The USA E-2 Treaty Investor Visa is one that allows a citizen of a country that has a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States to enter the US to invest a generous capital in a business in the US. This visa category is also opened to some key employees in a company that is qualified for this category of visa. Where the applicant is already in the US under a legal non-immigrant visa status, the applicant may choose to file for an adjustment to the status of an E-2 visa holder with a Form I-129 request. It takes about two to four weeks to complete the application process for this visa.


The immediate family members of the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa holder may join him or her in the US but must apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to be eligible to work in the US. To be eligible for a USA E-2 Treaty Investor, investors must:

  • Be entering the US to either invest in a new business or an existing enterprise.
  • Declare the source of the funding.
  • Have the funds they intend to invest.

The following documents will be required when filing for anE2 Treaty Investor visa to USA:

  • Non-immigrant Visa Application Form (Form DS-160)
  • Treaty or Trader Investor Application (DS-156E)
  • Valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months after the investor’s proposed date of leaving USA
  • Proof of source of funds
  • Proof that shows that they intend to return to their country after the investment deal is done
  • Proof that the business is a legal and registered one
  • A detailed and feasible business plan that shows how the business will be run


The benefits accrued to holders of this Investor Visa to USA include:

  • The USA E-2 Treaty Investor Visa allows the holder to enter the US and start up or invest in an existing business.
  • With the US E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, investors can expand their business in the US.

Fee Structure:

The US E-2 Treaty Investor Visa application fee is $270.

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