The E-2 visa is a non-immigrant visa. Many countries have treaties with the United States permitting legal non-immigrant status in the U.S. for an investor or trader, or their employees. Both the person receiving the visa (and their employer, if any) must be a national of a country that has such a treaty with the United States.
For an investor: The investor must make a substantial investment in the United States whereby he or she will own at least fifty percent (50%) of an enterprise that is of benefit to persons other than the investor and his family. The investment must be active: merely depositing money into a personal bank account, purchases of stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit or vacant land will not qualify. There is, at this time, no minimum amount that must be invested to qualify. The investor must own at least 50% of the investment/enterprise which can be a business the investor starts or an existing business in which he purchases at least a 50% interest. If the investment is owned by a corporation or partnership, majority ownership must be in hands of treaty nationals.
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