Question: I want to open up my own company. Can you you let me know some specifics. For example, I have a friend from Iran. Can he get an E1 or E2? As for E-2’s, Iranians can apply for E-2’s anywhere.
Question: Are there any restrictions where the money comes from for the investment?
Answer: Normally, not. However, keep in mind that there are two\ Russian Banks under US Sanctions. Thus, \make sure money does not come from these banks.
Question: What percentage of ownership do I need to have in the company?
Answer: Make sure there is at least a 50% ownership by treaty countries. It is even better if there is a 51% ownership.
Question: What if I renounce my nationality?
Answer: If the principal owner renounces nationality, then the E-2 is gone.
Question: What is there is a merger or acquisition?
Answer: Sometimes merges and acquisitions changes the 50% ownership. If this is the case, then there will no longer be E-2 qualification.
Question: What about employees I need from my home country?
Answer: For employees coming over, you need to still make sure that the main investor gets an E2. The E-2 specialized knowledge employee will differ with the particular Consulate. Some require 2 years actual experience. The consular officer might say that he or she will give just 2 years and that an American is needed afterwards.
Question: What about my spouse and children in my home country?
Answer: An E-2 change of status for you which is approved, will NOT allow E-2 derivatives to get a visa at the consulate. Rather, you need to consulate process with your E-2.
Question: How long will I get?
Answer: E-2’s always are now given for 2 years in US., even if the visa is issued for 5 years. However, you can go out 1 week before expiration of visa, and come back with 2 year stamp.
Question: Will the amount of the investment differ?