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E1 and E2 Visa Lawyers

Explanation of the E Category of Nonimmigrant Visa

Individuals who are citizens of certain countries with which the United States participates in treaties of commerce and navigation are able to take advantage of the E nonimmigrant visa category in order to enter the U.S. for certain purposes. The list of treaty countries includes dozens of nations around the world. The E category includes the E1 visa for “treaty traders,” as well as the E2 visa for “treaty investors.”

Qualifications for an E1 or E2 Visa

In order to meet the eligibility requirements for an E1 or E2 visa, you must be planning to visit the U.S. for the purpose of either engaging in substantial trade or developing an enterprise in which you have invested a substantial amount of capital. Trades that may qualify for an E1 visa can include business in services or technology, such as in the fields of international banking, communications transportation, insurance or even tourism. The employer of an E1 trader must also be of a treaty country, and at least half of the company’s international trade must be with the U.S. An E1 trader must hold an essential position within the company, such as a supervisor or executive, or must perform specialized skills that are critical to the entire operation.

The criteria for the E2 treaty investor visa are similar, with the addition that the number of funds to be invested must be substantial, and the funds must be subject to an irrevocable commitment and be great enough to ensure the success of the operation. E2 visas are not available for investors who are only bringing enough money to supply an enterprise large enough to support themselves and their immediate family or for speculative investment; the purpose of the visa is to facilitate investments that are sufficiently great and will have a positive impact on the U.S. economy.

Let a Virginia Immigration Attorney Help You

If you are planning to travel to the United States for business or investment purposes and believe that you may be eligible for an E1 or E2 visa, contact a Virginia immigration lawyer at Fayad Law, P.C. for an initial consultation. Our offices are located in Richmond and Fairfax, Virginia, and Washington, DC and we offer our services to clients and businesses throughout the world. We have more than 20 years of combined experience and are prepared to assist you with the entire visa process.
Call us at (703) 998-5390 today to discuss your options with an experienced immigration attorney.

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As a boutique law firm, we make sure that every single case we handle and client we represent receives our personal attention. We limit our caseload to ensure our clients feel truly supported at every moment, from start to finish. Your best interests will always be priority – and that is our driving priority. We know that any type of legal matter can be overwhelming. We approach every case with compassion and dedication from start to finish because we know how much may be at stake for you. We bring more than 20 years of combined legal experience to the table, which gives our clients the legal knowledge and insight needed to successfully navigate various legal processes.

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There are dozens of different types of visas available under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), but they can all be placed in one of two categories: immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. The former is for individuals who are hoping to establish permanent residency with a green card and perhaps even to pursue the path to naturalization and citizenship. The latter is for those who are only planning a temporary visit to the United States, such as for the purpose of conducting business or attending school.

The INA sets limits on the number of people who will be permitted to immigrate to the United States each year using certain types of visas, while other visas are unlimited. Family immigration visas for the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are available on an unlimited basis, while there are annual quotas set for the relatives of lawful permanent residents and extended family of citizens, with a maximum quota of 480,000. The number of employment immigration visas is limited to 140,000 per year.

Pathways to citizenship include service in the United States military and adoption, but a large percentage of all people who become citizens do so through the process of naturalization. The basic qualifications for naturalization include:

  • Living in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 5 years (or 3 years for a spouse of a U.S. citizen)
  • Being at least 18 years of age
  • Living within the state where you will apply for citizenship for at least 3 months prior to the application date
  • Being physically present in this country for at least half of the past 5 years
  • Maintaining continuous residence in this country from the date you submit your application for naturalization
  • Being able to read, write and speak English
  • Have a basic understanding of U.S. government and civics

It is also necessary to supply evidence that you are a person of good moral character and are attached to the principles of the U.S. Constitution. We can assist you with proving these factors, as well as preparing your petition and helping you get ready for the tests.

In June of 2012, the Obama Administration directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to begin applying a policy that is referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Under deferred action, DHS is exercising discretion in its execution of the laws concerning deportation and removal of immigrants who are illegally present in the United States. Deferred action is not a change to the existing law, but is instead a change in the way that the law is being applied. You may qualify for relief under DACA if you were younger than 31 years of age on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday, have continuously resided in this country since June 15, 2007 and are either currently in school or have already graduated from high school or earned your general education development (GED) certificate, among other criteria. With deferred action, you may be able to avoid being deported, though it does not grant any change of immigration status.

In its review of immigrant visa petitions, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) weighs factors related to the ties that the prospective immigrant has in the United States and the reasons why he or she wants or needs to come to live in this country. For example, a family immigration petition will not be approved unless the foreign national has immediate relatives such as a spouse, mother or father, child or sibling already living here as a citizen or green card holder. An employment immigration petition is more likely to receive approval if the applicant has a job offer in this country and is coming to fill a position that cannot reasonably be filled from the local labor market. A foreign national who is fleeing persecution in his or her home country may be granted an immigrant visa as a refugee or asylee.

There are many strategies for challenging a removal action. If the proposed deportation is based on a criminal conviction, it may be possible to appeal the conviction in order to have it overturned. Another option is to petition for cancellation of removal, a type of immigration relief which is available to people who are of good moral character and whose deportation would subject a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident to extreme hardship. The key to success in stopping deportation is to take immediate action by hiring a Virginia immigration attorney from our firm as soon as possible. Contact us now at Fayad Law, P.C. for a confidential consultation and to let us get started on your case!

Fayad Law, P.C. maintains offices in Richmond and Fairfax, Virginia. We work with individuals, families, and businesses across the world, providing them with assistance in resolving the legal issues involved with helping their loved ones and employees to immigrate to the United States. We work directly with foreign nationals living abroad, guiding them through the process of obtaining immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for entry to the U.S.

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14:48 01 Feb 23
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00:22 11 May 21
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14:50 05 May 21
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15:40 18 Mar 21
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19:34 17 Feb 21
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04:24 23 Dec 20
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06:14 29 Jan 20
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02:49 23 Jan 20
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21:53 22 Jan 20
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03:19 09 Jan 20
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04:03 01 Jan 20
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02:19 16 Dec 19
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Ahmed F.
14:38 10 Sep 19
This review is being written after a phone consultation with Mr. Fayad. Mr. Fayad is a well-informed and caring person who tries his best to help his clients and lead them down the right path. His staff are understanding and polite, as they helped me with an issue concerning the timing of the consultation as well as followed-up after to ensure if I missed anything or needed any further help with my legal issue.Overall, I recommend Mr. Fayad for anyone who needs legal advice or help.
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17:30 30 Jul 19
Very helpful.
13:13 26 Jun 19
This review is specific for the front desk. The first face who greets you is Estaphania. She always has a smile and greets you warmly genuinely. She is attentive and seems like one who enjoys what she does.I can’t rate the legal work yet because I just signed my contract with Mr. Fayyad and am hoping for the best.
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00:06 21 Feb 19
The best one ever, great mindset, very clever
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14:17 12 Oct 18
We done my mother case with Mr. Fayad we want to thank everybody in the office they such of great team special johnsan he such a very good lawyer .. honest person thanks for his great job …Very helpful
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03:12 26 Oct 17
Great Customer Service and knowledge about their business.
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22:55 16 Aug 17
He is some of the best immigration LawyerOf Virginia.I’m so happy with the results.
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18:25 17 Feb 17
They assisted my company with an H1-B visa for a key employee. Found the firm to be expert and responsive to our needs and concerns throughout the entire process.
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15:31 25 Jan 17
The place to go if you have immigration issue

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