On June 11, 2012, President Obama signed legislation that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for nonimmigrant E-2 treaty investor visas. This was a substantial positive development in the creation of stronger commercial ties between the United States and Israel. The E-2 visa should enhance and facilitate economic and commercial interaction between the United States and Israel. We have been in a three-year holding pattern, though, waiting for the Israeli government to create a reciprocal visa for United States citizens wishing to invest in businesses and live in Israel.
What do Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have in common? The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is using all three to reach visa applicants. The goal is to educate the public in Israel about the visa process. With Israel being the app center of the universe, there couldn’t be a better way of communicating with prospective visa applicants who ask essentially the same questions. As a response to a tech-driven culture in Israel, which sends thousands of its citizens to the U.S. each year on all types of visas, the U.S. Embassy announced the launch of a video series about the visa process.
On Wednesday, October 29th, Doug Hauer, Member in our Boston office, will participate in a panel briefing for Israeli technology entrepreneurs & executives seeking to relocate employees to the U.S. Yael Biran, Managing Director, Mintz Levin Israel Business, will moderate the panel.
Topics covered will include:
- Developments in visa processing at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv
- Solutions for overcoming B-1 visa challenges at U.S. consular posts in Israel
- Understanding and navigating special administrative processing
- Immigration risks in planning executive leadership teams for a U.S. office
- Strategies for extending ‘New Office’ L-1 petitions for executives and managers, and specialized knowledge experts
- Managing immigration related U.S. government ‘site visits’
- The VC perspective on immigration and visa issues
Who Should Attend?
CEOs, CFOs, entrepreneurs, and investors in technology companies looking to relocate employees into the U.S.
Herzog Fox & Neeman
Conference Center, 1st Floor
4 Weizmann Street
To register, click here.
The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv advises visa applicants with scientific and technology backgrounds to apply early and well before anticipated travel to the United States. The issue is that many applicants are subject to “Necessary Administrative Processing” in advance of visa issuance. This process, which is akin to an extended security clearance, takes about three to four weeks to complete from the date of a visa interview. To help educate applicants, the Embassy has published excellent resources on its web site including a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=megTaZoCtlo. Continue Reading Apply early for visas at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv