WHAT IS AN E-1 VISA?
An E-1 visa allows you to trade with businesses in the United States if you come from a country that maintains a commerce treaty with the United States. Such countries include Argentina, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, and more.
This is a non-immigrant classification, so you only have a limited stay of around two years. Increments for extension are also two years.
An employee of your organization may get an E-1 visa under your company. Your spouse and unmarried children may also accompany you during your stay.
WHAT IS AN E-2 VISA?
An E-2 visa lets you invest in companies in the United States if you come from a treaty country, like Australia, Belgium, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and others. It has the same non-immigrant status as E-1, so your stay in the U.S. is limited to two years.
To qualify for E-2, you must have invested or are investing a substantial amount of money in a U.S. enterprise. You must also be looking to enter the U.S. to develop and direct the company’s investment. You must have at least 50% ownership of the company.