E2 Treaty Countries 2020

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.

Below is a complete list of current E2 treaty countries.

E2 Treaty Countries 2020

Country Effective Date of E-2 Treaty Population 2020
AlbaniaJanuary 4, 19982,877,797
ArgentinaOctober 20, 199445,195,774
ArmeniaMarch 29, 19962,963,243
AustraliaDecember 27, 199125,499,884
AustriaMay 27, 19319,006,398
AzerbaijanAugust 2, 200110,139,177
BahrainMay 30, 20011,701,575
BangladeshJuly 25, 1989164,689,383
BelgiumOctober 3, 196311,589,623
BoliviaJune 6, 200111,673,021
Bosnia And HerzegovinaNovember 15, 18823,280,819
BulgariaJune 2, 19946,948,445
CameroonApril 6, 198926,545,863
CanadaJanuary 1, 199337,742,154
ChileJanuary 1, 200419,116,201
ColombiaJune 10, 184850,882,891
Costa RicaMay 26, 18525,094,118
CroatiaNovember 15, 18824,105,267
Czech RepublicJanuary 1, 199310,708,981
DenmarkDecember 10, 20085,792,202
Dr CongoJuly 28, 198989,561,403
EcuadorMay 11, 199717,643,054
EgyptJune 27, 1992102,334,404
EstoniaFebruary 16, 19971,326,535
EthiopiaOctober 8, 1953114,963,588
FinlandDecember 1, 19925,540,720
FranceDecember 21, 196065,273,511
GeorgiaAugust 17, 19973,989,167
GermanyJuly 14, 195683,783,942
GrenadaMarch 3, 1989112,523
HondurasJuly 19, 19289,904,607
IranJune 16, 195783,992,949
IrelandNovember 18, 19924,937,786
IsraelMay 1, 20198,655,535
ItalyJuly 26, 194960,461,826
JamaicaMarch 7, 19972,961,167
JapanOctober 30, 1953126,476,461
JordanDecember 17, 200110,203,134
KazakhstanJanuary 12, 199418,776,707
KyrgyzstanJanuary 12, 19946,524,195
LatviaDecember 26, 19961,886,198
LiberiaNovember 21, 19395,057,681
LithuaniaNovember 22, 20012,722,289
LuxembourgMarch 28, 1963625,978
MacedoniaNovember 15, 18822,083,374
MexicoJanuary 1, 1994128,932,753
MoldovaNovember 25, 19944,033,963
MongoliaJanuary 1, 19973,278,290
MontenegroNovember 15, 1882628,066
MoroccoMay 29, 199136,910,560
NetherlandsDecember 5, 195717,134,872
NorwayJanuary 18, 19285,421,241
OmanJune 11, 19605,106,626
PakistanFebruary 12, 1961220,892,340
PanamaMay 30, 19914,314,767
ParaguayMarch 07, 18607,132,538
PhilippinesSeptember 6, 1955109,581,078
PolandAugust 6, 199437,846,611
Republic Of The CongoAugust 13, 19945,518,087
RomaniaJanuary 15, 199419,237,691
SenegalOctober 25, 199016,743,927
SerbiaNovember 15,18828,737,371
SingaporeJanuary 1, 20045,850,342
SlovakiaJanuary 1, 19935,459,642
SloveniaNovember 15, 18822,078,938
South KoreaNovember 7, 195751,269,185
SpainApril 14, 190346,754,778
Sri LankaMay 1, 199321,413,249
SurinameFebruary 10, 1963586,632
SwedenFebruary 20, 199210,099,265
SwitzerlandNovember 08, 18558,654,622
TaiwanNovember 30, 194823,816,775
ThailandJune 8, 196869,799,978
TogoFebruary 5, 19678,278,724
Trinidad And TobagoDecember 26, 19961,399,488
TunisiaFebruary 7, 199311,818,619
TurkeyMay 18, 199084,339,067
UkraineNovember 16, 199643,733,762
United KingdomJuly 03, 181567,886,011