No. The foreign investor can be hired to work full-time or part-time.
FAQs about E-2 Requirements
Does the investment have to generate a large income?
The enterprise cannot be ‘marginal’. The enterprise is considered ‘marginal’ if it does not have the present or future capacity to generate more than a minimal living for the foreign investor and his or her family.
Can the investment be passive or speculative?
No. The foreign investor must be investing in an enterprise that is actually operating.
Can the investment be small?
The investment must be ‘substantial’ considering the amount of qualifying funds invested weighed against the total cost of purchasing or creating the enterprise; the amount normally considered sufficient to ensure the foreign investor’s financial commitment to the successful operation of the enterprise; and a magnitude of investment to support the likelihood that the investor will… Read More
Do the funds invested have to originate from the foreign investor?
Yes. The funds invested must be under the foreign investor’s control and cannot be obtained directly or indirectly through criminal activity
Can the funds invested originate from a family member?
Yes. The funds, however, must be a gift to the investor from a family member. The funds cannot be a loan to be repaid.
Can the foreign investor invest in the future but apply now for an E-2 visa?
No. The foreign investor must have invested or is in the process of investing in an enterprise. The foreign investor must demonstrate that s/he has irrevocably committed the funds and the funds invested must be ‘at risk’ (subject to total or partial loss if investment fortunes reverse).
What is the foreign investor’s role in the United States?
The foreign investor must be entering the United States solely to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise.
Does the foreign investor have to work in the United States?
Yes. The employer must be engaging the foreign investor to work in the United States.
Does the foreign investor have to be a citizen of a treaty country?
Yes. The foreign investor must be a national of a country that is a party to a friendship, commerce or navigation treaty, bilateral investment treaty or free trade agreement with the United States.