Dedicated Immigration Attorneys in Houston
At The Modi Law Firm, we passionately represent clients in immigration
law matters. Our Houston immigration lawyers have guided hundreds of clients
to successful solutions, and we stay up to date on laws involving the
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If you are pursuing an E-2
visa classification, we can analyze your situation and represent you throughout
Contact our office today for an initial consultation.
What Are E-2 Visas?
E-2 visas are investment visas. They allow citizens of treaty countries
to enter the United States after investing a certain amount of capital
in U.S. businesses. Treaty countries have standing treaties of navigation
and commerce with the United States, and E-2 visas allow nationals from
those countries to reside in the U.S. under a lawful nonimmigrant status
for a period of 2 years. Time extensions are also granted, depending on
Qualifications for E-2 Visas
In order to qualify for an E-2 visa, you must be a national of a treaty
country, and you must invest a certain amount of capital in bona fide
enterprises in the U.S. Furthermore, you must prove that you own at least
50% of the enterprise. If you don’t own 50% of the enterprise, you
must have at least 50% of operational control of the enterprise through
a management role.
A substantial amount of capital refers to:
- Capital sufficient enough to ensure financial commitment of the investor
- Capital that is substantial in relation to the cost of purchasing or establishing
- Capital sufficient enough to ensure the investor will direct and develop
Capital includes assets, funds, and property, and must not be obtained
through criminal means. An enterprise refers to a real and active business
or commercial undertaking that produces goods and services for a profit.
Thus, in order to qualify for an E-2 investment visa, you must invest
a substantial amount of funds and assets into U.S. business or commercial
Family Members of E-2 Visa Holders
By law, spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 can accompany
a treaty investor. They may apply for E-2 nonimmigrant classification
as dependents, and they do not have to be the same nationality as the
visa holder. Generally, family members can stay in the United States for
only as long as the treaty investor stays (2 years), and they must apply
for an extension before the 2-years period expires.
Passionate Legal Assistance for Seeking E-2 Visas
If you want to obtain an E-2 visa classification, The Modi Law Firm can
help. Our Houston immigration attorneys have years of experience representing
clients, and we can answer your questions along the way. Our firm is committed
to providing informative, aggressive representation to our clients. We
can walk you through the process and discuss your eligibility for an E-2 visa.
For compassionate legal services in Houston, call our firm today at (832)
514-4030. We offer Spanish speaking services for your convenience.