D&A, US Immigration Lawyers in Singapore

E2 Application Process for Singapore Residents

The E2 investor visa is a wonderful option for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes.

The E2 Treaty Investor visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows the visa holder to direct and control a business in the United States

Paolo DomingoPaolo Domingo
07:19 04 Jan 23
5 stars and a high five! Thank you Verdie and Etta for assisting us with our change of status application. They were very professional and accommodating with all our questions and concerns throughout the process. Despite the time constraint, we pulled it off and we could not have done this without you guys! Keep up the good work!
Jean ZhuJean Zhu
01:49 17 Dec 22
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11:59 10 Dec 22
I had talked with Alex Jovy, he was very quick to respond, had a lot of useful information which I was not aware of. Took time out of his day to discuss my situation and was very helpful. They go into a lot of detail which other companies do not. Overall a great service!
Eduardo SalvoEduardo Salvo
16:26 25 Nov 22
I received an world-class help in how to immigrate to the USA succesfully!Alex was very open to answer my questions and is definitely a professional in what he does!Strongly recommend this firm.
Birendra KumarBirendra Kumar
11:42 24 Nov 22
It was great to have a first meeting with Alex Jovy on Team and were glad to have fruitful discussion. Alex in-depth knowledge and I will highly recommend Alex for these services.
18:28 04 Oct 22
We were in a hurry and Verdie and the team were highly responsive and supportive, even when we threw in some curve balls along the way. We had our visas approved without any issues and felt confident and well prepared for document submissions and the interview. I'd certainly recommend this team for an E2 visa process.

Change of Status and Consular Processing

E2 investors and workers face a choice of changing status from another non-immigrant visa type from within the United States or filing for an E2 visa from the US consulate in Singapore.

Changing status from another non-immigrant visa has the disadvantage that when the individual on E2 status next leaves the United States he or she will have to obtain an E2 visa in a US consulate.

Note:  It is not possible to “change status” from visa waiver status/ESTA from within the United States.


Overview of E-2 Visa Application Process in Singapore

StepDescriptionKey Tips
1 – Understand your business
Prepare a Business Plan
This is the single most critical part of the process. Allow a professional to prepare your plan.
2 – Financial Planning
Plan the Funding for your Business
You need to show how you will obtain the required funding as outlined in your business plan.
3 – Structure your Business
Set-up or restructure your US Business Entity (if needed)
Your immigration lawyer will advise you if your current business structure meets applicable legal standards.
4 – Corporate Legal: Compliance
Ensure you have met all applicable licensing and required Federal, State and local compliance for your business
Work with a good corporate lawyer who can assist you with this work.
5 – Corporate Legal: liability protection
Ensure you and your business are properly protected with employment agreements, trademark registrations and other items.
Your corporate lawyer can assist you with this,
6 – Fund Your Investment
Place required funding in escrow or spend E2 investment funds. The US Consulate in Singapore have issued gridlines that specifically reference the use of escrow accounts.
A common fallacy is that the E2 investment has to be spent. Our firm typically places all investment into escrow form where it is spent over time, we have never had a case denied or a question on this strategy.
7 – Photographs
Ensure you have photos for all family members applying that meet DOS requirements.
Carefully reviews photo requirements at  https://www.ustraveldocs.com/sg/sg-niv-photoinfo.asp
8 – Prepare Supporting Application Package
The US consulate in Singapore have published distinct instructions for E2 visa applications filed in Singapore.
Allow an experienced immigration lawyer to complete this step for you.
9 – Prepare for DS 160
While your lawyer will prepare this document for you it is your declaration. You need to read it and be familiar with it.
10 – File your E2 Application
Your lawyer will complete and file form DS 160 and your E2 visa application package at the US Consulate in Singapore.
E visas are unique in that they are filed at the US consulate and not at USCIS. This saves substantial processing time.
11- Interview
Attend interview in Singapore with a lawyer from our Singapore office.
The US consulate in Singapore is one of the few consulates in the world that allow a lawyer to attend your consular interview with you.

Notes on Certain Steps in
E2 Visa Application Process

Step 1 – Prepare a Business Plan

The US Consulate in Singapore will want to be convinced that you have a genuine business which is either already operational or capable of immediately commencing operations. The business plan is the single most important part of the E2 visa application process. This is your opportunity to present and explain your business to the US consular officer.

Step 2 – Financial Planning

You will need to determine the funding needed for your business. Your E2 visa investment must be “substantial” in relation to the overall funding required for the business. While there is no minimum investment prescribed by law a minimum investment of USD 100,000 is generally advisable for E2 visa purposes.

Step 3 – Structure Your Business

For E2 visa purposes any form of lawful business formation will suffice for E2 visa purposes so long as the E2 investor owns 50% or more of the business. Lawful forms of businesses include:
(1) Limited Liability companies LLCs;
(2) Limited Partnerships (LPs); and Corporations (Inc.).
While the choice of LLC, LP or Inc. is not meaningful for E2 purposes you will want to consider taxation, liability and other non-immigration issues.

Step 4 – Corporate Compliance

An E2 visa will not be issued unless the US business is capable of lawfully operating. Accordingly, you will need to ensure that your US business has all necessary licenses and permits. Our firm represents a number of Singaporean financial services and other entities which require licenses in order to lawfully operate in the United States. Fortunately, our US corporate lawyers are able to assist clients meet this need.

Step 6 – Fund Your Investment

Before obtaining your E2 visa you will need to place your investment “at risk”. Funds placed in a business checking account which have not been spent will not be counted as being “at risk”. Clients often report being told that funds must be spent ahead of an application for an E2 visa. Unfortunately this is false and demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the E2 visa process.
According to the US Consulate in Singapore’s guidelines and US State Department Guidelines in 9 FAM 402.9-6(B)(d) you are able to satisfy this requirement by placing funds in escrow.

Step 11 – Consular Interview

Proper preparation for your E2 visa interview is essential. Key interview preparation tips include: Having a practice interview with our firm’s Singapore E2 visa team. Considering having an E2 visa attend your interview with you. Reviewing the latest list of questions which our clients report being asked at the consulate in Singapore. Make sure you are familiar with every detail in your business plan and are ready to answer questions on it.

Frequently Asked Questions
for E2 Applications in Singapore

Can my Lawyer Accompany me to the Consular Interview?

Yes, Singapore is one of the few consulates that allows this

How Long is an E2 Visa Valid For?

An E2 visa may be issued for any period of time up to the maximum period given in the visa reciprocity table. The visa reciprocity table is given two tables published by the US State Department. We have amalgamated these two charts for convenience.


There is no minimum investment amount but the investment must be “substantial” in relation to the size of the business. While the US State Department recommends a minimum investment of USD 100,000.00 this is only a guideline and a smaller investment may qualify.

Location of the US Consulate in Singapore

US Consulate in Singapore

The US Consulate in Singapore is located at:

27 Napier Road
Singapore 258508

Tel: (65) 6476-9100
Fax: (65) 6476-9232

The consulate accepts visa related questions via e-mail at: [email protected] 

US Immigration Lawyer in Singapore

Davies & Associates in Singapore

In Singapore our firm is incorporated at Global Citizenship Services Pte. Ltd.