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Everything You Need to Know About the E-2 Visa: Benefits, Process & Timelines

Do you want to invest in the United States but are not sure if you qualify for a visa? The E-2 visa may be the perfect option for you! This article will discuss everything you need to know about the E-2 visa, from its benefits to the processes involved in obtaining one. We will also take a look at processing times so that you can plan accordingly. If you are ready to invest in the United States, the E-2 visa is definitely worth considering!

What is an E-2 Visa?

The E-visa classification is reserved for treaty investors and treaty traders. To qualify, you must be a national of a country with which the United States has a bilateral investment treaty or trade agreement in force. A list of countries can be found on the U.S. Department of State’s website. You must also be coming to the United States solely to engage in substantial trade, including trade in services or technology, in qualifying activities.

What is the Benefit of an E-2 Visa?

There are many benefits to obtaining an E-visa. For one, you are allowed to bring your spouse and children under the age of 21 with you to the United States. You can also obtain work authorization for your spouse! In addition, the E-visa is not a dual intent visa, which means that you may not apply for permanent residency. Finally, there is no limit on the number of times you can enter and exit the United States with an E-visa.

How can I apply for an E-2 Visa?

There are two ways to apply for an E-visa. If you are currently outside of the United States, you will need to apply at a U.S. consulate or embassy. If you are already in the United States, you can file for a change of status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Please note that you will need to meet certain requirements to qualify for a change of status.

 

What is the Processing Time?

The processing time for an E-visa varies depending on the consulate or embassy where you apply. However, most consulates and embassies aim to process E-visas within two weeks of attending the interview. If you are applying for a change of status with USCIS, the processing time is typically taking longer, around four to six months if you did not request the case to be processed under premium processing.

 

We hope this article has given you a better understanding of the E-visa and what it entails. If you are interested in investing or conducting trade in the United States, the E-visa is definitely worth considering! Be sure to consult an immigration attorney to discuss your specific case and to determine if you qualify for this visa.

 

Do you have any questions about the E-visa or the immigration process in general? Let us know in the comments below! We would be happy to answer any of your questions.

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