What are some activities an E-2 visa holder can do while in the U.S.? What are some activities that an E-1 visa holder can do while in the U.S.?

By April 27, 2020E-1 Visa, E-2 Visa

E-2 investor visa is an excellent choice for an entrepreneur that wants to start or buy a business in the U.S.   You can find out more about an E-2 visa by clicking here.  An E-1 visa is available when a person or entity aboard conducts a significant amount of trade with the U.S.  You can find out more about the E-1 visa by clicking here.

Someone who is in the U.S. on an E-1 or E-2 visa can only work on the specific E activities for the E-1 or E-2 entity.  We have processed hundreds of E visas and often receive questions regarding other activities that are permitted while in the U.S.

The following activities are permitted while in the U.S. on an E-1 or E-2 visa to the extent they do not rise to the level of “running a business.”

  • Buying or selling stock
  • Buying a house
  • Buying investment properties
  • Renting a property (either yourself or renting out a property you own to others)
  • Obtaining a mortgage
  • Obtaining a license to drive
  • Obtaining a social security number
  • Going to school
  • Earing passive income – for example, earning income from ads on a website or interest income
  • Taking unpaid leave
  • Obtaining health insurance
  • Buying another business (as long as you do not work at the business)
  • File a tax return
  • Set up a business entity (as long as you do not work at the business)
  • Hiring a nanny, home cleaner or personal assistant for personal services
  • Owning a car
  • Obtain Life Insurance
  • Contribute to a retirement plan (For example, 401K)

You are not permitted to:

  • Vote
  • Work at a place other than the E business
  • Accept certain Government benefits (For example, Medicaid)
  • Commit most crimes

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