If you are considering an E-2 business visa, know that you will need to file many forms before you can travel to the US. One such document is Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. You may have to include this form in your application paperwork, depending on your situation at the time of application.
Here are a couple things you will need when filing for E-2 classification:
- If you currently reside in the United States: If you are already in the US under a lawful nonimmigrant status, you must file Form I-129 to request a change of status to E-2 classification.
- If you reside outside the United States: You cannot use Form I-129 to request E-2 classification if you are physically outside the United States. You must petition the USCIS for an E-2 nonimmigrant visa, pay the applicable fees, and provide proof of your investment.
These are not the only situations in which E-2 visa holders may need to file Form I-129. Having one of these documents on file with USCIS is helpful if you need to travel abroad during your stay in the US, as E-2 visa holders may be granted an automatic two-year period of readmission when returning to the United States.