E-2 Treaty Investor Visa applicants have asked us different questions, this is our first session addressing the 5 questions asked by various applicants who are considering or have applied E-2 Treaty Investor Visa.
Q: How long is the visa, can it be renewed?
It depends on the treaty with each country, U.S. has E-2 Treaty Investor Visa with more than 70 countries. The typical duration for the visa is 4 ti 5 years. The renewal is also indefinite renewal, many applicants have stayed in the U.S. for over 10 even 20 years using E-2 Treaty Investor Visa. You can maintain the E-2 Status as long as your business remains operational.
Q: I have received my visa but why is my I-94 only valid for 2 years?
This is typical, and I have received the same as well. This just means you need to leave U.S. after 2 years and re-enter U.S. to get the new I-94. The U.S. custom is only allowed to issue a maximum 2 years, most E-2 visa holders simply go for a vacation and re-enter U.S. to extend.
Q: Can my children attend the U.S. schools?
Yes, your children can attend the schools just like any American families. I have 2 children who are attending the elementary school in the U.S. The school did not even ask to see the copy of their visas or passports. They do not need to pay any international tuition fees.
Q: What about Social Security Number?
Yes, you will also receive social security number after you land in the U.S. Go to the Social Security Office and apply for your social security number – you need to bring your passport which shows your E-2 Visa stamped in the passport and other supporting documents such as marriage license (certificate), birth certificate and something to prove your address. Some Social Security officers are not very familiar with the E-2 visa, so you have to explain to them what kind of visa it is. The spouse will be issued as spouse to principal investor, and they will receive the social security number as well.
I will share more my personal experience settling in U.S. under E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, please send us any question you may have if you are considering applying E-2 Treaty Investor Visa.