Which Business is Best for An E2 Visa

Which business is best for an E2 visa

In this article, we are going to answer the question:  What business is best for an E2 visa?  The answer to that question is an important one because people commonly are concerned about what type of business they should invest in when considering an E2 visa.  But – spoiler alert – the answer is that it depends on you.  Read on to learn more.

 

We are Ashoori Law, led by Michael Ashoori, a U.S. immigration lawyer based in Los Angeles, California.  At our law firm we work with clients from all over the world, and we regularly post articles and videos to make sure that you are up to date with the latest immigration news.  If, after reading this article, you have more questions, then we invite you to contact us at Ashoori Law.  Feel free to call us at +1-818-741-1117 or you may schedule a free consultation by clicking this link.

 

The E2 Visa

 

The E2 visa is a special non-immigrant visa that allows citizens of certain countries who have an E2 treaty with the United States to invest in a business in the United States so they can either invest in a brand-new startup company, or they can purchase an existing company. Based on making that investment, they can get an E2 visa to live in the United States and to operate their business. So, this is a wonderful option for investors, entrepreneurs, business owners, and others to come to the United States and get the opportunity to operate their own business and grow their own business in the US.

 

Oftentimes, however, people don't have a clear idea of what type of business they want to invest in. That decision has a lot to do with the business requirements of the E2 visa program. One of the main requirements, as it pertains to the E2 visa, is that you must invest in an active for-profit business.

 

1. Requirement of of investment in an Active, For-Profit Business

 

Let’s take a look at those two components.  “Active” basically means that the business has to do some sort of an active commercial activity, like a restaurant. The business cannot be some sort of passive business, such as owning a home and just renting that home to a single tenant. A passive investment would not qualify for an E2 visa. A “for-profit” business means what you would expect.  Thus, investment in a non-profit business, like a charity of some kind, would not qualify for an E2 visa. 

 

Now that we know what an “active for-profit” business means, the E2 visa leaves you with a variety of investment choices:

 

  • You can invest in a franchise,
  • You can do your own brand-new startup company,
  • You can purchase an existing business,
  • Your business can be involved in some sort of a service like a cleaning business,
  • You could invest in some sort of a retail store where you sell some sort of a product,
  • You could invest in a restaurant or a cafe.

 

There are many options that you can choose from to qualify for an E2 visa.  That is why so many investors have so-called “decision fatigue.” They don't really know what to invest in.

 

So, let us identify some factors that you may want to consider when when choosing what type of a business to invest in.  (Please note:  this is not intended as investment advice, just a way to help you identify some important factors from an immigration standpoint). 

 

2. Business Investment Factors

 

The first factor you should consider is:  What do I feel comfortable doing? And what do I think has a good chance of success or that I reasonably foresee myself having success in?  Those are very important questions to ask yourself because if you want to extend and renew your E2 visa, you have to show that your business is not small.  In other words, your business, for E2 visa purposes, cannot be a marginal enterprise (one that only provides enough income for the E2 investor and their family).

 

When it comes time to renew your E2 visa, you have to show that your business is not a marginal enterprise. To do that, your business has to have some level of success. Accordingly, when you are choosing between different options for your E2 visa business, you want to choose a business in which you feel confident in, and that you will enjoy.

 

The second factor is:  How much can I invest in this business? One of the key requirements to qualify for an E2 visa is that you must make a substantial investment in your business. The regulations do not specify what dollar amount is considered substantial. At our law firm, we recommend at least $100,000, but investments for less than that can also get approved. For example, we had a case in which one of our clients got their E2 visa approved based on making an investment of $55,000. Remember, not all businesses are the same.  For some businesses, an investor can go in and easily spend $100,000 to get that business operational.  For other businesses, however, it can be a big struggle to figure out how you are going to spend money in that business.

 

For example, assume you want to start a restaurant.  Getting a restaurant built and established can be very expensive. There is a lot of room to invest money for somebody who is going to start a restaurant. By contrast, with a service-based business like a tutoring company, you might have a hard time figuring out where you need to make substantial investments, because a tutoring company does not have the kind of initial expenses and overhead that a restaurant has (perhaps only a computer and website).

 

To be sure, we are not recommending that investing in a restaurant is better than a tutoring company, or some other service-based company.  We are just making sure that you understand you should determine how you will spend your investment ahead of time, before getting too deep into the E2 visa process and realizing that you will have difficulty making that substantial investment.

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Conclusion

 

As you can see, the question of which business is best for an investment when seeking an E2 visa, you need to be aware of the type of business that will qualify for an E2 visa, and you need to think ahead about how much and where you will spend your substantial investment in the business.  We hope this article gave you a little help in that regard.

 

My name is Michael Ashoori and I'm a U.S. immigration lawyer and the founder of Ashoori Law. As an immigration lawyer, I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.  If you have any questions, feel free to schedule a free consultation by clicking this link.

