E-2 Investor Visa Program Opened to Israelis May 1

Effective May 1, 2019, the E-2 investor visa program has opened to Israelis under a reciprocal treaty investor agreement signed between the United States and Israel.

Certain Israeli nationals who are lawfully present in the United States can now request a change of status to the E-2 treaty investor classification. The U.S. Embassy in Israel notes that Israeli companies seeking E visas for their owners or employees must apply at the Branch Office in Tel Aviv and establish that the trading enterprise or investment meets the requirements. For both first-time applicants and renewals, the company must submit supporting documents, including the individual application for the employee, by mail.

Details: USCIS announcement, https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/israeli-nationals-eligible-treaty-investor-visas; information from U.S. Embassy in Israel, https://il.usembassy.gov/visas/visas-for-treaty-traders/; related news article, https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/US-investors-in-Israeli-business-to-be-eligible-for-special-Israeli-visa-587815.