German E-2 Visas
The March 2017 report from the State Department cited 322 accepted E-2 Visas in the year prior, making Germany one of the leading origins of E-2 Visas. German citizens are able to apply for an E-2 Visa as the U.S. and Germany have an established trade treaty dating back to 1956.
E-2 Visa History
The Citizenship and Immigration Services, a sub-department of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security states that an E-2 Visa is a means for a "a national of a treaty country (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business."
E-2 Visas can be a method for an extended stay in the U.S. as they're relatively simple and can result in fast entry. Someone starting a business with an E-2 Visa may bring along their family members. The Citizen and Immigration Services website states that a E-2 Visa holder may bring with them their "spouses and unmarried children below the age of 21 years of age". Spouse and children needn't be of the same nationality as the Visa holder.
Germans in America
Did you know that a third of the world's ethnic Germans live in the United States? According to data from the US Census Bureau, there are approximately 44 million Germans living in America. German settlement goes back to the late 1600s with significant populations throughout the country but especially in the Mid-West states of Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota where German-Americans make up over one third of the population. The map below demonstrates the predominance of German-Americans across the country.
Franchise Opportunities for Germans
You've Got Maids already has Germans! We'd like to have more, and are happy to speak with any German with interests and appropriate resources to start a house cleaning business in America. Click the link below, and you'll find opportunities to learn more, fill out a form to begin a discovery process with one of our Franchise Advisors, and so on.