E-2 Visa

E-2 Visa Details

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:

Albania Argentina Armenia
Austria Bangladesh Belgium
Bosnia Bulgaria Cameroon
Costa Rica Canada Colombia
Congo Croatia Czech Republic
Ecuador Egypt Estonia
Ethiopia Finland France
Germany Grenada Georgia
Honduras Iran Ireland
Italy Jamaica Japan
Kazakhstan Kyrgystan Korea (South)
Latvia Liberia Luxembourg
Macedonia Mexico Moldova
Mongolia Morocco Norway
Oman Pakistan Panama
Philippines Poland Romania
Senegal Slovakia Slovenia
Spain Sri Lanka Suriname
Sweden Switzerland Taiwan
Thailand Togo Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia Turkey Ukraine
United Kingdom Zaire Israel

Spouses and children of E-2 visa holders may enter and remain in the US in E-2 status. E2 spouses may apply for work permit. E2 spouses and children may attend school in the US

For whom is a E-2 Visa appropriate?

  • 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

What are the requirements for obtaining an E-2 Visa?

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.


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