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Exciting E-2 Investment Visa Update: Portugal Joins Treaty, Welcoming Portuguese Citizens and Dual-National Brazilians!

Updated: Jul 9

Skyward glass high-rises, emblematic of E-2 visa opportunities for Portuguese and Brazilian investors post-Portugal treaty

Are you considering the E-2 Investment Visa for the United States? If so, we have some exciting updates to share with you! The recent approval of Portugal to enter the E-2 Treaty Investors brings a plenty of opportunities for investors seeking entry into the United States. Additionally, the inclusion of Brazilians and other individuals with dual Portuguese citizenship adds another layer of accessibility to this coveted visa program.


What is the E-2 Investor Visa?

The E-2 Investor Visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows citizens of countries with a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States to enter the country to develop and direct operations of a business in which they have invested a substantial amount of capital.


Benefits of the E-2 Investment Visa

  • Flexibility: The E-2 visa allows investors to live and work in the U.S. based on their investment activities.

  • Renewable: The E-2 visa can be renewed indefinitely as long as the business continues to operate.

  • Family: E-2 visa holders can bring their spouses and children (under 21) to the U.S. Spouses can apply for work authorization.


Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the E-2 investment visa, you must:

  1. Be a citizen of a country that has an E-2 treaty with the United States.

  2. Invest or be in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business.

  3. Own at least 50% of the business or have executive or supervisory character, or if employed in a lesser capacity, have special qualifications or other corporate role. operational control through a managerial position.

Designated Countries for the E-2 Investment Visa


Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply for the E-2 visa (non-exhaustive list):

  • Germany

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Canada

  • Chile

  • South Korea

  • Spain

  • Philippines

  • France

  • Ireland

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • Mexico

  • Norway

  • Netherlands

  • Paraguay

  • Poland

  • Portugal*

  • United Kingdom

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Turkey


Portugal Joins the E-2 Treaty

With Portugal now part of the treaty, Portuguese citizens can take advantage of this opportunity to invest in the U.S. and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.


Benefits of the E-2 Visa for Portuguese Investors:


  • Flexibility: The E-2 visa allows investors to live and work in the U.S. based on their investment activities.

  • Investment Opportunities: From tech startups in Silicon Valley to real estate ventures, the U.S. offers a wide range of investment opportunities for Portuguese entrepreneurs.

  • Education: E-2 visa holders can enroll their children in U.S. schools and universities, providing access to world-class education.


Brazilians and other individuals with Portuguese Citizenship Eligible

Another exciting development is the eligibility of Brazilians with dual Portuguese citizenship to apply for the E-2 investment visa. This expansion of eligibility opens doors for a significant number of Brazilian entrepreneurs who may have familial or ancestral ties to Portugal.


Advantages for Brazilians and other individuals holding Portuguese citizenship:

  • Access to U.S. Markets: Brazilian entrepreneurs can now explore business opportunities in the U.S. without the constraints of traditional visa requirements.

  • Cultural Affinity: Shared language and cultural ties between Brazil and Portugal can facilitate business interactions and networking in the U.S.

  • Diverse Investment Portfolio: From the booming tech sector to hospitality and beyond, Brazilian investors can diversify their portfolios by tapping into the vast opportunities available in the U.S. market.


How to Apply

If you’re a Portuguese citizen or a Brazilian with dual Portuguese citizenship interested in the E-2 investment visa, the application process involves several steps:

  1. Business Plan: Develop a comprehensive business plan outlining your investment strategy and the potential impact on the U.S. economy.

  2. Investment: Make a substantial investment in a qualifying U.S. business.

  3. Visa Application: Submit the necessary forms and documentation to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Portugal or Brazil.

  4. Interview: Attend an interview to demonstrate your eligibility for the E-2 visa.



The inclusion of Portugal in the E-2 Treaty and the eligibility of Brazilians or other individuals with Portuguese citizenship mark significant milestones in expanding access to the E-2 visa program. Whether you’re a Portuguese entrepreneur or a Brazilian with ties to Portugal, now is the time to explore the countless opportunities awaiting you in the United States.

Are you ready to embark on your entrepreneurial journey in the land of opportunity?

Reach out to immigration experts and start your E-2 investment visa application today!

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