What are possible E-2 visa businesses? Can I apply for an E-2 visa based on a real estate investment?

David Mark.    Pixabay   .   E-2 Treaty Investor visas  are for citizens of certain countries wherein the applicant is coming to the United States to develop & direct the operations of an enterprise in which the applicant has invested a substantial amount of capital. If you’ve invested in real estate in the United States, can you apply for an E-2 Visa based on this investment? What are some possible E-2 visa businesses?

David Mark. Pixabay. E-2 Treaty Investor visas are for citizens of certain countries wherein the applicant is coming to the United States to develop & direct the operations of an enterprise in which the applicant has invested a substantial amount of capital. If you’ve invested in real estate in the United States, can you apply for an E-2 Visa based on this investment? What are some possible E-2 visa businesses?

I invested in a condominium in the United States—can I apply for an E-2 visa based on this investment?

In short, no. The E-2 visa is a way for people to invest in an active business enterprise and then come to the United States to manage these businesses. Since the investment is towards an active business, purchasing a home and generating passive income this way would not constitute you running a business.

The types of businesses that may qualify for an E-2 visa depend only on your imagination—so long as it is for-profit enterprise that you manage and that can generate sufficient revenues that support more than yourself and your family. If you are interested in real estate, instead of investing in a property you could start a business that manages vacation rental properties and use your investment funds for the start up costs of this business. While the E-2 visa is for investors, it is for those interested in developing and directing, in short, running, a business in the United States. For more information about the E-2 Visa Requirements, please click here.

What types of businesses are possible for an E-2 visa application?

We have successfully assisted investors with their E-2 visas in the following businesses and industries:

  • Alternative Learning Center

  • Auctioneers

  • Travel App

  • Auto Repair Shop

  • Consulting Business (business, tech, legal)

  • Freight Forwarding Company

  • Furniture Refinishing Company

  • Gas Station

  • Grocery Store

  • Food Truck

  • Home Renovation Company

  • Hypnotherapist

  • Custom Jewelry Company

  • Law Firm

  • Marketing and IT Solutions Provider

  • Photography Studio

  • Property Management

  • Recreational Oxygen Bar

  • Restaurants and Franchises

  • Tile Design and Import Company

  • Trucking and Logistics App

  • Yoga Studio

To find out more about the E-2 investor visa, please contact us so we can help you determine if the E-2 visa is right for you.  We are here to help. Follow us on InstagramTwitterFacebookLinkedIn or Tumblr for up-to-date immigration news.


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