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E-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can I change status while on E-2 visa?

Yes, you may apply for change of status while on E-2 visa. You must submit Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, or Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant status, indicating your change of status with appropriate supporting documents.


Are there any travel restrictions on E-2 investor visas?

No, there are no travel restrictions on E-2 visa. You may travel as many number of times as required before the expiry of your E-2 status. The USCIS also does not impose any time limit on your stay abroad.

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Can I study on E-2 visa?

Yes, you may study on E-2 visa, however, you may not join a full length program like an F-1. You may take up a few credits at a university when they do not harm the primary interest of the visa.


Can I bring my dependents on E-2 visa?

Yes, you may bring your spouse and unmarried children under the age 21 years to stay along with you. They may stay in the U.S. as long as you maintain a valid E-2 status. You may also bring a domestic or personal servant on nonimmigrant status, provided you can show that:

  • He or she is not abandoning their residence abroad
  • He or she has worked for you for at least one year, or has had an ongoing employment relationship with you and has at least one year of experience as a servant

Can my dependents work on E-2 visa?

Yes, your spouse may seek employment by applying for Employment Authorization using Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. However, your children are not allowed to work in the U.S.

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