If you are interested in applying for an E2 visa, you will most likely retain an immigration lawyer to represent you throughout the visa process.
In this guide, I’ll explain some of the important tasks your immigration lawyer will perform throughout the E2 visa process.
If you have any questions, or if you need help with your E2 visa, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m highly responsive via email and I’d be happy to help you.
1. Your E2 Visa Lawyer Should Strategize Your Source of Funds
As an E2 visa applicant, one of the main requirements to get your E2 visa approved is the source of funds requirement. You must show that your investment funds were obtained lawfully. Examples of lawful sources of funds include employment earnings and proceeds from the sale of a property.
To satisfy this requirement, it is highly important to have documentation clearly demonstrating how the funds were earned.
Your E2 visa lawyer should analyze all of your income sources for the last several years to determine the best approach to take. Often times, the best approach will depend on which income sources are the easiest to document and trace.
2. Your E2 Visa Lawyer Should Review Your Business Plan
Another highly important role for your E2 visa lawyer is to review your E2 business plan.
To qualify for an E2 visa, there are 2 important requirements regarding your business:
- You must invest in an active, for-profit business.
- Your business cannot be a marginal enterprise. A marginal enterprise is a business that only generates enough income to provide a minimal living for the E2 investor and their family.
The business plan is one of the main pieces of evidence to show that you comply with the 2 requirements listed above.
Your E2 visa lawyer should carefully review your business plan to make sure that the business type, financial projections, and other pertinent information satisfy the visa requirements.
3. Your E2 Visa Lawyer Should Specify a List of Documents for You to Provide to Them
No two E2 visa cases are exactly the same. Your E2 visa lawyer should consult with you to understand the details of your particular case. Your lawyer should then request specific documents from you based on your case.
Your lawyer should then be in communication with you throughout the document collection process to advise you if you’re missing anything and to let you know if your application is lacking in any particular area. If so, your lawyer should suggest ways to improve your case before filing.
4. Your E2 Visa Lawyer Should Summarize Your E2 Petition
By the time your application for an E2 visa is ready to file, there will be hundreds of pages of documentation and other evidence submitted to show that your case is approvable.
Your E2 immigration lawyer should prepare a cover letter simplifying all of the evidence. The letter should clearly summarize your case so that the immigration official reviewing your case can easily understand who you are, what type of business you’re investing in, where the money is coming from, how much you’ve already invested, and the other important points.
The purpose of your lawyer’s cover letter is to simplify and explain hundreds of pages in just a few pages.
Please note that this is not a complete list of the tasks your immigration lawyer will perform throughout the E2 visa process. This article is intended to provide a glimpse of some of the tasks your E2 immigration lawyer should perform.
If you have any questions about this guide, or if you need assistance with your E2 visa, please feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.