Treaty Investor Visa to Become Available for Israeli Citizens

The E-2 Treaty Investor will soon be available to Israeli citizens, as it is to many other countries. According to the Israeli office of Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA), beginning May 1, 2019 Israeli nationals will be eligible for the E-2 visa. American citizens will be eligible for a similar visa in Israel.

The E-2 visa provides an opportunity for foreign investors to live and work temporarily in the United States. The investor must invest a substantial amount of money into and manage a U.S. business.  Importantly, the applicant must hold citizenship from a country with which the United States has a treaty of commerce and navigation.  The U.S. Department of State has a list of treaty countries for this visa type. The United States and Israel reached a treaty agreement during the Obama administration. The countries have had difficulty implementing the visa program, because it requires a similar visa to be available for U.S. citizens in Israel. The two countries have finally reached an agreement. Israeli citizens will have an additional way of immigrating to the U.S. by investing and managing a business in the U.S.

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