Working in the United States
E-2 Visa: CNMI-Only Investor
The CNMI-Only Investor (E-2) visa classification allows foreign, long-term investors to remain lawfully present in the CNMI through December 2014 while they resolve their immigration status. This classification is intended to help as the CNMI transitions from the CNMI permit system to U.S. immigration laws.
Obtaining E-2 CNMI Investor Status (E2C)
You must file your initial Form I-129 petition and Supplement E with USCIS before January 18, 2013. USCIS will reject initial petitions filed after that date.
Length of Stay
Your E-2 CNMI investor status is valid in the CNMI initially for two years. If you have a spouse or minor children accompanying or following to join you in the CNMI, they will have the same validity period as you. An E-2 CNMI Investor status is extendable in 2 year increments ending on December 31, 2014.
Extending Your Stay
To apply for an extension of stay, you must file a new Form I-129 and Supplement E with the required evidence and fee.
Individuals in the CNMI seeking an initial Grant of Status in the CNMI
There is additional guidance you must follow if you are requesting an initial grant of nonimmigrant status in the CNMI. For more information please visit the grant of status webpage.
General Qualifications for an E-2 CNMI Investor
To qualify for E-2 CNMI Investor status, you must:
CNMI Investor Statuses that Qualify for E2C Status
You qualify for E-2 CNMI Investor status if you held one of the following long-term CNMI investor statuses under CNMI Immigration law:
CNMI Investor Statuses that Do Not Qualify for E-2 Status
You are not eligible for an E2C visa if you held one of the following CNMI investor statuses under CNMI Immigration law:
All documentation previously submitted in each investor application to the CNMI government should be submitted as part of each E-2 CNMI Investor petition to USCIS.
All individuals must provide the following evidence of admission to the CNMI in long term investor status prior to November 28, 2009, consisting of:
Individuals with a CNMI-issued foreign investor entry permit or long-term business entry permit
An applicant with a CNMI-issued foreign investor entry permit or long-term business entry permit must submit evidence to show that he or she has maintained his or her investment with the E-2 CNMI Investor petition. This evidence includes all of the following, as applicable:
Individuals with a CNMI-issued retiree investor permit
CNMI retiree investors should submit the following with their applications for E-2 CNMI Investor status:
Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/22/2011