The U.S. Embassy in Israel has finally made the long-awaited announcement that the required treaty agreement has been signed pursuant to which nationals of Israel will be able to apply for an E-2 visa as of May 1, 2019.
An E-2 visa is a nonimmigrant work visa that permits a national of a qualifying country, such as Israel beginning May 1, 2019, to come to the U.S. temporarily if the following prerequisites are satisfactorily met.
The E-2 visa is a strategically strong visa option for qualifying companies and applicants, especially in today's more stringent immigration atmosphere. The E-2 visa will open the doors for new business opportunities to Israeli-owned newly established entities in the U.S. and well-established entities as well.
Unlike most other U.S. nonimmigrant work visas, the E-2 visa is adjudicated at the U.S. Embassy Branch in Tel Aviv by the Consular Officer. As such, the E-2 visa application materials must be prepared, arranged and submitted directly to the Embassy Branch Office, which will review the application and advise when an interview appointment can be scheduled. The Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv is currently advising that it expects the initial review to take two to three weeks, but in most countries, this process usually takes between four and six weeks.
Spouses of the principal applicant and unmarried children under the age of 21 who wish to join the principal applicant can apply for E derivative visas at the same time as the principal applicant or at a later date by preparing and filing the materials required by the Embassy Branch Office.
Yes, the spouse of a principal E-2 visa holder can work in the U.S. but only after entering the U.S. using the E-2 derivative spouse visa and then filing an application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for work authorization and obtaining an Employment Authorization Card, which will permit the spouse to work for any employer in the U.S.
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