An investor visa which is also called an (E-2) allows foreign nationals of a specific country to be admitted into the United States when investing a large amount of capital into a U.S.-based business. One caveat is that the United States must maintain a treaty of commerce and navigation to be in good standing in order to proceed with the E-2 treaty.
General Restrictions of a Treaty Investor
A few examples are:
Filing For A Change of Status
If the treaty investor is currently in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status, he or she may file Form I-129 to request a change of status to an E-2 classification in case the treaty holder needed to do so. If the desired employee under the E-2 status is currently in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status, the qualifying employer may file Form I-129 on the employee’s behalf in order to achieve a change of status.
Treaty Countries With The United States
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Congo, Romania, Senegal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Yugoslav.
The E-2 visa is a complex documented oriented process. It’s always a good idea to approach an immigration attorney before you start the process. For information, please give us a call at (602) 687-2010 or email us at [email protected].