On May 1 the U.S. Department of State updated four provisions of the Foreign Affairs Manual relating to E visas. Published by the State Department, the FAM governs its operationsContinue Reading Potential Outcomes After E Visa Processing Update
On May 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) updated four provisions of the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) relating to E visas. The updates relate to E-2 substantiality; E…Continue Reading Department of State Updates FAM E Visa Provisions
On June 17, 2023, the U.S. Department of State nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application processing fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2) and non-petition-based NIV applications such as student…Continue Reading Nonimmigrant Visa Fee Increases Effective June 17, 2023
On Dec. 15, 2022, Congress passed the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 (the “2023 NDAA”), which contains two key changes to the eligibility for…Continue Reading Updates to the E Visa: New Residency Requirements and Portuguese Nationals Eligible
A complex combination of the pandemic and USCIS’s ever-increasing processing times has chained E-3 visa holders in the United States to their current employers. The E-3 visa is a special…
Continue Reading Change of Employer for E-3 Visa Holders Effectively Barred Due to Pandemic and USCIS Processing Times
On Aug. 23, 2019, our firm wrote about the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) announcement that the validity period of E-1 and E-2 visas for French Nationals would be reduced from 60 months to 15 months effective Aug 29, 2019. The effective date has now been postponed to Sept. 26, 2019.
The general rule is that different types of U.S. visas have different visa validity periods depending on the nationality of the visa applicant because the Immigration and Nationality Act requires the DOS to set country-specific visa policies on a reciprocal basis. The validity periods are based on each country’s treatment of similar classes of U.S. visitors to its territory. In other words, if a country imposes restrictive visa requirements on U.S. citizens, the U.S. reciprocates with more restrictive requirements on that country’s citizens.
Continue Reading Update: U.S. to Reduce E-Visa Validity for French Nationals Effective Sept. 26, 2019
As previously announced on our blog, the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa will soon be available to Israeli nationals wishing to make a substantial investment in or set up …
Continue Reading UPDATE: Israel to Join Countries Qualified for E-2 Treaty Investor Visa
On May 1, 2019, the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa may be available to Israeli citizens wishing to make a substantial investment in or set up a business in the United…
Continue Reading Israel to Join Countries Qualified for E-2 Treaty Investor Visa
As an update to an earlier post, on Aug. 1, the president signed the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors Act (KIWI Act) granting E-1 and E-2 status to certain…
Continue Reading President Signs KIWI Act Providing for E-1 and E-2 Status for New Zealand
The U.S. Mission in Turkey has resumed limited processing of nonimmigrant visas following the earlier suspension of nonimmigrant visa services in all U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey back on Oct.
Continue Reading U.S. Resumes Limited Nonimmigrant Visa Services in Turkey