For people from any of the 80 countries that have an investment treaty with the United States, the small business investor visa (E2) can offer a way to lawfully live and work in the United States. It can also provide benefits for the business owner’s spouse and children.
If you start or buy a small business, the E2 investor visa can be a good immigration option. The E2 small business visa is a favorite of Dallas immigration attorney Lynn Olinger, a Board Certified Immigration Law Specialist. Here’s why.
- It’s self-sponsoring. You don’t need a family member or outside employer to sponsor you. The business you buy or start up is the business that petitions for you.
- It’s renewable. There is no legal limit on the number of years you can hold an E2 visa / E2 status.
- It’s flexible. You can start or purchase any lawful business you want (so long as it can create jobs for more than just you).
- It benefits your family. Your husband or wife will qualify for USCIS Employment Authorization – to work anywhere – and your children under 21 can attend school. (Some colleges and universities offer in-state tuition to E2 dependent children.)
- It’s a good “place holder.” If you’re lucky enough to already have an approved family-based petition (or have someone who can file for you), but the visa wait is years, the E2 investor visa is a way to get to the U.S. sooner (or stay here, if you’re already here lawfully) while you’re waiting.
- It’s quickly processed. Whether you apply while you’re remaining in the US, or whether you apply at a US consulate abroad, it’s an application that gets reviewed and decided without immigration’s usual lengthy delays.
For fifteen years Attorney Lynn S. Olinger has had a remarkable success rate in obtaining clients E-2 investor visas and status. Contact us. We can help.