E-2 TREATY INVESTORS
The E-2 nonimmigrant classification allows 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. Certain employees of such a person or of a qualifying organization may also be eligible for this classification. Dependent family members may also qualify
See U.S. Department of State’s Treaty Countries for a current list of countries with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation.
How to Obtain E-2 Classification if Outside the United States
E-2 Classification may be obtained from either inside the U.S. (if applicant is currently in lawful status) or applied from outside the U.S. at an American consular post.
Period of Stay
Visa reciprocity must be checked for each country that participates in the E-2 Treaty Visa program. Visas are typically 5 years long with Periods of Stays for two years.
Terms and Conditions of E-2 Status
A treaty investor or employee may only work in the activity for which he or she was approved at the time the classification was granted
Family of E-2 Treaty Investors and Employees
Treaty investors and employees may be accompanied or followed by spouses and unmarried children who are under 21 years of age.
For more information on E-2 visas, go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.