By Olga Roznovsky, US Department |
For Israeli entrepreneurs eyeing the dynamic landscape of the United States, the E-2 visa serves as a golden ticket to turn their business dreams into reality. Tailored to encourage economic collaboration, this visa category provides a straightforward path for Israelis seeking to invest, manage, and thrive in the U.S. market. Here are the key requirements to set you on the right track:
1. Nationality Matters:
The E-2 visa is exclusively available to citizens of countries that have a Treaty of Commerce and Navigation with the United States. Fortunately, Israel is one such country, making its citizens eligible to apply for this visa.
2. Substantial Investment:
While there is no fixed investment amount, the U.S. government expects a “substantial” investment that demonstrates a commitment to the success and growth of the business. The investment should be sufficient to ensure the business’s viability and potential for job creation.
3. Entrepreneurial Ownership:
To qualify for the E-2 visa, the investor must own a substantial stake in the U.S. enterprise. This typically involves at least 50% ownership, granting the Israeli entrepreneur the authority to control and direct the business’s operations.
4. Investment Source Documentation:
Investors must provide clear and comprehensive documentation detailing the source of their investment funds. This documentation helps establish the legitimacy of the funds and assures U.S. authorities that the investment is lawful.
5. Real and Active Commercial Enterprise:
The business in question must be a real and active commercial enterprise, engaging in lawful activities. Purely speculative or idle investments do not qualify. The business should also have the capacity to generate more than enough income to support the investor and their dependents.
6. Intent to Depart:
E-2 visa holders are required to demonstrate an intent to depart the United States once their visa status expires. While the visa is renewable, this provision emphasizes the temporary nature of the E-2 visa.
7. Applicant’s Role:
The applicant must play an integral role in the management and development of the U.S. enterprise. This active involvement is crucial for the success of the visa application.
8. Employees and Job Creation:
The business should have the potential to create jobs for U.S. workers. While there is no specific numerical requirement, the investment should be substantial enough to support the hiring of employees.
Embarking on the E-2 visa journey as an Israeli entrepreneur requires strategic planning and careful adherence to these requirements. By understanding and fulfilling these criteria, you can unlock the doors to U.S. business ownership, setting the stage for a successful and fulfilling venture in the land of opportunity.
Please contact KTA if you believe you may qualify, and our professional team of experts would be happy to assist!