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Is Getting an E2 Visa Easy?


At first glance, getting an E2 investor visa may not seem overly difficult—just invest in or create a qualifying U.S. business and hire an immigration lawyer to file the application. However, it’s the wrong approach to focus narrowly on the application process. You must ask deeper questions about long-term viability across financial, lifestyle, and stability considerations. The E2 visa is just the key, what’s important is whether you will be satisfied or not with your life in the US.

Financial Viability—Will Business Earnings Sustain the Relocation?

Carefully research if the envisioned business can realistically generate adequate profits to cover living costs for you and family in the chosen U.S. location long-term. The cost of living can vary tremendously across different states and cities. Create detailed financial projections, factoring in expenses like housing, transportation, healthcare, taxes, and other essentials. Determine the expected future earnings from the business investment and whether this income level aligns with local lifestyle costs. Underestimating expenditures or overestimating profits are common pitfalls.

For example, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, for a family of four (two working adults and two children) to afford a decent living in Orlando, Orange County, Florida, they would need an annual income of around $106,070. This relatively high income requirement highlights the importance of carefully evaluating whether the envisioned business can realistically generate sufficient profits to sustain the desired lifestyle after relocating to that specific U.S. location.

Lifestyle Factors—Will You Be Happy with the Relocation?

Look beyond the business finances to candidly assess major life changes the move would entail. Will language and cultural barriers impact your family’s quality of life? Make an extended visit as a tourist to experience the realities of American society firsthand—schools, neighborhoods, transport, shopping—before committing. While exciting, uprooting is emotionally taxing. Confirm all members are on board with embarking on this journey together.
Carefully selecting the right location is very important for a smooth transition. Large metropolitan areas tend to be more diverse cultural “melting pots” that may feel more welcoming and facilitate connecting with an existing community from your home country during the initial adjustment period. However, smaller cities can also be quite multicultural these days. Either way, making an extended visit to experience daily life in prospective neighborhoods before committing to the move is advisable to gauge if the area is a good personal and family fit.

Long-Term Business Stability—Can Growth Sustain Visa Renewals?

Obtaining the visa is not necessarily “easy” but doable, though that may not be the right question to ask. Being able to renew the visa is more important.

The E2 business must demonstrate consistent revenues and the capacity to grow and create jobs to successfully renew the visa. Passive investments don’t qualify. Build a business plan projecting ongoing achievements. Seek local partnerships, target underserved markets, reinvest earnings smartly. With sound strategies and evidence the enterprise is positively contributing to the economy via hiring employees and paying taxes, visa renewals become very feasible. Stay on top of record keeping and compliance.

The main word is “marginal” – the business must not be considered “marginal” by the consular officer or USCIS to qualify for renewal. A business that does not provide enough income to the E2 holder and their family and has no employees will likely not qualify for renewal. So from the very beginning, you should focus not only on getting the initial visa approved, but also on having a business model that will make renewal possible.

In summary, while reaching the capital thresholds and legal paperwork to initially procure the E2 investor visa is manageable with proper preparation, viewing the process myopically risks overlooking deeper challenges down the road. Taking a wide lens to assess all aspects of the relocation will offer the soundest footing for this life-changing decision.

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Sylvain Perret

Sylvain Perret is a business professional who has been living in the United States since 2010. Along with his wife Daphnee, he has established several businesses in the country, including Integrity International Brokers, an agency based in Orlando where he works as a business broker, real estate broker, business consultant, and business plan writer. Over the years, he has helped numerous clients from around the world achieve success in their projects to create or take over a company in the United States with an E2 visa. He is highly knowledgeable about U.S. immigration issues and is the author of the book "S'expatrier aux USA grâce aux visas d'entrepreneurs", which is soon to be translated into English. Sylvain is also a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) by the International Business Brokers Association and is regularly consulted on issues related to this field. At the age of 50, Sylvain chose to enhance his expertise in finance and strategy by pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. He successfully graduated in May 2023, adding a valuable finishing touch to his knowledge. He is active on LinkedIn and Twitter, where he shares his insights and experiences with a wider audience.


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