E-2 Visa Applications for Italian Nationals

E-2 Treaty Investor Visa for Italian Nationals

Qualifying for the E-2 Investor Visa Program as an Italian

Broadly there are two type of Italian Nationals who can benefit from the E-2 “treaty investor” program:

  • Business Owners & Investors making a “substantial” investment by opening a business in the United States; and
  • Employees of Qualified Italian E-2 Employers.

E-2 Visas for Italian Investors & Business Owners

Italian Nationals starting or acquiring a business in the United States may be eligible for an E-2 visa allowing them to lawfully operate that business from within the United States.

Visas for Employees of Italian E2 Businesses

A U.S. business owned by Italian Nationals may hire certain specialist Italian employees to work in the United States in E-2 Status.

Why is an E-2 Visa Appropriate for Italian Nationals?

Special treaties exist between the United States and Italy that allow Italian Nationals to apply for E-2 visas, or treaty investor visas, in the United States.

Source of Funds

E-2 visa applicants are required to prove that the funds used to purchase or start a business in the United States were lawfully earned in the country where they were earned. While the funds can be earned in ANY country, including the United States, in the case of Italian applicants this usually means documenting that funds were lawfully earned in Italy. Our Italian team in Rome are able to assist clients with this and other relevant issues. To our knowledge no other firm provides this service.

Do E-2 Visa Applicants who are Italian Nationals require a Business Plan?

Italian E-2 visa Application

A business plan can completely critical for a successful Italian E-2 visa application.

Our firm’s review of denied E-2 cases referred to our firm confirms just how critical the E-2 business plan is.

We strongly advise clients to hire E-2 visa law firms who have a very substantial and meaningful role in the PREPARATION and WRITING of the E-2 business plan.

What is a “Vetted Company?”

The U.S. Consulate in Rome maintains a list of “vetted companies” that can be found by clicking on this link. Applications for an E-2 visa from employees of these employers can process more efficiently with less documentation. Please contact our office for additional information.

Can I Apply for an E-2 Visa from within the United States?

While it is not possible to obtain an E-2 visa from within the United States Italian Nationals are potentially eligible to “change status” to E-2 “status” after having entered the United States using a different type of visa. “Changing Status” is a process that has very distinct and special considerations that need to be discussed with an Italy immigration lawyer experienced with handling this process, our experienced E2 visa lawyers are ready to discuss this process with you.

What is Davies & Associate’s Record with E-2 Visa Applications?

Davies & Associates may be unique in terms of the success of our Italian E2 visa team. As of October 30, 2014 no E-2 visa application prepared by Davies & Associates has never been denied. We are also frequently called upon to assist clients whose E-2 visa applications have been prepared and filed by other law firms and denied, while it is not always possible to “rescue” these cases our firm does have a strong history of success in doing so.

A Dual Presence in the U.S. and Rome:
The Optimal E-2 Visa Approach

E-2 Visa Processing

To our knowledge Davies & Associates is the only dedicated U.S.-based business immigration law firm to maintain a presence in Rome. This dual presence uniquely positions our firm to assist Italian E-2 visa applicants.

Processing Location

While “changing status” to E-2 status involves filing a Petition with USCIS in the United States, obtaining an E-2 visa involves working with the U.S. Consulate in Rome.

Consular Knowledge: Unique Procedures in Rome

The U.S. consulate in Rome maintains E-2 visa application procedures that are unique to the U.S. consulate in Rome. Further, the identity of the specific officers working on the “E-2 desk” in any consulate can heavily impact E-2 visa processing. Maintaining direct local knowledge of the U.S. consulate in Rome is therefore essential.

Local Interviews

Since July 15, 2013 all Italian E-2 visas applications have been processed in Rome and require the applicant to attend an interview in Rome. Preparing a client for this interview in Rome is usually therefore an efficient and effective approach.

The ability of a law firm to work both in Rome and in the United States is therefore highly beneficial.

Applying for a U.S. Passport as an Italian E2 Visa Holder

US Passport for Italian E2 Visa Holder

There are several ways for an Italian National in E2 status to apply for U.S. Nationality. These ways include but are not limited to applying as:

  • An international executive (“EB1(c)”)
  • An outstanding individual (“EB1(a)”)
  • Work based (“EB2/EB3”)
  • Investor visa program (“EB5”)

Our U.S. office frequently provides clients with advice on these and other processes.

Applying for Italian Nationality:
The only Route to an E-2 Visa?

Nationals of non-E2 treaty countries, such as Brazil, are unable to obtain E-2 visas. For applicants from these countries the ability to obtain Italian Nationality can sometimes be the only route to an E-2 visa. A surprisingly large number of Brazilian Nationals do qualify for Italian Nationality.

Through our relationship with Cavalier & Cavalier in Rome our firm can also assist eligible U.S., Brazilian and other Nationals obtain Italian Nationality.

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Satya Choudhury
Satya Choudhury
2 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.

Tanuj Dewan
Tanuj Dewan
5 months ago

Outstanding Immigration Attorney: Highly Recommended! Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) I had the pleasure of working with Verdie Atienza and his team at Davies & Associates , a top-notch immigration attorney in the United States. Their professionalism, expertise, and dedication throughout the process were exceptional. With in-depth knowledge of immigration law, they provided accurate advice and addressed all my concerns, instilling confidence. Verdie Atienza and his team meticulously reviewed my documentation and maintained excellent communication, keeping me updated regularly. What sets Davies & Associates apart is their unparalleled attention to detail. Communication with Verdie Atienza and his team in USA and Sukanya Raman in India was always prompt and efficient. They promptly returned my calls and emails, providing regular updates on the progress of my case. This level of responsiveness and transparency significantly reduced my stress levels, as I knew I could rely on their support and guidance throughout the entire process. Their personalized approach, ethical conduct, and genuine care for my success made them an outstanding attorney. I highly recommend Davies & Associates for all your immigration needs.

hoshino ryuichi
hoshino ryuichi
2 months ago

Thanks to them for handling my E2 visa very professionally. I had a study visa from F1 and changed it to E2. I encountered many problems during the application process. Verdie and Etta were very patient in helping me and it took a long time. I highly recommend this place.

Christine Envall
Christine Envall
7 months 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.

3 years ago

When we first started our search for a firm to represent us in our journey to acquire my E2 visa, we reached out to a couple of companies and individual Attorneys. The responsive of the team-at D&A and positive reviews made the choice obvious. From the start D&A staff were very professional and easy to work with. Our Attorney, Verdie was very knowledgeable in the matter. He answered all of my questions and addressed my concerns. The team is very professional and did a wonderful job on our Business plan. And helpful Etta put together all the documentations needed for my application. All in all, Davies & Associates organization and step by step system, helped the whole process to move smoothly with out a glitch. I highly recommend Davies & Associates for any one who is pursuing an E2 Visa.

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