The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Program is indirectly available to residents of Kenya by getting a second Passport from a country that has a treaty with USA.

What are E-2 Visa Requirements for Kenya?

E2 visa requirement – Kenya

  • Kenya does not have a signed treaty with USA. You will first need to get a second passport through Grenada or another country that has E-2 treaty signed with the US.
  • Requires investor’s investment be typically over US $150K (Kenyan Shilling 16.7M KES) with minimum 50% ownership.
  • Move to US to establish and manage the business.
  • Generate significant returns for investors and economy – employing US workers.
  • Funds must be “at risk”

See details of E-2 Kenya Requirements

How long does it take to get an E-2 visa for Kenyan citizens?

E2 visa timeline – Kenya

The processing time for an E-2 visa depends on Kenyan Investor. Once you have a second passport from another country like Grenada. If present in the USA, the average time is 5 months. Premium processing time is 15 days for $2,500. For outside of the US, E2 visa processing time through a Consulate varies from 2 weeks to 4 months. Above timeline is after you have a passport from a country that has Treaty with the US.

Details on USCIS E-2 processing times

How does this apply to your Situation?

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How much does E-2 Visa Cost for Kenyan citizens?

E2 visa cost – Kenya

After you have got a second passport from a country that has a Treaty with US. From that point on, minimum investment amount is typically over US $150K (Kenyan Shilling 16.7M KES). For investor present in USA – Form I-129 fee $460 (Form I-539 – $370 per dependent), 15 days premium processing at $2,500. Investor in Home-country – $205 fee per DS-160 form. Lawyer’s charges, Business entity formation costs.

The Central Bank of Kenya is the principal regulator in the banking sector.

Details of E-2 Visa Costs

Is Kenya an E-2 visa treaty country?

No, the United States does not maintain treaties of commerce and navigation with Kenya for E-2 Visa. You may however get a second passport from a country such as Grenada.

See list of E-2 Treaty Countries

See list of E-2 Non-treaty Countries

E-2 businesses for Sale for Kenyan investor

Though it depends on each investor’s interest in terms of the type of business. An investor from Kenya (after getting a 2nd passport from a country that has a Treaty with USA) could opt for investing a substantial amount in Multinational corporations or buying Franchises, restaurants, consulting business or purchase an existing business.

As long as a substantial investment is made in the business by the investor it can qualify. As mentioned above some of the popular businesses are franchises/restaurants/consulting businesses which will help the US economy.

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E-2 Visa Kenya FAQ

As a Kenyan citizen, Am I eligible for an E-2 Visa?

Kenya does not have a signed treaty with USA. You will first need to get a second passport through Grenada or another country that has E-2 treaty signed with the US.

Can a spouse of a E-2 Visa holder from Kenya work in the US?

Spouses of E-2 visa holders from Kenya are able to work in the US only once they apply for work authorization by filling form I-765, if approved they are allowed to work in the US.

Can a Kenyan citizen work in the USA with an E-2 Visa in 2023?

Yes. As a Kenya national, you are eligible to work in the US but only the business that you have invested or if you are an employee at the organisation which sponsored your E-2 visa.

For a Kenya national, What businesses qualify for an E2 visa?

There is no specific list of businesses under the E-2 treaty. As long as the investor has made a significant investment in a business and is approved by the US citizenship and immigration services.

As a Kenyan citizen, What happens when my E2 visa expires?

The E-2 visa holders from Kenya are allowed to renew their visas. The extensions are granted for 2 years and there are no restrictions on the number of extensions available to the E-2 investors.