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E-1 & E-2 Treaty traders and investors

Nationals of countries that have a qualifying treaty with the U.S. may establish a business in the U.S. or be employed by a U.S. business that is owned by nationals of the same country. The E-1 visa is for a business engaged in substantial trade primarily between the U.S. and the treaty country. The E-2 visa is for a business in which the foreign owner has made a substantial investment. A principal investor must actively develop and direct the U.S. business, while an employee must work in an executive or supervisory capacity or one that involves special qualifications.

E-1 or E-2 status may be valid up to 2 years and is renewable indefinitely. The following countries have the necessary treaties with the United States:

Country

Classification

Albania

E-2

Argentina

E-1, E-2

Armenia

E-2

Australia

E-1, E-2

Austria

E-1, E-2

Azerbaijan

E-2

Bahrain

E-2

Bangladesh

E-2

Belgium

E-1, E-2

Bolivia

E-1, E-2

Bosnia and Herzegovina

E-1, E-2

Brunei

E-1

Bulgaria

E-2

Cameroon

E-2

Canada

E-1, E-2

Chile

E-1, E-2

China (Taiwan)

E-1, E-2

Colombia

E-1, E-2

Congo (Brazzaville)

E-2

Congo (Kinshasa)

E-2

Costa Rica

E-1, E-2

Croatia

E-1, E-2

Czech Republic

E-2

Denmark

E-1, E-2

Ecuador

E-2

Egypt

E-2

Estonia

E-1, E-2

Ethiopia

E-1, E-2

Finland

E-1, E-2

France

E-1, E-2

Georgia

E-2

Germany

E-1, E-2

Greece

E-1

Grenada

E-2

Honduras

E-1, E-2

Iran

E-1, E-2

Ireland

E-1, E-2

Israel

E-1

Italy

E-1, e-2

Jamaica

E-2

Japan

E-1, E-2

Jordan

E-1, E-2

Kazakhstan

E-2

Korea (South)

E-1, E-2

Kosovo

E-1, E-2

Kyrgyzstan

E-2

Latvia

E-1, E-2

Liberia

E-1, E-2

Lithuania

E-2

Luxembourg

E-1, E-2

Macedonia, the Former
Yugoslav Republic of (FRY)

E-1, E-2

Mexico

E-1, E-2

Moldova

E-2

Mongolia

E-2

Montenegro

E-1, E-2

Morocco

E-2

Netherlands

E-1, E-2

Norway

E-1, E-2

Oman

E-1, E-2

Pakistan

E-1, E-2

Panama

E-2

Paraguay

E-1, E-2

Philippines

E-1, E-2

Poland

E-1, E-2

Romania

E-2

Serbia

E-1, E-2

Senegal

E-2

Singapore

E-1, E-2

Slovak Republic

E-2

Slovenia

E-1, E-2

Spain

E-1, E-2

Sri Lanka

E-2

Suriname

E-1, E-2

Sweden

E-1, E-2

Switzerland

E-1, E-2

Thailand

E-1, E-2

Togo

E-1, E-2

Trinidad & Tobago

E-2

Tunisia

E-2

Turkey

E-1, E-2

Ukraine

E-2

United Kingdom

E-1, E-2

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