The E-2 investor visa is the easiest route to open a business in the United States with a minimal investment. It is a non-immigrant investor visa with the fastest processing times. This visa is considered one of the best alternatives to EB-5 which has two or three years of waiting times. The backlog for China is far worse.
The E-2 visa is ONLY available to certain nationalities around the world.
No E2 visa treaty
These countries do not have E-2 treaty with United States, as a result nationals of these big economic countries do not have an opportunity to apply for US investor visas
- South Africa
This is where citizenship by investment (CBI) schemes come in, to help nationals of these countries become a citizen by investment and and then qualify for E-2 visa.
Here is the full list of countries that have no E-2 treaty signed with United States. These country nationals can benefit from citizenship by investment schemes to secure a backdoor entry into United States
Once you become a CBI citizen, you can file for E-2 visa at any US consulate, where you are resident or citizen of. E-2 visas are issued for maximum of 2 years with extensions,
|Antigua & Barbuda||Guyana||Nepal|
|Barbados||Hong Kong SAR||Niger|
|Bhutan||Indonesia||Papua New Guinea|
|Burkina Faso||Kazakhstan||Russian Federation|
|Cambodia||Kiribati||St Kitts & Nevis|
|Cape Verde||North Korea*||Saint Lucia|
|Central African Rep||Kuwait||Saint Vincent & the Grenadines|
|Comoros||Lesotho||Sao Tome & Principe|
|Dominican Republic||Maldives||South Africa|
|El Salvador||Mali||South Sudan|
|Equatorial Guinea||Macau SAR||Sudan|
|Gambia||Micronesia||Timor-Leste (East Timor)|
* Cannot apply due to Trump travel ban on non immigrant visas
CBI and E-2 countries
There are only 6 countries, that has both a citizenship by investment scheme and E-2 treaty with the United States.
- Grenada – $150,000
- Moldova – €100,000)
- Montenegro – €350,000
- Turkey – $250,000
- Bulgaria – €1 million
- Egypt – $250,000
How much it costs?
If you want a Citizenship by investment (CBI) passport, plus E-2 visa to United States, in general you should be able to invest atleast US$ 250,000 in the package. Families can be included. The cheapest path we recommend is through Grenada.
Grenada – $150,000 (passport donation)
E-2 Visa – $100,000 (investment)
Expect additional costs such as US lawyer fee and other small expenses. For Grenada, you have to pay additional agent fee, due diligence etc. Please use our CBI calculator
You should also allow plenty of time, we recommend atleast 6 months for both CBI and E-2 visa package.
There is an E-2 application fee $205
E-2 visas are issued for 2 years and extensions possible.
How to apply?
In general applicant should be prepared to invest at least $100,000 in the enterprise creating jobs, to have a good E2 visa case. The more the investment for example $250,000, the better the chances of E-2 approval.
It makes everything easier if you hire a US lawyer who specializes in Grenada and Citizenship by Investment.
- Become a Citizen in any of the above 4 countries
- Hire a US lawyer for E-2 paperwork (we can help)
- Apply for E-2 visa at US embassy in your country (eg. China, India). You can also apply for E-2 visa at US embassy in Turkey, Barbados (for Grenada, Moldova but you have to be a permanent resident legally living in these countries.
E-2 Visa Conditions
You also need to know some conditions with E-2 visa
- The investor, either a person, partnership or corporate entity, must have the citizenship of a treaty country.
- If a business, at least 50 percent of the business must be owned by persons with the treaty country’s nationality.
- The investment must be substantial (atleast $100,000 or more), with investment funds or assets committed and irrevocable. It must be sufficient to ensure the successful operation of the enterprise.
- The investment must be a real operating enterprise, an active commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking. A paper organization, speculative or idle investment does not qualify. Uncommitted funds in a bank account or similar security are not considered an investment.
- It must generate significantly more income than just to provide a living to you and family, or it must have a significant economic impact in the United States.
- You must have control of the funds, and the investment must be at risk in the commercial sense. Loans secured with the assets of the investment enterprise are not allowed.
- You must be coming to the United States to develop and direct the enterprise. If you are not the principal investor, you must be considered an essential employee, employed in a supervisory, executive, or highly specialized skill capacity. Ordinary skilled and unskilled workers do not qualify.
Remember! The US taxes its residents and citizen based on worldwide income. Most E-2 like EB-5 visa holders pay business tax of 35% plus their State, which can be 10%. They also pay capital gains tax to the America on their worldwide income of about 23.5%.
Careful tax planning is required before the E-2 visa applicant moves to the United States.
Please contact us for more information.