On August 20, 2019 – The Department of State announced that E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor visa validity periods for French nationals would be revised from 60 months to 15 months. This immigration policy change is set to take effect on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

The E-1 nonimmigrant classification allows a national of a treaty country (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United States solely to engage in international trade on his or her own behalf.  Certain employees of such a person or of a qualifying organization may also be eligible for this classification

The E-2 visa allows a national of a treaty country to enter the U.S. to oversee their investment in a U.S. business, or work with a U.S. company they at least own 50% and is the subject of the investment.

For a comprehensive list of U.S. treaty countries, please refer to the Department of State website for more information.

U.S. immigration policy under the Immigration and Nationality Act requires the Department of State to establish varying visa validity periods for specific nationalities depending on their specific country’s reciprocity in regards to U.S. nationals of a similar visa class. These periods and visa types are dependent on how these countries establish and maintain similar visa classes for U.S. nationals, and international affairs between countries.

While the Department of State said that this revision in validity period is “commensurate to the treatment afforded to U.S. citizens by the Government of France,” it has not updated the Reciprocity Schedule for France, or provided directions for French E-1 or E-2 visa applicants on how this news will affect USCIS processing or Embassy scheduling. 

Our team is closely monitoring this news and will provide updates as they become available. 

French nationals currently pursuing E-1 or E-2 status should reach out to D’Alessio Law Group to discuss how this change could affect your visa petition, or your long term goals in the United States. 

If you have any questions about the visa process, or are interested in how these new policies may affect yourself or your company,  do not hesitate to reach out to our legal experts via email at <info@dlgimmigration.com> or by calling our offices at +1 (310) 909-3934.


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