I was refused a US Business Visa. What Next?

US Business Visa refusal questions for our immigration lawyers

Q. I applied for an US Business Visa under the E-2 category. My application took a few months and came back refused because my investment was not “substantial enough” . I invested $50,000 into a gym in Maryland. How much investment qualifies as “substantial investment”  for E-2 Visa purposes?


A. This is a hard question to answer for the very reason that there is no specific amount of investment that qualifies as substantial in the regulations or policy manuals. What I tell my clients when they ask us this question is that the appropriate amount of investment is contextual to the business in question. Therefore if you are investing in a gym, I would imagine $50,000 would not cut it. However, it it was a convenience store or small franchise, $50,000 may be sufficient. The other factor to consider it your equity in the business and whether your investment is “proportional” to how much you own.

As a rule of thumb for the US Consulate in Toronto, I am more conformable with investments in the six figure range but it really depends on the nature of the business in question.

Now that you are refused what is next? In most cases, you are given the opportunity to improve upon your application by providing the US Consulate with information and documentation that addresses their concerns. In this case, you may have to increase the investment amount and provide proof you did this.

Have a question about US Business Visas? Contact Niren and Associates immigration law firm today.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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