The E2 Investor Visa can be an excellent way for early-stage bootstrapped startups to hack a startup visa. The pros: it’s available year-round, renewable indefinitely, open to majority or sole owners, and frequently granted to companies that can show a strong business plan, even it they aren’t in full-swing operations yet. The cons: it’s only available to citizens of certain countries (China, India, and Brazil aren’t on the list) and it must be initially financed with money coming from citizens of that same country (as opposed to US angel or VC funding).
There are two ways to qualify for an E2 visa: 1) as the principal investor, and 2) as an employee. In this post, I’ll explain the requirements for the principal investor route. The “principal” investor [Read more…]