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What is an E-2 visa?

The E-2 treaty investor visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows foreign entrepreneurs from treaty nations to enter the United States and carry out investment and trade activities, for a specified period of two years subject to renewal. Investment activities include the creation of a new business. Foreign nationals must invest a substantial amount of capital in a new or existing business. The investment must be significantly proportional to the total investment, that is, usually more than half the total value of the enterprise or, if a new business, an amount normally considered necessary to establish the business.

Who can get it?

Only foreign nationals from treaty nations may apply for the E-2 visa. To find out if your country qualifies, click here.

Level of Investment

Therefore, the level of investment must be such that it is sufficient to justify presence of the treaty national in the United States. The investment must be in an operating business e.g. a speculative investment in undeveloped land would not qualify, whereas an investment in a real estate development project probably would. Also, a substantial part of the investment must have been made prior to applying for E-2 status.

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0:18 – Tip number 1: Make sure make sure that your education matches the job that you’re applying for.

1:08 – Tip number 2: Make sure that the job itself requires a degree.

1:50 – Tip number 3: Understand what is the salary that is required to be paid for this position.

2:38 – Tip number 4: Make sure that the application that is filed is highly organized.

3:55 – Tip number 5: Send the application to the correct address.

In this video attorney Jacob Sapochnick discusses his top tips for filing a successful H-1B visa this H-1B season.

Remember that USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2019 cap on April 2, 2018.  The filing period is expected to end on April 6, 2018.

Step One: Make sure your education matches the job duties required by the employer who will be sponsoring your H-1B petition. If your degree is unrelated to the position, you will not qualify for the H-1B visa, unless you have extensive work experience directly related to the position. It is very difficult to gain approval if your degree is not related to the position you will be filling.

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From time to time we accepts guest articles for our popular Blog, this time Lior Levin from City-Immigration in New York provides great Tips on the usage of MacBooks in the Immigration practice for lawyers.

Lawyers using Macbooks in their practices can benefit in many ways from the release of several useful software programs. The majority are specifically designed to increase productivity and make life a little easier for the busy attorney.

Here is an overview of some of the best attorney-specific software programs available for Mac users. We specifically tried them all at City-Immigration :

Law Stream

Law Stream is an excellent law office management software package. It’s specifically designed to assist attorneys who need a little help managing contacts, schedules, to-do lists, meetings and deadlines. The program also allows lawyers to simplify and streamline finances with features that include tracking money coming into and going out of the practice, as well as accurately recording time spend with various clients.

However, it’s the ease of being able to quickly manage contacts that makes this software so good. It allows attorneys to record information regarding that client, such as phone numbers, email addresses and other contact information, plus it records any work completed on any projects for that particular client. The software also has the ability to run reports on which clients are producing the most work and most revenue for the practice.


TrialSmart is a legal application that facilitates trial presentations. This software is ideal for lawyers wanting to analyze, review, edit and present legal transcripts. Lawyers are also able to add documents, video footage and exhibits to the transcripts for later presentation. It’s possible to import other transcripts into the software to be annotated. This allows for fast generation of reports.

TrialSmart is ideal for running reports that can be exported and saved to various other program formats, such as Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, or Microsoft Excel. Other features include a PDF text search function, group reports and saved layering. Any attorney wanting to build a case quickly and effectively can benefit from this software.

MacSpeech Dictate Legal

Speech recognition software like MacSpeech Dictate legal is ideal for dictating notes into your computer that is automatically converted into text format. This particular software was specifically designed for the legal field, which means it can easily recognize more than 30,000 legal terms, phrases and words without misinterpreting the words you’ve spoken. Add to this the ability of the software to ‘learn’ new words that it doesn’t recognize and you have a powerful piece of software. Simply train new words into the Vocabulary Editor and it will remember them for future use the next time you dictate something into the software.

The software boasts a 99% accuracy rate, so you know your text will end up error free and without spelling mistakes. MacSpeech Dictate Legal alleviates laborious typing time and makes it much easier to dictate items of importance easily and quickly.

3D Timeline

The 3D Timeline software is the ideal tool for any lawyer who wants to ensure that all details of a case are presented clearly and in context by using interactive timelines. The software generates a 3D perspective of the given chain of events that includes the addition of photos, notes, files or even web pages. This gives an attorney a unique opportunity to build a case story that highlights all details and aspects of that case to highlight the truth without being misunderstood or misinterpreted.