Welcome to E2 Visa Lab!

About me

How E2 Visa Lab can help you prepare and submit your E-2 application

I received my E-2 Visa in 2016 through the U.S. Consulate in Azerbaijan and then successfully extended my E-2 status in the United States through USCIS in 2018.

I prepared both the initial E-2 visa application and the application for an extension of E-2 status myself and think that you can do it yourself too.

While working on my application I was very frustrated because the online resources were very limited. In particular, I wanted to see real examples of E-2 applications including cover letters and business plans, but I could not find any.


When my application was approved, I decided to create the E2 Visa Lab web site and share on this website everything I learned when going through the process.


E2 Visa Lab can help other applicants prepare their E-2 petitions. On this website you can find the E-2 Visa documents which I prepared when going through the application process and review a real case. I spent over 500 work hours preparing my application. The documents will help you prepare your application when applying for an E-2 Visa for the first time through a Consulate and also when extending the E-2 status through USCIS!

For your E-2 application you need to write a cover letter that would explain to the U.S. government how you meet the E-2 visa requirements, write a business plan for the E-2 Enterprise, prepare supporting documentation to the statements you made in the cover letter and the business plan, complete Form DS-160 (if applying through a Consulate) or Form I-129 (if applying through USCIS).

You might want to consider hiring an attorney to help with the process. However, finding a trusted attorney might take long, especially, when searching from the outside of the United States. Choosing a good attorney can be difficult and requires having relevant knowledge about the E-2 Visa process. Additionally, good attorneys are usually extremely busy and expensive. You will need to wait weeks or even months before you get an appointment to discuss your case and it may cost you $6,000 and higher.

Even if you hire an attorney, you will need to prepare the supporting documents yourself, and the attorney will only prepare the cover letter based on the information and documents provided by you. As an entrepreneur you know better than anyone about your business! You can get your E-2 status quicker than anyone else will do it for you!

If you are still concerned because you can do something wrong and your application will be denied, then you can prepare your documents yourself and submit them to an attorney for a review only! If you do so, you can pay for less attorney hours and save your money!

You are not required by USCIS to have a lawyer when applying for an E-2 visa or E-2 status extension. You can find answers to all of your questions about the E-2 Visa on the USCIS web site.


Consider doing it yourself and save your time and money! Going through the process will bring you unique experience! You will enjoy it!

Advantages of an E-2 Visa

  • You can work legally in the U.S and be employed by your business

  • There is no minimum investment amount that is required

  • Your spouse can legally work and your children under 21 can attend a school of your choice with an E-2 dependent visas

  • You can travel freely in and out of the U.S. with a valid E2 Visa

  • You can request an extension of stay an unlimited amount of times and stay indefinitely in the U.S.

  • Have employees accompany you under your E-2 status

  • Very fast application process and eligible for premium processing which takes 15 days 


        Read the complete article about advantages of an E-2 Visa

The E-2 Visa Requirements

        To qualify for E-2 classification, the treaty investor must:

  • Be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation.

  • Have invested, or be actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona-fide enterprise in the United States.

  • Be seeking to enter the United States solely to develop and direct the investment enterprise.

       Read more about the requirements for E-2 Classification

You can buy the E2 Visa Documents which include a sample cover letter and a business plan. By clicking the “Check Out” button you agree to the license agreement terms. You will receive an email with a download link immediately after the purchase. The E-2 Visa Documents are provided in the electronic form only (doc. and pdf files). All sensitive and confidential data in the documents was carefully changed for privacy reasons in a way that important information remains. 

My name is Arzu Jamilova and I’m 39. I live with my family in Bellevue, WA, United States. I am originally from Azerbaijan where I own a recruiting company Smart Resources Group since 2011. The company provides recruiting services to local and global companies. Prior to coming to the United States, I worked as the Executive Director of the company. Read more.




Before I started my own business, I held positions of the Human Resources Director at Azerfon and the Talent Acquisition Manager at Azercell. Both Azercell and Azerfon are major telecommunication companies in Baku, Azerbaijan. Read more.


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"We initially hired an immigration attorney for E2 process and she completely messed up our case which led to a denial. Then we decided to do it ourselves. E2visalab has been extremely helpful during this "DIY" process. You can trust E2visalab.com and do it yourself without spending thousands of dollars on attorneys. Even if you hire an attorney, you end up preparing all of the documents by yourself. The only thing attorney will do is write a cover letter and fill the forms based on the documents you provide. Why pay thousands of dollars to an attorney to craft a cover letter and fill a form. USCIS provide all necessary information. However, E2visalab is the only place that will provide "hard to find" information and "real help". I highly recommend E2visalab".


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