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E-2 Treaty Investor Visas Available to Citizens of Israel

Beginning in May 2019, citizens of Israel will be eligible to apply for E-2 treaty investor visas.

What is an E-2 visa?

The E-2 visa allows citizens of Israel to buy an existing business or to start a new business in the United States, and to apply for a visa in order to oversee its operations.

How much do I have to invest?

There are no specific minimum investment requirements to qualify for an E-2 visa.  The regulations state that the investment must be “substantial” relative to the nature and type of business.

Do I have to own 100% of the business?

To qualify for an E-2 investor visa, an Israeli citizen must own at least 50% of the U.S. business.

Can I bring my family with an E-2 visa?

Principal applicants of an E-2 visa can bring their spouses and any children under 21 as dependents.

What type of business should I invest in?

The regulations require the investment to be in an active commercial business.  This usually means a business that offers a good, product or service.  Examples can include:  restaurants, retail stores, manufacturing companies, etc.  Investment in real estate will not qualify for an E-2 visa because it is considered a passive investment.

Can I bring employees from Israel with an E-2 visa?

Yes, Israeli citizens with approved E-2 investor visas may bring certain employees to work in the U.S. for the E-2 company.  As with the principal investor, employees may also bring spouses and children under 21.

Can spouses work in the U.S.?

Spouses of E-2 visa holders are permitted to apply for employment authorization upon entry to the U.S.

Learn more about the E-2 visa by clicking HERE.