United Kingdom

E-2 Country Introduction


Inhabitants: 68,336,249
E-2 Country Since: 1815
E-2 Visas Issued Since 2005: 16,583

UK’s E-2 Approvals Slowly Growing

UK’s citizens have an active treaty with the U.S. where they qualify to apply for the E-2 investors visa. If you would like to learn more about the E2 visa and the countries that qualify click here.

UK was, by far, one of the European treaty countries that receive the most E2 visa approvals every year. Nowadays, it’s still far from previous years’ issuances numbers, but is growing.

COVID-19 pandemic was a big blow to UK approvals and, this year, it is not the E-2 Powerhouse that it used to be. We hope that it’s a matter of time the UK returns to be the European E-2 powerhouse.

UK has a residency requirement for the E2 visa. Despite that, British residents continue to get approved E-2 visas by following the requirements closely.

Are you a U.K. national and you’re interested in moving to the U.S.? If so, this article is for you.

We are going to go through what the E2 Investor Visa is. As well as some potential business opportunities that are popular with our clients from the U.K.


US visa for UK citizen

First, the E-2 Investor Visa is a treaty visa. Which with the U.K. has been around for over 200 years. Since 1815, the U.S. and the U.K. have had a treaty of navigation and commerce. Allowing U.K. entrepreneurs to reside here legally, and vice versa. So generally, you have got to have a substantial investment. You’ll hear all different types of things. But in practice, we’ve seen around $100k, if you’re working day-to-day in the business. If you’re going to have a manager and you’re working less hours, usually $200,000 or more will meet the substantiality requirement. There’s also the marginality requirement. Where this business needs to be making money for your family. To support them, and/or really provide for the local economy and hiring Americans.

One nuance with the U.K. treaty for the E2 visa is you actually have to be residing in the British Isles. So if you’re from South Africa, and you have a U.K. passport, you’ve got to work closely with a U.S. licensed immigration attorney. To figure out how you can claim residency in the U.K. and potentially be eligible for the E2 visa.


E2 visa

A lot of our U.K. clients are applying for service-based concepts. That tend to be on the lower investment range closer to $100k. And they’re actively working in those businesses. So it could be real estate property management. Could be also a flooring business, kitchen renovation business, all different types of franchises. Particularly in the sunny states like Florida, Texas, Arizona, California. Most of our clients from England and the U.K. are looking to leave the bad weather for a sunny state in the U.S.

Now, you might be thinking, how many issuance have there been? Has it slowed down with COVID? Yes, it has slowed down. However, since 2005, there have been 16,000 plus E2 visa approved for U.K. nationals. In January, February and March of 2020, there were 200, 250 approvals a month. That went way down to 0, having 0 approvals a month. And now it’s finally starting to shoot back up, where August had about 80 approvals. There was over a hundred approvals in September of 2021. And October, they haven’t released the numbers yet, but we expect to be even higher than last month.


Moving to USA

So if you’re looking to apply for the E2 visa, and you want to move to the U.S., I would start the process soon. Because it is taking a few months to get that interview in the London Embassy, where in the past, pre-COVID, it might just take two months to get it. Where now it’s taking many months to get your E2 visa interview.

In conclusion, if you’re serious about moving to the U.S., start the process. It could be a franchise through us. We can help you find a franchise. You can also start up a business or you can buy an existing business for sale.

Approved E-2 Visas for United Kingdom

E-2 Visa Trend for United Kingdom


E-2 Visas issued in 1 month


Decrease on pre-COVID-19 monthly average

On The Rise

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