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Sam Bourgi
00:58 22 Nov 22
I discovered Ashoori Law after doing research on U.S. visa and immigration programs for Canadians. I came across Michael Ashoori’s YouTube channel, which, in retrospect, has the best explainer videos for U.S. immigration on the internet. After... watching his videos for a few weeks, I set up a consultation with Ashoori Law and was immediately connected with attorneys Ehsan Mehri and Lorianne Cercenia.I came into this fairly knowledgeable about the U.S. immigration system and what program I wanted to pursue. After reviewing my situation during the initial consultation phase, Ehsan explained what programs I’m eligible for as a Canadian. Lorianne was assigned my case and got to know my unique situation. She then recommended a visa option I had no clue existed – and it saved me a lot of time, money and headaches.Over the next few months, Lorianne collected my documents, prepared my application and helped me build a strong case for my visa. She was always extremely responsive and knowledgeable about the immigration system. When I attended my interview at the U.S. consulate, my application was quickly approved. That’s because I was prepared for everything, and my supporting documentation was iron-clad.I can’t speak highly enough about Ashoori Law. They took the time to get to know me and gave me a solution that matches my current set of circumstances. Their customer service is unmatched, and their knowledge of the immigration system is top-notch. I was reassured from the very beginning that my application was in good hands.Overall, I’m extremely satisfied with the whole process. I got exactly what I wanted. I’ll be working with Ashoori Law for all my immigration needs moving forward. Thank you, Lorianne and team!read more
Oubai Al Hendi
18:34 20 Nov 22
Ashoori Law had helped me with my O1 application. I cannot thank Michael, Jonathan and Ehsan enough for their real and genuine advisory and assistance all the way from the first contact till approval. The approval that I could have in a record time... of 2 days after submission due to my profile and their work to show it in the right way to the officer. I highly recommend them for O1 tech startups applicants.read more
leena Alhelo
01:51 15 Nov 22
Great to work with! They explain everything in detail and made the process very easy and fast. highly recommended
Kay Qiao
20:27 08 Nov 22
Very efficient, very professional, very responsive. Can't be more appreciated with their dedicated team work. Thank you so much!!
Shane Teelucksingh
19:26 07 Nov 22
Researched quite a bit before eventually selecting Ashoori Law as my attorney partners and I'm happy that I did . They are responsive, helpful and guide you through the entire process. I had many questions, and they had the answers and all... challenges were quickly addressed. Lahaina led my particular journey and provided quick feedback all along the way. They have a competent team and their portal makes submitting documentation really simple while allowing you to review where you are in the process, which I personally found extremely useful. A very good blend of technology and proficiency. Would definitely recommend.read more
Shamzil Ramiz
07:57 07 Nov 22
Excellent response..
Sanket Shah
00:29 04 Nov 22
Ashoori law is a Fantastic law firm, They are very Professional and Knowledgeable specially Attorney : Lahaina Araneta. As soon as I signed on they got to work right away to start gethering all Details. Anytime I had questions Lahaina Araneta is... ready to give me quick Answer. I felt our case was in good hands. The team is very responsive and knowledgeable, and they work hard to keep up to date with all the latest changes in immigration law.Definitely we will use them Service again in Future.Highly recommend.read more
Krishna Mukkera
23:30 31 Oct 22
Provided excellent support/guidance on the I-90 renewal application. Strongly recommend them.
Fari Hamid
10:03 29 Oct 22
My family and I hired Ashore Law to consult with, and to handle our immigration case whilst our migration from Pakistan to the USA. Ashore Law proved to be completely professional, functional and delivered services without any problems or... complications arising throughout our process. Their staff is indeed highly trained, extremely courteous and thoroughly professional. Ashore Law represented our case, on our behalf, and they delivered what they promised. Our applications for US immigration (E2) made through Ashore Law were handled very well throughout the process, and my family and I faced no difficulties whatsoever. I would definitely highly recommend Ashore Law for E2 consultancy services any day!read more
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22:04 28 Oct 22
Michael Ashoori from the Ashoori Law firm has changed our family's life! We were here in the USA on a E2 non immigration Visa and thought we would be stuck with the E2 visa with no chance of immigration! When we contacted Michael and told him our... situation, he listened and started a game plan for us right away with an EB5 immigration Visa, Today we checked USCIS website for case update and we were thrilled when we saw our case approval notice. WOW LIFE CHANGING!!! We definitely recommend Ashoori Law firm for all your immigration services.read more
Kalubi Fwanyanga
19:44 28 Oct 22
I retained Michael and team to help ease the process of filing and also just guide us so we do don’t experience any hurdles and sure enough, when submitting the paperwork, me and hubby forgot to append our signatures on one of the forms and Michael... and team immediately noticed before the forms were sent, the process went as smooth as it can be and guess what, after 3 months submitting the documents to uscis, I received my work permit and SSC and after 10 months into the processing period, we received my parole approve notice and a date for our interview appointment! To add a cherry to the cake, the team has availed itself for any questions and guidance to thoroughly prepare us for the interview! What higher manner of professionalism can be exhibited above this! The team is fully engaged and we are grateful.read more
