E-2 Investor Visa is designed for nationals of Treaty Investor Countries who wish to make a business investment in the United States (US). An Example of such investment can be purchasing or opening a high tech company, or a 99 cent store in the US.
E-2 applications may be filed either with the appropriate USCIS OR with a US Consulate. If you are outside the US you may apply for an E-2 Visa at the US Consulate in your country of residence. If you are already in the US on a different status you may apply for a Change of Status to E-2. However, if you leave the US you will have to apply for an E-2 Visa at a US Consulate in order to be admitted again in this status. We therefore recommend that you file an E-2 Visa application at the US Consulate before you are coming to invest in the US. If you wish to come to the US in order to prepare the grounds for the Investment, for example, if you are coming to meet with other business people, to evaluate the market, to look for a space or to Open a US Corporation, you may use the B-1 Business Visitor Visa for that purpose.
When you come to the US with an E-2 Visa, the Immigration Officer at the port of entry will usually grant you permission to stay (a Status) for the period up to the date your Visa expires. This Status may be EXTENDED or CHANGED to another status for example, to B1-B2, H, R, L, E-1, E-2, or F/J/M OR Green Card.
Yes. You may file an application to change your employer. However, if you leave the US you will have to apply for a new E-2 Visa at a US Consulate in order to be admitted again in this status.
A decision can take between two to four months. Sometimes, the USCIS OR the US Consulate issue a “Notice of Action” requesting additional documents and/or information to support your application and this procedure effects the processing time. If you apply for a change of your status in the US you may check your case status online.
NO. Almost every application to EXTEND / CHANGE a status for a Visa does not require a personal meeting in our office and can be made through mail, fax or email correspondence.
To start a case you will have to provide us with all the documents and information regarding your business. We charge $275.00 to evaluate a case. The payment is non-refundable. However, If a decision is reached within 30 days to employ the services of our firm, the payment for the evaluation will be credited toward the additional legal fees expected to be paid for this service.
*Note that the above prices are subject to change at any time and without further notice. Prices do not include applications for dependents, business plans, dealing with Notice of Actions, out of pocket expenses and any unexpected circumstances we may have to address.
**This is general information and is NOT intended to provide legal advice.
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