On July 18, 2017 Congressman John Rutherford (Republican, Florida) introduced a Bill which would, if enacted, radically reform the E-2 Treaty Investor visa.

The Bill, entitled H.R. 3265, proposes substantial amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act, to enable individuals who have been lawfully present in the U.S on an E-2 visa for over 10 years to apply for lawful permanent resident status (also known as a “Green Card”). In addition, the Bill proposes to allow the unmarried children of E-2 visa holders to apply for Employment Authorization and remain in the U.S until the age of 26.

Under the current system, E-2 visa holders do not have a direct route to a Green Card. The unmarried children of E-2 visa holders under the age of 21 are not permitted to work and must leave the U.S at the age of 21.

In a Press release, John Rutherford acknowledged the valuable role played in U.S society by E-2 Treaty Investors, who generate jobs by investing in local communities and contribute considerable sums to the U.S Treasury.

The Bill, co-sponsored by Representative Ann Kuster (Democrat, New Hampshire), has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

We are delighted by the proposals and will observe the progression of the Bill with keen interest. We will endeavor to provide updates.

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Published: 26th July 2017