The E-2 classification is authorized for a national of a country with which the United States has a commercial treaty, who is coming to the United States solely to direct and develop the operations of an enterprise in which he or she has invested, or is actively involved in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital
the alien is inside the U.S., the I-129 should be used to apply
for a change of status, extension of stay, or change of employment.
This category does not require a petition for employment if
the alien is outside of the U.S. In that case, the alien applies
for this category on his or her own behalf directly to a U.S.
consular office abroad.
investment involved must place lawfully acquired, owned, and
controlled capital at commercial risk with a profit objective,
and be subject to loss if the investment fails.
application must be filed with the appropriate fee payment,
and evidence that:
The investor is a national of a country with whom
the U.S. has the requisite treaty or agreement;
The alien (or in the case of an employee of a treaty
investor who seeks classification as an E-2, the owner of the
treaty enterprise) will direct or develop the enterprise. The
alien must demonstrate that he controls the enterprise by showing
ownership of at least 50% of the enterprise, by possessing
operational control through a managerial position or other
corporate device or by other means;
The investor has invested in or is actively in the
process of investing in the enterprise;
The investment is substantial, i.e. sufficient to
ensure the investor's financial commitment to the successful
operation of the enterprise and big enough to support the likelihood
that the investor will successfully direct and develop the
The investment enterprise is not a marginal enterprise;
If the applicant is not the principal investor,
he or she must be employed in an executive or supervisory capacity,
or possess skills that are highly specialized and essential
to the operations of the commercial enterprise. Ordinary skilled
or unskilled workers do not qualify.
That the applicant intends to depart the U.S. upon
the expiration of E-2 status.
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