E2 Treaty Countries 2021

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An E2 treaty investor visa is a non-immigrant visa for foreign entrepreneurs or investors to enter and working inside of the US-based on a substantial investment in a bona fide business. The entrepreneur/investor must be from a country that has a Treaty of Trade and Commerce with the United States.

Individuals with E2 visas can work legally in the company that they are investing in, travel freely in and out of the United States, and be accompanied by dependents under 21, relatives and spouses.

E2 visas are valid for up to five years and can be renewed with two-year extensions for as long as the individual maintains the necessary qualifications.

There are several qualifications the investor must meet in order to obtain and maintain an E2 visa. The investor must be from one of the E2 treaty countries. The investment must be substantial to the business, such as being enough for a startup to begin and operate the business. The enterprise that the investor is investing in must be offering tangible goods or services and the investor must be coming to the U.S. to develop and direct the enterprise. The investor is only allowed to work for the employer or business that acted as his/her E2 visa sponsor.

Individuals who are applying for an E2 visa will need to provide evidence that the enterprise being invested in is a bona fide enterprise: “a real, active commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking which produces services or goods for profit.” Documentation that can be used as evidence includes tax returns, financial statements, lease agreements, vendor agreements, quarterly wage reports, and a notice of assignment of an Employer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

In order to apply for an E2 visa, you must be a citizen of an E2 treaty country. If one is a legal permanent resident of one of the treaty countries, he/she cannot apply. One does not need to currently be living in the treaty country as long as he/she is a citizen there. There are currently 78 E2 countries.

E2 Treaty Countries 2021

Country Effective Date of E-2 Treaty 2021 Population
AlbaniaJanuary 4, 19982,872,933
ArgentinaOctober 20, 199445,605,826
ArmeniaMarch 29, 19962,968,127
AustraliaDecember 27, 199125,788,215
AustriaMay 27, 19319,043,070
AzerbaijanAugust 2, 200110,223,342
BahrainMay 30, 20011,748,296
BangladeshJuly 25, 1989166,303,498
BelgiumOctober 3, 196311,632,326
BoliviaJune 6, 200111,832,940
Bosnia And HerzegovinaNovember 15, 18823,263,466
BulgariaJune 2, 19946,896,663
CameroonApril 6, 198927,224,265
CanadaJanuary 1, 199338,067,903
ChileJanuary 1, 200419,212,361
ColombiaJune 10, 184851,265,844
Costa RicaMay 26, 18525,139,052
CroatiaNovember 15, 18824,081,651
Czech RepublicJanuary 1, 199310,724,555
DenmarkDecember 10, 20085,813,298
Dr CongoJuly 28, 198992,377,993
EcuadorMay 11, 199717,888,475
EgyptJune 27, 1992104,258,327
EstoniaFebruary 16, 19971,325,185
EthiopiaOctober 8, 1953117,876,227
FinlandDecember 1, 19925,548,360
FranceDecember 21, 196065,426,179
GeorgiaAugust 17, 19973,979,765
GermanyJuly 14, 195683,900,473
GrenadaMarch 3, 1989113,021
HondurasJuly 19, 192810,062,991
IranJune 16, 195785,028,759
IrelandNovember 18, 19924,982,907
IsraelMay 1, 20198,789,774
ItalyJuly 26, 194960,367,477
JamaicaMarch 7, 19972,973,463
JapanOctober 30, 1953126,050,804
JordanDecember 17, 200110,269,021
KazakhstanJanuary 12, 199418,994,962
KyrgyzstanJanuary 12, 19946,628,356
LatviaDecember 26, 19961,866,942
LiberiaNovember 21, 19395,180,203
LithuaniaNovember 22, 20012,689,862
LuxembourgMarch 28, 1963634,814
MexicoJanuary 1, 1994130,262,216
MoldovaNovember 25, 19944,024,019
MongoliaJanuary 1, 19973,329,289
MontenegroNovember 15, 1882628,053
MoroccoMay 29, 199137,344,795
NetherlandsDecember 5, 195717,173,099
NorwayJanuary 18, 19285,465,630
OmanJune 11, 19605,223,375
PakistanFebruary 12, 1961225,199,937
PanamaMay 30, 19914,381,579
ParaguayMarch 07, 18607,219,638
PhilippinesSeptember 6, 1955111,046,913
PolandAugust 6, 199437,797,005
Republic Of The CongoAugust 13, 19945,657,013
RomaniaJanuary 15, 199419,127,774
SenegalOctober 25, 199017,196,301
SerbiaNovember 15,18828,697,550
SingaporeJanuary 1, 20045,896,686
SlovakiaJanuary 1, 19935,460,721
SloveniaNovember 15, 18822,078,724
South KoreaNovember 7, 195751,305,186
SpainApril 14, 190346,745,216
Sri LankaMay 1, 199321,497,310
SurinameFebruary 10, 1963591,800
SwedenFebruary 20, 199210,160,169
SwitzerlandNovember 08, 18558,715,494
TaiwanNovember 30, 194823,855,010
ThailandJune 8, 196869,950,850
TogoFebruary 5, 19678,478,250
Trinidad And TobagoDecember 26, 19961,403,375
TunisiaFebruary 7, 199311,935,766
TurkeyMay 18, 199085,042,738
UkraineNovember 16, 199643,466,819
United KingdomJuly 03, 181568,207,116

E2 Treaty Countries 2021