What is an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa?

The E-2 Treaty Investor visa category arose in connection with bilateral treaties of commerce (including Treaties of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation (“FCNs”) and Bilateral Investment Treaties (“BIT”)) between the US and the country of which the treaty investor is a citizen. This visa enables investors and their employees to enter the United States in order to direct the operations of an enterprise in which they have invested, or are actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital.

The purpose of the visa category is to encourage foreign investment in the US, thereby facilitating economic growth and the creation of US jobs.


How Are E-2 Visa Issuance Fees and Validity Periods Set?

Since the E-2 Treaty Investor visa category arose from bilateral treaties of commerce, visa issuance fees and validity periods are set based on reciprocity.

In 2017, President Trump executed Executive Order 13780, which required the US State Department to review all E-2 visa issuance fees and validity periods.


How Will The Changes Impact Dutch E-2 Visa Applicants?

The US Department of State have revised the reciprocity schedule for the Netherlands. As such, the E-2 visa issuance fee has risen from $0.00 to $2,228.00. In addition, the E-2 validity period for Dutch nationals has been reduced from 5 years to 3 years.

Note, the reciprocity schedule was not revised for the United Kingdom, following the US Department of State review. An E-2 visa may be granted to a British citizen for a maximum of 5 years.

At Davies Legal Immigration, we are disappointed both by the fee increase, and by the reduction in the E-2 visa validity period for Dutch citizens. We hope these changes are reversed by the forthcoming Biden Administration.


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Published: 14th December 2020

Filed under: Netherlands, Non-Immigrant Visa, US Immigration Law, US Visas