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E-2 Visa/Status—Investors and Essential Workers

As a means to facilitate investment from foreign corporations, the United States provides special visas to foreign investors from countries with U.S. trade treaties. Timely and correct filing, however, are critical to this process. With that in mind, many companies choose to work with experienced immigration attorneys in the United States.

Basic Requirements:

The E-2 visa status is made available to eligible citizens of countries that share a trade treaty with the United States (please look at a list of those countries). To be eligible for the E-2 visa, individuals must be investors or essential employees that are citizens of a country with a U.S. trade treaty and employed by a company that is controlled or owned by a member of that same country.

Moreover, the investment made in the United States must be ongoing, of substantial value, and creates job opportunities within the U.S. To be considered an investor, an individual must be directly involved in the management of the company and, thereby, can direct the investment. Alternately, to be considered an essential employee, an individual must possess special training or qualifications that make him or her essential to the investing company.

Duration of Stay:

Under most circumstances, the E-2 visa status is granted for two (2) years. However, this visa may be indefinitely extended—usually in increments of two years—so long as the investing business remains viable and continues to conduct business in the United States.

Family Members:

With the E-2 derivative status, the spouse and children of the primary beneficiary may accompany the primary beneficiary into the United States and remain in the country for the duration of the visa. Children are only eligible for this derivative status if they are less than 21 years of age and not currently married. While in the United States, spouses may apply for employment authorization that will allow them to work in the country. Moreover, anyone with an E-2 derivative status may attend any school in the U.S.

Fees:

At the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our Austin immigration attorneys charge the following attorney’s fees when filing a typical E-2 application in the United States with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) (please take a moment to read this disclaimer), in addition to the filing fees currently charged by the USCIS:

  • $5,000 in attorney’s fees for the immigration petition
  • $460 for the filing fee charged by the USCIS for the main petition
  • $370 for the filing fee charged by the USCIS for a family’s application (when applicable)
  • $1,225 for the filing fees associated with USCIS premium processing (optional)
  • $410 for the filing fee for a spouse’s employment authorization (optional)
  • $308 for the filing fee associated with the Texas Secretary of State Incorporation (the fees will be different for other states)

What You Need to Begin the Process:

Corporation Set Up and Sale and Purchase Agreement

Consult with an Immigration Attorney in Austin:

If you will be applying for an E-2 visa to conduct business in the United States, the Austin immigration attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC have both the resources and experience to help you navigate the application process. To discuss the particulars of your circumstances with one of our Austin immigration attorneys, please call our Austin offices at (512) 323-2333 today.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Matthew & Doris
Matthew & Doris Jul 01, 2018
5.0

My wife has her green card in hand and William Jang and his crew were there for us every step of the way. William is a top notch, calculated, down to business professional and you would be hard pressed to find another attorney who could match his strength of character and attention to detail. A+... Read More

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A A Jun 26, 2018
5.0

I worked with Mr. Jang for my green card interview. I am lucky that I found and contacted him for help. Mr. Jang is an impeccable immigration attorney. He is honest and caring about his clients. He has always been promptly responding my inquiry. I believe those are great values which help clients... Read More

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ha ba Jun 25, 2018
5.0

I worked with Mr. Jang for my green card interview. I am lucky that I found and contacted him for help. Mr. Jang is an impeccable immigration attorney. He is honest and caring about his clients. He has always been promptly responding my inquiry. I believe those are great values which help clients... Read More

Manu Antony
Manu Antony Jun 15, 2018
5.0

The whole process of obtaining my wife's greencard was smooth with Mr. Jangs help. He's a knowledgeable lawyer with years of experience dealing with Cases like ours.He would always be available to answer all our questions, prepped us well for the interview and we were able to attend our interview... Read More

HN Artistry
HN Artistry Jun 07, 2018
5.0

Mr. Jang is an excellent attorney. He patiently listens and answers any doubts that his clients may have, he's very thorough with everything. The overall experience with him and his staff is very pleasant and reassuring, I would 100% recommend him as your representative.

Matthew Melton
Matthew Melton Jun 05, 2018
5.0

My wife has her green card in hand and William Jang and his crew were there for us every step of the way. William is a top notch, calculated, down to business professional and you would be hard pressed to find another attorney who could match his strength of character and attention to detail. A+... Read More

Boya D.
Boya D. May 15, 2018
5.0

I have been consulting Mr. Jiang regarding immigration issues several times over emails/phone and once in person. He always reply quickly and has been very helpful. I'd recommend him for his excellent work and customer service attitudes.

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