Will You Have to File Form I-129 for a California E-2 Investment Visa?

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.

Our San Francisco E-2 visa lawyers would be happy to help you navigate the rules and regulations of US investment visas. Call us today at (415) 221-2345 for answers to your immigration questions, or click the link above for a FREE copy of our informational guide, Investor's Path to a Green Card: How Investing in America Can Put You and Your Family on the Path to Greater Wealth and U.S. Permanent Residency.

Vaughan de Kirby
California Immigration Attorney
Be the first to comment!
Post a Comment

Free Books

<span>EB-5 Due Diligence Workbook:</span> Ten Critical Steps to An Informed Decision

EB-5 Due Diligence Workbook: Ten Critical Steps to An Informed Decision

Vaughan de Kirby's book, EB-5 Due Diligence Workbook: Ten Critical Steps to An Informed Decision was written for EB-5 investors who are selecting a regional center.

Learn More +
<span>Complete Guide To The EB-5 Green Card:</span> Critical Knowledge For Investors Who Want To Make The Best Decisions For Themselves And Their Families

Complete Guide To The EB-5 Green Card: Critical Knowledge For Investors Who Want To Make The Best Decisions For Themselves And Their Families

If you are seeking permanent residence status in the U.S., request a free copy of Complete Guide To The EB-5 Green Card to learn about the EB-5 visa program.

Learn More +
View All Offers