Before preparing an E-2 application, you and I must thoroughly explore the type of business you will invest in. Also, where we will file is equally important as you can submit an application for an E visa before DOS in any U.S. consulate or embassy with jurisdiction, or apply for a change of status before USCIS. The importance of this decision cannot be underestimated. For example, should you decide to apply for a visa abroad you need to be prepared to spend a considerable time abroad waiting for a resolution by the consulate. This can be detrimental for a start-up business, as your constant attention is needed for a successful beginning of operations. On the other hand, should you apply for a change of status, you must be cognizant of the limitations that a change of status application entails, as well as being aware of the travel limitations that a change of status approval will impose on you. Regardless of the decision made, your ability to freely travel will be affected, and will need to clearly address and prepare you for those issues.
If you are concerned about the timing of your application, you should speak with an immigration attorney right away before applying for an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa. Because immigration law in the United States is becoming tougher and tougher, the process for entering the United States by any method is extremely difficult. The immigration attorneys of Geygan & Geygan, Ltd. have the experience necessary to help you understand the process of obtaining an E-2 visa and what requirements must be met, including choosing where and how to obtain your status. To discuss your E-2 visa questions and concerns, contact our office today to schedule your free consultation. We can be reached by calling 513-791-1673.