

Be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce.

Have already invested, or be actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide business in the United States

Be wishing to enter the United States to develop and direct the investment enterprise.  This is established by showing at least 50% ownership of the enterprise or possession of operational control through a managerial position or some other corporate device.

The US E2 Treaty Investor Visa is a good avenue for anyone who wishes to maintain American investments and wants to have the freedom to live and work in the United States with minimal constraints and minimized tax consequences. It’s also beneficial for those who wish to bring their family to the United States with them, as the E2 visa allows the applicant to extend the visa to their spouse and any children under the age of 21. It gives your spouse the ability to work in the United States and allows your children to attend school from kindergarten to grade 12 as well as attend college or university. However, once your children have turned 21, they must qualify for a visa that is independent of your E2.

Citizens of non-treaty countries can become eligible for a US E2 Visa through a third-country citizenship-by-investment to a country that has a bilateral trade treaty with the United States. A good example of a bilateral trade treaty country is Grenada. This is a choice process for those who are BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) investors, or other non-treaty investors, who have the primary goal of living in the United States. If this is the best option for you, the application process involves two steps: you must first obtain third-country citizenship, and once that has been accepted, you can then apply for your E2 visa.

Obtaining third-country citizenship is the first step in the two-step strategy of having your US E2 Treaty Investor Visa application accepted. You can become a citizen of another country and obtain a passport, which will then allow you the pathway to apply for the E2 visa for entry into the United States.

Here is a simplified explanation of citizenship by investment.

Say you’d like to get a citizenship from a country that allows you visa-free travel to more than 120 countries, including the Schengen area in Europe. You find a service provider you’re happy with, pay a professional fee, and provide them with your documentation, including:

  • Birth certificates
  • Police records
  • Bank statements
  • Proof of address.

The service provider then helps you prepare an application and submits it to the authorities in the country that has the citizenship by investment program, CIP for short, that you are interested in. Your application is then reviewed by what’s usually called the Citizenship by Investment Unit or CIU, which conducts due diligence on you. These background checks include:

  • Looking you up in international crime databases
  • Running your name by international intelligence agencies, and government bodies etc.

Usually, the CIU will enlist the help of a third-party due diligence company, specializing in background checks to verify the information you’ve provided. This process typically takes between two and five months. If the CIU doesn’t find anything of concern during this period, they’ll let your service provider know that you’ve been approved in principle, at which point you’ll be invited to make the necessary investment. Usually, real estate or a cash donation. Once complete, you and any family members you may have included in your application will receive a full citizenship and passport from the country in question. It’s a little bit more complicated, but that’s the gist of it.

The “substantial investment” requirement does not have a required minimum investment threshold, as stated by the United States government.

An E2 visa investment could be circa $150,000 – $300,000 but in the past, certain industries with much lower overhead have seen investments under $100,000, and these applicants have been successful.

Your E2 visa may not be renewed if your business is struggling.

If your E2 Business fails you must leave the US.

Your children no longer qualify for dependent visas when they turn 21 so they must then qualify and apply for a different visa (typically a student visa) if they wish to stay in the U.S.

The E-2 visa is classified as a non-immigrant visa which means it will never lead to permanent residency. This does not bar you from pursuing permanent residence, it simply does not provide a basis for qualifying for permanent residence.

Qualified E2 treaty investors and employees will be allowed a maximum initial stay of five years. Requests for extension of stay may be granted in increments of up to two years each. There is no maximum limit to the number of extensions an E-2 non-immigrant may be granted.

There are a number of benefits that you enjoy as an E2 Visa holder including:

 

  • Ability to travel freely in/out of the United States
  • Work legally in the U.S. within your business
  • Remain in the USA on a prolonged based with multiple visa extensions
  • Have key workers accompany you under your E2 status
  • Spouses and children (under 21 years of age) may receive derivative E visas in order to accompany the principal visa holder.
  • The spouse of an E2 visa holder may apply for employment authorization. (Dependent children of an E visa holder are not authorized to work in the U.S.)
  • Dependent children are able to attend school in the U.S., as well as colleges and universities without needing an F1 visa.

If you have to make a decision between applying for the E2 visa or the EB-5 visa and are not sure which is the better route to take, consider this list of pros and cons for choosing the E2 visa.

The US E2 Treaty Investor Visa has many advantages over the EB-5 Visa Investment Program:

 

  • The processing times for an E2 visa application are only a few months (roughly three months on average), while the EB-5 backlogs can take from two years to seven or eight years, depending on which country you are applying from. China, for example, has a backlog of 14 years.
  • Applying for an E2 visa from a treaty country could mean your investment is much lower than the investment you would be required to make for the EB-5 visa. This is dependent on what kind of business is involved, as it varies, but generally speaking, an E2 visa requires a lower investment.
  • The legal fees you have to pay for an E2 visa are much less than the legal costs involved with an EB-5 visa.
  • While there are “due diligence” requirements outlined for both visas, the E2 due diligence requirements are less stringent than the EB-5 requirements, which have heavy “due diligence” requirements, as well as a required risk of loss.
  • You have Control of Funds with your E2 visa, whereas with an EB-5 visa, you have no control of funds invested in a third-party project.
  • Once your E2 visa has been accepted, you immediately gain access to work in the United States, along with your spouse and children under 21 years of age. Your children can also attend school right away, and college tuition is classified under resident tuition rates instead of international tuition rates. With an EB-5 visa, you have to wait abroad until you get approval to immigrate, which could be anywhere from two years to 14 years, depending on if your application is backlogged.
  • The E2 visa has more flexibility for the investor, whereas the EB-5 has much stricter and more severe enforcement of the rules and requirements.

There are some disadvantages to the E2 that should be noted, particularly the rules surrounding the permanent resident and citizenship paths. The E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa, so there is no direct path to obtaining citizenship or permanent residency in the United States. The EB-5 visa does have a path to citizenship and permanent residency status.

The Process to Get A US E2 Visa As A Citizen Of A Non-Treaty Country

First Contact

During our first call we want to answer all your questions regarding the process and make sure you fully understand how you can qualify for a US E2 Visa by obtaining a second citizenship/second passport.

Legal Consultation

We facilitate your 100% free consultation with an experienced US based E2 Visa attorney. During this call you will be able to discuss, in confidence, your personal circumstances and the viability of you using the E2 Visa to live in the USA.

Prepare & Review

At this point we will help you assemble all the necessary documentation to prepare your new second citizenship, second passport application.

Business Decision

You are now ready to liaise with your attorney and/or business broker/advisor on the type of business you will create or purchase to be able to apply for your E2 Visa.

Control of the Process

We now have your complete 2-step plan in place and are awaiting your approval for citizenship that will allow you to become eligible to apply for your E2 visa. At the same time, your immigration attorney in the US is working with you to ensure your E2 visa petition is ready as soon as your new passport is available.

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