The E-2 Visa Application Process in Outline

Finding a Business.

Every E-2 applicant needs to identify a new or existing US business to invest in. The law is very clear that investors in non-commercial enterprises and non-profit entities are not eligible for E-2 Treaty Visas.

D&A assist clients in screening business that qualify for E2 Visa purposes. We can also refer clients to business brokers known to us to specialize in finding businesses that are valid for E-2 Visa purposes. For more information visit our page on Finding a Business in the US.

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Forming a U.S. Corporate Entity.

Whether you are acquiring an existing business or setting-up a new business you will need to form a US corporate entity.

Through our US office network D&A can assist you to form and properly document a business in most States. Part of

E-2 Visa Application Process for USA

Documentation and Negotiation.

If you are acquiring a business you will need to negotiate and properly document the acquisition.

Preparation of Business Plan.

You are required to submit a detailed business plan that meets the narrow requirements of US immigration law.

D&A have a specialist business plan team who focus on preparing immigration compliant business plans.

Funding of Escrow Account:
Getting your E-2 Visa Before Paying.

Acquiring a Business

If you are acquiring a business US law allows you to place the funds with which you will purchase that business in an escrow account. If your E2 Visa Petition is denied your funds will be returned to you. If your E2 Visa is approved the funds will either be transferred to the seller.

For information on finding a business in the US please visit our Finding a Business in the US page.

Setting-Up a New Business

Unfortunately many clients in the UK have been erroneously advised that they need to spend their investment capital before applying for an E-2 Visa. D&A’s London team have field many cases where the investment capital has been simply made available in an escrow account.

A UK investor may place the funds identified in the business plan as being needed to operate their new business in an escrow account. If the E-2 Visa is denied the funds can be returned to the investor. If the E-2 Visa is approved the funds in the escrow account will gradually be depleted to pay the operating costs of the business.

E-2 Visa process for UK Nationals

Submission of your E-2 Visa Application

Applicants outside the US

We will work with our US corporate team to prepare and file an E-2 Visa petition in the applicable consulate.

Each consulate maintains different procedures for applying for an E-2 Visa. Our firm frequently files applications in London and other consulates around-the-world and provide each client with interview guidance.

Applicants in the US

We will counsel you on the decision as to whether to apply for Change of Status in the US or through the local applicable consulate.

Visa Renewal

UK Nationals can be issued with an E-2 Visa lasting for any period of time of the consulate’s choosing up to a maximum of five (5) years.

Every E-2 Visa filed by D&A has been approved for the maximum five (5) years. At the end of the five (5) year period and each successive renewal period we will work with you to extend your visa.

Permanent Residence

In our experience many UK applicants are misinformed that E-2 Visa holders cannot obtain Permanent Residency (a “Green Card”) in the US.

D&A’s E-2 Visa clients commonly obtain a Green Card through:

  • EB1C
  • EB5 for Investors
  • EB1A for Exceptionally Skilled People
  • EB2 and EB3 for Skilled Workers

Davies & Associates in the United Kingdom

We are recognized as a leading US law firm specializing in E-2 Visa applications for UK Nationals.

Our resources across the US are available to help to assist you with the formation or acquisition of your US business.

Our team in London can assist you with every step of your UK E2 visa process.

Local Experience, International Expertize

Our firm has direct “on the ground” expertize both in the United Kingdom and the United States. We are familiar with the unique procedures in place at the US Embassy in London

Davies & Associates E2 Visa Lawyers in the United Kingdom

Based in the United States with a team of US E2 visa lawyers, Davies & Associates is recognized as a leading US law firm specializing in E-2 visa applications for UK Nationals.

Our resources across the US, including a team of specialist E2 Visa corporate lawyers and E2 Visa tax lawyers, are available to help to assist you with the formation or acquisition of your US business and your application for an E2 Visa.

Our team in London can assist you with every step of your UK E2 visa process.

E2 Visa Interview Preparation Suite in Nine Elms, London

US Consulate in London viewed from E2 Visa lawyers preparation suite

In 2022, D&A plan to open an interview preparation suite opposite the US Consulate in London. Our E2 visa attorneys in London will receive clients at the suite before their interview and de-brief them in the suite after their interview.

Our interview preparation suite will potentially be located at: 3 Viaduct Gardens, London, SW11 7A, United Kingdom

List of United States Embassies, Consulates and USCIS in United Kingdom

E-2 treaty investor visa interviews in the United Kingdom are conducted at the US Consulate in London and at the US Consulate in Belfast. E2 Visa lawyers The US Consulates in United Kingdom are located at:

US Consulate in United Kindom, London
33 Nine Elms Ln, SW11 7US, London
Office: +44-20-7499-9000
US Consulate in United Kindom, Belfast
223 Stranmillis Road, BT9 5GR, Belfast, United Kingdom

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Eranjan Venura Parua
Eranjan Venura Parua
2 months ago

"After finding D&A through an internet search in 2020, my wife and I had several free consultations with David Cantor. Despite our initial attempt at filing for our E2 visa independently ending in failure, we decided to hire D&A for their expertise and support. Over the course of four long years, Verdie and Cristina were incredibly patient as we took our time to prepare for the E2 submission. Verdie became our E2 Attorney in 2021, and from the start, Verdie and Cristina's patience was evident. Despite our intermittent engagement over the years, they always treated us with the utmost attention. Working with Verdie and the D&A team was a pleasure; their professionalism and support were unwavering. Verdie's calm demeanor and succinct communication style made navigating the process much smoother, even during complex discussions. I wholeheartedly recommend Verdie and D&A - Davies & Associates, to anyone seeking an immigration law firm who can efficiently handle their case with precision and without unnecessary fanfare. Their ability to get things done speaks volumes about their dedication to their clients' success."

Jeremy Abernathy
Jeremy Abernathy
4 months ago

I had the pleasure of working with Verdie and Nessa to obtain my E2 Visa. Their in-depth knowledge and experience allowed me to be fully prepared in my application and they were able to answer all questions leading up to the Visa interview.

Saeed Muhammad
Saeed Muhammad
5 months ago

Verdie was an amazing attorney, providing exceptional client care throughout the process. He had a great depth of knowledge in all areas on business visas in the US.

Satyabrat Chowdhury
Satyabrat Chowdhury
8 months ago

I had a great experience with Davies & Associates. They are very thorough in the approach and their have experts in this field who know the domain very well.I would certainly be leaning onto them for any future needs as well.

Christine Envall
Christine Envall
a year ago

Getting my E2 Visa was a very in-depth process that took just over a year from when I committed to it, but 8 months from when I found a business I wanted to purchase. The only reason I'm giving 4 and not 5 stars is because the timeframe was a lot longer than expected from the initial information. Aside from the timing, Verdie and his team led me through the Visa process, providing all the guidance I needed to be successful, including advising me on the RIGHT type of Visa to suit my goals. Within the process I purchased a business and the greater Davies team included lawyer Rinat who helped me put the deal together. One of the biggest parts was my Business Plan which created from my info by Ana Ortiz, who did an incredible job. The process is certainly tedious and Verdie & Christina were always there to answer my questions, provide suggestions and advice and ensure I had all the documents I needed to support my application. I appreciated their patience with my questions and their advice and in the end, the application was so thorough the interview process was quick and easy. I highly recommend Davies & Associates and look forward to working with them again when it's time to renew my Visa.

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