Does President Trump Immigration Policies Affect the E-2 Visa?
A while ago we have posted a few articles about the E-2 VISA (E2 VISA for International Investors: what you need to know and 10 Frequently Asked Questions About the E-2 Investor Visa), explaining what it is and the main requirements to be eligible.
We help many international investors with identifying franchise business options they can invest in as part of their investment VISA application. Given the new political landscape in the USA, one of the most common questions we receive is: Is the E2 VISA program going to be affected, given the fact Trump is now the U.S. President?
No wonder why…Trump has been making very strong claims around immigration, specially when it comes to illegal immigrants, but that creates a lot of fear around how does he think about any types of immigrants, even the ones that come to the US according to all rules and regulations.
So we asked the immigration attorney Bobby Chung (bio included in the end of this article), who is specialized in investment visas, to help provide some insights on this question. And here is what he has to say:
Does President Trump’s Immigration Policies Affect the E-2 Investor Visa Program?
By Bobby Chung, Attorney at Law
Since Donald Trump was elected U.S. President, our law firm has received countless number of inquiries from foreign investors concerned about potential negative impact of the President’s immigration policies. While it is true that we can expect immigration reforms under the Trump Administration, as an immigration attorney who focuses on helping foreign entrepreneurs, I feel optimistic that any changes will not affect the E-2 Investor Visa program.
Mr. Trump has targeted undocumented immigrants. The President seeks to deport people without legal immigration status in the U.S., and foreign nationals who committed deportable crimes. This means people who reside in the U.S. without lawful visa or immigration status face risk of removal from the United States.
Mr. Trump also seeks to curtail work visas that impact job opportunity for Americans. He has focused attention on reforming the H-1B employment visa. The H-1B visa was intended to allow employers to recruit highly skilled foreign talents in occupations with shortages of qualified U.S. workers. However, some unscrupulous employers have abuse the H-1B program by replacing American employees with lower wage foreign nationals. Mr. Trump plans to apply stricter controls of the H-1B visa to ensure proper use for its intended purpose.
Foreign investor should rest assured that the E-2 visa program is fully aligned with Mr. Trump’s policy objectives of protecting the American labor market. E-2 investors make substantial contributions to the U.S. economy through financial investments, business development, and direct and indirect creation of employment opportunities for American workers. Mr. Trump was a long time entrepreneur who appreciates the fact that foreign investments help the U.S. economy and create jobs.
As a firm that specializes in E-2 visas, we have experienced high rates of visa approvals since Mr. Trump became President, similar to our success rate under President Obama. There has been no changes to the E-2 visa program so far. Therefore, I strongly believe the E-2 visa has the lowest risk of negative impact from Mr. Trump’s immigration reforms.
About Bobby Chung
Bobby Chung is a U.S. immigration attorney specializing in the E-2 Investor Visa and EB-5 Investment Green Card. Mr. Chung has extensive experience representing foreign entrepreneurs in investor visa matters involving newly established entities and acquiring qualifying existing businesses. Mr. Chung also helps clients obtain EB-5 green cards based on investments in Regional Centers. Before entering private practice, Mr. Chung served as an Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, where he assisted federal immigration judges in adjudicating immigration cases. Based in the Los Angeles area, Mr. Chung represents clients in U.S. visa and immigration matters in all 50 States and worldwide. Mr. Chung is an active member of the California State Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. You can contact him at: Tel: (626) 642-8066; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Websites: www.bccvisalaw.com & www.e2visalawyer.net
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