Iranian citizens are no longer eligible for E-1 and E-2 visas

USCIS today announced that, due to the Oct. 3, 2018, termination of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights with Iran, Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor changes or extensions of status based on the treaty.

The E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant visa classifications allow an alien of a treaty country to be admitted to the United States for the purposes of engaging in international trade or investing a substantial amount of capital into a U.S. business.

Iranian applicants who applies for an E-1 or E-2 change of status or extension of status after October 3, 2018, can expect notices of intent to deny. Iranians currently holding and properly maintaining E-1 or E-2 status may remain in the U.S. until their current status expires but will not be able to extend their status.  

Iranians with E-1 or E-2 visas should consult their attorneys immediately.

This information is provided as an educational service. Consult with an attorney for your specific circumstances.  For a comprehensive evaluation of your immigration options, you are invited to call me at 214-494-8033, complete my contact form, or visit my websites at www.badmuslaw.com and  www.physicianimmigration.com.

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