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Putting together the necessary documentation for an E-2 Visa application is far from easy. In fact, when it comes to the E-2 Visa, the only thing that is easy is to make mistakes that significantly decrease your chances of obtaining the visa. This is why working with an experienced Immigration Lawyer is vital.

If you are considering applying for an E-2 Visa, read on to learn what you need to know about the documents you will need to include in your application as well as how an experienced Immigration Lawyer can help you make sure not a single one of these essential documents is missing.

The Documents You Should Include In Your E-2 Visa Application

Below is a list of the essential documents that you should include in your E-2 Visa application. This list, however, does not contain every single document you will need to include, as every E-2 application is different, so you should discuss details pertaining specifically to your application with your licensed Immigration Lawyer. Depending on the specific case, additional documents may be necessary. Generally, however, E-2 Visa applications include the following:

Biographical Information Documents:

  • A passport with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant’s intended period of stay;
  • Any U.S. visas previously issued to the applicant; and
  • Two photographs of each person listed in the application.

If You Will Be Applying at a U.S. Consulate In a Foreign Country:

  • Form DS -160, “Nonimmigrant Visa Application;”
  • Form DS-156E, “Treaty Investor Application;” and
  • Payment receipt of the E-2 application fee.

Additional Supporting Documents May Include:

  • Letter from the applicant’s employer detailing the applicant’s position as well as his or her specialized skills and qualifications that make his or her services essential to the successful operation of the E-2 business;
  • Documents that establish the company’s nationality; and
  • The applicant’s resume.

If You Will Be Establishing a New Business In the United States:

  • The articles of incorporation that were filed with the Secretary of State;
  • Employer Identification Number;
  • Proof that you have opened a corporate bank account;
  • City Tax License;
  • The required business licenses; and
  • Corporate documents such as bylaws or an operating agreement.

If You Will Be Acquiring an Existing U.S. Business

  • Corporate documents;
  • Articles of incorporation;
  • The purchase agreement;
  • Ownership transfer;
  • Payroll statements;
  • Loss and profit balance;
  • Both state and federal tax returns (the last 4 quarters);
  • A list of employees; and
  • Financial statements.

Evidence of the Investment Made Into the U.S. Business:

  • Commercial lease agreement;
  • Utility bills;
  • Receipt from rent payments;
  • Proof that you have set up internet, telephone, and power in your new business;
  • Receipts and invoices of the purchases made for the business (equipment, decoration, tools, renovation, reparation, inventory, etc.);
  • Letters of intent;
  • Clients orders;
  • Evidence of business assets;
  • Contracts with vendors;
  • Payroll;
  • Color photographs of the business;
  • A list of the company’s employees that includes their legal status, social security numbers, and positions; and
  • A detailed business plan with 5-year projections.

Source of the Funds:

  • Foreign bank statements 4 to 5 months before the wire transfer;
  • Copy of the order for the wire transfer;
  • Foreign bank statements showing funds being withdrawn;
  • Property deeds (if a loan is involved);
  • Letter from the applicant’s employer, a family member, or any relevant individual, confirming the source of the invested funds; and
  • Personal statement that says the money came from a lawful source.

Evidence of the Wire Transfer Made to a Bank in The United States:

  • Copy of the bank report showing money entering the United States and going to the applicant’s business account; and
  • Bank statement showing a deposit.

As you can see, putting together the necessary documentation for an E-2 Visa application is not easy, so it is best to work with experts. If you are ready to take your career to the next level, get in touch with Attorney Romy B. Jurado today to start putting together a bulletproof E-2 Visa application right away. Call (305) 921-0440 or send an email to Romy@jflawfirm.com to schedule an initial consultation.

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