The U.S. offers E visas (E-1 or E-2 visas) to qualifying individuals from countries that have treaties of commerce and navigation with the United States. Many countries maintain such treaties with the U.S. for many years. An E visa typically allows individuals from treaty countries to travel to the U.S. for investment and international trade purposes.
Occasionally, there are instances when the decision is made to end a treaty of commerce and navigation. This is what happened on October 3, 2018, when the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights between the U.S. and Iran was terminated. Since there are no other qualifying treaties between the U.S. and Iran, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is now in the process of ending all E visa operations for individuals applying from Iran.
All Iranians currently in the U.S. on E visas are allowed to remain in the U.S. until their current E visa expires or they obtain another visa that allows them to stay in the U.S.
All Iranians who currently have a pending E visa extension or a pending change of status to an E-1 or E-2 visa will receive a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) that explains their current E visa immigration issue. Any currently pending E visa application filed after October 3, 2018 will be denied.
Given the current climate between the U.S. and Iran, it is necessary and wise for individuals and families to seek immigration assistance from qualified and experienced immigration attorneys. If you are looking for a way to lawfully stay in or immigrate to the U.S., contact the experienced immigration attorneys at David Hirson & Partners, LLP today. Our team of licensed immigration attorneys will help you create a plan to reach your immigration goals.