The E-2 visa is designed for aliens engaged in international investment between the United States and the alien’s country of nationality. E2 visa holders must make a active and substantial investment as well as perform an essential role in the enterprise that results in the creation of job opportunities for US workers. There is no set amount an E2 visa holder must invest as it depends on the type of enterprise. The E2 visa is initially valid for two years and may be extended indefinitely.
In order to qualify for an E2 visa, you must be a national of one of the following treaty countries:
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- Executives, managers and specialists of a treaty nation company operating in the US seeking to enter to carry out substantial trade, including their family members;
- Companies in treaty countries who wish to send key personnel to set up a US company or manage the US affiliate or branch
An alien, if otherwise admissible, may be classified as a nonimmigrant treaty investor (E-2) if the alien:
- Is a national of a treaty country;
- Makes a substantial investment which is not marginal; the percentage of investment in a high-cost enterprise.
- Is coming to the US to develop and direct the enterprise; and
- If the applicant is not the principal investor, he or she must be employed in a supervisory, executive, or highly specialized skill capacity.