The E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa that requires the visa holder to have no intention of immigrating to the United States at the time the visa is issued or used for entrance. As a result, the E2 visa does not provide a clear path to permanent status (a green card).
In fact, there are two ways that an E2 visa can lead to a green card: conversion and waiver. Under the conversion process, an E2 visa holder can apply for a green card after living in the United States for three years. The conversion application must be filed before expiration of the valid period of stay on the E2 visa.
An E2 visa holder can also apply for a waiver of grounds of inadmissibility. If the E2 visa was obtained by fraud or misrepresentation, then this option cannot be pursued. However, other types of grounds for exclusion can be waived if certain requirements are met. For example, an individual who has been convicted of a crime and received a sentence of one year or more can be admitted into the United States even if he or she is excluded under paragraph (a) of this section. However, the applicant will be required to file a new application for a visa.
It is important to understand that although an E2 visa allows its holder to live and work in the United States, it does not guarantee that the holder will be able to remain permanently.
An immigrant visa is issued to a noncitizen who intends to stay in the United States permanently. Before traveling to the United States, you must get this visa. Following admission, USCIS issues a permanent residence card ("green card"), which is mailed to the noncitizen's U.S. address. The process takes about 10 months from the time the application was filed.
What is the difference between an immigrant visa and a temporary work permit? An immigrant visa allows a noncitizen to apply for permanent residence while a temporary work permit only grants the right to work. An immigrant visa also has a preference category known as the "employment-based system". Under this system, certain noncitizens are granted a priority date for an immigration interview when they apply for a job within the United States. This ensures that they will be considered first when there are opportunities available. However, this does not guarantee that they will receive an employment authorization document (EAD) or a decision from the employer within any specific timeframe. In fact, it can take several years from the time you start looking for work until you are able to verify your status.
What is the difference between an employment-based visa and a family-based visa? An employment-based visa is given to a single person who is willing to provide employment to at least one American employee. These visas include: H-1B, L-1, E-3, P-5, TN.
Is it possible to obtain a "green card" (permanent residency) or U.S. citizenship with the H-2B visa? No, not at all. The H-2B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that is valid for a set amount of time. It does not place employees on a road to permanent residency or citizenship in the United States.
The only way to achieve permanent residence status through the H-2B program is if you are selected by your employer to become an H-2B dependent worker. In this case, you will be given an employment authorization document (EAD), which allows you to work in the United States. This privilege can be renewed every two years if you continue to have a job offer from an employer who has registered with the Department of Labor's H-2B program. If you are not selected by your employer to become an H-2B dependent worker, then there is no way to obtain a green card through this process.
It is important to remember that anyone who enters the United States illegally is subject to deportation. Thus, even if you are able to obtain a job using the H-2B visa, you cannot stay in the country permanently without legal permission. To remain here indefinitely, the holder of the H-2B visa must either find another employer who will take them on as an H-2B dependent worker or apply for and be granted asylum or some other type of relief from removal proceedings.
The E-2 visa is non-immigrant in nature. It is only transitory. As a result, it differs from obtaining a green card through investment. Green card holders have permanent residency. It also necessitates a minimum investment of $500,000. There are no formal prerequisites for an E-2 visa. What Are the Dangers of Applying for an E-2 Visa?
There are no guarantees that your application will be approved by the U.S. government. The decision to grant an E-2 visa is at the discretion of the Department of State. The process can take several months to years depending on the number of applications received. There are no limits on how many applicants can be granted an E-2 visa in any given year.
Some countries may deny their citizens entry if they find that they have been issued an E-2 visa. You should know about these restrictions before you travel.
Other dangers include language barriers with the visa office staff and delays due to excessive demand over the phone or online. If you do not receive a response within 30 days, apply again. No responses does not mean that your application was denied, but rather that there were no openings in the quota for that country at the time you applied.
There is no set fee for applying for an E-2 visa. The cost depends on how long it takes to process your application.