Applying for a so-called “E-visa” can be tedious and confusing, even when you think you know what you’re doing. Learn the common mistakes others make when filing for E-1 or E-2 visas so that you can avoid making them yourself.
Mistake #1: Filing for the wrong type of visa
E-visas are a great way for small business owners, entrepreneurs and multi-national corporations to start, expand or manage a business inside the United States. But there are specific requirements that must be met for both E-1 and E-2, including:
- Hail from a qualifying treaty country
- Be either an “investor” or an “investor’s employee”
- Invest a substantial amount of money in a U.S. enterprise
- Enter the U.S. to direct and develop the business
- Own at least 50 percent of the business
- Possess and control the investment fund
- Show that the funds were acquired from lawful source
- Demonstrate that the funds are “irrevocably committed”
- Prove that the business is significant
Mistake #2: Waiting until the last minute
You’re more likely to make mistakes when you wait until the last minute and then rush to finish the application. Those mistakes can lead to costly delays, if not outright denials. Bottom line: Plan for the visa application process to take longer than you think it should, and start the process sooner rather than later.
Mistake #3: Not Reading the Rules
Laws can be tedious, and immigration laws are no exception. Whether it’s completing the correct forms; sending the appropriate fees to the right place; including the necessary supporting documents; or communicating with the service center, if you overlook the fine print your petition could be rejected.
Mistake #4: Being Sloppy with the Paperwork
A typo or oversight could cost you valuable time and money. People often submit applications without first confirming that they meet the eligibility requirements, they fail to send in the correct supporting documents, or omit important information from their petition. Any of those can get you a rejection.
Mistake #5 Doing it yourself
Immigration laws can be treacherous to navigate. The smallest mistake can put your plans on hold for months and cost hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars. A good immigration lawyer can increase your odds of quickly starting your business in the U.S.
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.