E2 Visa Document Checklist – Required Documents for E2 Visa Application


The E2 visa is an investor visa that allows an individual to live in the United States and operate their own business, based on making an investment in a U.S. business. It is important to note that the E2 visa application process requires a substantial amount of documentation. In this blog post, we provide an overview of some of the documents that are required for an E2 visa application.


The following is a brief overview of some of the documents that are required for an E2 visa application. However, it is important to note that every case is different, and every case has its own unique circumstances.


  1. U.S. Company Articles of Incorporation/Articles of Organization/Formation Documents: These are the documents that you get when you register your company. They are crucial documents to have with your E2 visa case. This can include a certificate of incorporation, operating agreement, and other documents that show ownership of the business.


  2. Proof of Investment Made: E2 investors will need to document their investment. Some of the documentation may include bank statements evidencing the transfer of investment funds from the investors personal bank account to the US company business bank account. Additional evidence will include the US company bank statements evidencing incoming investment funds, wire receipts, receipts/purchase orders for business-related expenses, and bank statements evidencing funds leaving the US company operating account to pay for business-related expenses.


  3. Business License for your E2 business: If your business requires some sort of license to operate in the specific location where your business is located in the U.S., you need to obtain and provide copies of those licenses to operate your business.


  4. Business plan: Your business plan is typically one of the most important documents for your E2 visa application. Generally, E2 visa business plans should outline the business model and include both financial forecasts and personnel hiring plans for the next five years.


  5. Copy of the lease: Your lease agreement should generally be included as part of your E2 visa application. The lease, of course, is for the lease of the premises that you’re operating your E2 business out of.


  6. Resume, degree certificate, diploma, or transcripts: This is important to show that the E2 investor is going to be able to successfully operate the business in the US. Some of the things that we show are the investor’s qualifications, such as their resume, degree certificates, their diploma, and their transcripts.


  7. Dependent documents: Your dependents are your spouse and your children, your unmarried children under 21 years old. As part of your E2 visa application, you are going to want to include the dependent documents such as passports and birth certificates.


  8. Source of funds documents: You will also need to include evidence showing how you received the funds that were used for your E2 investment. The type of documents to include here will depend on your specific circumstances.


  9. Evidence to show the business is real and operating: There are several documents that you can include to show that your business is real and operating. These documents include: photos of the business, invoices sent to customers, printout of the homepage of your website, printouts of online directory listings for your business, etc.


  10. Passport: A photocopy of the biographic page of your passport should be included to show your country of citizenship.


In conclusion, if you’re planning on applying for an E2 visa, it is essential to understand that the application will require a substantial amount of documentation. The above-listed documents are just a general overview of some of the documents that are required for an E2 visa application. Therefore, it is recommended to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer who can help guide you through the E2 visa application process.


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