President Trump’s Proclamation of June 22, 2020, suspending the entry of certain employment-authorized nonimmigrant visa categories, including H-1Bs, L-1s, and J-1s, highlights the need for creative, long-term alternative immigration planning. E visas, a category that Philip Levin & Associates specializes in, may be the answer for a substantial number of employers and businesses.
Briefly, E visas are issued to traders (E-1) and investors (E-2) who are the citizens or nationals of approximately 80 different countries. Applicants must come to the U.S. to work as the owner, executive, manager, supervisor, or an essentially skilled/highly-trained employee. An E-1 business must engage in substantial trade, principally between the U.S. and the treaty county. An E-2 business is for employers and businesses that are ready to invest a substantial amount of capital and will operate as demonstrated by a solid business plan. The primary E-2 applicant must develop and direct the enterprise while other employees may also be transferred to the U.S.
The requisite citizenship is generally set forth by treaty or statute and must be shared by both the principal applicant and the majority ownership of the E treaty business. At least 50% of the enterprise must be owned by treaty county nationals or citizens.
If you want or need to work in the U.S., please contact Levin and Pangilinan PC to determine if the E-1 or E-2 visa will fit your needs.
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