E-2 Visa for Treaty Investors
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An E-visa is intended for treaty traders and treaty investors – E-1 is for traders and E-2 is for investors. In order to qualify for an E-2 treaty investor visa, an individual must be a citizen of a country that has a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. For example:
- United Kingdom
For a full list, visit the list of Treaty Countries provided by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. The E-2 visa must be procured before an individual enters the country. In the event that the individual is already residing in the United States, a U.S. company may file a petition to have that investors’ status changed to E-2 by way of a Form I-129 (Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker).
Qualifying for an E-2 Visa
To qualify for an E-2, the individual must be:
- A national of a U.S. treaty country, and
- Invest substantial capital in a United States bona fide enterprise (producing profit).
How to Apply for an E Visa
If you wish to apply for an E-2 visa, you will have to:
- Complete Form DS-160
- Complete Form DS-156E
- Show proof of qualified investment enterprises
How Long Can an E-2 Visa Holder Remain in the U.S.?
Anyone who procures an E-2 visa can stay in the United States for two years, although that period can be extended. There is no maximum period for which the E-2 visa can be extended.