Immigration Law Associates, PC

End of Visas for Iranian Nationals

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the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor changes or extensions of status based on that treaty. This change comes due to the October 3, 2018 termination of the 1955 Treat of Amity, Economic Relationship, and Consular Rights with Iran.

The E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant visa classification allows aliens of treaty countries to be admitted to the United States under the guise of engaging in international trade or investing into U.S. businesses.

Now that the treaty has been terminated, USCIS will begin to send Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID) to the applicant’s whose applications filed after October 3,2018. Iranians who currently hold E-1 and E-2 visas status can remain in the U.S. until their current status expires.

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