E2 visa, the most popular U.S. investor visa

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E2 visa timeline

The E2 visa timeline can vary depending on factors like the USCIS service center and case complexity. Based on our experience facilitating over 1,200 families towards their American dream through franchise investment, obtaining an E2 visa for a franchise purchase typically takes between 4 and 8 months.

However, quicker approvals are possible, with some clients progressing to approval in less than three months.

For those starting their own businesses, the E2 visa process typically spans 4 to 5 months, making it an appealing option for entrepreneurs looking to invest in American ventures.

Buying an existing business for the E2 visa can take between 4 and 12 months. The greater variance is due to the time it takes to source the business for sale and evaluate the financials.

If you're interested in learning more about this topic, feel free to read the following article, which explores the subject thoroughly.

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E2 visa approval rate

During the 2023 fiscal year, the United States issued an impressive 54,000 E2 visas, indicating a notable 20% increase from the previous year, setting a new record high. According to data from Investment Migration Insider, Japan maintains its prominent position with an impressive 15,560 approvals, reaffirming its status as a leader in E2 visa issuance. Furthermore, in terms of continents, Asia emerges as the primary region with a total of 27,010 approvals. Moreover, it's noteworthy that the approval rate in 2023 stood at an impressive 90.71%, indicating a high level of confidence in the applicants and the investment projects they bring forth.

Frequently asked questions

To qualify for an E2 visa, the investment amount varies, but at Visa Franchise, we always advise investing more than $100,000 to cover all costs and enhance E2 visa approval chances.

The E2 visa is typically valid for up to five years, and it can be renewed indefinitely as long as the investor maintains the qualifying investment and business operations.

Applying for an E-2 Visa varies depending on whether you're applying from within or outside the U.S. If you're already in the U.S., you can apply by filing Form I-129 with USCIS, providing documentation of your nationality, investment, and business details. If you're outside the U.S., you'll need to complete Form DS-160 online and schedule a visa interview at the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate in your home country.

Yes, family members, including spouses and unmarried children under 21, can accompany the E2 visa holder to the U.S. Additionally, they are usually eligible to work and study in the U.S. while residing under the E2 visa status.

For E2 visa holders in the United States, tax obligations primarily revolve around U.S. federal, state, and local taxes. They are typically subject to taxation on income earned within the United States, whether it's from business ventures, employment, or investments conducted on U.S. soil. However, there are two key considerations that significantly affect their tax liabilities: the substantial presence requirement and worldwide income.

The substantial presence test determines whether an individual is considered a U.S. tax resident based on their physical presence in the country over a specified period, which includes the current calendar year and a three-year period that encompasses the current year and the two years immediately preceding it. If an E2 visa holder meets this test, they may be deemed a U.S. tax resident and thus subject to taxation on their worldwide income, which includes income earned both within and outside the United States. This means that income generated from sources anywhere in the world must be reported on their U.S. tax return and may be subject to U.S. taxation.

While the E2 visa itself does not directly lead to a green card, E2 visa holders can explore other pathways to obtaining a green card, such as through employment-based immigrant visas or family sponsorship, if they meet the eligibility criteria.

No, a sponsor is not required for the E2 investor visa. E2 visa applicants applying as a manager or essential employee need a sponsor.

Under the E2 visa, various types of businesses are acceptable, including but not limited to: franchises, small businesses, technology startups, manufacturing companies, consulting firms, import/export businesses, and retail stores.