What is an E-2 Visa?

Definition of: E-2 Visa

E-2 Visa. This is a non-immigrant, long-term, temporary visa, issued to a person who makes a substantial investment in an enterprise that is active ("not marginal") and that the foreign buyer will direct and manage. "Substantial investment" is not defined by a minimum amount. There are, however, certain percentage requirements. For example, a business costing less than $100,000 requires an investment of at least 75 percent; a business selling for between $100,000 and $500,000 requires a minimum investment of 60 percent. The term "not marginal" means that the business must have a large number of employees and/or an established record of profitability; otherwise, the foreign buyer must show proof of an outside source of income with which to sustain him- or herself during the first few years of operation.

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