April 22, 2019
The USCIS recently announced that Israeli nationals will now be eligible for the coveted E-2 visa. The E-2 visas allow nationals from certain treaty countries to be eligible to remain in the United States if they are investing significant capital into US businesses. The visa can also potentially apply to certain employees of such investors, as well as extend to the spouses and children of E-2 visa holders. Israeli nationals already legally in the United States can petition to change to an E-2 visa starting on May 1st.
These changes will hopefully lead to increased economic cooperation between the United States and Israel, as well as an increase in capital to US businesses. It also opens a new avenue for more consistent immigration to the United States from Israel in comparison to other visa options, such as the H-1B visa, which is subject to a lottery system and has been recently criticized for its historic rate of denials.
For Israeli nationals who are interested in applying for an E-2 visa, the best course of action would be to work with qualified legal counsel specializing in immigration law. The US immigration process is complicated, and minor administrative mistakes can lead to denials. It is best to protect yourself with trusted immigration attorneys.