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Old 07-17-2012, 10:35 AM
Location: Oakville, ON
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I know these questions are best reserved for an immigration lawyer, but I like to arm myself with as much knowledge before calling on the professionals.

We're looking into moving to the US for the business. After reviewing the various visas and green card classifications, it seems an E2 Visa will likely be the best route for us. I won't get into specifics on our situation, and why we're going down the E2 road, however a couple of questions for Visas in general. I own a business, so will not be needing to find work.

1. What limitations are there compared to a green card? Ie, do I get a social security #? Can I open a US bank account? Can I establish a US credit rating? Drivers license? Can I purchase health insurance?

2. If I get my E2 extended, and work in the US for say 8 years - can I apply for citizenship being a visa holder, or do I need to be a resident green card holder to apply for citizenship?

Any other advice relating to E2s and work visas are appreciated.

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Old 07-24-2012, 05:37 AM
Location: Knightsbridge
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Ask and ye shall receive.

I am considering making a move myself using the E2 visa. They have relaxed the requirements for E2 the last few years, presumably as they want more American citizens employed. You can apply for a green card as well and always could. Just not under the E2 scheme. For instance: You could post an executive position in your company with specific requirements that (probably) only you possess. When nobody appropriate comes, you can petition the government to allow you to fulfill this particular position. Assuming you're employing a significant number of Americans, it shouldn't be too difficult. There are other options - Speak to your lawyer about them.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:34 PM
Location: Nevada/Hawaii
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When/if you get an E2 visa it will be for 2,3 or 5 years. I have been here 12 years and I am currently trying to renew for the sixth time. If you renew in the States you will be landlocked and not be able to travel abroad easily. You will need to show your I-94 form to obtain a SS card. With a social you can then open a bank account, take a driving test and get a license. To build credit history I would apply for a secured credit card issued from your bank.

The E2 visa cannot be transferred to a greencard. I believe EB5 is what you would want for that. I Have spent over $30K in 12 years on Lawyers, renewals and appeals and I am not eligible for a GC until my U.S citizen son turns 21. As for citizenship, you have to have had a GC 5 years before you can apply ( or 3 years if you join the military).

Get a good lawyer who understands the E2. Good Luck.
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