How to Apply for E1 and E2 Investor Visas

If you would like to start a business in the United States or make a substantial investment, you might qualify for an E1 or E2 visa, which can provide you with US residency for one to two years. Though the requirements for this type of visa may seem confusing, the process to obtain one is actually very simple.

Unlike many other types of visas, you will not have to apply with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Instead, you only have to apply with the nearest US Consulate, and a consulate officer will either approve or deny your application. Follow these steps, and you may soon have your E1 or E2 visa.

Step 1: Determine If You Qualify

Before making an investment, make sure that your home country has signed a commerce and navigation treaty with the United States.

Step 2: Determine If Your Investment Qualifies

Your investment must be substantial and at risk. In addition, it must go toward the operating costs of an enterprise that provides goods or services for profit. To be eligible, the enterprise must not be marginal. Contact your nearest US Consulate to make sure that your enterprise qualifies.

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Step 3: Submit Your Application

File Form DS-156E with your nearest consulate. Make sure you provide all necessary documents that show proof of the enterprise and the investment. Provide documents that demonstrate the business plan, likelihood of business success, and your record as an investor and manager.

Step 4: Interview with Your Consulate

If necessary, you may need to interview with the consulate and answer any questions or concerns they may have about your application. If your answers satisfy their requirements, you will soon receive your E1 or E2 visa. It will typically last for one to two years.

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