Israeli Citizens Eligible for E2 Treaty Investor Visas Beginning May 1, 2019

On April 11, 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Israel announced the implementation of the E2 Investor Visa for Israeli nationals beginning on May 1, 2019 [PDF version]. Beginning on that date, Israeli citizens will be able to apply for an E2 visa at the U.S. Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv [PDF version]. Israeli citizens may also apply for a change of status to E2 status in the United States beginning on May 1, 2019. Israeli citizens seeking E2 visas must otherwise satisfy the generally applicable E2 category requirements.

Israeli citizens who are interested in pursuing an E2 treaty investor visa should consult with an experienced immigration attorney for case-specific guidance. An attorney will be able to assess the prospective investor's situation and help the investor determine whether the prospective investor could satisfy the E2 requirements and whether the E2 category is the best U.S. immigration option in light of all the facts. If the investor decides to pursue an E2 visa, an experienced attorney may assist him or her in satisfying all of the category requirements.

The expansion of the E2 category to Israel is exciting news for Israeli investors who are interested in investing in the United States. The United States-Israel treaty will also allow American investors to pursue similar investment immigration options in Israel.