E-2 visa is one of the faster U.S. visa options for Israelis

Last Update: May 13, 2019

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Israelis can apply for the E-2 Visa

The U.S. Embassy announced the E-2 treaty investor agreement was signed between the United States and Israel and became effective as of May 1, 2019.  

The E-2 investor visa is for those who wish to enter the United States and invest in a business from an E-2 treaty country. The condition of the E-2 visa for treaty countries is referred to as reciprocity. 

Pursuant to the treaty, Israeli citizens will be able to apply for an E-2 visa at the U.S. Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv.

Record number of Visas issued to Israelis in 2018

The number of non-immigrant visas issued to Israelis in 2018 were an estimated 186,461, which was the eighth highest number recorded internationally. The amount reflects the current increase of nonimmigrant visas given to Israeli citizens from the U.S., as the U.S. gave over 130,229 visas for Israel in 2014.  

E-2 Visas are processed faster

The E-2 visa may be a better option for Israeli nationals to come to the U.S. as it has a faster processing time.

Despite the record number of visas, the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce has reported appointment waiting periods for Israeli tourist visas for the U.S. is longer for Israel. Appointment times for B-2 visas in Tel Aviv were 44 days while student/exchange and other nonimmigrant visas wait times like the E-2 visa, are typically 4 days. Also, the total process time for the E-2 visa tends to move quicker, with an application process of 3 to 4 months on average. 


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