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Processing Time for E-2 Visa

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How long does it take to obtain an E-2 visa?

The processing time for an E-2 visa depends on the investor’s location. If the investor is present in the USA, the average processing time is five months. There is also an option for premium processing, which guarantees a processing time of 15 days for a fee of $2,500. For investors outside of the U.S., the processing time for an E-2 visa through a Consulate can vary from 2 weeks to 4 months.

Details on USCIS processing times:

For applicants present in the U.S.:

If applicants are physically present in the United States in proper legal status, they can file their E-2 visa applications directly with USCIS. On average, USCIS takes approximately five months to process the application. However, applicants can expedite the process by paying a premium processing fee of $2,500, which ensures adjudication within 15 calendar days. If approved, a status change within the U.S. will not result in an E-2 visa stamp on the passport. Instead, the applicant will receive E-2 status, valid for two years. If the foreign investor applicant wishes to travel outside the U.S., they will need to apply for a visa from the relevant U.S. Consulate in the future to re-enter the country. However, if they do not require travel outside the U.S., the E-2 status can be renewed every two years, provided they remain eligible.

U.S. Consulate Process for investors outside of the USA:

The majority of E-2 applications are filed with overseas U.S. Consulates. The processing time for an E-2 visa can vary depending on the Consulate but generally ranges from approximately two weeks to four months. After an initial review, the Consulate will schedule an interview with the applicant. If the E-2 visa is approved, it may take up to a week to be issued. Certain US consulates post estimated processing times on their websites. Still, since processing times depend on individual Consulates and approval of an E-2 visa is not guaranteed, applicants should not schedule travel to the United States until the visa has been stamped in their passport.