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U.S. HOR passes bill that would allow Israelis to qualify for E-2 treaty trader visas

by Cedric M. Shen

March 21, 2012 | 10:14 am

As discussed in my previous post, Rep. Berman (D-CA) introduced H.R. 3992 on February 9, 2012, which would make Israeli nationals eligible to enter the U.S. as nonimmigrant traders and investors as provided for under the INA (E-2 treaty trader nonimmigrant visas) if Israel provides reciprocal nonimmigrant treatment to U.S. nationals.  On February 28, 2012, the House Judiciary committee passed H.R. 3992 by a voice vote and on March 19, 2012, the House of Representatives passed it by a vote of 371-0.  According to Rep. Berman, “”[w]ith passage of this bill, Israeli investors are one step closer to expanding their businesses to the United States and creating jobs for hard-working American workers.”  Senator Schumer added a companion bill in the Senate on May 9, 2011, which has not yet been considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Updates to the progress of this bill will be provided as they become available.

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Cedric M. Shen is a Los Angeles-based immigration attorney experienced in helping foreign nationals enter the United States. His law practice focuses on employment-based green...

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