E2 Visas for Israeli Citizens Starting May 1, 2019

E2 Visas for Citizens of Israel Available May 1 By Isaul Verdin, VERDIN Founder and Managing Attorney | Isaul Verdin has extensive experience advising multinational companies and entrepreneurs on …

Israel E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Officially Approved

The U.S. Embassy in Israel has confirmed it will begin processing E-2 visas for Israeli citizens – effective May 1, 2019. Israeli citizens are advised to apply for an E2 visa at the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv.

With E2 visa applications – it is important to get all details correct. VERDIN immigration attorneys have many years of experience with E2 visa applications; including five year business plans.

From the US Embassy in Israel, see E Visas for Investment in the United States.

VERDIN attorneys are available to assist with the new Israeli E2 visa. Call 214-741-1700 or Contact VERDIN.

E-2 Visas for Israelis – Years in the Making

Ranat Gan towers near Tel Aviv Israel. Home to one of the world's major diamond exchanges, and many high-tech industries.
Ranat Gan towers near Tel Aviv Israel. Home to one of the world’s major diamond exchanges, and many high-tech industries. Source: Wikipedia

The E2 visa announcement is the outcome of years of negotiations between the United States and Israel.  It is exciting news for Israeli businesses seeking an entry into the U.S. market. Israel has a technologically advanced market economy. Cut diamonds, IT services, high technology medical equipment, and pharmaceuticals are among leading exports.

The E2 visa will allow Israelis to invest in opening a U.S. business. An E2 visa will also allow the business owner (and select top talent employees) to live in the United States to direct, develop and manage their investment.

See What is an E2 Visa?

A corresponding B-5 Israel Investor Visa is available to U.S. citizens seeking to establish business presence in Israel.

Who Can Qualify for an E-2 Visa?

VERDIN Dallas Immigration Law - E2 Visas for Israelis May 1, 2019

For more info on E2 Visas, see VERDIN Dallas Immigration Law FAQs

View the U.S. Department of State’s Treaty Countries for a current list of countries with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that an E2 treaty investor must show at least 50 percent ownership of the enterprise; or possession of operational control through a managerial position or other corporate device.

The enterprise must have the present or future capacity to generate more than enough income to provide a minimal living for the treaty investor and their family. See 4 Tips to Know About E2 Visa Marginality Requirements.

The treaty investor must risk a substantial amount of capital with the objective of generating a profit.

The E-2 visa is a relatively fast entry into the U.S. by allowing applicants to apply directly with a consulate abroad.

The E2 treaty investor visa program will make it easier for Israeli companies, especially start-ups, to establish businesses in the U.S. Many technology companies, multinational businesses, real estate investment firms and startups have made use of the E-2 visa to bring a business presence to the U.S.

From the Jeruselem Post

Israeli citizens to be eligible for U.S. investor visas in May

“The Americans approved the visa… during [former US] president [Barack] Obama’s term, but for various reasons the final signature has been delayed until now,” said Oded Rose, CEO of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce, which promoted the legislation together with the Interior Ministry.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Texas Generate Billions of Dollars in Business Revenue

E1 and E2 Visa Businesses Grow Local Texas Economies

• 361,493 immigrant business owners (E1 Visas and E2 Visas) accounted for 27.5 percent of all self-employed Texas residents in 2015 and generated $8.1 billion in business income.

• In 2015, immigrants accounted for 42.2 percent of Texas business owners in the Houston/Baytown/Sugar Land metropolitan area, 22.6 percent in the Dallas metro area, 19.3 percent in San Antonio, and 11.8 percent in the Austin/Round Rock metro area.

• In 2013, Texas attracted $26.4 billion from around the world, or more than 12 percent of all foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S., according to the Financial Times and Bloomberg. Texas Foreign Direct Investments ranked third in the US between 2009 and 2013; only California and New York had more foreign direct investments.

E2 Visa Businesses Hire U.S. Employees: In applying for an E2 Visa,the E2 Visa foreign investor should provide evidence to show that the enterprise will create job opportunities in the U.S.

E2 Visa Applicants – 5 Year Business Plan Assistance: VERDIN Dallas Immigration Law assists in all phases of the E2 Visa Application process. We will help you to create a Five Year Business Plan – and more. Call 214-741-1700 or 800-656-4232; or Contact VERDIN.

Source: American Immigration Council, Immigrants in Texas 2017

VERDIN Business E Visa Solutions


VERDIN’s business and investor group provides help to clients wanting to establish and/or expand their business operations in the United States. We have helped clients in multiple industries to include: international trade, real estate, restaurants and hospitality, technology, beauty and fashion, retail and services.

VERDIN represents clients in business planning and E visa matters involving real estate ventures, technology start-ups, business acquisitions, or new business formations.

Our team is especially focused on forming a strategic relationship with our clients to aid them to succeed in the early planning stages. Many of our clients retain us at early stage planning to maximize opportunities for success.

E2 Visa Points to Know

1. Plan to Succeed: The U.S. government wants to see that the foreign investor has planned for success. Accordingly, the investor should provide a detailed five year business plan – forecasting capacity to generate sufficient revenue to exceed minimal living standards.

2. Five Year Business Plan Assistance: VERDIN will assist in creating your Five Year Business Plan. Call 214-741-1700 or 800-656-4232; or Contact VERDIN.

3. Create US Job Opportunities: The foreign investor should provide evidence to show that the enterprise will create job opportunities in the U.S. By expanding jobs in the U.S. economy, the investor can increase his or her probabilities of obtaining the E2 visa.

4. Provide Evidence for Income Generation: An E2 applicant is to provide evidence that the enterprise will generate significant income at a level that is above a standard living income for the total number of family members in the investor’s household.

5. Provide Documentation for Source of E2 Visa Investment: If the enterprise has the capacity to generate significant income then the investor should provide evidence. For example, if the enterprise has already generated high sales volume, then the investor should provide bank statements and Profit & Loss statements to support the declaration of high income. We advise on all strategies and tools available, such as VIBE; a free tool the U.S. government uses this tool to investigate businesses.

E Visa or Immigration Questions? Please Contact VERDIN Law

Isaul VERDIN, VERDIN Law, Dallas Immigration Lawyer
Isaul Verdin, VERDIN Law, Dallas Immigration Lawyer

Isaul Verdin has extensive experience advising multinational companies and entrepreneurs on complex US immigration matters involving investments.

Mr. Verdin focuses on advising companies on structuring entities, acquisitions, and strategic expansion to satisfy US immigration E-1, E2, L1A, L1B, or EB-1 objectives in a variety of fields. These include real estate, aviation, technology, manufacturing, retail, luxury goods, and professional services. Additionally, he litigates deportation defense matters throughout the US.

Isaul Verdin has testified as an expert in federal criminal cases, as well as testified in state bar grievance cases. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army; and has served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting federal criminal cases.

VERDIN boasts a combined 70 years of experience in immigration law. Since its inception, VERDIN has gained a reputation for prevailing in even the most complicated immigration matters.

“As a Board Certified, Immigration Lawyer (Texas Board of Legal Specialization) with over 17 years of experience, my passion is immigration law. We will listen to your concerns, answer all your questions, and expertly guide you through your immigration process.” ~ Isaul Verdin, Founder and Managing Attorney

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