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Immigration Law

Investor Visa Holders Worry Reform Will Leave Them Out

"Discussion leading up to the introduction of a comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Senate early Wednesday has largely focused on disagreements over a pathway to citizenship for people here illegally.  But there’s concern over whether it’ll address those immigrants like Jong Sung Kang who are here legally, awaiting permanent status.  In some cases, he and other immigrants on temporary visas have poured vast sums of personal money into the U.S. economy in the hope that eventually, they’ll be given a pathway to citizenship. ... “I think the E-2 visa is a good example of a true entrepreneurial visa,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration lawyer and professor at Cornell Law School.  “We should try to make it easier for people who want to do that to come to the United States more easily in the future, and to be able to get a permanent green card.”  An outline of the immigration bill does propose easing the way for entrepreneurs, but Yale-Loehr says lawmakers often only think about people in high-tech industries rather than the owners of nail salons or restaurants, like Kang." - Odette Yousef, WBEZ, Apr. 17, 2013.