Whether you’re hoping to expand a mature foreign business into the U.S. or looking to launch a fresh venture, you face bureaucratic hurdles. One of the most cumbersome is the visa process.
Depending on your country of origin, you may need an “E-visa” to start or build out a business in America. These visas are not just for entrepreneurs/investors. They can also be used to facility entry into the U.S. for executives and workers who fail to get an H-1B visa.
Key Things to Know About E-Visas
- For you to qualify, there must be a treaty of commerce between the U.S. and your country. See this link from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs;
- You must make a significant financial investment in the U.S.;
- Once you get your visa, you can stay in country for two years, and you can get extensions for as long as you profitably run your company in the United States and create jobs;
- If you live the country and then return to the U.S., in general, your two-year period will restart.
A Closer Look at Eligibility for E-1 and E-2 Visas
To qualify for an E-1 visa, your company needs to do significant international business, and at least half of that business needs to be done between your country and the U.S. You need to be in a managerial role, or you need to be particularly qualified to run (or help maintain) a U.S.-based company.
The E-2 visa, meanwhile, is reserved for the owner/investor set, although certain very high level executives can also qualify. You need to show that you’re initiating or funding a business in America and that you own at least half of it or you have substantial control over it. You also need to prove that you’re strongly committed to the business—for instance, by showing that you’ve bought equipment, real estate or special tools related to it.
Getting Help with Your E-1 or E-2 Visa
The experienced immigration attorneys at Zanes Law can help your team obtain what you need to make your U.S. venture a success. Please contact us or call us at 844-666-8181 for a private consultation today.