E-2 Visa Initial Stay

How long is the initial stay for E-2 visa?

The initial stay for the E-2 visa is typically two years.

First, it is vital to understand the difference between the initial stay period versus the validity period. The period of stay refers to the length of your stay in the U.S. regardless of your validity period.

Before the end of your period of stay, you must apply for an extension. You can extend indefinitely in increments of two years as long as you continue to meet the E-2 visa requirements.

Meanwhile, your E-2 visa’s validity period depends on your nationality. It can range from three months to five years since it depends on the reciprocity period established by the treaty between the U.S. and the country in which you are a national. You can check for your county’s reciprocity schedule.

For instance, if you are a national of France, you have multiple entry numbers and a validity period of 25 months. Whereas, if you are a national of Canada, you also have multiple entries but with a longer validity period of 60 months.

We hope this helps! If you have any questions regarding your E-2 visa initial stay, contact us. We offer free consultations. Our team of experienced immigration attorneys and technical writers is here to provide you with tailored guidance for a smooth application process.


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