TREATY TRADERS & INVESTORS (E-1 / E-2 VISAS)
The E-1 / E-2 visas are non-immigrant long term visas granted to an alien who is a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce, and who wishes to invest in the U.S. or carry on substantial trade between the U.S. and his/her country. Such an applicant is known as a Treaty Foreign National (TFN).
Countries with Treaties for E-1 Visas
Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Liberia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Serbia Montenegra, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia, Wallis & Futura Islands, Western Sahara.
An E-1 visa is granted to an alien seeking entry into the U.S. under the following conditions:
Countries with Treaties for E-2 Visas
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China (Taiwan), Colombia, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Rep. of the), Congo (Rep.), (Kinshasa), Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldavia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russian Fed., Senegal, Serbia Montenegra, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia, Wallis & Futura Islands, Western Sahara
An E-2 visa is granted to an alien seeking entry into the U.S. under the following conditions:
Persons holding an ‘E’ visa may reside in the United States as long as they continue to maintain their status with the enterprise. This means that the visa may be renewed indefinitely as long as the trade or investment is in effect.
Persons holding an ‘E’ visa may bring their immediate family to reside with them in the U.S. and the children may attend school or university without having to obtain a separate visa.
Work Authorization for Spouses
The President has signed into law a new immigration bill H.R. 2277. This will allow spouses of E visa holders to work while they are in the United States. Currently, spouses are allowed to accompany the principal visa holder for the length of their assignment, but are banned from working. The new rule will come as a welcome measure to many as most families depend on a dual income.
Click here to read guidance on application of work authorization.
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