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.

We realize that the rules surrounding an investment visa can be confusing. That’s why our San Francisco E-2 visa lawyers help foreign investors understand and complete the terms of their residency applications to ensure they are making the best decisions for their families and employees.

Call us today at (415) 221-2345, fill out the contact form on this page to get started, or get your questions answered immediately in our FREE informational guide, Investor's Path to a Green Card: How Investing in America Can Put You and Your Family on the Path to Greater Wealth and U.S. Permanent Residency.

Vaughan de Kirby
California Immigration Attorney

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