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The Immigration attorneys at Chamberlain Hrdlicka have considerable experience handling the entire spectrum of immigration matters for individuals, families and businesses both in the U.S. and abroad. We have represented clients in all parts of the United States and in more than 100 countries.

We have represented companies and non-profit organizations both in the U.S. and abroad in obtaining U.S. immigrant and non-immigrant visas through the employment, business and investment categories, as well as in U.S. citizenship matters. Additional expertise includes employment cases, labor certifications and consular work.

For individuals, we have handled a wide range of immigration matters including visa processing, naturalizations and defense of removal (deportation) cases. And with support from the Tax Planning group, have assisted in pre-immigration tax planning.

While the constant change in U.S. immigration laws presents challenges for many in this area of work, we are at the forefront of this rapidly changing field of law. As members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and founding members of IMMLAW, Chamberlain’s immigration team actively participates in the exchange of ideas and information in emerging areas so that our clients can benefit from the most innovative techniques in the ever-changing immigration environment.

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What is the E Visa and is it right for me?

Are you a business owner or foreign investor currently living in the United States and interested in extending your stay?  Or are you a businessperson living outside of the United States, and you plan to immigrate to engage in substantial trade with the U.S. or work for a company that does?  If either of these scenarios applies to you, then an E visa may be your best option for residing in the United States. 

The E Visa is specifically intended for business owners, managers and employers that seek to remain in the United States for extended periods of time in order to oversee or work in an enterprise engaged in trade between the United States and a foreign nation OR that represents a major investment in the U.S. 

This visa is only available if there is treaty of commerce and navigation or a bilateral investment treaty in existence between the U.S. and the foreign state of the petitioner’s birth.  The E visa was established in order to provide for reciprocal benefits to residents of both U.S. and foreign countries that invest or conduct trade between the two countries. In other words, this E visa promotes mutual trade and business ventures between countries that hold commerce treaties with the U.S.  Not sure if your country qualifies? The list of the E visa-eligible foreign countries that have existing treaty arrangements with the US can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/fees/treaty.html

The E-2 visa is used for overseeing investment in the U.S. such as starting a business or holding a managerial role in the business.  Each E Visa can be used by different types of companies, from one owned by a single investor to large multinational corporations. It can also be used by the company’s principals or by its employees as long as they are performing functions approved by the applicable rules. 

Although an initial period of stay granted to persons coming to the U.S. in the E category is two years, it can be extended almost indefinitely, providing that the individual affirms that they will leave the U.S. when the period of authorized stay, including unlimited extensions, ends.

The E visa process is very complicated and requires a substantial amount of supporting documentation. We advise you engage an attorney experienced in E visas matters to guide you through this process. Call our office with your E visa questions today.

  • Kisshia  Simmons
    Senior Counsel

    Kisshia Simmons is an Immigration practitioner with about 20 years of experience.

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Simmons was a Founder and Partner with a law firm in New York City. Ms. Simmons has represented small and medium-sized ...