E-2 - Treaty Investors
E-2 classification allows a national of a treaty country (a country with which the U.S. maintains a treaty of commerce) to be admitted to the U.S. when investing a substantial amount of capital in the U.S. business.
To qualify for E-2 classification, a treaty investor must:
- Be a national of a treaty country
- Have invested or be actively in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the U.S.
- Be seeking to enter the U.S. solely to develop and manage the investment enterprise.
To qualify for E-2 classification, an employee of a treaty investor must:
- Be the same nationality as the principal alien employer
- Be engaging in duties of an executive or supervisory character, or if employed in a lesser capacity, have special qualifications.
Qualified treaty investors and employees will be allowed a maximum initial stay of 2 years. Requests for an extension of stay may be granted in increments of up to 2 years each. There is no maximum limit to the number of extensions an E-2 nonimmigrant may be granted.
Treaty investors and employees may be accompanied by spouses and unmarried children under 21. Spouses of E-2 workers may apply for work authorization.
List of Qualifying Countries:
- Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan
- Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria
- Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic
- Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia
- Finland, France
- Germany, Georgia, Grenada
- Iran, Ireland, Italy
- Jamaica, Japan, Jordan
- Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan
- Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg
- Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco
- Netherlands, Norway
- Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland
- Serbia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland
- Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey
- Ukraine, United Kingdom
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