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E-2

Treaty Investor Visas


The E-2 nonimmigrant classification allows a national of a treaty country1 (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. To qualify for E-2 classification, the treaty investor must:

  • Be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation

  • Have invested, or be actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States – No less than $125,000 investment

  • Be seeking to enter the United States solely to develop and direct the investment enterprise.  This is established by showing at least 50% ownership of the enterprise or possession of operational control through a managerial position or other corporate device.

Some, not all, treaty countries are:

Argentina

Australia

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

France

Germany

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Mexico

Panama

Paraguay

Spain

Ukraine

United Kingdom