The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, continues to make inflammatory comments to the media and his supporters regarding his proposed bans on Muslim immigration to the United States should he win the presidential election in November. His remarks have understandably caused a stir among Muslim communities both here in the United States and abroad.
Should we begin 2017 under a President Trump administration, it is conceivable that E-2 treaty investors of the Muslim faith could face additional challenges to remain in the U.S. legally. Others planning to move here to invest in businesses could face outright bans.
President Obama challenged the proposed ban after Trump announced to the crowd at a recent election rally, "When I become president, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or allies."
If you are trying to establish yourself legally as an investor in the United States under the terms of an E-2 investment visa, now may be a good time to initiate or complete your application. While there is no certainty now who will win the general election, the immigration process for Muslims -- and potentially all applicants -- could become much more stringent and complex.
If all of this sounds worrisome, that is understandable, and those in this position will likely have questions about their continued eligibility under the E-2 visa program. Addressing your concerns with an Arizona immigration attorney may allay your fears and get the ball rolling on your application while President Obama is still in office.
Source: iNewsToday, "Obama slams Trump for his anti-Muslim rhetoric," Cheryl Sanders, June 15, 2016