The E-2 Visa Investment Requirements
The answer is that under US law there is no minimum amount of capital required for E-2 visa purposes.
There are however some key requirements and guidelines:
- Sufficient to Fund the Business
Clearly the amount of capital invested must be sufficient to operate a business. Thus the capital investment required to satisfy E-2 visa requirements for an aircraft engine factory would be vastly different to that required to fund the operations of a coffee shop.
The amount of investment required is usually evidenced by a properly drafted business plan.
An E-2 business and the investment in it must be of sufficient size that the business can contribute to the US economy. Businesses that simply support the needs of the primary investor and his or her family do not qualify for E-2 visa purposes.
- Consular Guidelines – Removal of Old Examples
Unfortunately, some lawyers still advise clients that an investment amount of USD 50,000.00 will satisfy E-2 visa requirements. This misinformation is based on old examples that were removed from the US Foreign Affairs Manual many years ago.
- New Consular Instructions.
While there is no prescribed minimum investment for E-2 visa purposes D&A understands that guidance to consular officers to look for a minimum investment of roughly USD 100,000.00.
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