The E-2 nonimmigrant classification allows a national or citizen of a treaty country to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business. It allows an individual to live and work in the United States under the employment of the company for which the E2 visa was granted. Spouses of E-2 beneficiaries are also eligible for work authorization. However, they are not limited to their spouse’s employment.
E-2 Visas are commonly referred to as Trader Treaty & Investor Visas. Much like that name implies, these visas are governed by the agreement between the applicant’s country and the U.S. For this reason, the time for which an E-2 visa may be granted varies greatly from country to country. The validity period of the visa determines when a visa holder may enter the U.S., however, E-2 visa holders are allowed a maximum stay of two years regardless of the validity period of the visa.
Once an E2 visa holder enters the U.S., they can stay for a period of two years with E-2 status. This allows time for the applicant to prove the viability of their business or investment within the U.S. Some countries will allow E-2 visa holders multiple entries to the U.S. In those situations, the visa holder should be granted two years of E-2 status even if they reenter the U.S. on the last day before their visa expires. If the E-2 visa expires before the investor reenters the U.S., a new visa application must be processed.
Some popular countries for E-2 investor visas to the U.S. are: Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Spain and the United Kingdom.
If you are applying from Egypt, the E-2 visa will be valid for a period of three (3) months. These visas only allow for one entry into the U.S. Once you enter the US, you will be authorized to stay for a period of two years.
If you are applying from Italy, your E-2 visa may be valid for a period of up to five (5) years. You are allowed multiple entries into the U.S. during that time. With each entry into the United States, the authorized period of stay would be for two years.
If you are applying from Jordan, your E-2 visa may be valid for a period of three (3) months. These visas only allow for one entry into the U.S. Once you enter the US, you will be authorized to stay for a period of two years.
Spain currently allows E-2 visas for a period of five years and allows for multiple entries to the U.S. within that time.
If you are applying from the United Kingdom, your E-2 visa may be valid for a period of up to five (5) years. You are allowed multiple entries into the U.S. during that time. This treaty does not cover members of the Commonwealth other than the United Kingdom.
Attorneys can assist by creating a case plan that best fits a client’s timeline. They can also analyze whether the U.S. investment is a bona fide enterprise, is substantial, and not marginal. Not all business models can qualify for the E-2 Investor Visa. An experienced immigration attorney can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different business models.
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