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E-2 条约投资人签证

E-2 是签发给与美国签有投资条约的国家的公民的非移民签证。E-2 签证持有人来美国从事投资开发等商业活动。在 Tsang & Associates 律师事务所,我们提供完整的领事馆签证服务。同时我们律所可以为希望获得 E-2 签证的公司和个人提供培训服务。我们的专业律师将帮助评估您的资格,并帮助您满足要求成功申请签证。

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相关信息

文件清单

我们会准备律师说明信以及所有表格和证明文件等全套服务,除此还包括:

—面谈培训和模拟;

—起草商业计划;

—支持性文件准备指导;

—面谈准备;

文件清单

1. 可以在所投资的企业合法工作

2. 进出美国自由

3. E-1签证不需要保持海外住所

4. E-1的配偶可以申请工作许可

5. E-1的配偶和未满21岁的小孩可以上学

条件

为力求给您提供最有效最准确的咨询,我们强烈推荐您提供以下资料文件(越多越好),以确保我们的交流达到最大成果。

企业和受益人的证明文件

1. 证明条约存在的文件

2. 个人或企业遵守条约国条约来进行交易

3. 申请人已经投资或者正在投资

4. 企业的真实性和企业正在运营

5. 申请人的投资是真实的

6. 投资的数额

7. 申请人在企业中担任重要职位

8. 如果申请人是雇员,必须证明申请人在美国公司中担任重要职位,如总监,主管,主要技术人员。

9. 申请人在E-2身份到期前回国的意愿。

个人证明文件

1. 如果申请人是雇员,必须提交雇员公司的证明信,包括:此次业务,申请人的工作及申请人是否有担任此项工作的资格

2. 申请人护照及照片

3. 申请人I-797批准通知书

4. 申请人在美国的现居住地(包括申请人现在住所的租约或房契,最近的工资单)

5. 申请人的简历或履历表

6. 申请人已经签字的在身份到期时确定离开美国的声明书。

公司证明文件

1. 公司关于和美国公司企业经营的条例

2. 公司及合伙人的股份证明书

3. 如果您的企业有多个合伙人或分公司或连锁店,申请人应提交:

1) 公司组织结构图

2) 公司连锁店的法律证明

3) 总公司所有人的护照及彩色照片

4. 如果投资者是一个公开招股公司,并且每个持股人的股份都不超过50%,证明文件应包括:

1) 公司最近年报副本

2) 公司报告书

3) 证明公司只在在本国上市的有效证明文件

4) 公司最近股票交易信息副本

投资证明文件

1. 投资资金的流动证明,包括:

1) 资金来源证明文件(财产变卖,遗产继承,贷款,收入,变卖企业等等)

2) 资金移动到美国账户的记录

3) 投资的基金符合企业支出(收据,取消的支票和银行贷款单)

2. 如果您正在购买一个现有的企业,请提供以下信息:

1) 签字并有日期的有效购买合同

2) 第三方订购合同

3) 签字并有日期的有效企业工作地租约,包括付款证明

4) 其他任何用来设立办公室的资金证明

3. 如果您正在建立一个新企业,请提供以下信息:

1) 签字并有日期的有效企业工作地租约,包括付款证明

2) 购买设备或购买货物的存货清单

优点

1. 美国和申请人的母国签定有商业及投资条约;

2. 申请者必须在美国进行了实质的(substantial)的投资。虽然法律没有规定投资的金额,但是该项投资必须在企业的总资產中佔有相当份额,或者该项投资足够建立起一个有实力的,有盈利前景的企业。

3. 申请人必须投资到正在生產產品或正在提供服务產品的企业中。

4. 申请人所投资的企业应该创造新的工作机会。

5. E-2签证持有人必须在所投资的企业中担任主要的管理职务或拥有该投资项目所要求的特别技能。

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E-2 TREATY COUNTRIES

To qualify for the E-2 visa, you must be a national of a treaty country, but you do not need to be currently living in the treaty country. Legal permanent residents cannot apply. E-2 Treaty Investor countries are subject to change, list provided by U.S. Department of State.

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China (Taiwan)
  • Colombia
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark (excluding Greenland)
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Grenada
  • Honduras
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • South Korea
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Ygoslavia
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

USCIS PROCESSING

Eligibility for E-2 Visa

Requirements

  • National of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation;
  • Have invested, or be actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States; and
  • Seeking to enter the United States solely to develop and direct the investment enterprise.
    • This is established by showing at least 50% ownership of the enterprise or possession of operational control through a managerial position or other corporate device.

Filing Fee for E-2 Treaty Investor

Determining “substantial amount of capital” for E-2 Treaty Investor

  • Substantial in proportion to the total cost of either purchasing an established enterprise or establishing a new one
  • Sufficient to ensure the treaty investor’s financial commitment to the successful operation of the enterprise
  • Of a magnitude to support the likelihood that the treaty investor will successfully develop and direct the enterprise.
    • The lower the cost of the enterprise, the higher, proportionately, the investment must be to be considered substantial.

"Bona fide enterprise”

According to USCIS, a bona fide enterprise is “a real, active, and operating commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking which produces services or goods for a profit.”

Limitations on E-2 Treaty Investor

Marginal enterprises are not considered bona fide enterprises as they do not have the present or future capacity to generate more than enough income to provide a minimal living for the treaty investor and his/her family.

New Enterprises

Even if a new enterprise lacks the current capacity to generate income, it may avoid being considered a “marginal enterprise” by projecting the capacity to generate income within 5 years from the treaty investor’s E-2 classification.

Employee of a Treaty Investor Eligibility

Requirements

  • Same nationality of the principal alien employer (who must have the nationality of the treaty country);
  • Meet the definition of “employee” under relevant law; and
  • Either be engaging in duties of an executive or supervisory character or if employed in a lesser capacity, have special qualifications.

If the principal alien employer is not an individual:

It must be an enterprise or organization at least 50% owned by persons in the United States who have the nationality of the treaty country. These owners must either:

  • be maintaining nonimmigrant treaty investor status or
  • if the owners are not in the United States, they must be, if they were to seek admission to this country, classifiable as nonimmigrant treaty investors. 

“Executive or supervisory character”

Employee has complete control and responsibility for the enterprise’s overall operation or a major component of it.

“Special qualifications”

Employee’s services are essential to the operation of the treaty enterprise:

  • The degree of proven expertise in the employee’s area of operations
  • Whether others possess the employee’s specific skills
  • The salary that the special qualifications can command
  • Whether the skills and qualifications are readily available in the United States

Evidence Checklist for E-2 Treaty Investor

For an Existing Enterprise: (show purchase price)

  • Tax valuation
  • Market appraisal

For a New Enterprise: (show estimated start-up cost)

  • Trade Association Statistics
  • Chamber of Commerce Estimates
  • Market Surveys

Source of Investment:

  • Personal statement of net worth prepared by a certified accountant
  • Transactions showing payment of sold property or business (proof of property ownership and promissory notes) and rental income (lease agreements)
  • Voided investment certificates or internal bank vouchers and appropriate bank statement crediting proceeds
  • Debit and credit advices for personal and/or business account withdrawals
  • Audited financial statement
  • Annual report of parent company

Evidence of Investment:

Existing Enterprise:

  • Escrow documents
  • Signed purchase/sales agreement
  • Closing and settlement papers
  • Loan or mortgage documents
  • Promissory notes
  • Financial reports
  • Tax returns
  • Security agreements
  • Assumption of lease agreement
  • Business account statement for routine operations

New Enterprise:

  • Inventory listing, shipment invoices of inventory, equipment or business related property
  • Receipts for inventory purchases
  • Canceled checks or official payment receipts for expenditures
  • Canceled check for first month’s rent or full annual advance rent payment
  • Lease agreement
  • Purchase orders
  • Improvement expenses
  • Initial business accounts statements
  • Wire transfer receipts

Executive/Managerial/Supervisory/Essential Skills:

  • Letter from E-2 enterprise providing specific information on the applicant and the reasons for his/her assignment to the U.S.
    • The letter must explain the employee’s role in the U.S. company (job title and duties), the applicant’s executive or supervisory responsibilities or, if not a supervisor, his/her specialist role, the level of education and knowledge required by the employee’s position, his employment experience, progression of promotion or high level training or special qualifications and the reasons why a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident cannot fill the position (if the position is not managerial or supervisory)
  • Letter from responsible official at U.S. company or office identifying the need for assigned employee.
  • Organizational chart showing current staffing pattern at U.S. company
  • Evidence of executive, supervisory or specialized knowledge, education, experience, skills or training, such as certificates, diplomas or transcripts.

Length of Stay in the U.S. for E-2 Status

  • Initial stay of 2 years maximum
  • Extension of stay in E-2 granted in up to 2-year increments
    • No limit on extensions on E-2
  • Change of Status to E-2 granted in up to 2-year increments
  • All E-2 must maintain an intention to depart when their status expires or is terminated
  • If traveling abroad, upon returning, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Officer may grant an automatic 2-year period of readmission.

CONSULATE PROCESSING

Each U.S. Embassy or Consulate has different steps and requirements for applying to the E-2 visa. Check the embassy or consulate website where you will apply for more detailed information.

General Required Documents for Consulate processing

  • DS-160 Confirmation Sheet:
    • All E-2 principal investor applicants and employees are required to complete the DS-160online electronic visa application form and submit their application confirmation sheet.  
    • Include an e-mail address to contact.
  • DS-156E (for all principal applicant E-2 employees):
    • E-2 employees are also required to complete and submit the DS-156E (PDF). 
    • Please note principal investor applicants are not required to complete the DS-156E.
  • A copy of the payment receipt showing that the MRV fee has been paid;
  • A detailed letter discussing the applicant’s job in detail.  The letter should be printed on the company’s letter head and should describe:
    • the company;
    • applicant’s title and role;
    • Salary, allowances, benefits and other compensation that the applicant will receive;
    • his or her qualifications for that job; and
    • The company’s contact information.

