Anonymous' letter makes an absolutely correct observation about the plight of "E" Visa investors. Where he errs, is in placing blame for his predicament on his "incompetent American and US-educated lawyer". The truth is, Mr. Anonymous' attorney did not write the "E" Visa law, and contrary to his assertion, his attorney did not choose the law that "is not convertible to Permanent Residence." At the time of visa issuance, Mr. Anonymous apparently had no other visa option that would achieve his immigration goal of starting his own business in the US. This is sad, because entrepreneurs who invest are at a disadvantage compared with an L-1 or H-1B, who can merely be a worker and achieve permanent residence through their employer. And it is sad that only Millionaire Investors, rather than Treaty Investors, can avail themselves of permanent residence under the current Investor Visa Program, a program that did not exist at the time. The reality is that without the "E" Visa law, Anonymous never would have been allowed to come to the US to start his business. The irony is that after he has succeeded in business, he will have no lawful basis on which to remain in the US. Yes, I agree that the "E" Visa law works a cruel and ironic fate on law abiding immigrants, such as Mr. Anonymous, and especially on their aging-out children, but blame the legislators. The US needs true immigration reform. Only a complete re-write of the Immigration & Nationality Act can address all the loose ends the hang out of the present Act, as amended, and amended, and amended. On that basis, I oppose current proposed legislation that will put yet one more patch on the broken immigration system. When will the Congress listen to the music?
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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