You probably realize that, as with all non-immigration visas, there is a finite amount of time that you will be able to spend in the US. Under an E-2 visa, investors and employees (and in some cases, their dependents) will be allowed a maximum initial stay of two years.
However, many visa holders may extend the duration of their stay. Here are a few things investors, employees, and dependents should know about staying in the US with an E-2 visa:
- Extension requests of visa status may be granted in increments of up to two years each.
- There are no limits to the number of extensions an E-2 visa holder may be granted, as long as the applicant maintains an intention to depart the United States when his status is terminated.
- An E-2 visa holder traveling abroad may be granted an automatic two-year renewal of stay upon readmission to the United States.
- Family members of traveling visa holders will not receive an automatic extension of stay unless they have accompanied the E-2 treaty investor or employee at the time of readmission to the United States.
Our San Francisco E-2 visa lawyers understand that most visitors wish to devote the maximum amount of time to their US business ventures. That is why we can help you file your application, seek residency for your family members, or transition your non-immigrant visa into green card status.
Call us today at (415) 221-2345, or fill out the contact form on this page to get started. You can also get instant answers to your questions in our FREE 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.