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How To Apply For E-1 & E-2 Visas? By “Mark A. Ivener”

Trader and investor visas must be applied for at a U.S. consulate with a visa application. Applications must be accompanied by a fee and are processed within approximately one day to three months. An interview is conducted by a U.S. Consul who is well versed in the rules and regulations pertaining to E visas. For the correct forms and the time for adjudication of your E visa application, check with the U.S. consulate where you intend to apply.

Labor Dispute Denial

A citizen of Canada may be denied E visa status if the Secretary of Labor certifies to the USCIS that a strike or other labor dispute involving a work stoppage of workers is in progress at the place where the alien is or intends to be employed; and if the temporary entry of the alien may adversely affect either the settlement of a labor dispute that is In progress at the place or intended place of employment or the employment of any person who is involved in such dispute.

Duration Of The Visa

E visas are usually issued for a 5 year period and be reissued (formerly called revalidation) through a US Consulate to that originally issued.

Admission for each entry to the United States during the life of the visa is initially granted for a period of 2 years. Extensions may be obtained for up to two years at a time from the USCIS office having jurisdiction over the place the business is located.

Traders and investors can remain in the United States indefinitely as long as they maintain their eligibility and treaty status.

Status Of Spouse Or Minor Children

A spouse and unmarried minor children are eligible for E visas and can also enter under E category but only the spouse can attain work permission. Servants of the E visa holder can be issued B-1 visas with work authorization.

For more information on Applying For E-1 & E-2 Visas, a free initial consultation with Mark A. Ivener is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (800) 251-8883 today.

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