After the President of Mexico visited Washington D.C. this past summer, the U.S. Department of State made a favorable change to Mexico E-2 Visas, increasing the validity period from one (1) year to four (4) years. Eligible Mexican nationals can now apply with the U.S. consulate in Mexico for an E-2 Visa and may now be approved for up to 48 months of unrestricted travel into the U.S. on their Mexican passport. The four-year validity is a generous time span and the recent validity extension makes this visa option more appealing than ever for potential Mexican investors. E-2 visas may also be renewed indefinitely if the business and the applicant continue to meet visa requirements and the country of origin remains a treaty country.
The increase in the validity period also comes with increased processing fees. The previous processing fee of $46 has now increased to $296.
The E-2 visa is intended for investors that will control an existing or new U.S. business. Specifically, per the United States Customs & Immigration Services (USCIS), “The E-2 nonimmigrant classification allows a national of a treaty country to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business. Certain employees of such a person or of a qualifying organization may also be eligible for this classification.”