FAQs about E-2 Visas in Houston, TX

In the United States, E-2 investor visas allow individuals to enter the country for the purposes of participating in a business venture in which that individual has a substantial interest. These visas are for temporary residency, but they can be renewed indefinitely for the duration of the business. At Toppins Law Firm, P.C., we assist clients in a broad range of immigration matters. Here you’ll find the answers to some of the frequently asked question we receive about an E-2 visa in Houston, TX:

How large of an investment qualifies me to obtain an E-2 visa?

The law does not specify an exact dollar amount. Rather, the investor is expected to contribute a “substantial” amount. What this means will depend on several factors, including the nature of the business activity, whether you are starting a new company or purchasing an existing one, the location of the business, and other considerations.

What are the requirements for receiving an E-2 visa?

The main criteria for this visa include whether the country you are applying from has the relevant treaty with the United States, whether you have made your investment or are in the process of doing so, and whether the applicant will be in a position to develop the enterprise.

Are my spouse and children included in the visa?

Yes. While the E-2 visa does not include dependents, your spouse and children will be able to travel with you once they receive their individual derivative E-2 visas.

Can my family work in the United States with their derivative E-2 visas?

Your spouse will be allowed to apply for work authorization, but your children will not.

Can my children attend school in the U.S. with their visas?

Yes, children on derivative E-2 visas may attend public school and college until the age of 21.

What happens once my children reach the age of 21?

Once your children are 21 years old, they will no longer be permitted to stay in the United States on E-2 visas. If this situation pertains to you, contact our law office to learn more.

How long does an E-2 visa last?

Depending on your country of origin, your E-2 visa will be valid from 3 months to five years, and if you meet the criteria, you can renew your visa indefinitely.