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Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 and E-2 visas

USCIS announced on January 22 that Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 and E-2 trade and investor visas. This is because the Trump administration terminated the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights with Iran in 2018. Current Iranian holders of these visas may stay until their visas expire, but may not extend or reapply for the visas. USCIS will also send out notices of Intent to Deny to all Iranian nationals who applied for E-1 and E-2 visas after October 3, 2018.

Revision to Reciprocity Schedule for E Visas for French Citizens

Effective August 29, 2019, the reciprocity schedule for France will be revised for both E‑1 and E‑2 visas. According to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, this change is being made on a reciprocal basis commensurate with the treatment by the government of France afforded to U.S. citizens applying for similar visas.

USCIS Announces that Certain New Zealand Nationals Are Now Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Nonimmigrant Classifications

USCIS announced that starting yesterday, June 10, 2019, certain New Zealand nationals can request a change of status to the E‑1 nonimmigrant trader classification and the E‑2 nonimmigrant investor classification under Public Law 115-226.

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