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.