Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) introduced legislation this week that allows business owners in the United States on E-2 Treaty Investor Visas the opportunity for permanent residency after 10 years.
“Those who enter our country legally on a nonimmigrant E-2 visa come from all over the world to start a business in our country, bringing with them the entrepreneurial spirit to start businesses and fully integrate into our communities. Without an opportunity for permanent residency these visa holders cannot take the next step in carrying out the American dream that initially brought them to the United States,” Jolly said.
Currently, all E-2 nonimmigrants must maintain an intention to depart the U.S. when their status expires or is terminated. Further, their children must leave the United States or apply for another visa when they turn 21 years old.
Under Congressman Jolly’s bill, H.R. 1834, children of E-2 Treaty Investor Visa holders can stay in the U.S. until they are 26 years old and can apply for work at 18 years of age.
Source: David Jolly Press Release
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