E-1 and E-2 Visas

E-1 and E-2 Visas in Fort Myers: Temporary Business Visas

E-1 and E-2 Visas are temporary business visas that allow a foreign citizen to enter the United States provided the foreign country has a treaty with the United States.  The Rothrock Law Firm has immigration attorneys in Fort Myers, Florida, who handle E-1 and E-2 visas.  Neither type of visa provides a pathway of getting permanent citizenship to the United States; however, each visa could allow a foreigner to stay in the U.S. for a very long time, possibly permanently.

E-1 Visa (Treaty Trader Visa)

    • An E-1 visa is designed for a business owner, manager, or employee who owns, runs, or works for a business outside the United States but is required to stay in the United States for a long period of time in order to work for the foreign company.
    • The United States and the foreign country must have a treaty that allows for the E-1 Visa.
    • Click this link to see which countries have a treaty with the United States allowing for E-1 visas.
    • Majority ownership or control of the investing or trading company must be held by nationals of the foreign country under whose treaty the E status is sought.
    • The foreigner must be a citizen of the country that has a treaty with the United States.
    • The E-1 visa is temporary. The initial E-1 visa allows the foreign citizen to stay in the U.S. for a maximum of 2 years.
    • The E-1 petitioner can request an extension for up to two years. There is no maximum limit to the number of E-1 extensions that can be granted, as long as the alien maintains the intention to depart the U.S. when his or her status expires.

E-2 Visa (Treaty Investor Visa)

  • The E-2 visa is available to a foreign citizen who wishes to the enter the United States solely to develop and direct the operation of an enterprise in which he or she has invested, or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital.
  • The United States and the foreign country must have a treaty that allows for the E-2 Visa.
  • Click this link to see which countries have a treaty with the United States allowing for E-2 visas.
  • Majority ownership or control of the investing or trading company must be held by nationals of the foreign country under whose treaty the E status is sought.
  • The foreigner must be a citizen of the country that has a treaty with the United States.
  • The E-2 visa is temporary. The initial E-2 visa allows the foreign citizen to stay in the U.S. for a maximum of 2 years.
  • Bilateral investment treaties allow for E2 status only, not E-1 status. NAFTA and Fast Track allows for both E-1 and E-2 visas.

E-1 and E-2 Visas

E-1 and E-2 Visas allow foreigners to enter the United States if their country has a treaty with the United States


How Long Does it Take to Get E-1 and E-2 Visas?

  • If the alien already is in the United States and is seeking an adjustment of status to the visa he or she is currently under, processing time generally takes two months or so to get approved.
  • If the alien is currently outside the United States, it generally takes a couple of days to get approved.
  • Processing times vary by country, however. The approximate times are simply a guideline.
  • If the alien is already in the United States and does not want to wait for the two months, he or she can request “premium processing” by paying an additional filing fee, currently an additional $1,225.00. With premium processing, the application will be processed within 15 calendar days or else the $1,225.00 fee will be refunded.

 


Can the Rothrock Law Firm help me obtain E-1 and E-2 Visas if I live outside the United States?

Yes, the Rothrock Law Firm can represent you regardless of whether you live within the United States or outside the United States.  The attorneys at the Rothrock Law Firm are admitted to practice before the United States Immigration Courts in all fifty states.

To Contact a Immigration Lawyer in Fort Myers call the Rothrock Law Firm at (239) 206-2363 or submit the form below.

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About Carl Rothrock

Carl Rothrock is an immigration lawyer in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Naples, Florida. He represents local and international individuals and businesses to obtain visas and green cards. In addition, he handles complex immigration matters, including 601-A waivers, deportations and EB-5 investor visas.

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