Make a Difference and Support E-2 Visa Reform
Though little known to the majority of the American population, a visa entitled the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa has been in place since the 1950’s, allowing qualifying families to move to America in order to operate small businesses and hire American citizens promoting the US economy. A typically costly visa, requiring substantial investment into a small American business, this is often the only realistic visa a family can apply for.
The catch? This visa has never qualified for an eventual Green Card even though they are taxed as any other American resident. Classified as a “non-immigrant” visa, families on this visa will never be able to retire in America, and their children, once they reach the age of 21, lose their visa status as a dependent under their parents’ visas and often have to leave America, even if they came to the United States as very young children and attended our schools. Other countries have benefitted from this system, hiring these young people once they graduate with an American education as there is no path for them to stay in America and contribute to the local economy as they enter the work force. Economically, this doesn’t quite make sense.
If you are on an E-2 visa, are seeking one, or are an interested American citizen wanting to learn more about how legal immigration needs to be reformed, I highly suggest you follow www.e2visareform.org, an organization run by E-2 visa business owners who need the support of American voters to amend this law to keep American-educated talent in the country, and continue to support the efforts of these families in being American job creators. I also invite you to learn about the current petition Petition – E-2 Visa Improvement Act of 2015.