How much money will I need to invest to qualify for an E-2 visa?

The amount needed for a U.S. residency visa varies and depends on the nature of the business the investor creates or directs. While there is no minimum amount that can be invested in a business for an E-2 visa, funds generally start at around $100,000. However, it is important to note that these funds are at significant risk, since they are often invested before the visa has been approved. 

In order to qualify as a “substantial amount of capital” by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, your investment amount must be:

  • A significant combination of funds and/or assets that can be placed at commercial risk in order to generate a profit, and which can be subject to partial or total loss if the investment fails 
  • Enough to satisfy the total costs of purchasing an enterprise or establishing a new one, including building erection, renovation, permits, and daily operational costs 
  • Sufficient funds to ensure an investor’s financial commitment to the success of the business
  • Higher than the lower initial enterprise costs
  • Enough to suggest that the treaty investor will develop the enterprise into a success
  • Documented, and it must be proved that the funds have not been obtained, directly or indirectly, from illegal activity.
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