E Visas: Traders and Investors
The United States often signs treaties with other countries in order to promote trade and investment, which in turn encourages peaceful and mutually prosperous relations. Recently the U.S. has signed several Bilateral Investment Treaties with mainly former communist states, which were intended to foster investment but generally did not confer immigration privileges. Individuals or companies in countries involved in such treaties can apply for visas to work in the USA in order to build and manage their investment in and trade with the U.S. This class of visas is called E visas.
There are two types of E visa:
E visas can be used by companies owned by a single investor, or by large multinational companies. They are also available to key foreign personnel of companies that are owned by Treaty Foreign Nationals (TFNs), subject to the requirements listed below. A list of the currently valid TFN countries is provided below.
Countries with Treaties for E-1 and E-2 Visa
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||E-1; E-2|
|China (Taiwan)||E-1; E-2|
|Costa Rica||E-1; E-2|
|Korea (South)||E-1; E-2|
|Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of (FRY)||E-1; E-2|
|Trinidad & Tobago||E-2|
|United Kingdom||E-1; E-2|