United States

E2 Treaty Investor Visa Program

The US E2 visa is a special class of non-immigrant visa available to citizens of E2 Treaty signatory countries (see list).

Because it is a non-immigrant visa, an E2 visa does not, in itself, provide a path to permanent residency (green card) or citizenship in the United States. It does, however, enable the applicant to open, own, and manage a business in the US.

Nearly half a million entrepreneurs, the majority from European countries and Japan, have entered the US on E2 visas since 2008.

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Program at a glance

Program TypeActive Investor Visa
Time to citizenshipN/A
Time to permanent residencyN/A
Minimum investmentNone (De facto minimum of US$150,000)
Physical presence requirementNone
Application processing time1-2 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to185 destinations, including Schengen countries
Contribution types availableBusiness Investment

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