Twelve31 Advisors has experience helping foreign investors successfully develop their US businesses by obtaining an E-2 investor visa. To qualify for this type of visa, the investor must be from one of the countries that the US has an E-2 visa treaty with.
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E-2 Visa Criteria
Below is a list of some of the criteria necessary to purchase a business through an E-2 Investor Visa:
- Investment of your capital including funds and other assets must be at risk in a real and active commercial enterprise with the objective of generating a profit. (A real and active commercial enterprise is one that provides services or goods for profit.) You must prove that the capital invested is from a legal source;
- You’ll need a detailed business plan over a five-year period and be able to prove that you have staff other than yourself to work at the US business. It is possible to get a case approved if the financial projections can show strong economic increases even if the business is currently not profitable.
- The funds you invest in the US business must be your own, although they can be gifted.
- The funds invested must be substantial compared to the total cost to buy the business. It is possible that part of the funds could be set up as a loan depending on the total amount of money invested and the type of deal.
- The E-2 investor must own at least 50% of the US business to come in as an E-2 investor.
- The US Company you will buy or develop must have two full-time employees usually beside the main investor. There are exceptions to this and it can depend on the country you are from.