Ex: Ten shareholders each own 10% of the stock in a trading company. Five of them are nationals of Pakistan, the others are nationals of other countries. The company qualifies because 50% of the shareholders are nationals of the treaty country. Three French nationals are equal owners of a company making investments in the United States. Two of the French nationals are U.S. permanent residents. In this situation, the investing company is not majority-owned by qualified nationals of a treaty country, and the company does not have French nationality.
Once the nationality is chosen, all owner and E visa employees must possess the nationality of the single E visa qualifying country (even if they possess the nationality of another E visa country).
Possession and Control of the FundsInheritance of a business does not constitute an investment. Source of funds can be either from outside of the USA or inside. Investment Connotes RiskIf the business goes bad and the funds are not subject to partial or total loss, then it is not an “investment”Funds must be irrevocably committed. Mere intent to invest, or uncommitted funds in the bank account, or even prospective investment arrangements entailing no present commitment, will not suffice
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Consulate General Of the United States – Toronto - CanadaQ: Do I really have to invest the money before I apply for the visa? Can't you issue me the visa first?A: E-2 visa regulations require that the funds be "irrevocably committed" to the investment before the visa may be issued. Therefore, you must demonstrate that your investment meets this criterion when you apply for an E-visa; this is usually accomplished by showing that your funds are already at risk. Funds can be considered to be irrevocably committed, however, if they are held in an escrow account contingent only on the issuance of an E-visa.Q: How do I start a business if I don't have the visa?A: You may enter the United States in B-1 status in order to set up (not run) your business. You may not be paid in the U.S. while in B-1 status. If your enterprise requires someone to manage or run daily operations, you may hire individuals who are already legally allowed to work in the U.S. prior to receiving your E-visa. Once you have made the initial commitment of your funds, you should apply immediately for the E-visa.Q: Where can I get information about good places to invest in the U.S.?A: We do not have regional or state business and economic information. The U.S. government's trade function promotes exports, not inward investments, which is left to state and local governments. Please contact state offices of economic development and local chambers of commerce for economic forecasts and similar information. Additionally, several U.S. state governments maintain economic development offices in Toronto and Montreal, which may be able to assist potential investors.Q: What licenses and permits do I need to open and run a business in the U.S.?A: Licensing and permit requirements in the U.S. fall mainly under state and local law, and vary with the type of business you wish to operate. For specific information, please contact the appropriate government offices in the locality where you plan to start your business. Q: My spouse and/or children are citizens of a country other than my own. Can they still accompany me?A: The spouse and children (defined as unmarried and under 21 years of age) do not need to have the same citizenship as the principal applicant. However, dependents of E-visa holders are required to have visas in order to accompany the principal applicant to the United States.Q: Can anyone apply for an E-visa in Toronto?A: Only Canadian citizens and landed immigrants in Canada from a qualifying treaty country may apply for an E-visa in Toronto provided they are residents of Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan.Q: Do I have to come to Toronto to apply in person?A: Yes. Each E-visa applicant, assuming they are applying from within the Toronto E-visa District, including dependents, must appear in person before a consular officer. In all cases, regardless of age, each applicant must be physically present in Canada at the time of application.Q: Should I apply at the consulate or change of status in the USA? A change of status with DHS does not automatically grant E-visa status. If you have been granted a change of status and leave the U.S., in most cases, you must qualify for an E-visa in order to return to the U.S. in that status. To obtain an E-visa, you may apply in the normal manner with us by following the instructions on our website. A change of status will not speed up adjudication or otherwise expedite your E-visa application.