Minimum investment, qualification required, cost and chances of success
These are the questions, and therefore the answers, the most frequently asked by those who wish to learn more about US visas, the famous E-2 visa, used by many French people who want to move to the United States.
Am I qualified to apply for an E-2 visa?
An investor, whether an individual or a company, must have the nationality of a country signatory of the US trade treaty. If you are a citizen of one of these 70 signatory countries, you can apply for an E-2 visa. See the list of countries on the US Embassy website in your country.
Is there a minimum amount of investment required?
No, there is no minimum amount required but the investment is one of the key parameters for the success of your VISA E-2 application. According to the USCIS Department, the investment must correspond to the following characteristics:
Substantial: this means that the investment must be consistent with the type of company and guarantee its development, its exercises and its success.
Not marginal: this means that the investor must own and control at least 51% of the business.
At risk: this means that the investment must already be made before depositing the VISA E-2 application (the money must be invested in the company).
Personnel: This means that the source of the funds used for the investment must come from the investor, not the result of a loan or financing from a third party.
In general, the larger the investment, the greater the credibility of the application.
Is investment the only factor for Visa approval?
Investment is only one of the most important factors that the Embassy will take into account when analyzing a Visa E-2 application. Other factors are:
Profitability: means the ability of the business to produce a profit for the subsistence investor.
Contribution to the US economy: the company must not only be profitable but also contribute to the US economy, especially through the creation of new job opportunities.
To sum up, your project must generate enough income to support yourself and your family, and create local jobs (American citizens). For a new start-up company, you have to demonstrate, thanks to well-documented financial projections, the stability of the business plan for the next five years.
Do I have to find the company before submitting my Visa Application Package?
As mentioned above, the investment must be at risk, it means that it must already be realized. Therefore, you must certify that the company is already configured. Your request will be based on the specific activity in which you invest. If you are buying an existing business, this must be identified before an E-2 visa application is made and a signed purchase contract must be attached to the file.
What happens if my Visa is refused?
To protect your investment, it is essential that you include a suspensive clause in the purchase agreement stating that the finalization of the purchase is subject to obtaining the Visa E-2
How can I apply for an E-2 visa?
Visa application must be submitted to the US Embassy in your country of residence. Specific documents and forms must comply with the Visa E2 application. Once the application is submitted, an interview will be scheduled and your file will be analyzed. It usually takes 4 weeks to 3 months depending on the Embassy. On the day of your interview, the US Embassy Agent will inform you of the decision on whether or not your visa will be issued and how long it will take.
What are the chances of success?
Your Visa depends on the careful selection of the company, a very good business plan and meticulous preparation of your application.
How much could it cost?
The cost may vary depending on the immigration lawyer/consultant and services included or not. Make sure you have clarity on what is included in the price when you request a quote, then compare prices and services. Visit our website to discover our packages and our very competitive prices.