There is no regulatory mandated minimum amount, however we recommend that the amount be at least $75,000. This has, in practice, been accepted by USCIS to be a substantial and sufficient amount of capital, and while we have submitted and won E-2 cases with investment amounts that were as low as $50,000, we certainly do not recommend amounts less than $75,000.
Investment is the treaty investor’s placing of capital, including funds and/or other assets (of the investor and not obtained by any criminal activity), at risk in the commercial sense with the objective of generating a profit. The funds must be irrevocably committed to the enterprise.
Yes. If you have capital assets (e.g. machinery, office equipment, real estate, etc.) that would be useful for your E-2 company’s business model, then the fair market value of these assets can be used as part of the qualifying investment in securing the E-2 visa.
It could, yes. Did you invest capital at the start of the business? If so, then it would certainly qualify. If you didn’t have to invest capital and the business grew organically, then we would have to take a look at the specifics of the business model, and the company’s financials.