Fees for E-2 Visa Services

  • Fees for consulate processing

Requests for Additional Documentation

You should expect that the consular officer will request additional documentation to determine your eligibility for a treaty investor visa. It is impossible to specify the exact documentation required since circumstances vary greatly by applicant. For detailed requirements for this category, review 9 Foreign Affairs Manual 402.9 Treaty Trader and Treaty Investor.

What to bring to a Consulate Interview

  • Confirmation page of the application form DS-160;
  • Completed Form DS-156E: Each E-2 employee applicant is required to fully complete all parts of the DS-156E;
  • Appointment confirmation page (if relevant);
  • A passport or other travel document:  The passport or travel document must be valid for at least six months beyond the holder’s stay in the United States and contain at least one blank page.
  • One 5 x 5 cm (2” by 2”) color photograph taken within the last six months
  • Evidence of the applicant’s status
  • Evidence of previously issued U.S. visas
  • A detailed job description letter which includes a description of the company; their role in the company; their salary, allowances, benefits and other compensation they will receive; their qualifications for that job; and the company’s contact information;
  • Organizational chart reflecting their position in the company with clearly delineating lines of authority;
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • A copy of educational certificates, diplomas and/or transcripts;
  • A copy of the approval letter for the registered  treaty company;
  • A signed and dated statement of intent to depart the United States upon termination of nonimmigrant E treaty legal status;
  • A photocopy of the I-797 Notice of Action authorizing the change of status granted by USCIS if residing in the U.S. without a valid E visa;
  • A copy of a name change by deed poll, if name has been changed; and 
  • If they have ever been arrested, cautioned, convicted, a police certificate known as an ACRO.  The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply to U.S. visa law.  Click here for further information;
  • If they have a medical condition that could have a bearing on their eligibility for a visaa letter from their physician which discusses their current state of health. Click here for further information;
  • If they have been denied entry into or deported, or removed from the United States documents relating to this. Click here for further information.
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移民局邮寄地址:  点击“移民局邮寄地址”可查看申请递交的具体收件地址。

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移民局审理时间表:点击“移民局审理时间表”可助您掌握申请所需时间。

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long is the E-2 processing time?

Processing times vary with each consulate, but on average, it takes 6-12 weeks from the date of receipt of the application for the interview to occur. In the meantime, keep an eye out for requests for additional information/evidence.

What is the maximum total amount of time permitted in E-2 status?

Qualified treaty investors and employees will be allowed a maximum initial stay of two years. Requests for extension of stay in, or changes of status to, E-2 classification may be granted in increments of up to two years each. There is no limit to the number of extensions an E-2 nonimmigrant may be granted. All E-2 nonimmigrants, however, must maintain an intention to depart the United States when their status expires or is terminated.

An E-2 nonimmigrant who travels abroad may generally be granted, if determined admissible by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Officer, an automatic two-year period of readmission when returning to the United States. 

How do I file for change of status under E-2 visa?

If you are currently in the U.S. in a lawful nonimmigrant status:

  • File Form I-129 to request change of status to E-2; or
  • Your qualifying employer may file Form I-129 on your behalf

What is the minimum amount of investment needed to qualify?

There is no set minimum level, though obviously the lower the amount of investment the less likely it is that the application will succeed. The amount necessary will also depend on the type of business engaged in.

If I am currently outside the U.S., how do I apply for E-2 Treaty Investor?

If you are outside the U.S., submit the visa application to the U.S. consular office in your home country.

Can I gain E-2 Visa status as a self-employed professional?

You can as long as you also employ other people. The principal applicant should be going to the USA to ‘develop and direct’ his/her business. Thus accountants, IT consultants, doctors, lawyers, etc, can obtain E2 and E1 visa status to enable themselves to practice their profession in the USA as long as they eventually create employment for other people as well.

What happens if there is a change at my employment?

In the case of substantial change such as a merger, acquisition, sale of division, or another event that affects the previously approved relationship with the treaty enterprise, the treaty investor or enterprise must notify USCIS by filing a new Form I-129 and may simultaneously request an extension of stay.

Can I work for the treaty organization’s parent company or subsidiaries?

Yes, if the relationship between the organizations is established, the subsidiary employment requires executive, supervisory, or essential skills, and the terms and conditions of the employment have not otherwise changed.

Does owning property count as an investment for E-2 Treaty Investor?

No, owning property in the United States does not entitle you to a visa.  To qualify for an E-2 visa the investment must be a real active and commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking, producing some service or commodity.

Can E-2 Treaty Investor visa lead to citizenship?

No, E-2 is a nonimmigrant visa that you may maintain as long as your business conforms to E-2 regulations. To qualify for citizenship, you must apply for the appropriate immigrant visa category.

What are the benefits of an E-2 Treaty Investor visa?

  1. Legal work in the U.S. for the company you invested in
  2. No minimum investment required
  3. Spouse can gain work authorization
  4. Children can attend school
  5. Ability to travel freely
  6. Unlimited extension of stay under E-2
  7. No quota on E-2
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