One of the best options for foreign entrepreneurs who want to enter the United States legally to open a business, the E-2 visa is a temporary work visa option with requirements less strict than other similar visas, such as the EB-5 program.

Still, opening a business in the United States as a foreigner requires a strategic approach, especially when selecting the type of business enterprise one should choose.

In this article, you will have an updated list of the best business ideas for E-2 visa applicants.

Understanding the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa

As provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the E-2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that permits a national of a treaty country to enter the United States legally upon investing a substantial amount of capital in a US business enterprise.

The term “treaty country” describes a country:

  • with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation, or
  • with which the United States maintains a qualifying international agreement, or
  • which has been deemed a qualifying country by legislation

Therefore, the first step to identify whether someone may qualify for E-2 status is looking at the person’s birth certificate, passport, or any other personal ID with citizenship information.

If the person was born in an E-2 country or has the nationality of a qualifying country, it is possible to qualify for E-2 status. Otherwise, if a person’s home country is not on the list of E-2 treaty nations, that individual will need to become a citizen of a qualifying country to apply.

As an investment visa, the E-2 visa requires the investment of a substantial amount of capital in a US business enterprise.

While the USCIS does not establish a minimum required investment amount, determining whether an investment is sufficient to apply for an E-2 visa is the hardest requirement to meet.

As there is no fixed “price tag” on the E-2 visa, the minimum amount of investment varies according to the type of business the applicant will conduct in the United States.

What Business is Good for E-2 Visa? – Most Prominent Business Ideas


Undoubtedly, enjoying good food is one of America’s specialties. In this regard, the state of Florida is one of the best places to own a gastronomy business in the United States, considering the massive influx of consumers and the ever-growing demand for fine eating experiences.

Therefore, the gastronomy business is an excellent option for E-2 investors – whether they may want to open a restaurant, a bakery, a cafe, a pub, or a bar.


The United States is one of the most dynamic and innovative markets in the global pet industry. Typically, people who love pets do not complain about investing significant amounts of money when purchasing products or services for them.

Hence, E-2 investors who are also pet-loving individuals must pay attention to the opportunities available in this profitable industry, especially the growing demand for veterinary service centers, canine hairdressers, pet walker companies, pet training centers, and pet supply stores.

Home Maintenance Services

Currently, the United States has a growing demand for housework specialists. As a consequence, E-2 companies offering professional housekeepers, gardening specialists, pool maintenance workers, and locksmiths have a great chance of succeeding in the world’s largest economy.

How Can an Entrepreneur Identify the Best Business Opportunities for E-2 Investors? – Immediately Contact an Expert Attorney

If you want a strategic plan to succeed in business using an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, waste no time – call Attorney Romy B. Jurado at (305) 921-0976 or email [email protected] to schedule a consultation.