Common Issues on E2 Visa Renewal

Written by: Patrick Findaro
Last Updated by Rocio Somoza: March 3, 2023
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Extension Through E2 Visa Renewal

The E-2 visa is a non immigrant visa that can be renewed indefinitely, so long as the business invested in is going well. The E2 investment visa can be extended by two years even after the expiration of the five-year valid visa.

For matters regarding extension, the following issues have to be put into consideration: 1) Achieving unlimited extensions for the E2 visa 2) the conditions and precautions for the E2 visa

E2 Visa Renewal: The Distinction Between Validity Period and Period of Stay

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For a better understanding of the duration of validity and renewal of the E2 visa, a clear distinction must be made between the E2 visa validity period and the period of stay.

The Validity Period of the E2 Visa

This is the period between the time of issuance of the visa and the date of its expiration. Within which allows the visa holder to enter the United States. After the visa expires, the holder has to apply again in order to enter the United States. Depending on your nationality, you may obtain different non immigrant visas varying in validity from three months to five years.  The range varies depending on the reciprocity schedule for that country. In other words, for an American investor moving to The Netherlands, the Dutch visa validity would be for 3 years, matching the period of the E-2 visa for Dutch nationals.

For citizens of Grenada, the E2 visa validity is 60 months. Therefore, it is possible for a Grenadian visa holder to enter the US as many times as they want with this E2 visa within 60 months.

However, citizens of Moldova can only obtain an E2 visa with three months of validity. Moldova’s E2 visa holders must, therefore, enter the United States within three months of its validity to avoid re-applying. In case you leave the US after the expiry of your visa, you’ll have to renew your visa before entering the United States.

A visa with a longer validity requires fewer times of renewal. As compared to one with a shorter validity. Hence, reducing the hassle of interviews. The 60 months’ validity period is one of the reasons why we recommend Grenada as a citizenship by investment option. This for investors from non-treaty countries seeking the E-2 visa.

Period of Stay

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The concept of stay period, however, denies the Grenada citizens the opportunity to stay in the United States. This is for more than two years unless you make an application for an extension in time before the two years expiry through USCIS. However, the most common method for E-2 visa holders to remain in the U.S. under the same E-2 visa is to leave and reenter the U.S. Upon reentry, the E2 visa investor and their family another two year stay period.

The time after the E2 holder enters the United States until the time that the holder can stay in the United States is also known as the “Duration of stay”. Immigration Regulations 8 CFR 214.2 (e) (19) and (20) state that for first-timers, the duration of stay is a maximum of two years. However, you can make requests for an extension for two years at a time. There is no limit to the filing of an extension request.

Long-term residence can be achieved with an E2 visa, given the application of extension requests. This every two years or by leaving and reentering the U.S. Now let’s review the requirements for an extension.

E2 Visa Validity Update

There’s no need to renew the E2 visa issued in the passport. If the holder does not leave the U.S. However, if the holder of the visa leaves the U.S. after expiration, they will have to renew the visa validity.

The visa holder has to submit an updated visa application and obtain a new visa page in their passport at the US embassy and consulate. For application requirements, the embassy or consulate will guide you on your visit. Usually, you will be asked to give your company’s financial statements, tax documents, and salary payment records. This for the past two years in order to make sure that the company has a good record. Also, that there are employees, profit is achievable, and lastly, it is able to help you meet your family’s basic needs.

E2 Visa Renewal Requirement

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You can extend the E2 visa indefinitely whether the holder leaves the country for the first time or not. There are two options to extend your stay: one in the United States, and the other is when you re-enter the country.

Method 1: Submitting E2 Visa Renewal Documents

Immigration Regulation 8 CFR 214.2 (e) (20) states that by filing Form I-129 and Appendix E applications. Together with supporting documents, investors in treaty countries can extend their stay.

An applicant is eligible for an extension of stay if:

    1. Holder has always complied to requirements and conditions of E visa;
    2. Stayed in the United States upon the filing of extension; and
    3. Holder never abandoned their application for stay.

Moreover, all E2 visa holders, including spouses and children of treaty country investors, must leave the country after the visa expires. If you use this method for the filing of the E2 visa extension. Then the holder can legally stay in the United States as an E2 visa holder. So it does not requires leave to apply for a visa in person.

Method 2: Received Automatically when Re-entering the US after Departure

You can make the extension of the “stay period” of the E2 visa at the entry port on your return to the US after leaving the country. For this process, the E2 visa holder will be automatically issued a two-year stay period by the customs staff without the holder being required to supply a separate 1-129 application.

That the second method under consideration is if the validity period of the visa is intact. For instance, a visa expires after 5 years. The E2 holder re-enters the US after 2 years and will get a 2-year automatically until the 4th year ends. After the 4th year ends, the validity of the visa is now 1 year. If you have chosen the second method, you can have another 2-year extension for your stay.


At the expiration of the 5-year duration. It is a requirement for the E2 holder to submit a renewal application to the consulate and embassy. Requesting the immigration personnel. This is to post a fresh valid visa page of a 5-year period in the passport. By being physically present before they are allowed re-entry to the US. In the same period, using the second method of stay, you can obtain the second stay period.


E2 Visa Renewal for Spouses and Children

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As main applicant, with regard to your visa validity, there is no requirement to renew their validity. This is if you did not leave the country after your initial entry. When the validity period expires, you must apply to the US consulate and Embassy for your E2 visa renewal.

As long as the family relationship does not change and the main applicant maintains a valid E2 visa. The departure of the main applicant from the country will not alter the associated E2 status of the children and spouse.

We hope this explanation helps understand the differences between the E2 visa renewal. During the period of stay, E2 visa holders are permitted to reside in the US. Always consult a licensed immigration attorney when applying for and renewing your E-2 visa renewal.