The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Program is available to residents of Canada.

What are E-2 Visa Requirements for Canada?

E2 visa requirement – Canada

  • Be a citizen Canada. It has signed a treaty with USA.
  • Requires investor’s investment be typically over US $150K (Canadian Dollar 185K) with minimum 50% ownership.
  • Move to US to establish and manage the business.
  • Generate significant returns for investors and economy – employing US workers.
  • Funds must be “at risk”

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The E-2 U.S. Immigrant Investor Visa Program is available to Canada citizens. There is growing demand for the E-2 Visa category among Canada nationals.

How long does it take to get an E-2 visa for Canadian citizens?

E2 visa timeline – Canada

The processing time for an E-2 visa depends on Canadian Investor. If present in the USA, the average time is 5 months. Premium processing time is 15 days for $2,500. For outside of the US, E2 visa processing time through a Consulate varies from 2 weeks to 4 months.

Details on USCIS E-2 processing times

How does this apply to your Situation?

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How much does E-2 Visa Cost for Canadian citizens?

E2 visa cost – Canada

Minimum investment amount is typically over US $150K (Canadian Dollar 185K). For investor present in USA – Form I-129 fee $460 (Form I-539 – $370 per dependent), 15 days premium processing at $2,500. Investor in Home-country – $205 fee per DS-160 form. Lawyer’s charges, Business entity formation costs.

Bank of Canada – Banque du Canada is the Agency that has framework and monetary policy for moving assets and money outside of Canada. See their policy here.

Details of E-2 Visa Costs

Is Canada an E-2 visa treaty country?

Yes, the United States maintains treaties of commerce and navigation with Canada. Nationals of treaty countries must be coming to the United States to engage in substantial trade, or develop and direct the operations of a business in which the investor has invested a substantial amount of capital.

See list of E-2 Treaty Countries

See list of E-2 Non-treaty Countries

E-2 businesses for Sale for Canadian investor

Though it depends on each investor’s interest in terms of the type of business. An investor from Canada could opt for investing a substantial amount in Multinational corporations or buying Franchises, restaurants, consulting business or purchase an existing business.

As long as a substantial investment is made in the business by the investor it can qualify. As mentioned above some of the popular businesses are franchises/restaurants/consulting businesses which will help the US economy.

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How to convert an E-2 visa to a Green card for a citizen of Canada?

E2 visa to Green card – Canada

  1. EB-5 investor visa thru Direct or Regional Center Investment
  2. Green Card through your spouse’s Employer.
  3. EB1A immigrant visa for people with extraordinary abilities
  4. National interest waiver (under EB-2 visa for advanced degree professionals)
  5. E-2 Employee to green card through marriage.

See Details on How to obtain a Green Card through E2 visa?

Canada, E2 Visa Consultant

EB5 BRICS can help you navigate the E-2 Visa Program through our presence in Canada in conjunction with our U.S. Legal Partner. Our team speaks English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.

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E-2 Visa Canada FAQ

As an Canadian citizen, Am I eligible for an E-2 Visa?

Yes, As an Canadian citizen, you are eligible for an E-2 Visa. Canada has signed the E-2 treaty with the US.

Can a spouse of a E2 visa holder from Canada work in the US?

Spouses of E-2 visa holders from Canada are able to work in the US only once they apply for work authorization by filling form I-765, if approved they are allowed to work in the US.

Can a Canada national work in the USA with an E2 visa?

Yes. As a Canada national, you are eligible to work in the US but only the business that you have invested or if you are an employee at the organisation which sponsored your E-2 visa.

For a Canada national, What businesses qualify for an E2 visa?

There is no specific list of businesses under the E-2 treaty. As long as the investor has made a significant investment in a business and is approved by the US citizenship and immigration services.

As an Canadian citizen, What happens when my E2 visa expires?

The E-2 visa holders from Canada are allowed to renew their visas. The extensions are granted for 2 years and there are no restrictions on the number of extensions available to the E-2 investors.