Does the Latest Travel Ban Make E-2 a More Attractive Visa Option?, by Lawmaks

Few days ago Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak extended the previous Proclamation 10014 which banned entry until June 22, 2020 for the rest of the year in 2020.  More importantly, as anticipated by a number of US Immigration Lawyers, the ban expanded the categories affected.  

Thus, this time not only immigrant visas, but also some other popular non-immigrant visas, but also certain categories of the non-immigrants, who want to come to U.S. are banned from entrance up until December 31, 2020.

The newly effected categories are H-1B for specialty occupations and fashion models and H-2B visas for non-agricultural workers, J visa, to the extent the alien is participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counsellor, au pair, or summer work travel program and also L, Intracompany Transferee visa categories. 

The Derivative Beneficiaries of said visa categories are also adversely affected.  Therefore, major categories of employment based non-immigrant visa categories are being affected by the renewed, June 22nd Travel Ban. 

Very noteworthy is that the Travel Ban does not affect E-2 Treaty Investors. This is particularly beneficial for those who want to come to the United States to develop and direct their own business in the United States. 

However, the E-2 Visa applicants must be from certain countries holding a Treaty of Amity with the US.  For example, countries like Pakistan & Egypt have said Treaty while India and Mainland China do not. 

Citizens of Non-Treaty countries can entertain the idea of participating in the CBI (Citizenship by Investment) where a second citizenship may be procured very quickly via either Investment or Donation options to countries like Granada or Turkey which do have the required Treaty of Amity with the US.  In order to undergo an evaluation of your options, in light of the latest Travel Ban, please feel free to contact LAWMAKS.

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