Aidana Ibraeva
17:07 27 Oct 22
I don’t often write reviews, but in this case I just don’t want to miss the opportunity to write about these people who are really professionals and know their business very well.If you’re still doubting whether or not you should choose them, I... can assure you that you won’t be left disappointed.read more
SangJo Kang
22:57 26 Oct 22
Me and my wife applied for green card through Ashoori Law last December and our case were approved this October. I was in J-1 visa and applied NIW case. They really helped us out from the beginning, especially helping me writing the recommendation... letters. It seemed like their law firm had a lot of people who were very experienced and they answered all the questions that I had. They even had a backup strategy for me if my case was not approved after my visa was expired. I really appreciate all their hard work and kindness and I highly recommend others if they are seeking immigration to the US. I would definitely contact them when I need help for my immigration status.read more
alinafe joshua
18:38 26 Oct 22
Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much I appreciate the amazing legal work you did on my behalf. You and your team are so understanding, helpful and fast in doing things I recommend anyone who needs help to not hesitate but to contact you ASAP.
arshad mohammed
07:50 25 Oct 22
I am very happy and pleased to be writing this review. I came to know about Ashoori Law Firm through you tube videos and decided they are the best firm for my L1A petition, they proved my belief to be 100 percent right and got approval for my case... within five months on the first go. I thank the wonderful team who were very helpful and courteous during the entire process and helped me and answered all my queries promptly. I will be suggesting the firm to many of my friends who are willing to immigrate to The United states.read more
K and G Murphy
23:20 21 Oct 22
They were very patient in waiting for us to get everything we needed and made the process fast and easy. We didn’t even have to do an interview. My wife has a 10 year residency card and right to work. Thank you
Mike Latreille
19:49 20 Oct 22
Ashoori Law was the best choice I could have made for my immigrating from Canada to the US .. their legal team has been easy to work with …super efficient and very professional and always there when I needed guidance or direction..I am greatful for... there team and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an immigration firm to represent them on their journey . A very special thanks to Michael Ashoori, Mathew Larsen and Jeser Romero.. for there attention to detail and impeccable professionalism .. Thanks again Michaelread more
Abdul Salman
17:59 19 Oct 22
Received EAD today. Ashoori have professional attorneys, they are very helpful and filing fees are affordable . Definitely recommend my family and friends. Hopefully I receive my Green card soon.
Sean Machii
05:23 19 Oct 22
Thank you for helping me to get the E2 visa. Ashoori Law team is professional and explain everything I need to know in detail. Highly recommend this law firm for E2 visa.
Eric Askerov
17:18 14 Oct 22
Ashoori Law is a law firm you can trust and be sure they won’t leave you alone with your problems. I’ve been working with a few other lawyers before, but they all are working with you only because of money and don’t really care about you and your... situation.I contacted Ashoori Law’s team with an urgent situation and they were able to take my case, get everything done super smooth and fast. Ashoori Law’s team is reliable, professional and easy to work with. They take care of everything, all you need to do is cooperate and provide necessary papers on time.I highly recommend the firm and specially Shruti, who was working on my case. Only 5 star!read more
Genx Solutions LLC
21:55 13 Oct 22
They handled my E2 process professionally. Collecting all the necessary documents were done systemically. I'm fully satisfied with the service. Michael review the file personally and answer any questions come up. Would recommend Ashoori Law office... with no doubt.read more
Frida Davidsson Art
19:39 13 Oct 22
I’m very happy I choose Ashoori law! They have been so helpful and very quick with responding! Whenever I have questions they really take their time to explain, and my case has been processed quicker expected! Everything has been going very smooth... without any issues. I strongly suggest Ashoori Law!read more
Hiitokiri
00:13 12 Oct 22
Milena she will take care of you in your case of the Mater. Experience and excellent service she explained everything in to easy detail...I give her 💯 top notch service if you have any questions she respond back fast efficient...quick and... easy process....and make it easy for you to process your paper work....thank you so much Milena OUSTANDING Work!!! Thanks Ashoori Lawread more
Guru
19:36 11 Oct 22
Excellent service extended by Lorianne & team @ Ashoori Law. Kudos.
Brian Tetreault
02:37 06 Oct 22
Fantastic experience with Ashoori Law. Michael and his team were methodical in their handling of our E2 case. Communication with the firm was excellent and all queries were responded to in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law.
Karen Brizuela
01:04 06 Oct 22
Michael and team thankyou very much!! Right and professional answers. you guys did the the job as we agree.. and we did get our E2 visa status.Abe Brizuela.
Winston Stewart
13:50 27 Sep 22
ashoori law took my case in April 2021. They made sure that everything was done correctly before fileing. upon receipt of the case we awaited uscis decision. our petition was approved august 2022. during this time period ashoori law was always... available for my concerns or questions. therefore without reservation I recommend ashoori law to anyone seeking professional legal services in the immigration field.read more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

President of Ashoori Law

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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