U.S.A 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.
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:
A filled-in visa application Form DS-156.
One recent photograph 1 & 1/2 inches square
(37mm x 37mm) of each applicant, with the entire face visible. The
picture should be taken before a light background and without head
A passport, valid for travel to the United States for at least six months longer than your intended visit.
Documents that establish that your cmpany is owned by foreign nationals.
A letter from your employer detailing your
position and stating that you possess highly specialized skills
essential to the efficient operation of the firm.
You may also be asked to prove that:
Your company meets the requirements of the law.
The trade is substantial; there should be a continuous flow of trade between the US and the treaty country.
- You intend to leave the US after the validity date of the E-2 Visa.
You have invested a 'substantial' amount.
The investment must be active.
You may also be asked to describe in detail:
What type of investment you are involved in.
The future prospects for the investment.
Other documents that establish your eligibility for the E-2 Visa
E2 Visa Countries
E2 visas may only be applied for by people or companies from the following countries:
||Trinidad and Tobago
||The Czech Republic
||The Slovak Republic
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING E-2 VISA PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION REGARDING THIS VISA OR OTHER IMMIGRATION ISSUES.