Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are in tough immigration situations. Were you on a work visa but lost your job? Is your non-immigrant visa status expiring? You may have had plans to leave the U.S., but now you're stuck because travel is not advised. Are you worried that sheltering in place in the U.S. will place you out of status?
Recently, we've been getting a lot of questions about changing work conditions or terminations among people with visas that are sponsored by a specific employer. This can put you out of status, and you should take action as soon as possible to file an extension or change of status.
If you have capital to invest in a U.S.-based business, you could qualify for an E-2 "treaty investor" visa. In order to qualify, you must be coming to the U.S. in order to:
If you’re considering starting a U.S.-based business, you could qualify for an E-2 treaty investor visa. This is a 2- to 5-year nonimmigrant visa, but there are no limits on the number of renewals. It allows the investor of significant capital in a U.S.- based business to live and work in the U.S. It also allows key employees of the enterprise to come to the U.S., along with the families of E-2 visa holders.
The Department of Homeland Security has proposed eliminating the so-called "international entrepreneur rule," which allows foreign talent to build new businesses in the U.S.