Israel E-2 Investor Visa is Finally a Reality

By Elizabeth Chatham

Beginning May 1, 2019, Israeli citizens who make a substantial investment in or set up a business in the United States will be eligible to apply for an E-2 investor visa, either with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or directly with the U.S. Consulate in Tel Aviv. Negotiations on an E-2 investor visa with Israel and the U.S. had been in the works since 2012, when former President Barack Obama signed a bi-lateral investment treaty with Israel. The implementation of the E-2 visa lagged because Israel had not created a complimentary law for U.S. citizens to invest into Israeli companies and obtain work authorization. Israel's parliament created the B-5 visa for American entrepreneurs this past year.  

The key requirements for an E-2 treaty investor visa application include:

  • The individual or the company has the nationality of the treaty country (at least half of the company must be owned by nationals of the foreign treaty country).
  • The individual or the company has made or is in the process of making a substantial investment (relative to the total value of the company) in a business in the United States. The business must be real and operating. The business must have the capacity to create American jobs.
  • The individual is either the principal investor, who will direct and develop the enterprise, or an executive, manager or employee with special skills essential to the company. 
  • The investment has the present or future capacity to generate more than enough income to provide minimal living for the investor and his or her family, or has a present or future capacity to make a significant economic contribution. 

Israeli nationals have been eligible to apply for the E-1 visas, which involves a business that primarily trades products between the U.S. and Israel, since 1954. The E-2 visa is a welcome addition for Israeli entrepreneurs seeking to invest in the U.S.

For more information on the E-2 visa or any other business related immigration questions, please contact Elizabeth Chatham, Renée Mueller Steinle, Volha (Olga) Andreyeva, Brad Sandler or the Stinson contact with whom you regularly work.

Related Resources

E-1/E-2 Visa Scheduling

Israeli Nationals Eligible for Treaty Investor Visas

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