E-2 Status Approved for a Taiwanese Manager
Client: A Lighting Equipment Manufacturer and Distributor
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Case Type: E-2 Investor Visa Application
Beneficiary’s Nationality: Taiwanese
BACKGROUND: A young Asian entrepreneur, after consulting with us, expressed his desire to establish an American affiliate to produce and distribute high quality lighting products in Northeast Ohio. He was at the end of his OPT status and did not make the H-1B lottery. At our suggestion, he decided to apply for E-2 status.
Date of Application: June 18, 2014
Date of Approval: June 19, 2014
1). The manager was of status and in the “gray” area—his OPT expired at the time of application.
2). Getting together all evidence in a matter of one month.
WE HELPED OUR CLIENT RECEIVED AN APPROVAL WITHIN 30 DAYS. Our client was able to establish his enterprise and continued to work and grow his business in Cleveland, Ohio.
FYI: E-2, Treaty State Investor Status, is only available to nationals of the treaty states or territories with the United States. Thus, the first challenge is to make sure that our client is eligible for E-2 Status. Taiwan, formally known as Republic of China, is recognized as a state-like entity by the United States. Therefore, Taiwanese are eligible for this particular venue to stay as entrepreneurs.
Second, client also must hold a position in the company eligible for E-2 status. Chief Manager, in this case, is eligible.
Lastly, we have to make sure that there is a registered company at the location stated in the application. To prove this company not a shell, there also must be proof of capital, often in loans, lined up to finance initial operations. Our business visa team will be happy to help you navigate through the details of this application.
IN ONE DAY, THE PETITION WAS APPROVED.