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E-2 Visa: CNMI-Only Investor

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) transitioned from the CNMI permit system to U.S. immigration laws in December 2014. The CNMI-Only Investor (E-2) visa, which expired in December 2014, allowed foreign, long-term investors to remain in the CNMI as they changed status during the transition.

Initial Petitions for E-2 CNMI Investor Status (E2C) – no longer accepted

You must have filed your initial Form I-129 petition and Supplement E with USCIS before January 18, 2013. USCIS rejects initial petitions filed after that date.

E-2 CNMI Length of Stay

If you are in the U.S. with E-2 CNMI investor status, you can extend it every two (2) years until December 31, 2019. Your spouse and/or minors who are with you hold valid status as long as you do.

How to Apply for E-2 CNMI Extensions

You can file a new Form I-129 and Supplement E, any fees, and the following required evidence that you submitted with your initial petition:

  • Have approved E-2 CNMI Investor status from before November 28, 2009
  • Records showing you resided in the CNMI continuously and maintained CNMI long-term investor status
  • Continue to maintain investment(s) that afforded you CNMI long-term investor status
  • Have the ability to enter the U.S. while meeting all other relevant requirements listed in the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
  • Hold a long-term business certificate issued by the CNMI for investments of $50,000 or more
  • Hold a long-term business certificate issued by the CNMI for investments of $100,000 or more, with total approved investments of over $2 million, or at least $250,000 in a single approved investment
  • Be a retired investor currently over 50 years of age, who holds a foreign retiree investment certificate for a qualifying investment in an approved residence in the CNMI – this does not apply to those who participated in the two year non-renewable retiree investor program for Japanese nationals

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