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The E-2 visa is an invaluable resource for individuals seeking to invest and conduct business in the United States.

 The E-2 visa, also known as the Treaty Investor visa, offers a pathway for entrepreneurs and investors from certain countries to establish or acquire a business in the U.S. Here, we provide detailed information on the requirements, step-by-step process, advantages, disadvantages, and the importance of seeking legal advice.

Requirements: To qualify for an E-2 visa, applicants must meet several criteria, including

• Citizenship: Applicants must be nationals of a country that has a qualifying treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States.
• Investment: Individuals must make a substantial investment in a bona fide enterprise in the U.S.
• Ownership: The applicant must have at least 50% ownership of the enterprise.
• Business Operations: The investment must create job opportunities for U.S. workers and contribute to the economy.

Step-by-Step Process:

1. Business Formation or Acquisition: Establish or acquire a qualifying business in the U.S.
2. Investment: Make a substantial investment in the business.
3. Visa Application: Complete the DS-160 form and schedule a visa interview at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
4. Interview: Attend the visa interview and provide necessary documentation to support your application.
5. Approval: If approved, receive the E-2 visa stamp and begin business operations in the U.S.
*The investor may have the option of applying for the visa through a change of status if the applicant is in a lawful status in the United States and meets certain requirements.


Flexibility: E-2 visa holders can live and work in the U.S. based on their investment.
Family Benefits: Spouses and unmarried children under 21 can accompany the primary visa holder.
Renewability: The visa can be renewed indefinitely, as long as the business remains operational.
No Quota: There is no limit on the number of E-2 visas issued annually.
Fast Processing: E-2 visa applications are typically processed relatively quickly.


Treaty Requirement: Only citizens of countries with a qualifying treaty with the U.S. are eligible.
Investment Risk: The success of the visa application depends on the viability of the investment.

  • Non-Immigrant Status: E-2 visa holders must maintain their business operations to retain their visa status.

  • Important Link: Check the list of countries with E-2 treaties.

  • Top Five Frequently Asked Questions:

    No, only nationals of countries with qualifying treaties with the U.S. are eligible for the E-2 visa. 

    There is no specific dollar amount for the investment, but it should be sufficient to ensure the success of the business. 

    Yes, spouses and unmarried children under 21 can accompany the primary visa holder. 

     A: E-2 visas are typically issued for up to five years, depending on the qualifying country and can be renewed indefinitely, as long as the business remains operational. 

    No, E-2 visa holders are only authorized to work for the business in which they made their investment. 

    Visa Fees and/or Department of Homeland Security Fees:

    Cost of Work/Business Consultation USD 275

    Navigating the complexities of the E-2 visa process requires a thorough understanding and expertise in immigration law. Consulting with a qualified immigration attorney can ensure that applicants meet all requirements, prepare necessary documentation, and maximize their chances of success.

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