E-2 Treaty Investor & Family
U.S immigration policy supports investors and foreign commerce in a variety of ways. The E-2 visa is one way the US ensures healthy commerce with the world. The E-2 visa is issued to individuals known as 'treaty investors'. A treaty investor is defined as a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation. You should be coming to the US to partake in a substantial investment. Your investment may be less than that demanded for the EB-5 ($500,000). However, if the investment becomes equal or greater than $500,000, you may petition for permanent immigration status. Your spouse and/opr children under the age of 21 may accompany you under E-2 status. Your employees may also be eligible for the E-2 Visa.
A periodically-updated list of the countries whose citizens may qualify for E visas is found in the US Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Manual. As set forth below, E visas are available both to the business owner/investor, and to certain qualifying employees.
You may apply for an E-2 visa at a US Consulate in your country. We recommend you do not apply at a US Consular Office outside of your permanent residence, since that process is more difficult.
To apply for an E-1 Visa, you must supply the following documents:
You may also be asked to prove that:
You may also be asked to describe in detail: