The Israeli Knesset Internal Affairs Committee recently approved the new E-2 visa regulations thereby allowing Israeli entrepreneurs to file for and obtain E-2 visas in the United States. Until now, Israeli citizens were not eligible for the E-2 visa. This is a tremendous step forward for Israeli investors looking to pursue startups in the United States, especially tech-startups.
The start-date for filing E-2 applications for Israeli citizens has not yet been finalized until mutually agreed upon between the U.S. Embassy and the Israeli Government. Israel is widely recognized as a leader in the emerging tech and medical startup spaces, often targeting the US market. The availability of the E-2 visa to Israeli entrepreneurs in emerging tech will lead to enormous opportunities for Israeli investors and U.S. citizens alike. We will keep you informed of the official start-date for filing E-2 Israeli Investor applications. The approved regulations also provide reciprocal means for U.S. citizens wanting to start a new business in Israel through the B-5 visa category.