An E-2 visa is a type of investor visa that entrepreneurs can use to establish themselves and their business in the US. It's one of the fastest visas available, allowing you and your family to come to America and start your business in as little as three months (and sometimes even less). If you live in Latin America, you may want to learn more about how the E2 visa investment can be your ticket to investing and starting your own successful franchise.


If you want to live and invest in the United States, an E-2 visa gives you permission to enter and begin your work. It was created to provide motivated business people a means to bring their talent and drive to this country to stimulate growth and boost the economy. Most people who take advantage of this opportunity are those who want to run their own business — whether it's an original idea or a franchise model. The visa has a maximum length of five years, but can be renewed indefinitely. Family members can stay for two years before having to reapply.


Not every investor can apply for an E-2 visa. Applicants are required to reside in a country that has a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the United States. The Latin American countries that currently comply with this requirement are listed as follows:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Grenada
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Suriname


Officials will look for a solid business plan that entrepreneurs can quickly implement when they arrive in the US. This is just one of the many reasons why franchises are a popular option for investors. Franchises offer a comprehensive overview of how to attract and retain customers through their proven business model. Entrepreneurs can use the tools to guide their path and maximize their chances of success.

Applicants also need to provide the relevant business licenses, contracts, and lease agreements that show they're ready to get started as soon as they arrive. Applicants need to prove they have the liquid capital they'll need to support themselves when they first arrive. Your specific paperwork will vary based on the strength of your financial history and your chosen business opportunity.


There is no technical minimum investment to qualify for an E-2 visa. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) leaves the E2 investment amount somewhat open-ended not to exclude potentially lucrative professionals who may not have enough capital.

However, the terms do state that applicants must either invest or have previously invested a 'substantial amount' in a verified business enterprise in the US. This can be either an established business or a new one. The investment amount must be relative to the total cost of the enterprise. In other words, if you're investing in a relatively low-cost business in the US, you'll need to produce a larger fraction of capital for a federal official to consider it 'substantial'.

For most successful entrepreneurs, this ends up breaking down to at least $100,000. There have been cases where people have been approved with as little as $50,000, but this is the rare exception and not the rule. So while the E2 visa minimum investment may not be defined, the historical data can give hopeful applicants some general guidelines before they start filling out their forms.


AdvantaClean is a water and mold restoration company that fully complies with the enterprise requirements of the USCIS. We rely on our franchise owners to help our customers keep their properties safe from the many hazards of mold and water damage. That's why we do everything in our power to support motivated Latin American investors who want to capitalize on the E-2 visa.

With AdvantaClean, your investment starts as low as $99,650 (with at least $50,000 of liquid capital). Once you decide to partner with us, we're there for you every step of the way. The average application takes about six weeks to process, though some can take as long as three months (depending on the country you reside in). If you have questions along the way or you want to appeal your ruling, we have the immigration lawyers who can get you squared away.

Our research, resources, and experience have made it possible for franchise owners to lead a better life in America. We want to open the door for new opportunities and successful partnerships with entrepreneurs who want to build a better life for themselves.

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