New restrictions have been placed on visas issued to Israeli citizens wishing to work, invest, or study in the United States. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has also notably reduced the visa validity durations for French nationals in late 2019. As seen in table below, it has been reported that the maximum period for a visa has been reduced to the following periods:

 

Visa Type Previous New Policy
E-1 60 months (5 years) 52 months (4 years 4 months)
E-2 24 months (2 years)
F-1 60 months (5 years) 41 months (3 years 5 months)
L-1 60 months (5 years) 48 months (4 years)

 

F-1 visa: Academic

The F-1 visa is the appropriate route for students intending to enter the United States temporarily for the purpose of pursuing an academic course of study at an established institution of learning or other recognized place of study in the United states.

Visas were previously issued for a maximum period of five years, but new policy changes have reduced the maximum period to three years and five months.

 

L-1 visa: Work

The L-1 visa is the appropriate route for companies wishing to relocate foreign qualified employees to its US subsidiary, affiliate or parent company.

Visas were previously issued for a maximum period of five years, but new policy changes have reduced the maximum period to four years.

 

E-1 and E-2 visas: Trade and Investment

The E-1 (treaty trader) and E-2 (treaty investor) visa categories arose in connection with bilateral treaties of commerce between the United States and Israel. They are the appropriate route for individuals wishing to trade or invest, provided they meet the relevant criteria.

Israeli citizens have been able to apply for the E-1 visa since 1954, and the E-2 visa since May 1, 2019. The US Embassy in Israel reported that the implementation of the E-2 visa will advantageously provide Israeli ‘investors the opportunity to invest in the US economy and send qualified employees to the United States. Likewise, US citizens will be eligible to apply for visas to invest in Israel.’

E-1 visas were previously issued for a maximum period of five years, but new policy changes have reduced the maximum period to four years and four months. E-2 visa issuance differs in duration from country to country; for most western European countries, visas are issued for a maximum period of five years, whereas the maximum validity period for Israeli citizens is two years.

 

What is the impact?

Israeli nationals will need to re-affirm their eligibility for a specific visa category more frequently. You may wish to contact an immigration attorney to discuss your options if you are currently in the United States and believe your studies, current investment, or work circumstances will be impacted by these policy changes; or if you plan to apply for a non-immigrant visa to study, work, or invest in the United States.

 

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Published: 7th January 2020

Filed under: US Immigration, US Immigration Law, US Visas