We recently had an employment work authorization also known as a EAD card approved for spouse of E-2 visa holder in the state of Florida. The EAD was approved and issued for 2 years, the maximum period allowed under the E2 regulations. For this E2 case where the spouse was in the United States, the USCIS approved the EAD for the spouse without a Request for Further Evidence (RFE), but the overall processing time was long, over 7 months.
Please note that on November 12, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) changed its policies regarding EAD for spouses on E2 visa status and announced that E2 spouses will no longer need to apply for an EAD and instead their work authorization will automatically accompany their status and will be noted on their form I-94. USCIS is expected to implement changes to Form I-94 for E-2 work permit by March 2022 but until then you can continue to file for EAD with USCIS or travel outside the United States and upon return ask the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer to place a stamp on your passport that you are E-2 Employment Authorized or wait until the changes are implemented and after, travel outside the United States to obtain an automatic I-94 employment authorization notation. To learn more about the EAD changes for spouses on E2 visa an other visas, please visit our dedicated page here.
The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa is a U.S. nonimmigrant visa designed for individuals who make an investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States. The E-2 Investor Visa allows a national of a treaty country to temporary come to the United States together with their spouses and children to live and work. The E2 spouse has an unrestricted right to work in the United States for the duration of the E2 status.
Contact our experienced immigration lawyers in Miami, Florida, USA to schedule an appointment for your immigration case and find out more about the E-2 Investor Visa and other visa options for you from our best E2 Visa Lawyers.
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