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Old 10-23-2006, 08:04 PM
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Can anyone give me some info on E2 visas?
I understand that you have to have $100'000/$150'000 to invest in a business and must employ Americans. Also, that this type of visa needs to be renewed every 2 years.
But, do you need to buy a business before the visa is granted? If so can you go to America on a visitor visa, buy a business and then apply for an E2 visa. I have searched the web and am finding conflicting info. Can anyone help please???

Old 10-23-2006, 08:30 PM
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See below for info.

There has been steady growth in the E2 visa over the past few years. An option open to people with substantial money, basically it is a way to buy entry into the U.S. without actually "immigrating."

Due to technical definition, an E2 visa is considered a non-immigration visa. However, once an investor is able to qualify and enter into the U.S. in this category, they are able to look for other opportunities and to apply for green cards and eventually citizenship.

Old 12-29-2006, 02:35 PM
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The E2 Visa is either issued for 2 or 5 years and then needs to be renewed for another 2 or 5 years. A few years ago many were issued for 5 years. Lately (the last 18 months) they have been issued for only 2 years.

Hopefully the London Embassy will start to ease up in 2007.

You maybe able to get an E2 Visa by buying a business for $100,000, but your case would be stronger if you bought a business for more money.

Besides, it will be very, very difficult to find a business for $100,000 that will qualify for an E2 Visa. The Owner Benefits provable on tax returns probably won't be there,

Talk to a Visa specialist but you are better to start looking in the $150k to $200k range to make sure you get a good sturdy business. I'm a business broker and have found that only about 10% of businesses for sale in this price range will even qualify. Mostly because the owner's tax returns don't show enough owner benefits and/or enough employees.

Most people come over on the 90 visa waiver to look for a business.

You should visit http://www.E2BusinessesForSale.com (broken link) These businesses are businesses for sale that broker's think will most likely qualify for an E2 Visa.

Good Luck.
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