Case Study

E-2 for Essential Employee- Singapore

Client:Singapore – based wealth management company
Industry:Securities trading
Visa Type:E-2 Treaty Investor Visa


Our client had established a company in the United States to provide their existing international business clients with direct market access to U.S.- listed securities, and to commence business operations, they needed to transfer certain key personnel to the United States. One such employee they had wished to transfer was someone who was extensively involved in the development of the company’s proprietary IT system which would serve as the backbone of their US entity’s technological ecosystem.

Highlights & Challenges

There is no bright-line test for determining whether someone is an “essential employee” for E-2 visa purposes.  There is no exhaustive list and consular officers look at various factors in assessing the “essentiality” claim.  We worked very closely with the client in understanding the employee’s specific involvement in the IT platform, nature of the system s vis-a -vis the company’s business and related operations procedure manual and other work-related documents to understand the employee’s ongoing contribution.

In addition to providing extensive details about the IT platform, we also provided documents evidencing the employee’s involvement.


Successful E-2 application and interview at the Singapore Consulate.

Jeremy Abernathy

9 January 2024

I had the pleasure of working with Verdie and Nessa to obtain my E2 Visa. Their in-depth knowledge and experience allowed me to be fully prepared in my application and they were able to answer all questions leading up to the Visa interview.

Saeed Muhammad

15 December 2023

Verdie was an amazing attorney, providing exceptional client care throughout the process. He had a great depth of knowledge in all areas on business visas in the US.

Satya Choudhury

20 September 2023

I had a great experience with Davies & Associates. They are very thorough in the approach and their have experts in this field who know the domain very well.I would certainly be leaning onto them for any future needs as well.

Hoshino Ryuichi

12 September 2023

Thanks to them for handling my E2 visa very professionally. I had a study visa from F1 and changed it to E2. I encountered many problems during the application process. Verdie and Etta were very patient in helping me and it took a long time. I highly recommend this place.

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